Sunday, October 20, 2019


When I was out in Strasburg Pennsylvania to see the 611, I also was able to see one of Strasburg Railway's regular engines, Norfolk & Western 475.  The event was being billed as a Reunion of Steam with 611 also from N&W.  475 is a lovely steamer as well kept in beautiful condition.  It was originally built in 1906 and is the railroad's oldest locomotive.  It is a 4-8-0 wheel arrangement which is unusual and is know as a "Mastadon" or M Class.  It is the only 4-8-0 operating in North America. It was purchased by the railroad in 1991, underwent a huge restoration and pulled it's first train in 1993.  It is able to pull just about any size train for the railroad and Strasburg is still an operating freight railway so 475 is an often used locomotive for that use.

Saturday, October 19, 2019


I couldn't go the week without a butterfly image.  I captured these 2 Pearl Crescents on some Hairy Asters out on Konza Prairie a couple Saturdays ago.  It was lovely to see a number of butterflies around out there that day enjoying the last of the wildflowers.

Friday, October 18, 2019


I captured this cool female Praying Mantis this past Saturday.  She was out on the sidewalk by the garage most likely looking for a good plant since the cold killed off most of them.  She stayed still enough for me to get a few shots of, so this is 3 images focus stacked.  Plus I liked how the sidewalk created some nice bokeh and since Friday's Are Bokehlicious, I decided to share this image today.

Thursday, October 17, 2019


I felt like some bright flowers for today.  The frost and cold temps we had this past weekend killed off practically all my flowers already.  Sigh.  This is an older shot of some Tiger Lilies I saw growing in a yard in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Today is Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog once again.  Today's flower is Tall Joe Pye Weed.  It is very tall too, can grow up to 4 feet or more.  Butterflies like this plant and i have a smaller version of it in my garden which blooms a more red color while this wildflower is white.  This particular one was growing by my large pond but there was quite a lot of it to be seen out on Konza Prairie as well.
Just a reminder, I have Wildflowers by color pages here on the Blog and I have been updating with new ones I have photographed this year like this one.  Hope you will check them out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


On my way out to Pennsylvania, I stopped at a place that has always intrigued me when I saw it from the highway.  This is the original Mail Pouch Tobacco Warehouse in West Virginia.  It is still operating today as a Swisher International warehouse.  This image may look like just a normal shot but I had to take it up close with just a normal wide angle lens on so it is actually 3 shots stitched together with a good amount of work behind the scenes done.  I find it funny sometimes all the work I do to a photo but you would not know just to see it without knowing the behind the scenes work.  Anyway, this is the company that those old barns had painted advertising on them that you can still find a few of today including a couple along the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Monday, October 14, 2019


Hummingbird type moths are very cool I think.  I was able to capture this White Lined Sphinx Moth around some Petunias one evening.  Those are their favorite flowers and the time of day you will usually find them.