Sunday, July 22, 2018


I took this image the day after riding the train.  This is at Windy Point and the train is climbing up it to Cumbres Pass.  The grade percent is the highest here and it climbs quite a number of feet in elevation in a short time and you need a good fireman and engineer so it does not slip on the rails while climbing and even then....  It was very windy in this area and I was glad I wore a jacket that day as it was quite cool as well.  It's kind of hard to image these days with the heat we have been having.

Saturday, July 21, 2018


Well, we missed out on some rain chances but fortunately not in the 100s for a bit.  90s are bad enough.  I captured this Skipper, which is a Hesperiidae but commonly thought of as a butterfly, on the Zinnias this past week.

Friday, July 20, 2018


Today is the last day of my hosting the Bird Poker theme and my one for today was Bright Birds with Bokeh.  I thought this image of a male Baltimore Oriole that I captured earlier this year fit that theme pretty well.  I love the kind of bubbly bokeh behind from tree leaves and sky.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


So on the hottest day of the week I am posting a photo from winter.  Hope it cools you off.  My theme today was Bright Birds and in winter, male Cardinals are wonderful pops of color against the blah.  I captured this one during a late snow this past winter. He was all puffed out against the cold.  With this heat we are experiencing, I almost miss winter.  Almost.  😉

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


A bit of rain yesterday and a nice cool morning today, very nice after the heat we had been having but it is coming back for a day tomorrow.  Sigh.  This is from cool days in June when I was in Minnesota.  This Red-wing Blackbird was flying from pad to pad to eat something out of these Lily flowers.  I am not sure if it was nectar from the flower or insects inside that it was after but I enjoyed watching and photographing it.  I had seen this type of behavior once before a couple of years ago, but still don't know what it's after.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


I captured this image in Missouri this past winter at the in-laws.  They have a Hawthorn tree out back and this male Cardinal posed so nicely in it.  Luckily I had my big zoom lens and I also cropped it in some.  It fit for my Bird Poker theme today of Bird's In Their Environment rather well I thought.

Monday, July 16, 2018


July is just flying by.  Wish summer didn't go so fast.  My image today was taken on a walk one evening in Chama New Mexico.  This is a Magpie which we don't have here in Kansas, I am betting they don't like the heat.  I'm not fond of it either. I think they are lovely birds and I enjoy seeing them, I just wish I could have gotten a photo of it in a tree that was this good.