This is the Director's Cut Extended Edition for this album, meaning I have included many photos which don't meet my typical artistic standards because they hold special memories for me. If you are looking for a shorter and higher quality collection, visit the curated Theatrical Cut at PRAIRIE RIDGE ECOSTATION SUMMER 2023 - THEATRICAL RELEASE.

In my first adult camp, we learned about herps - the combined group of reptiles and amphibians. We then attempted to find some real live ones, and came up with a little ring-necked snake, green tree frogs, extremely fast and shy green frogs (this is the worst common name ever given to an animal; imagine trying to find a specific frog when searching Green Frog rather than just ... frogs that are green), and a blue-tailed skink.

Secondly, we learned about the Great Sunflower Project, a citizen science project focused on countign and identifying pollinators (not just on sunflowers). We went to the native plant garden to look for bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, and anybody else who might be pollinating. It was a party out there!

Red Milkweed Beetle

Large Milkweed Bug
(these names I swear)

Ring-necked Snake

Dog vomit beetle I mean Dogbane Beetle

Blue Dasher

Green Tree Frog (not just a tree frog who is green, a Green Tree Frog)

Green Frog (not just a frog who is green, a Green Frog (baby))
(he's not even green)

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Paper Wasp

Male Eastern Pondhawk

Mystery bug

Blue-tailed Skink

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Great Golden Digger Wasp

I have an entire damselfly guide in front of me right now
and I still can't tell you who this is

Leaf-footed Bug

Large Milkweed Bugs making more

Some kind of skipper (butterfly)

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar

Doing science

Science achieved