Blog Posts from Fresh Afield - 2013

A Pawn in the Game of Life

Dec 02, 2013

Do you ever get the feeling your big brain and opposable thumbs aren't really that big an advantage?

Greenhead Daydreams

Oct 21, 2013

Die-hard duck hunters and their dogs will be in the marsh on opening day, whether the birds come or not.

A blacl Labrador retriever brings in a duck

Deer Antlers: Does anyone know the score?

Oct 09, 2013

Points and inches aren't always what makes deer antlers special.

Deer 1

Muskrat Love

May 21, 2013

I noticed something in the water, and it wasn’t the catfish or bluegill that I am accustomed to witnessing...

Photograph of a muskrat standing on grass

First Hummingbird of the Year!

Apr 18, 2013

If you haven't put out your nectar feeders yet, now is the time!

Ruby-throated hummingbird in flight

Time Warps

Apr 11, 2013

These two areas will transport you to a time before the last ice age.

The trail above Cupola Pond offers a good view of the pond.

Belted Kingfishers Returning Soon

Apr 02, 2013

According to the 2013 Natural Events Calendar, the belted kingfishers will be returning on or around the third of April.

Belted kingfisher on a branch.

Black and Orange and Bugging You

Feb 08, 2013

There are always a few boxelder bugs roaming the interiors of many Missouri houses and buildings over the winter, but I don’t ever remember seeing several per day every day.

Box Elder Bug

A Farewell to Feeding

Feb 06, 2013

The cost of artificial feeding for deer is too high.

Photo shows a mature whitetail buck with antlers in velvet.

Lawn Weeds Prevalent This Winter

Jan 31, 2013

A number of Missourians have contacted me this past fall and this winter regarding the weedy plants that are taking over their lawns and some say “killing the grass.”

lawn weeds

Winter Wonderland

Jan 30, 2013

Cold weather turns Missouri's original natural area into a photographer's dream.

This photo shows the 40-foot open span of Clifty Creek's natural bridge.

Polka-Dotted Venison?!

Jan 29, 2013

Is this meat safe to eat? Yes.

This photo shows a cut of venison with dark red spots on the surface.