Wednesday, August 16, 2017


So my Surprise Lilies sure surprised me a few days ago.  I was not expecting them till a bit later this year.  They are having a good year and a good number of them came up.  I shot this group of them against a black felt background and then played with it a bit.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


This is a different type bird I was able to see and capture while I was at the Grand Canyon in July.  While hiking on the North Kaibab Trail at the North Rim of the park I spotted this Scrub Jay sitting in the midst of a tree.  They had been flying around in one area of the trail and were quite difficult to capture but I got a couple okay images of which this is one.

Monday, August 14, 2017


The Dragonflies have been around more lately as well.  This is, what I believe is, an immature Twelve Spot that was having a stare down with me.  😁  Actually, I shot this with a telephoto so it was just nice enough to pose for a bit.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Today's image is another that was done to recreate an 1800s image taken by my favorite photographer of the old west, William Henry Jackson.  My photo is at a different angle because I didn't have the freedom he had to get off the train but was taken at about the same spot.  This is our train on the Durango & Silverton Railway headed back to Durango.  This shot is taken along the Animas River and Needle Mountain can be seen in the background.  I have included WHJ's image below mine for easy reference again.

This is William Henry Jackson's photo from a book that I have of his photos.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


I had posted an image of one of these a while back that was fairly artsy.  This is just a straight up one where you can really see how this flower gets it's name.  This is a Pincushion Flower.  I can't seem to get them to grow so this is from my friend's plant.

Friday, August 11, 2017


The Painted Lady and Painted Beauty Butterflies have been enjoying my flowers in fairly large numbers.  It's been very cool to see.  I have a large bunch of volunteer Zinnias growing in the backyard and they are a great draw for these butterflies.  I was trying to photograph this Painted Beauty on the Zinnia flower but it took off as I took the shot so not in perfect focus due to the movement but I thought it was still a cool shot.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


The Cicadas have really been loud lately.  This is an older image I was able to get during the year when they had their 17 year emergence and were quite abundant.  It is sitting on the wall of one of the buildings at the Large Scale railroad I get to play at.  I had a very shallow depth of field so only a line of the image is in focus but worked well for trying to get the Cicada captured but that's what gives it the different look.