Sunday, February 7, 2016


Well, some very nice days we are having now.  I can get used to a winter like this if I know it won't get worse at some point.  :-)  My photo today goes back to the trip to South Dakota and the Black Hills Central Railroad or 1880s Train even though there is not much 1880 about it.  :-)  We had ridden this train earlier in the day and at this point I was chasing it along it's route to get photos at different points, usually as it passed a crossing, which it did numerous times.  This was at a point where I was able to get a different vantage of it from down low.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Well, looks like not much sign of winter for the next several days.  I hate this in-between time.  Too cold for things to grow yet not cold enough to really protect those things.  Could be an interesting Spring.  My image for today goes back a while to the trip to Yellowstone National Park.  I had shared an image similar to this not long after I got back taken at a bit later time but I always liked this one for the light. color and reflections so sharing it now.  It was a lovely sunset to see and seemed like it was only me and the duck in the water that were enjoying it at that moment.  :-)

Friday, February 5, 2016


Quite the busy day today, it's Friday and not supposed to be that way.  I am also dreaming of summer.  I took this a while back because this year something ate the buds off of the plant before it could even bloom, I think it was an evil Pack Rat.  I am going to move the plant to a more protected spot this Spring if it survives.  Anyway, this is a bloom on my Toad Lily plant that produces these interesting orchid like blooms.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Some nice weather for the foreseeable future.  Hope that groundhog was right and we get an early spring and not a late winter. Anyway, I felt like a butterfly today.  I captured this a while back, has to be quite a while back because I did not plant Zinnias this past year.  Won't make that mistake again.  Butterflies like this Painted Beauty seem to quite enjoy them.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


My image for today goes back to the trip to South Dakota this past summer which right now seems forever ago.  I took this on the Mickelson Trail during the 20 mile bike ride.  I chose this particular section of the trail because it had the waterfall and tunnels as I thought it would be interesting to see.  To take this shot I did a bit of a long exposure using a neutral density filter to darken things up since it was a bright day.  I was using the hubster's bike seat as a tripod as my bike doesn't have a kickstand.  I thought it turned out pretty well with the challenges taking it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Happy Groundhog Day!  Well that was some snow storm we had, pfffffft.  We didn't even get much rain out of it.  Whatever.  Well, today's image is one that I took last fall of one of our Oak trees while it had lots of color to it.  We don't get much red here in this part of the world except for the Sumac but the oranges can be quite lovely.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Well, our snow chance basically fizzled out.  Sigh.  Just rain now so will be very sloppy out again.  My image for today is a Vesper Sparrow that I caught in the Mulberry tree outside the window.  At least that is what I think it is according to my birding books.  :-)