Totality Eclipse 2017

Wow!

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.

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Metomorphosis

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This frog has not yet lost its tadpole tail.

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa).  I think this is a juvenile male, but I am no dragonfly expert.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) feeding on Standing Cypress (Ipomopsis rubra)

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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.

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Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe) on Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

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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.

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Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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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.

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Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

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Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

 

Yellow-Breasted Chat (Icteria virens).   Very colorful bird.    Saw him in my lower field last evening.

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