Hibiscus — Hollywood. Our hibiscuses have generally been a bit ‘Meh’ this year, so this one stood out. The blue tinge is due to reflected skylight, not coloring.
It looks like the hot weather and receding lake have not been kind to the turtles. I found two empty shells on my hike. +1
Late-night visitor – who is this then? +2
Ribbit, ribbit. Toad, in a hole.
An evening visitor and more clumsiness – I was sitting in my hammock thinking about preparing dinner when I felt some water splash on my foot. It was raining hard, but I was nice and dry, and I thought it a bit odd. I bent down to investigate and spotted this little peeper, who’d hopped in to join me sheltering from the rain.
Mossy – Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Two.
Indian paintbrush – Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire. 2 pictures
Snow, moss, and leaves – Seen on the Mary Hollow Trail.
Not what you want to find in the house – Brown Recluse Spider. It got a bit mangled meeting its demise.
Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail) – Battus philenor. 3 pictures
2017 Total Solar Eclipse Backpacking Trip – Our plans for viewing the eclipse were to go backpacking and watch the eclipse from the Mark Twain National Forest Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +17
White-Marked Tussock Moth – (Orgyia leucostigma) +1
Black and White picture, with some of the leafy clutter removed. The roots of our two backyard trees occasionally break the surface. When they grow too high the mower trims off the top, producing these interesting patterns as they try to heal.
The roots of our two backyard trees occasionally break the surface. When they grow too high the mower trims off the top, producing these interesting patterns as they try to heal.
Cheddar Gorge with parking. 2 pictures
Fall at Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri – The Fall color has really come along the past couple of weeks. 3 pictures
An Evening Fishing on Stockton Lake –
Another Short Hike on the Silver Trail at Busiek. 17 pictures
An Afternoon Hike at Compton Hollow Conservation Area – Our first hike in a long time. 18 pictures
One of my favorite pictures from this afternoon’s hike.
Spot the octopus – After watching this video the best summary of my thoughts is: ‘perplexed’. Video: 4½ minutes
Old man’s beard on the trees at the edge of the bluff
A picture from last weekend’s backpacking trip. We were checking out a stock pond to see if it might provide drinking water. The pond was not only quite large, but also surrounded by cattails which had started to break apart and seed.
We spent a long weekend backpacking in Hercules Glades. The highlight being an afternoon resting and enjoying the spring sunshine on top of a 260 ft. bluff overlooking Beaver Creek. 29 pictures