Saturday, July 20, 2019


This Sunflower was blooming yesterday evening while I was watering my flowers to prepare for the last day of intense heat today, hopefully.  I had planted several varieties of Sunflowers and a lot did not come up but the ones that did have been putting on a show.  This is a single plant that got quite tall and had these lovely reddish blooms.  2 of them were open and this one was just perfect and unblemished.

Friday, July 19, 2019


I mentioned that I hadn't been seeing many butterflies and now that I said that, I am beginning to see them around.  This is a Painted Lady that I captured on the Echinacea or cone Flower in my garden.  I liked this image for the dark creamy bokeh background created by the mulch I shot it against.

Thursday, July 18, 2019


I planted a Lemon Geranium in a pot this year to see what it would be like.  It has the most wonderful lemon scent when you touch the leaves.  It finally got some flowers as well that were lovely.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


It's Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog once again.  These are some that have been in bloom for the past few weeks.  These are Clasping Coneflowers.  I shot them over at Spring Valley Schoolhouse which has a lot of wildflowers blooming.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


I liked the way the light was shimmering on this Dragonfly's wings and all the green around it.  Bokeh is good any day I think. I shot this one in Minnesota a few weeks ago at Maplewood State Park.

Monday, July 15, 2019


I saw a new bird above my yard this past week.  There were 2 of them soaring around on the air currents and also one sitting in a tree.  I am going to be a bit different and post 2 photos in one day because both of them were from fairly far away.  I could definitely tell this was a raptor of some sort and judging by it's looks and actions I believe these were Mississippi Kites.  According to my book they are somewhat common in South Central Kansas but have been moving north.

Sunday, July 14, 2019


I have something special for today's steamy Sunday shot on the Blog.  Union Pacific recently finished restoring the largest operating steam engine 4014, the Big Boy a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement locomotive.  There were 25 of them built and only 8 remain and now one is back in operation.  I drove a significant distance on Friday to Fremont Nebraska in the hopes of getting to photograph it under steam as it came into town and then maybe as it left town.  I ended up getting a chance to see it 5 times and photograph it 4 different times.  This was the last time and was as it was moving into Omaha Nebraska and crossing one of the very tall UP trestles.  It was a beautiful sight to see and listen to, it sounds so quiet in comparison to other steam locomotives and it's whistle is so deep and melodious.