Friday, October 18, 2019


I captured this cool female Praying Mantis this past Saturday.  She was out on the sidewalk by the garage most likely looking for a good plant since the cold killed off most of them.  She stayed still enough for me to get a few shots of, so this is 3 images focus stacked.  Plus I liked how the sidewalk created some nice bokeh and since Friday's Are Bokehlicious, I decided to share this image today.

Thursday, October 17, 2019


I felt like some bright flowers for today.  The frost and cold temps we had this past weekend killed off practically all my flowers already.  Sigh.  This is an older shot of some Tiger Lilies I saw growing in a yard in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Today is Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog once again.  Today's flower is Tall Joe Pye Weed.  It is very tall too, can grow up to 4 feet or more.  Butterflies like this plant and i have a smaller version of it in my garden which blooms a more red color while this wildflower is white.  This particular one was growing by my large pond but there was quite a lot of it to be seen out on Konza Prairie as well.
Just a reminder, I have Wildflowers by color pages here on the Blog and I have been updating with new ones I have photographed this year like this one.  Hope you will check them out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


On my way out to Pennsylvania, I stopped at a place that has always intrigued me when I saw it from the highway.  This is the original Mail Pouch Tobacco Warehouse in West Virginia.  It is still operating today as a Swisher International warehouse.  This image may look like just a normal shot but I had to take it up close with just a normal wide angle lens on so it is actually 3 shots stitched together with a good amount of work behind the scenes done.  I find it funny sometimes all the work I do to a photo but you would not know just to see it without knowing the behind the scenes work.  Anyway, this is the company that those old barns had painted advertising on them that you can still find a few of today including a couple along the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Monday, October 14, 2019


Hummingbird type moths are very cool I think.  I was able to capture this White Lined Sphinx Moth around some Petunias one evening.  Those are their favorite flowers and the time of day you will usually find them.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


I have always admired this style of locomotive, ever since I saw it made famous in the photographs of O Winston Link.  Link was famous for his night photography of steam trains of the Norfolk & Western line between 1955 and 1960.  He used numerous flash bulbs to illuminate his night shots.  One of them can be seen at the link here to his museum which helped provide some funding to bring 611 to Strasburg.  More of his images can be found if you Google him.  I learned of his photographs several years ago.  Anyway, it was wonderful to be able to see this beautiful locomotive in person in Pennsylvania.  

Saturday, October 12, 2019


Autumn is arriving quickly.  When I was out on Konza Prairie a week ago, there were still a few flowers blooming but the hills were mostly dominated by the tall grasses which this type of prairie is known for.  It is lovely to look at in contrast to the blue sky.  This is a 2 shot panoramic image shot along the Nature Trail.  It really needs to be viewed large by clicking on it.