Tuesday, July 25, 2017


This week is National Moth Week and is supposedly a worldwide event for the appreciation of moths.  I captured this image a while back and thought it might be a rare visitor to our area as I could not find it in my book.  I submitted it to a moth site for ID and I was close on what I thought it might be but wrong on the version.  As the second half of it's name implies, it's fairly common, Scopula Ordinata.  Ah well, still an interesting and lovely one I think.  Butterflies and moths are very similar but you can usually spot the difference by their antennae.  Butterflies have smooth, slender ones and moths will be feathery or comb like in appearance.

Monday, July 24, 2017


While riding the Durango & Silverton Railway in southwestern Colorado we all saw and were entertained by this horse and rider.  There was an area early in the ride where they came alongside and seemed to be racing the train for bit.  It was obvious they do this fairly often as there was a well worn path where they were racing along.  It was fun to watch for us on the train this beautiful horse race alongside.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Today's photo is another one that is in the style of my favorite photographer, William Henry Jackson.  I shot this image while riding the train so the direction of it is off but both shots were taken at the same place.  This is the Durango & Silverton Railway High Line.  The train is only allowed to go 5 miles an hour along this area so it was a good place to get several shots.  I always like to sit at the rear of the train for opportunities such as this.  As you could see from my photo a few weeks back, we were quite high up, this only gives a sense of it as my camera did not take as wide an angle shot.  In the reference photo that I shared below mine, you can see WHJ's Special train that he used to travel the line and he would have been off the train on the tracks taking this photo with the train stopped at the time.  As always, you can click on each to see them larger.

William Henry Jackson's photo from my book, Rocky Mountain Railroad Album

Saturday, July 22, 2017


So hopefully our last boiling hot day for a bit.  I captured this image of this Lizard out at the Grand Canyon on one of my hikes there.  I believe this is a female Plateau Fence Lizard.  She was not too fond of having a photo taken but I got lucky when she posed a couple of times long enough to get a few shots off.  

Friday, July 21, 2017


Boiling hot again today, hate to even go outside much.  I got this image about a week ago of a young Twelve Spot Dragonfly that was sitting on the Hibiscus trees I have in the yard.  I loved the creamy leaf bokeh behind it.  I learned something about Twelve Spots because I never knew they started out with a golden color and then turned blue-white with age and developed the more spot looking wing.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Hot, hot, hot.  Ugh.  I hate it when I long for a 90 degree day as a cool one which is supposedly coming this Sunday.  Anyway, my image for today is of a flower I can't seem to get to grow but my neighbor can.  This is a Pincushion flower and it is 3 images focus stacked together to bring out all the detail in the flower.  I then put a bit of a glow on it.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017


I haven't shared a butterfly for a while so here you go.  😁  This is a shot I got a while ago on a trip to Denver and a Butterfly house just north of the city.  This is one of my favorite tropical butterflies, a Paper Kite, perched on some Penta flowers I think.  Paper Kites are fairly large butterflies and quite beautiful and dainty even though larger.  Their wingspan is a good 4 inches or even more across.  I've seen one that was at least 6 inches across.  Could be this one.  LOL  It's been a while.