I took the day off to see the eclipse. George Kopp helped me get some photos and video. The totality was really magical. It will probably take me a few days to sort through my media, but I wanted to post something quickly. This was taken during the totality with my 600 mm lens. No need for a filter at that point. I will post more if anything turns out well.
This frog has not yet lost its tadpole tail.
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa). I think this is a juvenile male, but I am no dragonfly expert.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) feeding on Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Standing Cypress. This is the only hummingbird native to Missouri. The standing cypress is usually found more to the Southwest, but the hummingbirds like it, so I plant a bit each year. It is a biennial that only lives for two years and only blooms in the second year.
No tricks or shortcuts with this photo. I just parked by a clump of the Standing Cypress and waited for some action.
Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata). I really like both the moth and the plant. Pickerelweed is a water plant that grows on the edges of my frog ponds. The moth has several common names…… hummingbird moth, clear wing moth. To me, it looks like a flying crawfish.
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Milkweeds are important to Monarch butterflies. I have planted several species. This is the most common one that you will see along roadsides.
Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens)
Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens). Very colorful bird. Saw him in my lower field last evening.