Wednesday, May 24, 2017


I am trying to grow a couple of varieties of the larger Columbine flowers in my garden again.  I have not had much luck in the past but hopefully I have found a good spot for them this year.  I am trying a partially shady spot to protect them from our summer heat which they apparently do not like.  I shall see how this goes.   Fun facts: The genus is Aquilegia which comes from the Latin  term for eagle of aguila because the shape of the flower head reminds of an eagle's claw.  Columbine comes from the Latin term for dove because the inverted flower looks like 5 doves clustered together.  It's a lovely plant and this version is the state flower of Colorado.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I was at the Overland Park Arboretum in Kansas a couple of weekends ago.  It was the second time I had visited there.  It's a beautiful place with lovely places to walk with many varied plants, flowers and trees.  The large Allium flowers, part of the Onion Family, were in bloom and I captured them in front of one of the waterfall features.  

Monday, May 22, 2017


More rain today.  Nice to not have to water much but....  I captured this male Cardinal one morning a couple of weekends ago when we had a sunny one.  I loved how the sun showed off it's red color so well and the bokeh of the grass.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


We get to see the sun today and great temps, how nice.  My image today is of the Large Scale steam locomotive I get to help operate up in Rollag Minnesota.  This is a coal fired 14 and 3/4 inch (basically 15 inch) scale Wagner built locomotive that used to operate at Niagara Falls back in the late 1940s and 50s.  It's quite fun to run and it will be operating soon for Kids Day on Father's Day weekend and then again on Labor Day weekend for the annual Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion. I captured it sitting on the bridge in the circle of track that it operates on.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Well, looks like maybe we will be a couple of days without rain now and hopefully see the sun.  I captured this image this morning, just about 30 minutes ago.  The Baltimore Orioles are back in full force this year, we have at least 3 pairs that come to feed at the liquid feeder and the jelly.The Mulberries are ripening so I am wondering if they will keep coming but we shall see.  They did last year.  This is a beautiful male enjoying a jelly breakfast.

Friday, May 19, 2017


My image today is another of the little bird that I was watching swoop and get worms out of the grass.  I found out with some help of a couple of birders over on G+ that this is most likely an Eastern Phoebe.  It was fun to watch and pretty tolerant of me.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


We are into a nice stretch of cool weather and I will enjoy it while I can.  My image today was taken earlier this Spring.  The Honey Bees were visiting the Grape Hyacinths.  I love to capture them in flight and this one came out pretty well.  To get them in focus and in flight you have to have patience and watch then and how they move about because you have to anticipate where they will go next to get a decent picture.  Sometimes you get lucky and get photobombed by them too when you are photographing a flower, that doesn't happen very often.  This one I worked at.  😸