Nature

Predator and prey …

Nature seems harsh to some people.  To a naturalist it seems logical.  It’s all a part of an on-going process called the balance of nature and evolution. And yes, Homo sapiens is as much a part of the process as some obscure amoeba. Photo by L. Dillon.  Click to enlarge. Today I witnessed a predation […]

The season is a changing …

We may not have a lot of fall color yet in the Oklahoma Cross Timbers, but the days are shorter and the cool fronts are beginning to visit us every 7-10 days.  The whitetails are noticing the cooler weather, too.  I generally attempt to photo deer this time of year when a cool front hits […]

Seedlings available online

Fall is a great time to plant trees.  There is probably nothing better an individual can do for the environment than plant a tree.  Aside from their beauty, trees are the lungs of our planet and native species are a vital strand in the web of life, providing habitat for native insects, birds and wildlife.  […]

An Oklahoma treasure…

I guess it’s no secret that the Wichita Mountains are one of my favorite haunts.  I go down every chance I get and I’m always rewarded with an abundance of animal and plant life. Photos by L. Dillon.  Click to enlarge. This little mixed grass prairie island has always been pretty much unsettled and devoid […]

Mowing methods that protect wildlife

I’m pleased to see a good conservation article in the Norman Transcript written by Heath Herje with the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension service.  He points out that simply changing the timing and mowing pattern  of a hayfield can save wildlife from being killed.  While his article is directed at those in agriculture, the mowing patterns […]

Create a Monarch waystation

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Monarch butterflies, yet it seems most of America is hell-bent on contributing to their demise. A Monarch caterpillar on Tropical Milkweed in my yard. The Monarch is another species in trouble due to habitat loss, both in the U.S. and Mexico.  This is the only migrating butterfly and […]

A visit to the ancient mountains…

I recently profiled the Wichita Mountains here, but I’m not sure one can get too much of a good thing.  OK. I can think of a couple of things that can be carried to excess, but not enjoying Oklahoma’s diverse natural world, nor 12-year old Dalmore.  Carolyn and I took a short visit to the […]