Friday, August 16, 2019


The wildflower Ironweed is in bloom right now.  It is quite the butterfly, bee and Skipper magnet.  I captured these 2 Giant swallowtails that were enjoying it.  When looking at the image on my computer I saw i had the bonus of a Skipper and a bee coming in to enjoy it as well.  Because Fridays are Bokehlicious I chose this image for the green tree, red Morton building and white collection tank bokeh all made to look rather soft and creamy along with the grass by the focus on the butterflies.

Thursday, August 15, 2019


While we weren't getting any rain and the pond kept getting lower and lower, the water stayed pretty clear and algae free at least.  To show how clear, I shot this Leopard frog while it was under water in one of the deeper areas.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Today's Wildflower Wednesday is one that is fairly common and spreads rather well.  My cat is rather fond of this one, it is called Catnip.  it has a wide soft, slightly fuzzy leaf and a distinct aroma to it.  The leaf is what cats enjoy but the flower is rather interesting as well.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019


When I was at my friend's home photographing the young Barred owls the parents were around as well feeding them.  This is a capture of one of the parents.  I could tell because it was not as fuzzy as the young ones were at that point.  It was beautiful to see them fly overhead.

Monday, August 12, 2019


I have several varieties of Sunflowers growing.  This one is lovely though rather short, only 2 feet tall.  Before the bloom opens it is almost back in color and I love the deep red of the petals.

Sunday, August 11, 2019


Today's post is another from the day I got to see Union Pacific's newly restored Big Boy locomotive 4014 in action.  This was on our way back home at one of the old high bridges of the UP in Omaha, Nebraska.  On this one there is no fence in the foreground.  It was a first for me to shoot a train on a high bridge like this and with such a neat subject as this large locomotive.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


An evening in the Flint Hills from June. The bits of white in a line starting at the left and just above the trees is one of the layers of limestone found in the area and then interspersed with that is lots of Flint rock giving the area it's name.  At that point in time we were receiving a lot of rain so clouds in the sky plus haze from fires in Canada at the time.