Wednesday, July 27, 2016


So this is the other bird that I was able to get, what I feel for me, are very good images of that is elusive here in Kansas.  While in Michigan, I wanted to see Lake Erie so one evening we drove to the shore.  While we were walking I saw a Heron so I put my zoom lens on.  Well, I was quite surprised but this Heron walked so close to me that it became difficult to get the whole bird in the shot with that lens.  It was quite different when here you are still at least 50 yards from them and they are flying off.  I got several very nice images of it and this was one of my favorites.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


What a beautiful morning there was today!  Mid 60s in July, ahhhhhhh.  :-)  My image once more is from my fabulous day of being able to have a flight in this B-17 bomber aircraft from 1945.  As I mentioned another day, it was hard to get an image without someone in it polishing the plane and in this shot there are 2 people doing that.  The plane was gorgeous and shiny because of their work.  I did take out a couple of people who were standing near the plane.  The man walking on the left was our pilot, a very nice guy who sat and chatted with us a bit before the flight and who gave us a very nice ride.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Well this week is starting out very nicely!  Rain this morning and cooler temps this week.  Yay.  My image is one that I shot lat week while I was out watering.  This is a female Mantis that I spied moving about in my Cleome plant one evening.  I had never seen one so green and she blended in very well and I would not have spotted her if she hadn't been moving about the plant.  I apparently watered her a bit because if you look closely at her, you can see a drop of water hanging off her alien looking face.  :-)

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Well it's the last day of our excessive heat warning hopefully and will literally be a steamy Sunday due to the bit of rain we got last night.  My image for today is a more artsy one than usual.  I shot No. 7 at Henry Ford's Greenfield village through an old covered bridge.  I did a bit of Photoshop work to it because there was a large electrical box that was blocking part of the train.  It's not perfect but I think it turned out well enough to share.  I also added some HDR to this image to get the details of the bridge to show up.  It's best viewed large of course.  

Saturday, July 23, 2016


So another over 100 day in store today.  Yuck.  This image is from last weekend before this started on a fairly cool evening.  I took this after my disappointment at not finding a sunflower field anywhere around us.  I headed for the Geary State Fishing Lake to view the lovely sunset.  At least the drive wasn't a total waste.

Friday, July 22, 2016


They keep extending the Excessive Heat Warning.  Now through the whole weekend.  UGH.  My veggies are struggling this year, well, all my plants are.  My image today is from cooler days in Michigan.  Lovely ducks, which I think were Mallards, and some dirty water made for a lovely image with sparkly bokeh.  When I was taking the shots, the water did not seem so dirty and I believe it's just plant material, but it really showed up in the images.

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Going to be beastly hot these days.  I look forward to Sunday when it is supposed to cool off about 10 degrees.  I'm not sure what the issue is, if its this heat or what but there are just no butterflies around this summer except for the very small ones and not really that many of those either.  I even planted more things they would enjoy this year but so far they are not coming and makes me very sad.  I love butterflies.  I went to the Nature Center at Milford Lake this past Saturday so I could see some butterflies.  This is a Monarch I captured on a Black-eyed Susan bloom.