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Floral

Frenzy

Pollen clings to a bee’s legs as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects. Photos By: Christopher Gannon

Busy bugs at The Gardeners of America in Johnston

ABOVE: A spotted cucumber beetle escapes the morning sun. A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower as a new bloom hangs over it . During this time of the year, flowers begin to finish blooming. ABOVE: Pollen clings to a bee’s legs as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects.

The lady bug relaxes as it snacks on the juicy green leafs of a lily plant. Many types of insects can be found all over the gardens.


ABOVE: A ladybug stretches to climb from one leaf to another atop a Garden Phlox bud at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for

Buggin’

Around

Flowers have begun to bloom just in time for spring critters to begin on their journeys.

ABOVE: Pollen clings to a bee’s body as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the beautiful blossoms.

ABOVE: A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the hundreds of blossoms at the garden. LEFT: A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the hundreds of blossoms at the garden.


RIGHT: b0716garden - shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/The Register -- A ladybug climbs a Garden Phlox plant at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the hundreds

Not so garden variety

ABOVE: b0716garden - shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/ The Register -- A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily at The Gardeners of America/ Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a

ABOVE: b0716garden - shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/The Register -- A grasshopper suns itself atop a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for insects - as well as for

LEFT: b0716garden - shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/The Register -- A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday


Photo curtesy of Justin Hayworth/The Register

John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning.

Around Iowa in seven days

A pair of riders exchange a high five after passing through the “Tunnel of Dreams” while arriving in Dyersville Friday morning.

Photo curtesy of Christopher Gannon/The Register

Photo curtesy of Harry Baumert/The Register

Above: John MacTaggart, 27, of North Liberty, gets a wind boost as he heads into Winthrop on Friday morning.

RIght: Sam Simon of Battle Ground, IN said his 15 minute nap in Aplington Wednesday was refreshing and that the slide was more comfortable than his tent.

Below: Beneath the dusk’s final glow, Darla and Craig Bruggeman of Inwood dip their tires into the Rock River Saturday evening in Rock Rapids.

Photo curtesy of Andrea Melendez/The Register

Above: Tara Scieszinski of Albia has a check list written on her arm of all the towns along the ride today. Her friend Katie Bunch of Albia would cross them off for her as they made it to the next town on her arm. RAGBRAI riders make their way from Rock Rapids to Spencer on the first day. The ride today was 75.7 miles taking them through George, Ashton, Melvin, Hartley and Moneta. Photo curtesy of Christopher Gannon/The Register

Photo curtesy of Mary Chind/The Register


ABug’sLife

Above: A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden.

Explore the bright and buzzy life of the many-winged creatures that happily that spend their summers in the garden.

Above: A ladybug stretches to climb from one leaf to another atop a Garden Phlox bud. his photograph was made using a 100mm macro lens. Right: Pollen clings to a bee’s body as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower. ALL PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER GANNON/THE REGISTER

Top right: A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom. Bottom right: A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily.


An Insect’s

Garden RIGHT: A grasshopper suns itself atop a Rudbeckia flower. It was a busy morning at the garden for insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the beautiful blossoms. (Christopher Gannon/ The Des Moines Register)

ABOVE: A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register)

ABOVE: A ladybug climbs a Garden Phlox plant at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden. A group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the hundreds of blossoms at the garden. (Christopher Gannon/ The Des Moines Register) LEFT: A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom Wednesday morning in Johnston. (Christopher Gannon/ The Des Moines Register)

ABOVE: Pollen clings to a bee’s body as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden (Christopher Gannon/ The Des Moines Register)


NOT SO CREEPY

CRAWLERS

The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden in Johnston, IA features a range of not only plant life, but insects as well. (Photos by Christopher Gannon/ The Des Moines Register)

A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar. A ladybug stretches to climb from one leaf to another atop a Garden Phlox bud.

A grasshopper suns itself atop a Rudbeckia flower on a sunny Wesnesday morning.

A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily.

A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom.


Above: A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar from his watchdog perch on Wednesday morning at the national headquarters.

An acrobatic sweat bee scales the side of a Veronica blossom at The Gardeners of America/ Men’s Garden Clubs of America in Johnston.

A spotted cucumber beetle expertly navigates between two petals of a daylily using his specially designed sticky toes while avoiding drops of perilous dew.

A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America garden. The Rudbeckias were given constant attention from the insects and the volunteers as they attempted to nurture the budding flowers. All Photos: Christopher Ganon

Blossoming beauty Volunteers joined with native insects at The Gardeners of America/ Men’s Garden Club of America in Johnston on Wednesday to care for flowers basking in the hot morning sun.

A ladybug carefully descends a vibrant Garden Phlox plant early Wednesday morning at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden.


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RAGBRAI: R

life

on the road

John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning.

JUSTIN HAYWORTH/THE REGISTER

John MacTaggart, 27, of North Liberty, gets a wind boost as he heads into Winthrop on Friday morning. HARRY BAUMERT/THE REGISTER

A RAGBRAI rider prepares for the sun with plenty of sunblock Friday as she makes her way through Winthrop. HOLLY MCQUEEN/THE REGISTER

A Man sits under water to massage his weary back muscles folCHRISTOPHER GANNON/THE REGISTER lowing Monday’s ride.


Nature’s Finest: The Gardeners of America National Headquarters Christopher Garner

A ladybug stretches to climb from one leaf to another atop a Garden Phlox bud.

Christopher Garner

A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom. This photograph was made using a 100mm macro lens.

Christopher Garner

A grasshopper suns itself atop a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston.

Christopher Garner

Christopher Garner

A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar at The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects - and for humans - as a group of volunteers worked to care for the beautiful blossoms.

A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily at the national headquarters garden.


Bikers Takeover

r0726ragbrai taken 07/23/07 Aredale, Ia. Photo By Justin Hayworth -- r0726ragbrai13jh -- John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning. REGISTER PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAYWORTH

r0726ragbrai taken 07/23/07 Aredale, Ia. Photo By Justin Hayworth -r0726ragbrai16jh -- John Edwards and Lance Armstrong talk as they ride along the RAGBRAI route outside Aredale Wednesday morning. REGISTER PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAYWORTH

Register photo by Christopher Gannon 7/25/07 -- m0726ragbrai -- RAGBRAI riders climb on an antique tractor to take photos of the crowd descending on Kesley Wednesday. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

Register photo by Christopher Gannon 7/27/07 - m0728ragbrai -- A pair of riders exchange a high five after passing through the “Tunnel of Dreams� while arriving in Dyersville Friday morning. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

Tara Scieszinski of Albia has a check list written on her arm of all the towns along the ride today. Her friend Katie Bunch of Albia would cross them off for her as they made it to the next town on her arm. RAGBRAI riders make their way from Rock Rapids to Spencer on the first day. The ride today was 75.7 miles taking them through George, Ashton, Melvin, Hartley and Moneta. (Andrea Melendez/The Register)


RAGBAI riders take off! RAGBAI attracts people all over the country to come ride all across Iowa in seven days in this non competetive bycicle ride. This year, more people attended in this event than ever.

RAGBRAI riders climb on an antique tractor to take photos of the crowd descending on Kesley Wednesday.

Steve Pade of Burlingam, CA, enjoys an ear of sweet corn on his stop in Marathon. This is his third RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI Monday, July 23rd.

Photo by Harry Baumert. Shot 7/27/07. Winthrop, Ia. - s0728ragbrai.4hb - John MacTaggart, 27, of North Liberty, gets a wind boost as he heads into Winthrop on Friday morning.

John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning.

Do you have what it takes to take on the challenge? A pair of riders exchange a high five after passing through the “Tunnel of Dreams� while arriving in Dyersville Friday morning. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)


LEFT: Members of the Hershberger family watch the RAGBRAI riders go by outside of Hazleton Thursday. (Holly McQueen/The Register) RIGHT: Beneath the dusk’s final glow, Darla and Craig Bruggeman of Inwood dip their tires into the Rock River Saturday evening in Rock Rapids. It is the first RAGBRAI for the couple, who choose to train for and join the ride this year because it started in their home county. (Christopher Gannon/ The Register) ABOVE: Steve Pade of Burlingam, CA, enjoys an ear of sweet corn.(Andrea Melendez/ The Register)

ABOVE: John MacTaggart, 27, of North Liberty, gets a wind boost as he heads into Winthrop on Friday morning. (HarryBaumert/ The Register) ABOVE: John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning. (Justin Hayworth/ The Register)

“ATRADITIONof burning pavement” Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa


Ragbrai Rages On

A pair of riders exchange a high five after passing through the “Tunnel of Dreams” while arriving in Dyersville Friday morning.

Edwards and Lance Armstrong talk as they ride along the RAGBRAI route outside Aredale Wednesday morning. Dan Clark of Denver, Col., hoists his bicycle over his head with wife Debbie at the conclusion of RAGBRAI XXXV in Bellevue Saturday. It was their 8th RAGBRAI.

Sam Simon of Battle Ground, IN said his 15 minute nap in Aplington Wednesday was refreshing and that the slide was more comfortable than his tent.

SaturdayBeneath the dusk’s final glow, Darla and Craig Bruggeman of Inwood dip their tires into the Rock River Saturday evening in Rock Rapids. It is the first RAGBRAI for the couple, who choose to train for and join the ride this year because it started in their home county.

Doug Burleson of Odessa Mo., sits under falling water at the Humboldt water park to massage his weary back muscles following Monday’s ride into town from Spencer.


Ragbrai

RACING

John MacTaggart, 27, of North Liberty, gets a wind boost as he heads into Winthrop on Friday morning. HARRY BAUMERT

John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning. JUSTIN HAYWORTH Steve Pade of Burlingam, CA, enjoys an ear of sweet corn on his stop in Marathon. This is his third RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI Monday, July 23rd. Spencer to Humboldt. Pass through towns, Dickens, Gillett Grove, Webb, Marathon, Laurens, (Albert City is on the Karras Loop), Havelock, Rolfe, Bradgate, and Rutland. ANDREA MELENDEZ

RAGBRAI riders climb on an antique tractor to take photos of the crowd descending on Kesley Wednesday. CHRISTOPHER GANNON

Dan Clark of Denver, Col., hoists his bicycle over his head with wife Debbie at the conclusion of RAGBRAI XXXV in Bellevue Saturday. It was their 8th RAGBRAI. CHRISTOPHER GANNON


their perspective OUR

BUG VIEW

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Photo Story by Christopher Gannon Des Moines Register christopergannonphotography.com

gannon@thedmregister.org @gannonphoto


Just us

BUGS hanging out

ABOVE b0716garden

- shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/The Register -- Pollen clings to a bee's body as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower at The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America national headquarters

ABOVE b0716garden shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/ The Register -- A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily at The Gardeners of America/ Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for insects - as well as for humans - a group of volunteers held a weekly gathering to care for the hundreds of blos-

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- shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/The Register -- A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom at The Gardeners of America/ Men's Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in

ABOVE b0716garden - shot 07/15/09 Johnston, IA. Christopher Gannon/The Register -- A ladybug descends a Garden Phlox plant at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden Wednesday morning in Johnston. It was a busy morning at the garden for flower pollinating insects - as well as for humans - a group of


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ABOVE: A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar. CHRISTOPHER GANNON

ABOVE: Pollen clings to a bee’s body as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower. CHRISTOPHER GANNON

LEFT: A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom. ABOVE: A ladybug stretches to climb from one leaf to another atop a Garden Phlox bud. CHRISTOPHER GANNON

ABOVE: Pollen clings to a bee’s legs as it collects nectar while pollinating a Rudbeckia flower. CHRISTOPHER GANNON


SPEEDY RECOVERY

Pacing is key for these RAGBRAI riders. Cyclists made their way from Rock Rapids to Spencer on the first leg of the 6 day ride. The rest stops included food, celebrations and a few naps.

RAGBRAI riders climb on an antique tractor to take photos of the crowd descending on Kesley. Photo by Andrea Melendez

Dan Clark of hoists his bicycle over his head with wife Debbie at the conclusion of RAGBRAI. Photo by Christopher Gannon

A pair of riders exchange a high five after passing through the “Tunnel of Dreams� while arriving in Dyersville Friday morning. Photo by Christopher Gannon

Sam Simon of Battle Ground, IN said his 15 minute nap in Aplington Wednesday was refreshing and that the slide was more comfortable than his tent. Photo by Mary Chind

Steve Pade of Burlingam, CA, enjoys an ear of sweet corn on his stop in Marathon. This is his third RAGBRAI. Photo by Andrea Melendez


A ladybug climbs a Garden Phlox plant at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden on a Wednsday morning in Johnston. Christopher Gannon.

A bugs eye view An inside look at a day in the life of a bug

A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden in Johnston. Christopher Gannon.

TOP A bee pollinates a Rudbeckia flower while collecting nectar at The Gardeners of Americain Johnston. RIGHT A spotted cucumber beetle climbs between petals on a daylily at The Gardeners of America in Johnston. Christopher Gannon.

A sweat bee gathers pollen from a Veronica blossom at The Gardeners of America/Men’s Garden Clubs of America national headquarters garden in Johnston. Christopher Gannon.


CRAZE FOR THE RACE

Steve Pade of Burlingam, CA, enjoys an ear of sweet corn on his stop in Marathon. This is his third RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI Monday, July 23rd. Spencer to Humboldt. Pass through towns, Dickens, Gillett Grove, Webb, Marathon, Laurens, (Albert City is on the Karras Loop), Havelock, Rolfe, Bradgate, and Rutland. (Andrea Melendez/ The Register)

John Edwards and Lance Armstrong talk as they ride along the RAGBRAI route outside Aredale Wednesday morning.

Tara Scieszinski of Albia has a check list written on her arm of all the towns along the ride today. The ride today was 75.7 miles taking them through George, Ashton, Melvin, Hartley and Moneta. (Andrea Melendez/ The Register)

Cedar Falls, Members of the He r s h b e r g e r family watch the RAGBRAI riders go by outside of Hazleton Thursday. (Holly McQueen/The Register) Aredale, Ia. Photo By Justin Hayworth -- r0726ragbrai13jh -- John Edwards and Lance Armstrong gathered a large crowd as they rode along the RAGBRAI route outside of Aredale Wednesday morning.

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