While I’ve encountered skinks in the yard over the years, they’ve always been fast to scurry away once we made eye contact.  This northern prairie skink seemed to be craving the warm, spring sun as much as I was and lingered long enough for me to capture him on film.  I learned that the male […]

In their final stage of life, butterflies don’t eat at all.  Rather, they live off of the fat accumulated during their caterpillar stage and sip liquids like nectar, water, and the juice of decaying fruit.  

Midwesterners are used to dramatic shifts in temperature, especially in the spring.  After all, it’s those warm fronts and cold fronts jockeying for position that often result in tornado outbreaks.  That said, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced the highs and lows we did last week.  As one of my friends said:  heater, air conditioning, […]

One of the things I did to put myself through graduate school was to work for a wholesale florist.  Other than the fact that I’m sooooo not a morning person, the job was perfect for me.  For a few (early) hours before school, I’d unpack the daily shipments that just arrived from the airport and […]

Fellow photoblogger, Carol Welsh, takes amazing photos of flowers, especially roses.  This effort pales in comparison, but I wanted to practice one last time on my birthday roses. You Might Also Enjoy: Bad Kitty! Birthday Roses Carol Welsh’s Blog:  Flowers, Trees & Other Such Gifts of Nature