Tuesday, October 17, 2017


This is an older image I took on an outing in Minnesota.  I have been to the Buffalo River State Park a couple of times and this was taken there.  This park is near Hawley Minnesota.  It's a bend along the trail of the Buffalo River.  I'm already dreaming of summer days.  😊

Monday, October 16, 2017


I had shared this guy up close a little while ago.  This image shows it with it's long tail.  Some lizards will shed their tails easily to escape from prey but this one only does it if absolutely necessary as it uses it for balance.  This is a pretty common lizard in Kansas, and called a Collared Lizard due to the black band around it's neck.  I am pretty sure this is a male because the females are not so green.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Today's image was taken from the train while riding the Durango & Silverton Railway.  The train was on the High Line as we were heading back to Durango.  I like to sit near the end of the train to get images such as this when it is in curves.  We were only moving along at about 5 mph here due to the steep drop off so that helped in getting a good photo as well.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


I woke up to some much needed rain again.  Nice.  Today's image goes back to my trip to the Grand Canyon in July.  While I was there on the third day I was hiking for a bit on the Bright Angel Trail.  This image was taken from the trail and you can see more of it in the bottom center.  I definitely did not go that far!  😅  This is a 2 shot panorama looking towards the North Rim of the canyon.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Happy Friday the 13th!  It's usually a good day for me, I shall see how it ends.  😉  Seems Fridays have been for butterflies but I have had great opportunities for butterfly images this year.  I think I have enough shots I could post one every day but that may bore you.  This one is a Silvery Checkerspot that I captured in July on the Butterfly Milkweed.  It sat quite well for a macro shot of it.  I also realized this was a positive ID on a new one so I have updated the Butterfly Page as well.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017


We are back to warm weather again after a day of very autumn temps.  My Zinnias were still good and the butterflies were back so all is well.  This is an image I took on a day like yesterday this past spring in Pennsylvania on the Conodoguinet Creek.  It was the first time I had ever seen a Hooded Merganser duck in real life.  It was not real happy about having me around and trying to take a photo so it took off and I was, fortunately, able to capture it somewhat in focus.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


It got pretty cold here last night but I don't think enough to kill anything but tender plants, we shall see.  Since late summer and now into early autumn, the Goldenrod has been in bloom.  There are several different varieties in Kansas and this one is Prairie Goldenrod.  I find it interesting how the colors change in the wildflowers as the year progresses, autumn ones are mostly yellows and purples. 
Due to that I was able to update those 2 pages of my Blog of the Wildflowers in Kansas.  They can be a help to identify what you are seeing so hope you will check them out.  They are linked at the top of the page on computer and on a phone on Android off the home button at the top, sorry couldn't check IOS.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Wow, a real autumn day today and then back to summer again.  We even have to worry about frost.  This was taken on a totally different day when it was quite warm out.  This tree stands on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It's an old twisty Cedar tree and I love these trees.  They seem to have so much character in their twisty shapes.

Monday, October 9, 2017


I bought a Penta plant this spring for the first time for some color on the deck and it was a great choice.  It has drawn in a lot of different types of creatures from Praying Mantis to butterflies to moths like this one.  This is a Snowberry Clearwing Moth enjoying the blooms one day a few weeks ago.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Hmm, something went weird with my postings for the weekend but they are both there so it's all good I guess.  😉  My image today goes back to some Garden Railway fun at a friend's house and his nice layout.  I took this in the evening at almost sunset so the smoke has a bit of pink color in it due to that.  It was steaming very nicely in the cooler evening.  This is my C-21 locomotive and I had shared a link a while back of it running on Youtube so if you missed it, here it is again:  https://youtu.be/WrMf8inrSkc  It runs on butane and water and is a great running engine.

Friday, October 6, 2017


So all summer I have mainly been seeing Painted Lady butterflies.  Recently I have had a Monarch visit.  I captured it visiting the Zinnias on Saturday.  If you ever want a cheap flower that's fairly easy to grow and attracts butterflies, Zinnias are it.  very popular wit them.  Autumn Sedum too though not as cheap to start.


I took this image while I was out on Konza Prairie last Sunday.  The Bison were visible from near the Barn.  They were on the move on the hillside and I was able to capture a few of them.  

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Dreary days we have been having and not really that much rain to show for it.  At least we are getting some.  I thought this image would brighten things up a bit.  This is a Katydid, also known as a Bush Cricket in Europe, that I captured this summer on my Neighbor's Geraniums.  The camera I used is having exposure issues but I like the effect I was able to get due to that.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I captured this image in my neighbor's yard this summer while watering her plants.  This is a Collared Lizard that I saw several times and was pretty shy but this day I was able to get an image.  This type of lizard is fairly common in my area but I don't see them often.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


This is an older shot of a bird I don't get to photograph in my yard very often.  I hear them around all the time but they don't come into view even when I try to entice them with peanuts.  The Titmice eat those instead.  I got lucky this past winter when one sat in the Walnut out in the backyard long enough for me to get a few shots off through the window.

Monday, October 2, 2017


Once in a while I like to get back to my roots in photography and work in Black and White images.  I used to even process my own film back in the day.  These days with digital it's much easier.  I thought that this Gazania bloom provided a good subject to play with and this is also a 2 image focus stack to bring detail out well.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Happy October!  My image today goes back to the first day of July when I was in the Animas River Canyon taking photos of the Durango & Silverton Railway trains on the High Line.  This is Locomotive 486 returning from Silverton with it's train for the day and traveling along at the speed limit of 5mph.  

Note: To process this image I used a new HDR program from Macphun called Aurora.  I was impressed by how it brought the rock color out and kept the photo looking natural.