Sunday, January 22, 2017


So this image dips into the archives as well.  This was made on a vacation to the Grand Canyon several years back when they ran steam regularly to the canyon.  This is a shot of the locomotive that pulled our train sitting and waiting for the return trip to Williams.  We had ridden from there to the Canyon, stayed overnight and then rode the train back the next day.  It was a great trip but not enough time to really see the canyon.  

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I am working on a project for Google Maps so I have been looking at older images of places I have been.  I found this image of one of my favorite places to photograph in Chicago, the old Water Tower.  I just love the character of this building.  I took this image at night in the rain but I think it turned out pretty well.  It always reminded me a bit of a castle.

Friday, January 20, 2017


With all the dreary-ness we have been having I decided on a nice summer shot for today.  I captured this Twelve Spot Dragonfly on our truck antenna while it sat in the yard by the garage.  I liked the great bubble type bokeh the leaves produced behind it.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


So I felt like sharing something bright and cheerful and I haven't shared a butterfly in a while so here's one.  This is a Painted Beauty that was visiting the Butterfly Bush which is also known as a Buddleia or Buddleja Bush.  I'm looking forward to summer and views like this.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I found this lovely group of Coreopsis growing wild in the ditch this past summer.  There were all these bright orange flowers growing in the ditches along the road into Manhattan.  When I stopped and walked closer I saw what they were and took some different shots of them.  It was a lovely colorful sight while they were in bloom as you were driving.  Coreopsis is also known as Tick Seed.  They have a long bloom period and can be easy to grow in a home garden.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


This is an older image today from a trip to the Grand Canyon.  With it cold and blah outside, I find myself dipping into the archives for shots.  I love these old Cedar trees with their twisted trunks and lines and colors.  This one with the shape of it's limbs that appeared to be reaching out to embrace the sky and warmth was particularly appealing.  Plus a back drop like that is hard to beat.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Well, that ice storm turned out to be a big nothing.  I didn't even get good photos out of it.  Didn't want the problems but some pics would have been good.  My photo for today is another one of the Loon family I was able to see in Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota back in June.  The Bird Poker theme is Preening and this was one of the few I had of a bird preening and it was all of this Loon family, one or the other adults.  This is dad working on his feathers shortly after joining the rest of the family.