Early June in the Wichitas

June 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm (Butterflies, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers, Wildlife)

Echinacea, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Echinacea, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Today the angels are having a bowling tournament, and they must have busted some water pipes because the morning has been as dark as dusk behind a waterfall. I planned to enjoy another sunny Sunday at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge but I’ll have to relive the memories of last week with this blog post.

Large Wood Nymph on buttonbush blossom

Large Wood Nymph on buttonbush blossom

Because of Oklahoma’s location in the country’s midsection, there are a lot of flora and fauna I’m familiar with from both east and west. Sometimes, like with the buttonbush above, I’m reminded of my year in the Okefenokee swamp. There were several butterfly species feasting on the nectar, several of which were new to me.

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Question Mark Butterfly

The Question Mark butterfly does have a question mark – the tiny white “comma” with a “dot” on the underside of the wing. You can see it here. It’s similar to the Comma butterfly, which lacks the “dot.”

Ailanthus webworm moth on buttonbush blossom

Ailanthus webworm moth on buttonbush blossom

Sunday morning is my favorite time to lollygag along the roads because there are fewer people there. Driving up after work is another wonderful time to visit the refuge.

Longhorn-cows-May,-Wichita-Mts-OK-(9)-copyThe Texas longhorns are a historic breed, and there’s quite a story to their inclusion into the Wichita Mountains lineup.

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They are well-loved, even by non-Aggies. The bull above has a number on his side, but I don’t know why.

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Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’……

Lone buffalo in a field of gold

Lone buffalo in a field of gold

The bison have been much more visible since the grass greened up.

Butterfly weed

Butterfly weed

I wouldn’t call it a weed myself.

Lemon bee balm or horse mint

Lemon bee balm or horse mint

It looks like Chinese temples to me. A very lovely wildflower.

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I try to visit the Wichita Mountains once a week, and there’s always at least several new flowers when I do.

Prairie coneflower

Prairie coneflower

Standing cypress, Gilia rubra

Standing cypress, Gilia rubra

I’m mystified as to why this is called a “cypress” but it is a stunning tall flower.

Standing cypress

Standing cypress

Nope. Still doesn’t look like cypress.

A rock garden

A rock garden

Field of gold

Field of gold among the prairie dogs

Wild prairie grasses

Wild prairie grasses

Male widow skimmer

Male widow skimmer

The sun’s out now. The rivers and creeks are rising. Still a good day to stay home and edit photographs.

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