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While birding at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge we noticed several large bushy plants with these fascinating blooms. I snapped a few shots planning to do a little research later to try to figure out the variety of plant. Turns out to be a Buttonbush. Buttonbush is a fairly widespread deciduous shrub that typically grows in wet soil. The name of this shrub comes from the interesting flowers, which are arranged in small spheres with protruding anthers. The flowers are popular with bees and butterflies. Fruiting heads appear throughout the winter and are consumed by many waterfowl and shorebirds.
This could be sharper but it's interesting enough to post.

Tags:   buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis flora button ball honey bell globe flower nature conservation big bang bush

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... of the Owl I encountered this spring.

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Habitat : Forests
Food : Mammals
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Aerial Dive
Conservation : Low Concern

Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

"The Great Gray Owl is a dapper owl dressed in a gray suit with a bow tie across its neck and a surprised look on its face. In the stillness of a cold mountain meadow the elusive giant quietly floats on broad wings across meadows and openings in evergreen forests. They are mostly owls of the boreal forest with small populations in western mountains, but in some years they move farther south in search of food, giving some a unique opportunity to see this majestic owl." - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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Tags:   2833 Great Gray Owl Strix nebulosa Owl Raptor Bird of Prey Bird Nature Wildlife Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

N 303 B 4.4K C 30 E Jun 9, 2020 F Jul 9, 2020
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... but we still like you anyway! (What's not to like about a creature with a rack shaped like a heart!)

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The past 24 hours have been insane. I was out shooting all morning, came home, had lunch, a nap - necessary after only five hours sleep - and then learned that a storm was on the way. Watched the squall line stretching across the horizon, grabbed my gear and jumped in the car. Five km out of town I took a side road, jumped out, and made this shot. The cloud shelf on the right was moving very fast, and lightning was flashing to the left, so I worked fast, in a wind that was strong enough to knock me off balance. Ten minutes later the rain came hammering down, and I headed for home, to find trees down in the village and the power out. No damage to my house.

The power has been off and on since then. After a calm night, the wind is roaring this afternoon. I will try to get to everyone's photos but it all depends on the power staying on!

Photographed along Butte Road near Val Marie, Saskatchewan (Canada). Don't use this image on websites, blogs, or other media without explicit permission ©2020 James R. Page - all rights reserved.

Tags:   landscape storm clouds sky squall line danger cloud shelf thunderstorm electrical storm windy lone tree prairie wild Val Marie Saskatchewan Canada copyrighted James R. Page Explored

N 44 B 449 C 18 E Jul 6, 2020 F Jul 6, 2020
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Baby marmots share a tender moment

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