One Milkweed Pod In The Forest

This lone Milkweed Pod stood out while I was hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I spotted it from several yards away and decided to photograph it before the Milkweed floss blew away. (Milkweed pods dry out and split open, releasing flat, brown seeds carried aloft by a white, silky fuzz known as milkweed floss.) Milkweed… Read More »

Turtle Shell Found On Forest Floor

I found this Turtle shell a couple of days ago while hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I find shells like this more often than I care to. I always wonder how these turtles died and I always hope it was from old age. I found this one on its back, but that does not mean… Read More »

First Arkansas Snow 2017

We got our first snow today here in the Ouachitas of Arkansas. I went out trying to find something to photograph and thought that this old Volkswagen with snow on it would be great. We didn’t get as much snow as I thought we would, but it may snow later today. Here is my neighbors pond that is… Read More »

Hiking A Ouachita National Forest Stream

My favorite area to hike are the Ouachita National Forest streams. The Ouachita National Forest here in my area of Arkansas has several. I like streams because of the wildlife and plants that live near these water sources. I also like the sound of these streams as they flow through the forest. It is very soothing. I have… Read More »

Praying Mantis Egg Case

I came across this Praying Mantis egg case yesterday while hiking in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas yesterday. This egg case can hold 10-400 tiny mantises and they will begin hatching once the weather gets warm enough. The female Praying Mantis lays between 10 and 400 eggs, depending on the species. Eggs are typically deposited in… Read More »