Archive for the ‘Summer’ Category

Blooms along the river

So I wasn’t sure I was going to make it out to take pictures today but I’m glad I did. I’ve always liked cloudy and rainy days, usually because of the rain effect but by the time I got out this afternoon, it was mostly just muddy.

That said, there were also several flowers blooming along the Meramec River, including the one in this picture. The unfortunate thing is I don’t know what flower this is, so I guess I have a research question now.


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Insects in the winter

These days it seems that insects are what I’m most enjoying when it comes to nature. In fact, I just took up the hobby of photography with my new(ish) camera, and so insects sort of fell right into my lap as it were.

I’ve been having so much fun taking pictures of bees and butterflies in particular, along with all the flowers in my yard. Of course, I just started doing this a few weeks ago, so I can’t wait till I have a whole summer to do this.

Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Where do insects go in the winter?by Mary Jo DiLonardo Over at Mother News Network. Now of course, my next purchase will be a lense for taking close up shots of all insects. I can’t wait!



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Summer heat = dull fall colors

So unfortunately this is another one of those articles that you need to have an account for but as usual, I will tell you, you can go to your local library and look for the October 14-15 weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal and read it there.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Leave It to the Heat to Dull Autumn’s Glory” by Jo Craven McGinty at the Wall Street Journal. I know from what I’ve seen around here so far, fall might be a little dull in St. Louis.



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Summer time

The last few days the kids and I have noticed many, many fireflies and so when I saw this article tonight, I thought it was appropriate. The article is entitled “Fireflies! 12 things you didn’t know about lightning bugs” by Melissa Breyer over at the Mother Nature Network.



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I got this e-mail the other day from my youngest son’s 2nd grade teacher  about how they need to bring a rock to class this week. It seems that they’re going to use if for their geology project.  Despite all the rocks (but no geodes) we have in our house from our walks in nature and our summer vacations up north, it looks like he’s going to take one that my mom has.

It’s one that my dad found one summer and that to me is special because my kids never met their grandpa. Maybe we’ll go find some more rocks this weekend as grandpa’s birthday is this Sunday, October 13th.

So when I came this  article about rocks while cleaning out my backpack tonight, I thought okay, here’s a good idea. The article is actually entitled “Weathering” by Michael Pidwirny over at The Encyclopedia of Earth.

Happy Birthday Dad!


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Yes, it’s also the title of another amazing song, this one by Carrie Newcomer entitled Geodes .

If you can’t stand the heat…

Okay, it’s official, summer is here.

Here in Missouri, all 114 counties in Missouri have been declared declared disaster areas according to this article, “All of Missouri Gets Disaster Declaration for Drought” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If that’s not bad enough, check out “A Year After Floods, Shippers Face Low Mississippi River” by the Associated Press via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Meanwhile, on the otherside of the world we also have evidence such as in “Iraq’s ‘Green Belt’ Fights Desertification” from Chris at Newslook via Ecology.



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