Wednesday, August 21, 2019


It is Wildflower Wednesday once again here on the Blog.  This one must have had the right growing conditions this year because it was very abundant everywhere!  The name of this one is Illinois Bundleflower.  It is in the Legume family and gets it's name from it's seeds which appear to develop in bundles.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


My Sunflowers are about done now.  The butterflies have really been enjoying them.  This is a shot of one that I don't see very often.  It is a Dusky Wing butterfly enjoying one of the blooms.

Monday, August 19, 2019


So all around us and to the east got 5 inches of rain and we got nothing.  I didn't want that much at one time but a nice half inch would have been great so i didn't have to water.  Sigh.
Today's image is a macro for Monday.  Brings back the old days of Google + and Macro Mondays.  This is a 2 image focus stack of one of my mini Hosta blooms.  

Sunday, August 18, 2019


I have now shared the 4 locations I was able to see the Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 in action including an extra shot on the bridge.  I decided to share it a different way with a more vintage look to it this week.  Steam trains lend themselves to black and white treatment so well.  This was the third time I got to capture it along US 275 heading towards Omaha.

Saturday, August 17, 2019


This is a plant from my large pond that just flowered this year.  It is called a Pickerel Rush and it has had several stalks of these lovely purple flowers this year.  The plant was always there but did not flower, at least that I saw, last year.  A sign the pond is healthier?  Whatever, it has been lovely to see this year.  Glad I did not pull it out by accident.

Friday, August 16, 2019


The wildflower Ironweed is in bloom right now.  It is quite the butterfly, bee and Skipper magnet.  I captured these 2 Giant swallowtails that were enjoying it.  When looking at the image on my computer I saw i had the bonus of a Skipper and a bee coming in to enjoy it as well.  Because Fridays are Bokehlicious I chose this image for the green tree, red Morton building and white collection tank bokeh all made to look rather soft and creamy along with the grass by the focus on the butterflies.

Thursday, August 15, 2019


While we weren't getting any rain and the pond kept getting lower and lower, the water stayed pretty clear and algae free at least.  To show how clear, I shot this Leopard frog while it was under water in one of the deeper areas.