Autumn is starting off beautifully here with sunny cooler but not too cold days. This was taken on a cool summer morning in Minnesota over the Labor Day weekend. Locomotive 353 was beginning to pull out on an early run and the steam from the cylinders was really billowing out around it due to the cool air.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018
I was working on this image this morning. This is a 3 shot panoramic image that is best viewed large by clicking on it. This is a view of the huge Sunflower field that I found when I was in Minnesota in late August. The image doesn't even totally show how this field seemed to go on forever. It was the largest field of Sunflowers I had ever seen, just a see of yellow, it was beautiful.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Yesterday afternoon when I got home from work I was out by the garden and I spotted this butterfly that I had not seen before. I quickly went in and got my camera and I was able to get a few shots of it as it was enjoying the Autumn Sedum. In doing some research last night at butterfliesandmoths.org I found that it is a Border Patch Butterfly and Kansas is on the edge of it's habitat. I submitted my sighting to the site as well. I was quite happy to have seen and captured a rare to Kansas butterfly and a quite beautiful one at that.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
I captured this White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth enjoying a Thistle flower a while back. They are also known as just a Hummingbird Moth. They are pretty elusive and I don't see them often so it was great to be able to get a photo of one. I found out something interesting about Hummingbird moths, their caterpillar stage are Hornworms. One variety is the Tobacco Hornworm that destroys tomato plants if left alone.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Well summer is finishing off hot. I know I don't want winter to come but I am tired of the heat. The Hummingbirds have been visiting and stocking up for their trip south. I captured this Ruby Throated one seeming to look at me while taking it's photo recently.
Monday, September 17, 2018
I captured this shot on my trip to Minnesota over the Labor Day weekend. I was trying to capture a Heron on the ground but it took off, they are always so skittish. Fortunately I was fairly ready for this and able to capture my best flight capture of one of these so far. This is a Great Blue Heron.