It's gotten rather chilly the last couple of days. Probably more normal for this time of year but we were spoiled. My image today is from a windy day this past February. I was able to capture this female Cardinal sitting in the Mulberry tree right outside the window. She was being a bit ruffled by the wind but posed very nicely for me to get a close up photo of her.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
In Wamego Kansas where they have the Tulip Festival every year they also have an old Dutch Mill. I was looking for my info on it and noticed that the Redbud trees that are in my previous images of it are now gone. I wonder why they removed them. Anyway, this is a 3 shot vertical panorama done with my 70mm lens. A Mill in Kansas with Tulips is a rather unique sight I think but made for a lovely one.
Monday, April 24, 2017
This is an older image that I should out on Konza Prairie on a walk one evening. This is a male Dickcissel and they are common to our area of Kansas. They look similar to the Western Meadowlark but they have a smaller beak and different tails. You can tell it is a male by the small V on it's chest. Their name comes from the sound of their song which they are often seen singing while sitting out on the prairie like this.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Today's image goes back to West Virginia and the Cass Mountain Scenic Railway. Cass is a former logging railroad and the Shay locomotive is seen here pushing our train up the mountainside through some lovely wooded scenery. I decided to give this image a more vintage feel by processing it in Black & White.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Happy Earth Day! Hope you will take some time today to think about the earth and life on it and how you can help to make it better. It's just about planting season in many parts of the US, so as you think about what to plant you can get plants that will help butterflies. Plants native to your area are best. Annuals like Zinnias that you can plant from seed fairly inexpensively are a great choice. You can see in my image for today that the butterflies do indeed enjoy it and because they are long lasting, are a source of food for them when everything else has finished blooming. I captured this Painted Beauty on the Zinnia blooms late last autumn.
Friday, April 21, 2017
It's been a long week and I needed something bright and cheery today. This is one of the groups of Tulips that Wamego, Kansas has growing in their City Park for their festival. The Tulip Festival is this weekend, hope they are still blooming well. I loved the color combination of these so thought I would share it today. I loved the bokeh that the orange ones made in the background.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Posting a bit later today as I had a meeting. This is another example of the nature that has come back around due to the warm weather we have been having. This Green Metallic Bee which, I believe, is a female of the species Agapostemon Splendens because of the mostly green butt, or technically abdomen, where males have a yellow and black butt. My Star of Bethlehem flowers were blooming all over for Easter this year and this bee was sure enjoying this one.