Face to Face With Dragonfly

I photograph lots of Dragonflies during the summer here in Arkansas. I try to get different angles so that you can see up close how these insects look. Many dragonflies are territorial, especially males. Some protect a territory against others of their own species, some against other species of dragonfly and a few against other types of insects.… Read More »

Dung Beetle Rolling Poop

My photo of a Dung Beetle rolling poop may gross you out but they play an important role. They enhance nutrient recycling and soil structure when burying and consuming dung. They are also good for dispersing seeds that are sometimes present in animal poop. After making a ball out of the poop they will roll it in a… Read More »

Dwarf American Toad

While mowing my yard I spotted this Dwarf American Toad. I made a post yesterday in reference to a Fowler’s Toad I also found while mowing. This Dwarf American Toad was near my cabin which is close to the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. The Fowler’s Toad was at my place in town. The Dwarf American Toad… Read More »

Fowler’s Toad Up Close

The Fowler’s Toad must like my yard here in Arkansas because every summer I see several. I read that they like mixed pine and hardwood forests, bottom lands and urban areas (Herps of Arkansas). I have several pines and oaks in my yard. I see these toads primarily while mowing, because I watch for them to keep from… Read More »

Johnson Grass Blocking View

This is a difficult time to photograph at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The Johnson Grass growing next to the road blocks my view of most wildlife. Employees at the refuge keep lots of it mowed near the auto tour road but this plant grows and spreads. Johnson Grass isn’t the only plant that grows tall… Read More »