I decided to share something fun and different today. When I was in Rapid City South Dakota I saw this. There is a park, called Dinosaur Park, high on a hill overlooking the city that had seven dinosaur figures made of concrete. They were created during the Depression by the Chamber of Commerce as a way to create jobs, get the government to pay for them and to get some of the tourist traffic to Mount Rushmore. They were dedicated on May 22, 1936.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Another chilly clear morning we had today. My image goes back a bit to a warm day in Nebraska at Scotts Bluff National Monument. Scotts Bluff is a landmark on the Oregon Trail and I walked a tiny bit of it while there. I photographed this gnarly old tree standing sentinel on one of the bluffs there. I loved the shape of it against the rocks.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Well Autumn is here, it was quite chilly last night, only in the mid 40s. Great for sleeping. My image today goes back to a day in June where I captured a Pondhawk Dragonfly at a pond. it was resting for a moment on a reed so I got a quick shot.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Well we cooled off a lot now so today doesn't seem so steamy but I have a steamy shot. This is one from the archives from a Steamfest in Michigan I was able to attend and a night shoot opportunity. In this image, which I tried to shoot from a different perspective than the other photographers there, you can see 3 well known US locomotives. Locomotive 1225 is the Pere Marquette that was used as the model for the movie The Polar Express, locomotive 4449 is the Southern Pacific Daylight with it's distinct red white and black coloring and styling and Nickel Plate locomotive 765. Locomotive 110 is from the Prairie River Railroad and Number 1 was a traveling Tank style locomotive.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
So due to construction, I have to detour out of my way to work 2 miles. It could be worse and some mornings it also gives me a nice view. This was a lovely and colorful sunrise that I got to see one morning about a couple of weeks ago now. I loved that I was able to capture the sunflowers in it as well.
Friday, September 23, 2016
I am finally seeing a good amount of butterflies around. I am even seeing a Monarch or 2 and have been able to get images. My Autumn Sedum is quite the butterfly magnet and here is a lovely Monarch enjoying it from last weekend. It's great to see so many butterflies around enjoying the blooms after going all summer and hardly seeing any.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Another warm one today. I'll be glad when these 90s are done. My image for today is a bit of a cheat. I was photographing bees the other day and was disappointed that my clearest one in flight was partly off the photo. I liked the photo I got of the one coming towards the flowers though it was a bit out of focus so I moved the partial bee into this image. I titled this one, Incoming. :-) I don't feel that bad about putting them together as I did shoot both of them, just not in the same frame. :-)