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.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Well, so far so good with the ice, let's hope it stays that way although now it has actually started doing something so I guess we shall see.
My image today is of Denver & Rio Grande Western 315 which was sitting in the Chama Yard of the Cumbres & Toltec the last time we were there.  The D&RGW locomotive 315 is the “Flagship” project for the DRHS. After seven long years and countless hours, volunteers were responsible for the engine running again. It first ran under it's own power in 2007 and ran some excursions up until 2010 but then needed more restoration as other problems were found.  It began running special excursions in 2013 on both the Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017


So our ice still is predicted.  I am hoping it turns out to be not so bad as a lot of their predictions do.  I am just thinking warm thought of summer days like this one several years ago on a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  We had just arrived at the park and set up our trailer and decided to go for a walk down to Fishing Bridge which was what our campground was named for.  This was the sunset I was able to view and a great way to spend the first few hours in the park.  This image was difficult to get with it looking nice as there were so many insects, most likely mosquitoes, swarming about.  I got lucky with this shot.

Friday, January 13, 2017


I got myself a new camera a couple days ago because the old one was having light metering issues.  I was testing it out last night with some flowers that my sis-in-law got me for Christmas.  She got me 3 months of bulbs that are in an arrangement and bloom to brighten up the house in these dreary months when all the Christmas festivities are over and we are waiting for spring.  I got this shot of a tulip that is coming up against some LED lights and since Fridays are Bokeh days I decided to share this one as I thought it rather festive.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I've been really good about writing 2017 everywhere except on these post titles, really have to think.  I had to fix 3 days in a row.  😃  Anyway, we are back to the cold weather so I am trying to think warm thoughts and of days with lots warmer weather.  This is a shot of a Bumble Bee that was enjoying the Butterfly Milkweed.  It seemed the bees used it more than the butterflies but I enjoyed them as well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I was in Missouri for the day this weekend and trying to get photos of the Blue Jays coming for peanuts.  I captured this one after it had buried it in the snow and then was putting a leaf over it to hide it even more.  Pretty smart birds.  My mother-in-law said she heard that they do remember where they hide their food too.  Not sure the same is with squirrels when I constantly find their nuts in my potted plants and such.  😒

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


So warmer today with a bit of a surprise rain this morning.  I'm glad that wasn't snow.  My image today goes back to the first weekend in June and the annual Bi-plane Fly-In that has been held in Junction City, KS for the past several years.  A fun event and a chance to see some vintage aircraft.  These bi-planes were doing a bit of stunt flying at the end of the day that I was able to capture a few shots of.  They were simulating a dog fight and the smoke effect really added to it.