Friday, December 9, 2016


Another really cold day and winter is not officially here.  This is from much warmer days when the butterflies were coming to visit.  I captured this shot of a Painted Beauty on the Autumn Sedum with another out of focus in the background creating some lovely bokeh.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


So it was pretty cold out this morning, only about 13 F or -10.5 C while I was going to work.  Winter has arrived.  We were spoiled with a lovely warm autumn.  These are some leaves that were still on my in-law's Ornamental Pear tree at Thanksgiving time because of that.  Caught them seeming to glow in the afternoon light.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Heading into a few really cold days now.  This image is from a warmer day in July in Michigan along the shore of Lake Huron.  This is another image of the Heron I was able to get so close to.  It was really amazing as here I can't get within a hundred yards it seems.  This one came so close I could hardly get it all in frame at times.  Cool birds with their long legs and Legs is the game for Bird Poker this week on G+.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


I saw this tree while in Missouri at the in-law's.  This Red Maple is in their neighbor's front yard and in the afternoon sunshine it seemed to be on fire, it was just beautiful.

Monday, December 5, 2016


Starting off today with a couple of renovation tips.  Don't ever do Popcorn ceiling removal by yourself, it is a mess!  Bonus tip, don't do major renovations at the Holiday Season.  They are busy enough.  Sigh.  My image today is of a lovely Barrel Cactus bloom that was a vibrant red.  Red is a very hard color to photograph and get detail, about as bad a s white.  I think I did OK here though.  :-)

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Quite dreary out this morning after a rainy day.  My image for today goes back to a much warmer day in September at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion.  The locomotive I get to fire on was pulling one of it's first loads of passengers around the grounds.  It was passing by Gunderson Pond which is not named for any relatives as far as we know but is sometimes fun to make people wonder.  :-)  The display engine the train is pulling is a Minneapolis Steam traction Engine as the featured engines for 2016 were Minneapolis.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


A dreary day here today.  I thought I would brighten things up with one of the sunrises I saw in November.  I was treated to several photogenic ones and I was able to capture this one mid month.  Very colorful, I even went a bit out of my way going to work to capture it.