Saturday, December 14, 2019

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This is another image of the interesting fungus I saw growing on a tree out on Konza Prairie in early October.  We had just had a significant rain.  A friend helped me ID it.  We think it is Gilled Polypore (trametes betulina) .  I like the frills it has on the underside.

Friday, December 13, 2019


I rarely get to see this bird in my yard but was very pleasantly surprised by a visit of a few a couple Sundays ago.  They were bathing and drinking in the stream of the waterfall to my backyard pond.  I captured this Bluebird getting a drink.  I had to share an image of it with great bokeh behind because Fridays Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, December 12, 2019


My Surprise Lilies Resurrection Lilies, or Naked Ladies as they are also known, did very well this year.  They put on quite the lovely show.  I captured this one by itself in my neighbor's yard.  This flower is in the Amaryllis family.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Today's Wildflower Wednesday is another one that I found blooming on Konza Prairie in early October.  This one is a late summer to autumn bloomer and is called Blue Sage or Pitcher Sage.  It is a type of Salvia and is also in the Mint Family.  They usually like dry conditions and part shade.  My image on my Kansas Wildflower pages shows it more in a full bloom.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019


This is another lovely autumn image from the large scale railroad I get to play at outside of Topeka.  This is looking at the main station and the trees behind had some lovely color too them.

Monday, December 9, 2019

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This is another Collared Lizard that I saw out on Konza Prairie in early October.  All the ones I saw seemed rather small so must have been this years brood.  This one posed on a large limestone rock for me as well.

Sunday, December 8, 2019


I took this image at the Union Pacific depot in Salina Kansas on the day the Big Boy 4014 came through my town and several others on it's way back to Cheyenne Wyoming.  While it is not really that obvious that the steam train in the photo is 4014, it is my favorite image I took that day.  It had been cloudy and dreary the whole time up until about sunset when the clouds started to break up in the west and created this fabulous light which fell on the train, the station and even the tracks.  A great way to end my 4014 experience in Kansas.