Monday, May 30, 2016


I was invited to a 7 Day Nature Challenge over on Google+ so it's great that I have been able to capture some nice images lately to share.  This one is of a bird I had never seen at our house before but it's been coming for the jelly we put out for the Orioles.  This is a Redheaded Woodpecker and is quite striking I think with that beautiful red head.  Best viewed large for good detail.  :-)

Sunday, May 29, 2016


Well we had one day with sunshine and no rain, that was nice.  Looks like maybe more coming but good to have a break because the ground is so saturated.  My image from today is from Friday evening after it rained most of it.  We were at our friend's annual Steam Up and when the rain finally stopped I went out to run on his new layout that had just been finished that day.  I had the first successful run on it which you see a shot of here, with my Shay locomotive.  It was getting dark so I had to take shots with a flash but I like how it made the steam stand out against the dark sky.  It was really putting out the steam because of the humidity in the air.  It runs on butane and water.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Well, had another 1 1/2 inches approximately.  The ground is so saturated it's not even soaking in as it should.  Only a 10% chance today too so maybe we can dry out a bit.  My image for today is of a couple of my red Tulips in bloom.  They are the oldest ones I have and still do well every year.

Friday, May 27, 2016


Well the rain is starting to make me wonder if it's a be careful what you wish for situation.  We have had about 3 inches over the last 2 days, almost 2 inches over just last night alone.  I hope all this holds us OK when it turns hot and dry as the Farmers Almanac is predicting.  I also hope we continue with our good luck of the hail staying away.  My image today is of one of my favorite wildflowers, Blue Flax.  I think it's just a beautiful one with it's color and shape.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


Well, that weather yesterday was a bit too close for comfort.  Thankfully the tornado that was headed for us headed south.  I guess we are in a bit of danger again today so hopefully we will dodge that again.  I was in the mood for something happy and colorful.  I thought this Painted Lady Butterfly was perfect for that.  This was the first butterfly I caught for this year.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Well, we have had rain every day for 3 days now, that's different.  It's coming in bits too, about 1/4 inch more or less at my house each time which is good I guess as it will soak in well.  I'd prefer a bit more so that we build up before the hot and dry comes though it's already hot, mid 80s.  Yuck and now humid too, double yuck.  My image for today is of a lovely waterfall from my trip to South Dakota which was just last year but seems forever ago for some reason.  This is Spearfish Falls in Spearfish Canyon.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Day 2 of our week of rain.  Yesterday didn't amount to much at my house, only about a 1/4 inch.  Today though we are having some thunderstorms with fairly heavy rain so will be interesting to see what we end up with.  My image for today is what I was looking to photograph when the Hummingbird showed up that I shared yesterday.  I was shooting this Blue Damselfly on the reed in the pond and got lucky capturing a second one fairly in focus flying in.  If you view large you can see remnants of Damsel nymphs on the reeds near the water.