Friday, February 12, 2016


Winter is back temperature-wise and dreary out as well.  Because of that I am dreaming of Spring.  This is an image I was able to capture of a Honey Bee visiting the Apricot tree blossoms in my neighbor's yard.  I hope that there will be blossoms and apricots this year but I am worried with the weird weather they will get frozen out.  I have a feeling we will have our cold weather late even though there are signs of spring already like my Daffodils starting to emerge.  I liked this image also due to the blossoms making a lovely bokeh.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Well, starting out to be a dreary day after such a lovely one yesterday where I even worked outside in the yard for a while.  This actually is more what it should be like, spoiled by days yesterday.  I have a day off today because of some vacation I had to use up so posting early.  I captured this macro of a Praying Mantis looking at me this past Autumn.  He seemed to be living in this Hibiscus plant because it was getting cold at night and I would take the plant in for the evening and he ended up in the kitchen a couple of times.  He never caused any problems but I didn't want the cat to harm him so we would take him outside and he would be on this plant again the next day.  Not sure what Mantis do over winter but last I saw him he was down beside the house.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Turning out to be quite the wacky week.  Lovely day though.  This is from the archives and the trip to West Virginia.  This is Elekara Falls Number 104.  I was lucky during this trip that there had been rain and the falls were flowing quite nicely.  This is a bit of a long exposure.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


So I felt like some color today.  We are in the dreary blah part of the year where everything is just brown.  This was something quite lovely and colorful I got to see late last summer.  I went to the Huff N Puff Hot Air Balloon Event in Topeka, Kansas.  This was their Balloon Glow Event where they got the balloons filled and lit up with the fire from them.  It was quite beautiful and neat to see when they choreographed the lighting of them to instruction and some music.  Just looking at them all glowing was quite nice. 

Monday, February 8, 2016


Today felt a bit more like winter, yesterday I was working outside which was weird for February.  My image for today is from the archives.  This is from a trip to Colorado and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  The canyon had some cool views and neat lines in the rock.  I thought it worked well as a B&W image especially because of it's name.  My favorite photographer, William Henry Jackson had photographed this area back in the day and it was neat to visit an area he had been.

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.  :-)