Announcing Art at the Shaw Nature Reserve Show & Sale 2015!

Poster

It is about that time of year.  I am again excited to announce that OZB will be presenting his work (~100 unique prints, specialty enlargements, calendars, greeting cards and more will be available) at Art at the Shaw Nature Reserve 10th Annual Show & Sale to be held the weekend of November 7th and 8th.  There will be more than 20 artists, providing art in a wide variety of mediums, including one particularly pathetic photographer… 😉   Here are directions to the show…

Map

I hope to see you there!

-OZB

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Garden Fleahopper

Garden Fleahopper
Garden Fleahopper

These tiny ones are ubiquitous in a number of habitats and host plants, reach 1-2 mm in length as adults and are pests to a number of agricultural crops.  This brachypterous (short-winged) female was photographed on a Maypop vine (Passiflora incarnata) at Shaw Nature Reserve in the northern Ozarks of Missouri.

Garden Fleahopper
Garden Fleahopper

Birds of Quivira – White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis

The White-faced Ibis are pretty abundant at Quivira and Cheyenne Bottoms and across the Great Plains in general.  It is believed that this was primarily a western species that has been slowly moving eastward during the past century.  Nesting grounds are still rather patchy and infrequent, but they have been documented to nest at both Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira.

White-faced Ibis
White-faced Ibis

-OZB

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

The Goldfinch have really taken a liking to the Silphium in my garden this year.  Every time I’m out there I observe at least a couple picking the seeds.  The two images of this post show them with their more famous plant source, the thistle, taken this summer at RMBS.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

-OZB