Thursday, August 17, 2017

8/17/17

The Sunflowers that I planted in my garden this year have been a great draw for nature as well as being lovely to look at.  This one has a Bumble Bee that was enjoying it quite a lot.  It also has another visitor if you look closely after enlarging it by clicking on the image.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8/16/17

So my Surprise Lilies sure surprised me a few days ago.  I was not expecting them till a bit later this year.  They are having a good year and a good number of them came up.  I shot this group of them against a black felt background and then played with it a bit.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/15/17

This is a different type bird I was able to see and capture while I was at the Grand Canyon in July.  While hiking on the North Kaibab Trail at the North Rim of the park I spotted this Scrub Jay sitting in the midst of a tree.  They had been flying around in one area of the trail and were quite difficult to capture but I got a couple okay images of which this is one.


Monday, August 14, 2017

8/14/17

The Dragonflies have been around more lately as well.  This is, what I believe is, an immature Twelve Spot that was having a stare down with me.  😁  Actually, I shot this with a telephoto so it was just nice enough to pose for a bit.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

8/13/17

Today's image is another that was done to recreate an 1800s image taken by my favorite photographer of the old west, William Henry Jackson.  My photo is at a different angle because I didn't have the freedom he had to get off the train but was taken at about the same spot.  This is our train on the Durango & Silverton Railway headed back to Durango.  This shot is taken along the Animas River and Needle Mountain can be seen in the background.  I have included WHJ's image below mine for easy reference again.


This is William Henry Jackson's photo from a book that I have of his photos.




Saturday, August 12, 2017

8/12/17

I had posted an image of one of these a while back that was fairly artsy.  This is just a straight up one where you can really see how this flower gets it's name.  This is a Pincushion Flower.  I can't seem to get them to grow so this is from my friend's plant.


Friday, August 11, 2017

8/11/17

The Painted Lady and Painted Beauty Butterflies have been enjoying my flowers in fairly large numbers.  It's been very cool to see.  I have a large bunch of volunteer Zinnias growing in the backyard and they are a great draw for these butterflies.  I was trying to photograph this Painted Beauty on the Zinnia flower but it took off as I took the shot so not in perfect focus due to the movement but I thought it was still a cool shot.




Thursday, August 10, 2017

8/10/17

The Cicadas have really been loud lately.  This is an older image I was able to get during the year when they had their 17 year emergence and were quite abundant.  It is sitting on the wall of one of the buildings at the Large Scale railroad I get to play at.  I had a very shallow depth of field so only a line of the image is in focus but worked well for trying to get the Cicada captured but that's what gives it the different look.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8/9/17

While I was on vacation this year I spent some time on historic Route 66 in a couple of towns in Arizona, Flagstaff and Williams.  This image was taken on the first evening in downtown Williams.  A good number of the shops and restaurants had neon signs.  I liked these two in particular.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

8/8/17

Today's image is a bit different but interesting I thought.  We had some damage to electronic equipment about 2 weeks ago now.  While out walking around in the yard last week I spotted my neighbor's tree looked odd.  On investigation, it was obvious that it was hit by lightning.  The left image is a panoramic taken with my phone and if you click and view large you can sort of see where it started way up in the tree.  The image on the right shows how it came down the trunk on the other side as well and threw dirt out of the ground.  It's pretty wild how it did that and tore strips out of the tree like that.  Oddly enough, even though it's a lot closer to my neighbor's house, there was no apparent damage there but ours 30 to 40 yards away received some.  Pretty odd and interesting how lightning works. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

8/7/17

I was able to get this image in Alexandria, Minnesota at Lake Agnes.  I captured this Pelican as it came in to land on the lake after a flight.  I got lucky with the timing and the splash.  I actually came up with a name for it which was obviously Splashdown.  😁


Sunday, August 6, 2017

8/6/17

Well, I think we have had enough rain for a while.  We have had about 5 inches in less than 24 hours.  We needed rain but not all at once.  Sheesh.  My image today was taken the day before I rode on the Durango & Silverton Railway when I was down in the Animas River Canyon trying to recreate 1800 era photos.  This shot is of the K-36 locomotive Number 481 that pulled the train I was on the next day.  Here it is moving along the famous High Line area at a speed of about 5 miles per hour due to the steep drop off.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

8/5/17

On my summer vacation this year I spent 3 days visiting the Grand Canyon.  I had been there before several years back but it was combined with riding the train out and back so I only spent less than a day there altogether.  This trip 2 days were spent at the South Rim and then the middle day I traveled to the North Rim which was a new experience.  It takes at least 4 hours to drive there from the south but you can see the lodge there at the North Rim from the South.  It would be easier if they just built a bridge.  LOL  Anyway, this is a 3 image panorama taken from the North Kaibab Trail looking towards the South Rim.  Kind of a different image as the North Rim is not as visited and therefore not as commercialized which was nice.Of course this image is best viewed large by clicking on it.


Friday, August 4, 2017

8/4/17

The small types of butterflies are back in my area in abundance now that it has turned cooler.  My new perennial garden is paying off and my choice of potted plants and Zinnias as well.  This is one that I think is a pretty type with it's deeper yellow color but it doesn't have a pretty name.  It's an Alfalfa Caterpillar Butterfly that was enjoying the Gaillardia or Blanket Flower in my new garden.  The bokeh for today is provided by some limestone rock that surrounds the garden. 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

8/3/17

While I was in Minnesota on a photography trip when I got yesterday's photo I also was able to get this image.  We were at a little know park and it was beside one of the 10,000 lakes there in Minnesota.  I captured this Heron flying overhead.  I got lucky with this shot in that it was in focus as well. 😃  I know I have mentioned it before but I love how their long legs hang out behind.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

8/2/17

When I was in Minnesota in June I was able to go on a photography trip with my mom-in-law and her brother.  We always have a fun time and get to visit interesting places.  I saw this guy on our stop at Alexandria and had to share him.  He guards the town and Lake Agnes there.  He is known as America's Biggest Viking.  He was quite huge.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

8/1/17

Yikes it's August already and school will be starting soon.  The summer goes so by so fast.
Today's image is of a perfect bloom I was able to capture from one of the Sunflowers I am growing.  I tried 3 different varieties this year and they are all producing so that was great.  This is obviously the Red variety and I was able to capture it before the bugs got to it.  It's petals were just perfectly formed too which doesn't always happen.  It was just a lovely example.