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.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Well, I said my photos would be birds everyday and I lied.  😁  Sunday is for steam trains so this is another shot that I took while riding the Cumbres & Toltec.  Here the train was just beginning to cross Lobato trestle.  Lobato is the area where the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed.  The part where Indy is on the Circus train.  Indy's home is in Antonito, CO, the one end of the C&T, and is now a bed and breakfast.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


I am hosting New Bird poker over on G+ again this week.  I had a good time the first time I did it and they needed someone again so I thought, sure.  So my photos this week will be birds.  Starting off is another image of a Bald Eagle that I was able to capture in flight in Minnesota this past June.  There were 2 of them flying above me and it was quite beautiful.  Oh, and nothing to do with the photo but, we got an inch of rain!  Woohoo!  It was so horribly dry here, we needed it so badly.

Friday, July 13, 2018


I don't think I have ever experience such a hot and incredibly dry summer like we are having now.  I think we are turning into a desert.  It's not good at all, everything is struggling, even me.  I am thinking of cooler days in New Mexico.  I captured this Lupine in some evening light during a walk back from dinner.  I loved the bubble type bokeh in it on the left.