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Wild plums

Jul 24th, 2006 | By

Before the heat wave, the wild plum crop appeared promising. In the last week, most of the fruit have dropped off. Sigh. I was so looking forward to adding wild plum jelly to the pantry shelves. 

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Wild cherries

Jul 13th, 2006 | By

If I were 20 feet taller, I could harvest this thick crop of wild cherries. I picked a modest amount from the branches I could reach, but they grow much thicker in the sunny treetops. I’ve also been picking wild blackberries and the fully ripened deep purple gooseberries. The ripe gooseberries are quite tasty, much
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Indian Paintbrush

May 21st, 2006 | By

Just down the road there’s a patch of prairie, blooming with native flowers. It’s owned by a friendly neighbor who doesn’t mind me wandering about, snapping photos. About a week ago, the Indian Paintbrush hit it’s prime, and its bright splashes of color dominated the field. This week, the yellows and blues are gradually taking
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Spring peeper!

May 1st, 2006 | By

Technically it’s a gray treefrog, Missouri’s most common species of treefrog. I tracked it by sound to this perch on the rip of our above-ground pool. Since it sounded more like “a birdlike, musical trill” than “a buzzer”, I concluded, with the help of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website that my visitor is an
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Wild strawberries

Apr 6th, 2006 | By

Several patches of wild strawberries are blooming in the back pasture. The majority grow among a couple of burnt-out blackberry patches the wildfires cleared this winter. They’re also near the cedars, at the edge of a plum thicket, and scattered here and there among the grass. Judging from the number of buds on most plants,
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Natural knots

Mar 15th, 2006 | By

This thick tangle of vines wraps around two young elm trees and extend up into the treetops. The bark is smooth, unlike wild grapevines nearby. I’m hoping when it leafs out I’ll be able to figure out what it is.

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Way over there

Mar 5th, 2006 | By

The prairie chickens returned to their booming grounds just before sunset a few days ago. My daughter and I watched them for nearly an hour as they made their way across a wheat field and then began their display. One stayed a bit away from the others, keeping watch perhaps for the return of the
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Booming grounds

Mar 2nd, 2006 | By

This morning I got up early and drove to the Taberville Prairie conservation area to watch the prairie chickens. Turns out, the current booming grounds are on private property across the road from this lovely piece of prairie. I saw six Greater Prairie Chickens (Tympanuchus cupido pinnatus). I even got one photo with a streak
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Don’t forget the flashlight

Nov 22nd, 2005 | By

I got sidetracked with a project and didn’t get out to the pasture to move the goats until after dark. Not fun when that overgrown pathway is surrounded by thorny locust tree trunks and saplings like this. The goats were most displeased by my tardiness and displayed their tempers in various ways. Once again, I
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Icy puff

Oct 27th, 2005 | By

Moments after I photographed this frosted dandelion puff, the sun melted the ice crystals. Photo by LauraP

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