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Monday, August 21, 2017

Dragonflies again....

Again, I cannot settle on just one photo...

These were take a few days ago...

they were taken up at the swampy area about 30 minutes north of here.

There were not near as many there that day as there was the last time we were there. is a Cicada Killer

These photos are not cropped.  You might enjoy clicking to expand the view.  We call them beewolves...not sure if that is the right identification. 

Thanks to Sandra, it has been identified as a cicada killer.  

I watched this guy for half an hour while tried to drag this cicado down through a crack.

I was about 4 ft away from it.

I should have tried a little video, but didn't think about it.

I do hope you found the photos interesting...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

From one day in September of 2008

For the Barn Collective, I have gone back to just one day in September of 2008...

I think they are all from over in Illinois.

Notice the little openings down?  I wonder what they are for.

I think this is a nice one!

I kind of like this view.

Two for one in this  shot..

I zoomed in for a closer look.

The Barn Collective

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Big boy!

It was midday when I took this so just couldn't get a better photo. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

From a distance...the Red Admiral

This little beauty was about 8ft away...this first one is not cropped...

this one is cropped.  When I worked at the orchard, the Red Admiral would land on my arm at least a few times during the picking season. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Days like this and a ?

We have had more days like this this summer than I think we have ever had in one summer.    We try to get out and enjoy them all we can.

Down at the end of this pond lotus are growing...the property has No Trespassing signs so I cannot walk down close to them.
How I wish I could cause they are only about 8-10 minutes from here.  They are not far at all...

This Great Blue Heron was down close to the far end.  We see him in about this exact spot quite often.

At a different pond, I spotted this guy.  When I first spotted it, it was out in the water, with its wings spread open.  Before I could even zoom in and focus, it took flight.   The only thing that crossed my mind was cormorant, but don't really have any idea if it could be one.  I am hoping someone that sees them often can tell me if they think that is one or if you know what it is, please say so.  My photo is so blurry that I can do nothing to enhance it to give details.  Even in the original, I cannot tell much about its beak.

We have seen cormorants down at the Goose Pond area...and in looking at photos on Google, I found a photo of one sitting in the water that closely resembles what I saw.  I just wish I could see the beak in my photo.

Butterfly picture show...

The other day I spotted this little buy on the thistle while driving through the strip pits.

I could not believe my luck,

there was no wind to speak of and it seemed willing to stay there.

None of these were cropped images...

This was the best time I ever had photographing this kind of butterfly...which I think is a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, but if you know it is a different species please tell in the comments.

As always, click to expand the view!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


The first couple shots are new shots of a barn I have photographed before.  It is up north of here in another county.

Next we will have two that are scans of photos from pre-digital days.

For the life of me, I cannot remember where they were taken, though I am pretty sure it is somewhere in Parke County.

I would love to be able to find this one again, especially.  I think it is such a great barn.

I hope you have enjoyed the barns I posted...if you have any barn photos, please consider posting them and join The Barn Collective!

Saturday, August 12, 2017


There was a pair of Mute Swans up at Heron first I only seen the one above....but then I looked closer.

 I saw that there were two of them...

They were both preening...

We watched for several minutes and they stayed busy...

With these photos I am linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

Friday, August 11, 2017

Anyone like dragonflies?

Click to expand the view
I love dragonflies...

These are from the other day in Illinois.

This was the only shot of I got of this guy.

I am so pleased with my little camera for shots like these.

I hope you enjoyed the multiple images.

You can almost see the 'smile' if you look real close.

A pause for the color purple...

This plant was growing in the marsh/water...

I do not know the name of it and have not had time to try to find it.

I know these last two are about exactly the same but I could not choose between the two.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wing shots from the sidewalk....

There is a side walk that leads over to observation tower at the Heron Park...these two critters we saw first thing.

I spotted this dragonfly right away.  This is cropped from the original shot.

I would not have seen this damselfly if Roger had not pointed it out to me.  The above shot is a cropped version of the original, too...but the one below is not cropped.

That is it for now, but later there will be more dragonflies than you want to see!
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