Thursday, April 27, 2017


I needed a bright cheerful photo today.  This is another from Wamego Kansas of one of their groups of Tulips.  Some beautiful reds and pinks in this group.


So it was a bit frosty this morning.  I am hoping my plants survived it OK, I just planted 10 new things this past weekend.  Sigh, this time of year is tricky.  My image today is of the waterfall at the Geary State Fishing Lake south of me this Spring.  I am always amazed that such a waterfall exists near me in a place you would not think would have an at least 30 foot high water feature like this.  When it rains it is just beautiful.  I captured it this day in late afternoon sun and i like how the light rays played into the image.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


It's gotten rather chilly the last couple of days.  Probably more normal for this time of year but we were spoiled.  My image today is from a windy day this past February.  I was able to capture this female Cardinal sitting in the Mulberry tree right outside the window.  She was being a bit ruffled by the wind but posed very nicely for me to get a close up photo of her.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


In Wamego Kansas where they have the Tulip Festival every year they also have an old Dutch Mill.  I was looking for my info on it and noticed that the Redbud trees that are in my previous images of it are now gone.  I wonder why they removed them.  Anyway, this is a 3 shot vertical panorama done with my 70mm lens.  A Mill in Kansas with Tulips is a rather unique sight I think but made for a lovely one.

Monday, April 24, 2017


This is an older image that I should out on Konza Prairie on a walk one evening.  This is a male Dickcissel and they are common to our area of Kansas.  They look similar to the Western Meadowlark but they have a smaller beak and different tails.  You can tell it is a male by the small V on it's chest.  Their name comes from the sound of their song which they are often seen singing while sitting out on the prairie like this.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Today's image goes back to West Virginia and the Cass Mountain Scenic Railway.  Cass is a former logging railroad and the Shay locomotive is seen here pushing our train up the mountainside through some lovely wooded scenery.  I decided to give this image a more vintage feel by processing it in Black & White.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Happy Earth Day!  Hope you will take some time today to think about the earth and life on it and how you can help to make it better.  It's just about planting season in many parts of the US, so as you think about what to plant you can get plants that will help butterflies.  Plants native to your area are best.  Annuals like Zinnias that you can plant from seed fairly inexpensively are a great choice.  You can see in my image for today that the butterflies do indeed enjoy it and because they are long lasting, are a source of food for them when everything else has finished blooming.  I captured this Painted Beauty on the Zinnia blooms late last autumn.