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Birds And Butterflies

Birds and butterflies photographed from March through mid September 2015, in Oklahoma and presented in chronological order.

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Male Northern Cardinal, Selman Ranch, Harper County
Male Northern Cardinal, Selman Ranch, Harper County
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker, Selman Ranch
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker, Selman Ranch
Osprey, Ft.Supply Lake
Osprey, Ft.Supply Lake
White-faced Ibis, Ft. Supply Lake
White-faced Ibis, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Lesser Prairie Chicken Courtship Display, Selman Ranch
Male Lesser Prairie Chicken Courtship Display, Selman Ranch
Common Tern, Ft. Supply Lake
Common Tern, Ft. Supply Lake
Common Nighthawk, Harper County
Common Nighthawk, Harper County
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Northern Bob-white Quail, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Male Northern Bob-white Quail, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Wavy-leaf Thistle, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Wavy-leaf Thistle, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Fledgeling Northern Cardinal, Ft. Supply Lake
Fledgeling Northern Cardinal, Ft. Supply Lake
Killdeer, Ft.Supply Lake
Killdeer, Ft.Supply Lake
American Kestrel Chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
American Kestrel Chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Boiling Springs Stare Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Boiling Springs State Park
Two Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Two Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Monarch Butterfly on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Selman Ranch
Monarch Butterfly on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Selman Ranch

Spring Beauty in North Texas

Indian Paintbrush in Field of Bluebonnets. Lake Whitney State Park, TX.

Indian Paintbrush in Field of Bluebonnets, Lake Whitney State Park, Texas

Bluebonnet, Lake Whitney State Park

Bluebonnet, Lake Whitney State Park

Buckeye Butterfly, Cleburne State Park, TX
Buckeye Butterfly, Cleburne State Park, Texas
Question Mark Butterfly, Cleburne State Park
Question Mark Butterfly, Cleburne State Park
Bluebonnets, Cleburne State Park
This and the following five images were made in Cleburne State Park, Texas.

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Bluebonnets appear more blue in shade or under a cloudy sky and more purple in sunlight.
Bluebonnets appear more blue in shade or under a cloudy sky and more purple in sunlight.

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White flowers are "albino" bluebonnets found in Cleburne State Park.
White flowers are "albino" bluebonnets found in Cleburne State Park.
This and the two following phogtographs made on a farm in the vicinity of Waco, TX.
This and the next two photographs were made on a farm in the vicinity of Waco, Texas.

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Although this photo was made in the same field as the previous two, the color is more purple because they were lit by direct sunlight.
Although this photo was made in the same field as the previous two, the color is more purple due to being lit by direct sunlight.
Baby Blue Eyes, Fort Parker State Park, Texas
Baby Blue Eyes, Fort Parker State Park, Texas

Western Wallflower, Fort Parker State Park
Western Wallflower, Fort Parker State Park

Wildflowers From Years Past

2011 has been an exceptionally dry year in northwestern Oklahoma. This area has received less than five inches of precipitation so far this year, about one-third of normal.  To make matters worse, the drought began in October 2010. From April through June wildflowers are usually abundant in this area and I concentrate on wildflower scenics and close-ups. This year, however, it seems an effort in futility and a waste of gasoline to search for wildflowers to any extent. Therefore, I am posting images from prior years.

The gaillardia or indian blanket is Oklahoma's state Wildflower. Photographed at Cooper The gaillardia or indian blanket is Oklahoma’s state wildflower.

Variegated fritillary butterfly on indian blanket. Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Variegated fritillary butterfly on indian blanket. Cooper Wildlife Management  Area.

Prairie coneflower, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prairie coneflower, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Missouri goldenrod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Missouri goldenrod, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Purple poppy mallow, Woodward CountyPurple poppy mallow or wine cup, Woodward County.

Horse mint and sage brush, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Horse mint and sagebrush, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Regal fritillary on butterfly weed, Cooper Wildlife management Area.Regal fritillary on butterfly weed, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Prickly poppy, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prickly poppy, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

Eastern cottontail rabbit among gaillardia, Boiling Springs State Park.Eastern cottontail rabbit among indian blanket, Boiling Springs State Park.

Prickly pear cactus, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.Prickly pear cactus, Cooper Wildlife Management Area.

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is a remnant of what once covered over 142 million acres in parts of 14 states.  Less than 10% of the original tallgrass prairie remains, with the only large unbroken tracts in the Flint Hills of Oklahoma and Kansas.  The Nature Conservancy, a private, nonprofit conservation organization purchased the 29,000 acre Barnard Ranch in 1989 to establish the preserve.  The preserve now consists of 38,700 acres which The Nature Conservancy owns or leases in Osage County, Oklahoma.

One of Oklahoma's little-known treasures lies north of Pawhuska near the Kansas border.One of Oklahoma’s little-known treasures lies north of Pawhuska near the Kansas border.

In 1993, 300 bison were reintroduced and will eventually grow to a herd of 2700.
In 1993, 300 bison were reintroduced and will eventually grow to a herd of 2700.
Pale Purple Coneflower
Pale Purple Coneflower
Sensitive Briar
Sensitive Briar
Showy Evening Primrose
Showy Evening Primrose
Butterfly weed buds beginning to Open
Butterfly weed buds beginning to open
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed
Atlantis Fritillary On Pale Purple Coneflower
Atlantis Fritillary On Pale Purple Coneflower