I took this image back in June after an evening out at Konza Prairie. This is the stone barn at sunset that has been restored and converted into meeting areas. Some of the barn features and woodwork and stone was kept in the interior restoration and it is quite beautiful inside as well as out.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Autumn is officially here but you would never know it with the temps. Plants know though as they have been slowing down in growth and the grasses have produced their seed heads. This is a Foxtail grass head that I shot backlit from the sun last week. I liked this one due to how it looked like it was glowing and also the great bokeh produced behind it.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Not fond of this hot weather we are having again. This is more like early August than end of September. My image today is one I got in Minnesota while I was photographing some bees enjoying the pollen of some Hollyhock blooms. I was disappointed that the Bumblebee itself did not get in focus but I really loved how it's shadow turned out. 😃
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I was out watering potted flowers the other day and saw some movement in the Penta. I looked closer and saw it was a female Praying Mantis who wasn't all that thrilled to get wet. She went to the underside of the leaves which is where I was able to capture her looking at me. Such cool creatures.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
When I went to the Grand Canyon I really wanted to see and capture a Condor image. I had seen one on my first trip there and was hoping to repeat that. I was beginning to become disappointed that I would not see one when on the last day I got lucky thanks to the hubster. We were at the overlook by the El Tovar Hotel and he could see something big flying below that looked different but couldn't tell what it was for sure. I saw it as well and was able to capture it and it was not until I zoomed in on the photo and saw it's distinctive head that I knew then that I had finally captured a Condor. It's not the best image and you have to look for it but it was in focus and it made me happy. I actually captured a few different ones swooping around below me that day.
Monday, September 18, 2017
We finally got a bit of rain the last couple of days. Not really as much as we need but better than nothing. I decided to share this image as the Sunshine we missed out on for a bit. 😃 This is an image of the red Sunflower I had growing in my yard that turned out so beautifully perfect. I had a few produce but not as nicely as this one did. I played with the image and muted the leaves around it.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
My image today is another of the locomotive I help fire on at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion over Labor Day weekend. I captured it on the shift before mine at the point where it is beginning to start up the main grade to the station. A lot of times at this point you will see dark smoke due to the coal dust from the coal just being added. It is at this point where you, as the fireman, want to have your fire how you need it to maintain pressure as the locomotive works hard to reach the top of the hill without having to open the firebox doors. If you open them while it is working hard, the change in temperature from the colder air coming in can cause the metal to expand in the tubes and make them leak water. This is not a good situation to have water leaking on a fire you are trying to maintain. It's very challenging but fun and I am glad I get to do it for 4 shifts out of a year.