Friday, November 22, 2019


It's Friday and Fridays are Bokehlicious!  I have never really thought about a mushroom photo as being that beautiful but I really liked how this one turned out.  I captured this on a hike at Konza Prairie in early October.  I am not sure what kind this is but it has neat frills on the bottom and was a bit ruffly.  The bokeh really set it off in my opinion. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Today's image is another Bumblebee.  I find them to be pretty decent subjects.  They usually let me get in fairly close and don't seem to bothered as long as I don't disturb their search for food.  I captured this one on a vibrant bloom of my Budhelia or Butterfly Bush.

On another note, I saw that if your sky is clear tonight at 4:50 UTC which is 10:50 CST, if you look east towards Orion there may be a burst of meteors as the earth travels close to an old comet trail.  I think we will be cloudy but hopefully not.  It also may not happen, they are not sure how close we will hit to the trail but if it does it could be pretty spectacular for about 15 mins or so.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


It's Wildflower Wednesday once again on the Blog.  Today's flower is yet another new one.  I have seen this one before but never captured it for some reason.  This is a fairly common one in my area of Kansas as well.  This is Rough Leaf Dogwood.  It usually flowers in May and June but we had a weird year and I found it flowering in early October on Konza Prairie.  My lilac had flowered in late September as well.  I have update my Page of White Wildflowers found in Kansas as well.

On a side note, for those who live in the Manhattan/Junction City/Abilene/Salina area of Kansas and see this post in time, Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 comes through these towns today!  Hopefully I capture a decent shot of it to share on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


I took this image of these Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotives in Topeka near the shops and Topeka station.  The left locomotive is painted in the Heritage III scheme and the right one is in their Executive colors.  These are both working locomotives and were running at the time I saw them.

Monday, November 18, 2019


This is the other color African Daisy/Osteospermum/Spoon Flower than I had this summer.  I love the unique petal shape this flower has.  I have kept it alive so far at the office and it's been blooming well there so far.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


At the Strasburg Railway in Pennsylvania the locomotive backward pulls the train out to Paradise PA and then uncouples and moves around to the front of the train and pulls it forwards back to Strasburg.  I captured this image at Picnic Grove where Norfolk & Western 611 was heading back while N&W 475 was heading out.  The ride is short but nice through the Amish farm countryside.

Saturday, November 16, 2019


This was the lovely sky I was treated to on the morning of November 4 as I headed to work that day.  I had to stop at the end of my driveway and get a quick pic.