Monday, September 18, 2017


We finally got a bit of rain the last couple of days.  Not really as much as we need but better than nothing.  I decided to share this image as the Sunshine we missed out on for a bit.  😃  This is an image of the red Sunflower I had growing in my yard that turned out so beautifully perfect.  I had a few produce but not as nicely as this one did.  I played with the image and muted the leaves around it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


My image today is another of the locomotive I help fire on at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion over Labor Day weekend.  I captured it on the shift before mine at the point where it is beginning to start up the main grade to the station. A lot of times at this point you will see dark smoke due to the coal dust from the coal just being added.  It is at this point where you, as the fireman, want to have your fire how you need it to maintain pressure as the locomotive works hard to reach the top of the hill without having to open the firebox doors.  If you open them while it is working hard, the change in temperature from the colder air coming in can cause the metal to expand in the tubes and make them leak water.  This is not a good situation to have water leaking on a fire you are trying to maintain.  It's very challenging but fun and I am glad I get to do it for 4 shifts out of a year.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Posting a bit late today.  I was out playing trains until these clouds rolled in and brought some rain with them.  These are Mammatas clouds and usually indicate severe weather but it was just a bit of thunder and lightning and some rain.  I captured this Wig Wag signal with them as a backdrop.

Friday, September 15, 2017


Yay, it's Friday!  Fridays are all about the bokeh so this shot of a few of the many Painted Lady Butterflies in my yard is appropriate.  They are really enjoying the Autumn Sedum, that has been one of the best plants for attracting butterflies.  I have also posted a video on Youtube HERE where I captured them flying around the Sedum.  There has to be a good 50 of them at least.  It's really magical to walk by and have them all flutter around.  I'll be sad when they all finally leave.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


I had not seen the Honey Bees around for a good while in my yard.  Lately they have returned in good numbers.  They are enjoying the Autumn Sedum and also, like this one, the Obedient Plant.  I find that name ironic as that plant spreads like crazy but at least it is pretty and the bees get benefit from it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


So the leaves are starting to change and fall but we are heading into a couple of very hot summer days with highs in the 90s.  Part of the change could be due to that we need rain badly.  This is the longest time without this year.  My tank I use to water with is about empty.  Anyway, my image for today is from my garden in the late afternoon this summer.  A Sunflower and Wooly Verbena combination that were nicely back lit. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


This is another view of the Grand Canyon.  I took this image partly because of the very determined trees that are growing on a bluff. It always amazes me how resilient trees can be in where they try to grow.  It looks like there is nothing there to give them any nutrients to grow yet there they are.