Hummingbirds, My Love of Summer

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The challenge of my summer this year was to capture as many hummingbirds as I could. Those little guys are so fast .Sometimes I would sit for a hour lying in wait. So far I have been pretty lucky and patient. Many I might be able to add more to the video soon.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird in the United States and Canada. If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably seen one … or many.
Name and Nicknames
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have many dedicated fans. And so, they have many nicknames: ruby throated, ruby throats, rubythroat, ruby, rubies, hummers, hummer birds. Here’s their scientific name: Archilochus colubris.

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To feed the hummingbirds I use plain sugar. I also plant many varieties of plants that they like too. They are happy here and I am glad they come each year to entertain me. It is funny I always know when they are out of food , as they come buzz me and I say “Im coming to fill it up ” 

To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Winter Birds and Raptors Beautiful Creatures

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My favorite time of the winter is to capture the Birds of Beauty . Winter they are all dressed up in there thick feathers that just makes them beautiful. Everything from Red Shoulder Hawks , Red Tail Hawks to that Gorgeous Red the Cardinal  Male shows off.  

The Missouri Bird ” Eastern Blue Bird ” You will seem him on the tree above along with the 
 

 

 

 

Hiking in Hickory Canyon

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I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different  things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles  to melting and cascading  waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we  got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile . 

Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/hickory-canyons

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE

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A SMILE FOR YOU ALL 🙂

The Colors of Twilight and Sunsets at Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are BEAUTIFUL but  because they are fleeting ~
Richard Paul Evans

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is home to the St. Louis regional office, which includes a visitor center. With hiking trails and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, the Busch Area is also your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.

Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay to enjoy our exhibits, including a 1,300-gallon aquarium. Catch one of our free nature programs, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or wet a line in some of our 28 fishable lakes and ponds.

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Deer Season Approaching Take a Look at My Captures

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I know that it is deer season coming up as well as turkey.I just have never seen a Turkey nor a Deer together..Is that normal?
I thought I share my captures of them. I know there is many people  may  honor that season ,but I am not one of those. I also know the need to have to do it. I just thought I share a fun moment with you as well I just show off a few of my shoots!!
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Missouri’s Natural Beauty

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Well visited one of my favorite place to go which is Pickle Springs Park in St.Genevieve Missouri which also is very close to Farmington ,Missouri. 

 Explore a geological wonderland that is a National Natural Landmark.

 View scenic waterfalls and cool box canyons that harbor unusual plants and animals.

 Enjoy the blossoms of rose azalea along the sandstone valley in the spring.

 This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago. 

Missouri has so much to offer as far as beauty of nature and wildlife. 

 

Pink and Red Beauties

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Just some beautiful spring flowers I captured.
The Begonia Dragon Wing red, ‘Begonia x hybrida’, is a beautiful shade plant growing up to 15 inches tall with a a spread of up to 18 inches. Dragon Wing Pink Begonias perform very well in the landscape with excellent heat tolerance and garden performance. This plant is ideal for hanging baskets on the front porch or in large containers. Begonia Dragon Wings prefer planting beds that are well drained and organic-rich.

Dahlia-Dahlias are easy plants to grow and yield beautiful blooms from mid-summer through fall. In many respects, “dahlia culture” is similar to “tomato culture.” If you can grow tomatoes in your garden, you can successfully grow dahlias. The following notes will help you to add spectacular blooms and brilliant color to your garden!

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Spring Beauty Rain Drops

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Well ,I know lots people don’t like the rain. I look forward to it especially after a rain with spring blossoms . captured this right after a rain. The colors just bursted out from all the rain. This from our DogBerry bush.The dogberry bush, also called red chokeberry or choke pear, is native to most of eastern North America.

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Synchronize Skating Geese

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Synchronize Skating Geese

Synchronize Skating Geese

I captured these at the West City Park in Festus, Missouri. I just found it so cute how the look like they are doing synchronize swimming. As its name suggests, West City Park is located near the City’s western boundary. Bordered on the east by Joachim Creek, the park includes more than 100 acres of open space, pavilions, ball fields, water features and more. West City Park boasts one of the newest and most modern ball field complexes in the region. It also features a three-acre lake, a fairgrounds area for large events, and 1.5 mile bicycle trail.

Contest Winner at JAVA Magazine

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THANK YOU JAVA JOURNAL !! Proud to to have been RUNNER UP in the “WINTER WONDERLAND CONTEST”
http://www.javajournalstl.com/ Magazine PAGE 20 FEB ISSUE- YOU WILL SEE check it out !!
for my” Cover Bridge ”

Runner Up in Magaine

Runner Up in Magazine

Atlas Moth The Largest in the World

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Atlas moth  is is a large Moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, common across the Malay archipelago, Thailand to Indonesia.

These moths are considered the largest in the world in terms of total wing surface area (65 square inches). In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as “snake’s head moth“, referring to apical extension of the forewing, which bears a passing resemblance to a snake’s head.

Another interesting characteristic of the Atlas moth is that it doesn’t have fully developed mouth-parts, so it can’t feed…ever.

It survives on the larval fat reserves, throughout their entire 1-2 weeks adult lives.

I was at the Butterfly House here in St. Louis and I got to watch this Hatch from its cocoon. This was amazing!! so I thought I would share it with the Nature lovers! The very first Picture is what they look like when there wings dry.