Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Today's image goes back to the Grand Canyon in July.  This tree standing overlooking the Grand Canyon is a Utah Juniper, I had originally thought it was a close relative, a Cedar.  I love the character of their twisting trunks.  These trees can be quite old and this one due to it's size is likely over 100 years old.

Monday, December 11, 2017


I decided to start off the week with a cute little Chipmunk I saw in Colorado.  We were stopped to let hikers off on the Dirango & Silverton ride and a few Chipmunks were around looking for a treat.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


My image today goes back to my trip to the Durango & Silverton Railway this past July.  This is back at the Durango station and our locomotive, 481, was about to set the passenger cars on their track for the next days service and then head to the turntable to be moved into the roundhouse for it's cleaning and servicing for the next day.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


This is a photo i took back in July.  I had been out at the lake trying to get a Sunset photo and not really getting what I wanted.  I started to head home and as I was getting close I saw this sky color beginning to develop so I took a little detour to get a clear view.  I liked this shot best with the pond in the foreground.

Friday, December 8, 2017


It's Friday!  My image today is from this summer again, I'm thinking warm thoughts since it's cold out.  I captured this Blue Damselfly just outside my garden on a blade of grass.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Winter is here in temps today, only a high in the 30s.  My image today was taken on a nice summer day in June at a friend's house where she is lucky to have Barred Owls come and hunt in the yard.  I captured this young one in the tree in between it swooping down to the ground for a snack.  Owls are such cool, beautiful and mysterious birds. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


I am missing summer already.  Here is an almost perfect Red Sunflower I was able to grow this past year.  I'm still deciding on a new spot for them.  They were a bit to crowded.  I have several months to decide.  😏

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Well the temps are more normal today.  Not used to it being cold.  My image today is of the Burr Oak tree in my side yard that I captured in late afternoon sunlight.  The leaves changed oddly this year and hung on for quite some time.  Some trees even still have leaves.  This one had very green bunches of leaves still while others turned color.  I put a bit of a glow on it as well to heighten the sunshine effect.  

Monday, December 4, 2017


So now we are not only dry but it's windy to dry it out even more.  Sigh.  No rain in sight for a week at least too.  Anyway, today's image is one from Minnesota.  I captured this Ladybug which, due to the fact that is has no spots, is the Asian Lady Beetle variety of Ladybug.  I captured this one on the new rail that was being laid for the large scale train I get to help with there.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


I have had this image for awhile and never shared so this is one from the archives.  This is a night photo shoot I attended with some cool locomotives in attendance,  Here in this image are the noses of Nickel Plate 765 owned by the  Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.  Next is the former Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 currently owned by a Friends of group located in Oregon.  Then lastly is Pere Marquette 1225 currently owned by the Steam Railroading Institute in Michigan which is where I was for this event.  It was probably a once in a lifetime experience to be able to see so many famous steam trains at one time.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


I was looking through images of the Grand Canyon and decided to share this one.  I took this shot while hiking a bit of the Bright Angel Trail back in July on a nice hot day.  It's true about drier air not feeling so hot as humid air.  

Friday, December 1, 2017


Yikes, it's December 1, only 24 days to Christmas and where has the year gone.  My image was taken on a summer day last year.  This is a Tiger Swallowtail enjoying the Butterfly or Buddleja Bush in my yard.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


The last day of November.  Christmas is coming fast.  My image today is an older one of a Water Lily in my pond and it is one that I played around with quite a bit. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I love the Conodoguinet Creek that runs near my Dad's home in Pennsylvania.  Every time I have been out there I have been able to capture some kind of wildlife image.  This last week I was able to get an image of this Heron that was wading in the creek looking for a meal.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


The trees have now mostly lost their leaves so I spend a lot of time raking and leaf blowing.  This is an image of a tree at my friend's home while it was showing off it's lovely autumn colors.  This is a Sugar Maple tree and a quite lovely pop of color.

Monday, November 27, 2017


Today's image is really about the scenery but it does have the added bonus of a steam train in it as well.  I was capturing the scenery in Silverton, Colorado while shooting the trains coming into town.  The locomotive of this train was clearing out it's cylinder as I took this image of one of the mountains in the area that still had some snow on it in July.  Silverton is a beautiful area but I think it really only exists these days due to the tourist train.  

Sunday, November 26, 2017


My image today goes back to early September in Rollag, Minnesota at the Steam Thresher's Reunion.  This is 353 pulling away from the water tower area with some passengers for an early morning run around the grounds.  It's about a 2 mile loop of track with a nice grade to work up at one point. I liked how the early morning sun was catching on the steam in this image.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Today's image is another view of the sunset at the Grand Canyon this past July.  The original image because of shooting at the sun made the canyon rather dark.  I used a new HDR software to bring out the canyon more and I really like what it did with it.

Friday, November 24, 2017


I shot this image this past summer in Colorado while I was waiting for our train to depart in Silverton.  I think this is a type of Metallic Bee on a Daisy that was growing by the tracks.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving to those from the US and happy Thursday to everyone else.  This is just a little solar Turkey that I shot against some orange lights for bubbly bokeh.  The Turkey flaps it's wings in the sun.  😃

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


A five day holiday from work, nice.  This is an older image I got while I was up near Milford Lake one day awhile back.  This Red Tail Hawk was flying overhead and I was able to capture a few shots of it.  In this one it looks like it was checking me out.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


I mentioned how the Maple trees in our area were putting on a show.  This is a friend's red Maple that I thought was quite lovely. I took this shot laying on the ground looking up the trunk.  

Monday, November 20, 2017


My image today is of a Columbine flower that I had growing in my garden this year.  I isolated one of the blooms and shot it against a white background.  I love Columbine and the wild ones do very well for me but the more specialized ones with bigger blooms, like this pink variety, I have to find just the right spot.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Today's image goes back to summer and Rollag, Minnesota and the 14/15 inch scale Wagner locomotive I get to help operate.  Here a friend of mine is running a group around.  Much progress has been made on the Roundhouse and turntable which are able to be seen in this image.  It will be a great place to store the locomotive and train.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


I took this image of a lovely colorful evening sky over the Konza Prairie this past June.  This was looking to the north from the barn in an image I shared a few weeks ago or so.  The light was lovely on one of the hills along with the pinky sky.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Today felt a bit like late summer, in the 60s in the morning and 70s later.  Weird weather.  My image today is of a plant that gives our area some nice color in the autumn.  This is Virginia Creeper or Five Leaf Ivy back-lit in the afternoon sun.  It gets it's name from it's habit of growing up tree trunks like it has here.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


I saw this flower at a friend's home and thought it was quite lovely looking.  It reminded me of a Columbine but I knew it was not that.  I found out it is called Angel Earring Fuchsia.  I may have to try to grow it this spring though it seems it is picky about light and water.  Needs to be damp and in shade.  It will take heat so that's good for my area.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


It's Hump Day today and we get to see the sun as well, it's been a while since we started the day with a clear sky.  I took this image earlier this year and while these birds are what I think of more as "wild" birds they act like the regular little birds that come to visit.  The wild Turkeys come to the yard to visit the feeder as well, they just can't get up into it so they forage around on the ground.  This male was strutting his stuff for 3 females who are just out of frame and they were not as interested in him as I was.  😁

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


The day started out dreary once again.  I needed this to brighten things up.  A lovely summer day with Dame's Rocket in bloom and a Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the blossoms fit that need well.

Monday, November 13, 2017


I was looking back through some old photos and processing a few over the weekend.  I found this one of a beautiful scene in Rocky Mountain National Park and decided to share it.  It would be my dream to live where I could have this view every day.  I find the mountains very beautiful and relaxing.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


So today I am sharing an image of two of the things I love to photograph in one shot.  I shared one from a different angle a while back.  This is the last train of the day arriving in Silverton, Colorado to let it's passengers off to walk around the town for a couple of hours like I was doing.  You can see in the background a couple of waterfalls that were being created by the snow melt that was still going on in July in the mountains.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Happy Veteran's Day to those in the US.  I took this image a couple of weekends ago at the railroad I get to play at and I liked how it came out.  I used a new program to help bring the sky color out which turned out rather washed out in the original.  It really made it rather rich looking and made the Autumn colors stand out.

Friday, November 10, 2017


Posting early today due to being on holiday from work.  I haven't shared just a straight flower macro in a while, usually has a butterfly or bee on it.  This is a lovely Water Lily from my pond this past summer.  It reminds me of much warmer days instead of the mid 40s we are having right now.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


This is another view of the beautiful Red Maple tree that I found on Fort Riley last week.  I shot some of the leaves against the deep blue sky and loved the almost flames like appearance of them.  These Maples really pop color in the Autumn as compared to the mostly yellows and brown.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


My image today is one I captured late this summer and added to my pages of Kansas wildflowers here on the Blog.  This is Blazing Star Gayfeather.  I captured this during the explosion of Painted Lady Butterflies in the area so there is also a butterfly bonus.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


This is a Maple tree that I photographed out on Fort Riley about a week or so ago.  It was really putting on a colorful show.  Most of the trees just turn yellow and brown around here but the Red Maples are quite lovely.  I am surprised that most of them still have a lot of leaves left even after a couple of hard freezes here.

Monday, November 6, 2017


I captured this young Praying Mantis on the Lantana just about 2 weeks ago.  It was found on a piece of metal and I took a couple of shots of it there and then I moved it to a more photogenic location.  It was OK with me moving it and wouldn't even get off my hand at first.  It finally did and then posed for me very nicely so I was able to get 4 images of it to stack together to bring out the focus of it's body better.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Did you remember to set your clock back 1 hour if you are in the States?  😉  My image today was taken after I road the Durango and Silverton train.  We had just got back to Durango and I was walking around and going to the museum when the last train of the day pulled in.  They were checking things out before they took the cars to park for the night and locomotive to the Roundhouse.

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Hope you are having a great start to your 49 hour weekend here in the US or a great day everywhere else.  This is another view from the not as heavily visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It's kind of amazing that it takes about 5 hours to drive to yet you can see details of the other side while on each.  Too bad you have to go so far around.  😊 Anyway, this is a 3 shot panoramic image that I took just west of the lodge on the North Rim side.  Best viewed large by clicking on it.

Friday, November 3, 2017


I had not seen a big variety of butterflies this summer, it was a big year for Painted Ladies though.  I finally had some different ones visit early this Autumn.  This is a beautiful and perfect Buckeye that came to visit the garden not that long ago and allowed me to get a few shots of it.

Thursday, November 2, 2017


The leaves haven't really changed much around here or else they changed fast and dropped like the Walnuts.  I wish we had more Maple trees in this area because they are the only ones kind of putting on a show this year.  I'm not sure if it's due to the lack of rain or maybe that it has still been fairly warm until recently but a lot of trees are still green or just turning.  This is a yellow Maple that I captured some leaves of at the railroad I play at outside of Topeka.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


We made it to November and had our first snow yesterday, it was lovely how it clung to tree leaves.  My image today was taken on a much warmer day in Minnesota.  This was at the lake in Alexandria and this Pelican was coming in for a landing and I was able to capture it in good focus.  I'm always happy when that happens.  😄

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Happy Halloween or All Hallow's Eve!  Hope you have a good time with the Trick or Treaters or get some treats yourself.  This image is just something I created for the day with a shot of the moon I took in Topeka the same night I photographed the Capitol and some other related items. 

Monday, October 30, 2017


I captured this image fairly recently.  I was taking several images of this web with dew drops on it to focus stack them together when suddenly the spider decided to come out and photobomb the shot.  It worked out and I didn't have to stay so close to the web for long with the spider right there.  LOL  This is 5 images stacked together.  I thought it was an appropriate image since Halloween is tomorrow and I find spiders rather creepy.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017


This is an image from a much warmer day back in July taken during my trip to the Durango & Silverton Railway.  This is our locomotive and train sitting in Silverton waiting for passengers to re-board for the trip back to Durango.  Silverton is a quaint little town that basically only still exists due to the railroad and tourists.  It was once a mining town.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Posting late today doing steamy stuff on a very chilly day.  This was taken on a nice warm day in August after a rain.  A large group of these large 'shrooms popped up in the backyard.

Friday, October 27, 2017


So we are supposed to have our first hard frost of the season tonight.  The blah starts early.  Sigh.  Winter is just so dull and brown around here.  Maybe we will get some snow to give it some character now and then.  In the meantime, here is a wildflower image that I shot back in May.  This is a Fringed Puccoon or Frilly Puccoon.  It's flowers are fairly small and grow low to the ground.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Our last day of warmer weather for a while.  I got out a bit to enjoy it yesterday.  My image today was taken while hiking at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail.  I originally called this bird in another post a Scrub Jay but it is actually a Steller's Jay.  I need to repair the other.  They are closely related to the Blue Jay but are the only crested Jay found west of the Rocky Mountains.  I was fortunate to see and capture, I had only seen them in photos before.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


I hope you got outside today because real autumn is coming tomorrow.  Yikes going from 75 to 45 in 2 days.  Anyway, the photo.  This is a little Toad that I captured on the rock by my Garden Railroad the other day.  I believe it's a young American Toad.  It was very small, only about 2 inches at most in length and had this shimmery copper color to it.  It was nice enough to pose for me a bit and let me get fairly close.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


I caught this tree in the sunlight against a stormy sky a couple of weeks ago.  It was another instance of storms around where we received no rain.  It made for a dramatic photo though with the light and dark sky.