Mermet Lake Southern Illinois

Aug262016MermetLakeMy “Little Woman” said lets go somewhere. So we headed out a little before sunrise and drove the fifty minute trip to Mermet Lake in Southern Illinios. We had never been there. The lake is filled with Lilly pads. A gravel road gives you access all the way around the lake. We spent about three hours there then headed home. I think we saw more butterflies there then I have seen anywhere this year. Especially Monarchs. It was a great way to share a morning…

Aug262016GreenHeronInTheLillyPads.

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Aug262016GreatBlueHeron.

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Aug262016GreatBlueHeronHeadShot.

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Aug262016GreatBlueHeronFlying.

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Aug262016GooseAndReflectionTakeOff.

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Aug262016BuckeyeAndSilverSpottedSkipperOnButtonBush.

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Aug262016WaterLillySeedHead.

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Aug262016SulpherButterfly.

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Aug262016HoneyBeeFlyingOverWaterLillyBloom.

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Aug262016BuckeyeButterflyOnButtonBush.

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Aug262016Dragonfly2.

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Aug262016WaterLillyBloom.

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Aug262016EasternTigerSwallowtailOnButtonBush.

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Aug262016WoodDuckUnderWaterLillies.

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Aug262016Sandpiper.

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Aug262016KingfishersFlying.

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Aug262016WaterLillyBloomAndReflection.

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Aug262016ViceroyButteflyOnLillyPad.

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Aug262016BlackButterflyOnLakeMermet.

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Aug262016Dragonfly.

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Aug262016WoodDuck.

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Aug262016DragonflyOnLillyPad2.

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Aug262016HoneyBeeAndSilverSpottedSkipperOnWaterLillyBloom.

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Aug262016DragonflyOnLillyPad.

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Aug262016Dragonflies.

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Aug262016SkipperOnButtonBushBloom.

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Aug262016GreatCrestedFlycatcherWithMothInBeak.

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Aug262016MonarchFlyingToButtonBush.

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Aug262016MonarchOnButtonBushBloom2.

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Aug262016MonarchOnButtonBushBloom.

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Aug262016RedAdmiralOnLillyPad

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Around The Farm

Aug252016SmallButterfly.

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Aug252016BuckeyeButterflies.

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Aug252016BuckeyeButterfly.

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Aug252016SmallFrittilaryButterfly.

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Aug252016SmallFrittilaryButterfly2.

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Aug252016SkipperOnGoldenCosmos.

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Aug252016WolfSpider.

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Aug252016Grasshopper.

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Aug252016SkipperOnIronweed.

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Aug252016FenceLizard.

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Aug252016FenceLizardHeadShot.

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Aug252016GreenTreeFrog2.

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Aug252016GreenTreeFrog

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At The River And In The Field

Aug242016CaspianTern.

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Aug242016CaspianTernFlyingWithFish.

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Aug242016CaspianTernOverhead.

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Aug242016SnowyEgretFlying.

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Aug242016SnowyEgretWithGreatEgretinBackground.

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Aug242016GreatEgretGlidingAtMe.

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Aug242016CormorantLanding.

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Aug242016OspreyFlyingWithFish.

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Aug242016OspreyFlyingWithFishOverhead.

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Aug242016CrabSpiderInThistleBloom.

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Aug242016QuestionMarkButterfly

 

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Feeling Odd

Aug232016BlackCrownedNightHeronFishingIt was an odd Monday. The sun came out and stayed out all day. The persistent heavy clouds and misting rain from the past week gone. The humidity went with it. Somehow this felt odd. Maybe it was due to having to go take impressions for false teeth. Are we supposed to outlive our teeth?

No, I am not depressed. Don’t feel bad. Just feel odd. The natural passions that have always driven me have dwindled. Hell, I don’t get mad anymore. Taking life as it comes, going with the flow. Not fired up to try something new. How can this happen when I still get awed at the things I see each morning? Life has always had its ups, downs, and kinda flat places. Suppose I am in one of those flat places. Not a rut, not the calm before the storm I don’t think. Time to accept, bear the burden of neutrality until the magic of inspiration strikes again…

Aug232016JuvenileBlackCrownedNightHeronFishing.

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Aug232016JuvenileBlackCrownedNightHeronFlying.

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Aug232016GreatEgretFlying2.

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Aug232016GreatEgretFlying.

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Aug232016GreatEgretLandingBesideJuvieBlackCrownedNightHeron.

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Aug232016GreatEgretFishing.

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Aug232016CormorantFishing.

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Aug232016BlackCrownedNightHeronFlying.

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Aug232016WildTurkey.

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Aug232016SkipperOnCosmos.

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Aug232016SkipperOnGoldenCosmos

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Images From Pollinator Weekend

Aug212016DawnWe had a pleasant weekend. Visiting at Kentucky Dam Village State Park. They offered a pollinator weekend. It was a very well organized event. There was much to learn. I came away from the weekend with great respect for the hard work folks put in to their passions. Met some fine folks as well…

Aug212016SulpherButterfly.

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Aug212016SulpherButterflyHeadShot.

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Aug212016Damselfly.

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Aug212016DamselflyOnFlower.

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Aug212016SpottedShellBug.

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Aug212016DamelflyOnBladeOfPlant.

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Aug212016SmallSkipper.

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Aug212016CrescentButterfly.

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Aug212016SkipperOnLantana.

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Aug212016LargeGrasshopper.

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Aug212016LargeGrasshopperHeadShot.

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Aug212016BlackSwallowtailCaterpillar.

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Aug212016BlackBugsOnLambsEar.

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Aug212016PondHawkDragonfly.

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Aug212016OrangeAndBlackBug.

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Aug212016BlackSwallowtailCaterpillar2.

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Aug212016CidadaShellOnBlackEyedSusan.

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Aug212016GolferAtKDV

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