Sunday, September 23, 2018


Autumn is starting off beautifully here with sunny cooler but not too cold days.  This was taken on a cool summer morning in Minnesota over the Labor Day weekend.  Locomotive 353 was beginning to pull out on an early run and the steam from the cylinders was really billowing out around it due to the cool air.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


I was working on this image this morning.  This is a 3 shot panoramic image that is best viewed large by clicking on it.  This is a view of the huge Sunflower field that I found when I was in Minnesota in late August.  The image doesn't even totally show how this field seemed to go on forever.  It was the largest field of Sunflowers I had ever seen, just a see of yellow, it was beautiful.

Friday, September 21, 2018


Yesterday afternoon when I got home from work I was out by the garden and I spotted this butterfly that I had not seen before.  I quickly went in and got my camera and I was able to get a few shots of it as it was enjoying the Autumn Sedum.  In doing some research last night at I found that it is a Border Patch Butterfly and Kansas is on the edge of it's habitat.  I submitted my sighting to the site as well.  I was quite happy to have seen and captured a rare to Kansas butterfly and a quite beautiful one at that.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


I captured this White-lined Sphinx Hummingbird Moth enjoying a Thistle flower a while back.  They are also known as just a Hummingbird Moth.  They are pretty elusive and I don't see them often so it was great to be able to get a photo of one.  I found out something interesting about Hummingbird moths, their caterpillar stage are Hornworms.  One variety is the Tobacco Hornworm that destroys tomato plants if left alone.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Still hot today but it's looking like only one more day of this.  My image today is of an almost perfect red Sunflower from my garden just a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Well summer is finishing off hot.  I know I don't want winter to come but I am tired of the heat.  The Hummingbirds have been visiting and stocking up for their trip south.  I captured this Ruby Throated one seeming to look at me while taking it's photo recently.  


Monday, September 17, 2018


I captured this shot on my trip to Minnesota over the Labor Day weekend.  I was trying to capture a Heron on the ground but it took off, they are always so skittish.  Fortunately I was fairly ready for this and able to capture my best flight capture of one of these so far.  This is a Great Blue Heron.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


This is a shot of the ex Soo Line locomotive that I get to fire on at the Western Minnesota Steam thresher's Reunion for 2 hours of the 4 days of the show.  The locomotive is just pulling into the Baker Depot here to pick up passengers and switch crews out at about 10am.  I took this image just before going on board.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


This is an image that shows a bit of the vastness of the Sunflower field that I came upon in Minnesota a couple weeks back.  It was huge and beautiful.  I captured this image and did a bit of an HDR treatment to really bring out the details in the clouds and also the Sunflowers.

Friday, September 14, 2018


I have been lucky to have several Swallowtails visiting my garden this past summer.  I have planted several varieties of things to entice butterflies to the garden.  I always find it funny that the thing they really seem to enjoy are the Zinnias, that's where I almost always seem to find them until the Sedum starts to bloom.  Here is a female Black Swallowtail enjoying one.

Thursday, September 13, 2018


I have finally seen some Honey Bees around lately.  I captured this one a little while ago enjoying a Sunflower head in my garden.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


I captured this image this past winter at the in-law's birdbath during a snow.  I liked this image because it clearly shows the difference between a male and female Bluebird.  The male is much more vibrant blue while the female is a lot duller to help her blend in more while nesting.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


This is the color version of yesterday's photo.  I processed the B & W one a lot differently so thought I would share the other version.  I like the very dark and vivid colors of this variety of Marigold.

Monday, September 10, 2018


I have some Marigolds that are growing in a garden on the new land.  They must have been part of a seed mix as I did not specifically plant them but they are doing quite well with very little attention from me. I like to get back to my monochrome roots at times and I thought this bloom lent itself to that treatment well with it's lines.

Sunday, September 9, 2018


I like double number days like today 9/9.  Maybe I am weird.  LOL  Anyway, my image today is of the Cumbres & Toltec train on it's way up to Cumbres Pass.  I captured it on the switchback that allows it to gain a lot of elevation in a short actual distance but zig zags back and forth.  This was taken when coming from the Antonito Colorado end of the trip.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


I was out all day today so posting a bit late.  I captured this guy at my pond a couple weeks ago while we were having a bit of a stare down.  A lovely Dragonfly that looks so alien with those big eyes.

Friday, September 7, 2018


Another kind of dreary day for the most part.  These are some Lantana flowers to brighten things up.  I shot these a couple weeks back when they were blooming quite profusely in the heat.  They have slowed down some now that it is cooler and rainy.  I liked the bokeh behind them and the stair step look too.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


When it rains it pours.  They always say, be careful what you wish for.  I like the rain and it ha not been bad where we are but I am missing the sun, not seeing it too much since I have been home.  I was shooting Thistles in bloom a couple weeks back and this Bumblebee came in and photo-bombed me.  There were other flowers around and I was actually holding the stem of this one to get it in the right position under the lens but it didn't care and just landed right there and kind of startled me but I got some good shots after I recovered.  I think it was high on pollen as covered as it was.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


I was in Minnesota and it was a crazy time with the internet, there were so many people that the towers were overwhelmed and you couldn't do anything.  On Wednesday when I got there, I went for a drive and captured my best Great Egret images ever.  It was so close I couldn't even extend my zoom lens all the way.  It didn't fly away either which was amazing.  So here is one of the images I was able to capture.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


I took this image a while back as well.  There is a theme on G+ called Tree Tuesday that I thought of while taking this one.  I love the trunks of old Bristle Cone Pine Trees.  They are quite colorful and interesting with the twists in them.

Monday, September 3, 2018


Being without internet really stinks.  Quickly posting while I can.  This is an older image I got of 2 Swans in flight at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota.

Sunday, September 2, 2018


Having internet issues so posting very late and also missed a day.  I almost missed Steamy Sunday as well.  I'm having to post to G+ through my Blog because of the internet issues.
This is the 14 inch Wagner that I get to run in Minnesota in it's new Roundhouse.  It just got moved into it not too long before the show.  It's a great addition.

Friday, August 31, 2018


It's the last day of August already.  Wow.  My image today is of some back-lit Teasels that had bloomed and dried.  I got them to grow in my garden, maybe a bit too well and I may regret it but for now I am enjoying them quite a bit,  Skippers and butterflies seemed to enjoy the blooms as well.  I love the flower head shapes when they dry.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


So yesterday I was out for a drive and I crested a hill and saw all this yellow off in the distance.  I was very surprised when it turned out to be a huge and beautiful Sunflower field.  All the Sunflowers I had been seeing were sad and droopy and about ready for harvesting but these were still lovely and perky.  I titled this one Partly Cloudy.  😃

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


I saw this Blue Heron coming in for a landing near where I live when I got home from work the other day so I quick ran in the house to get my camera and went back to where I saw it.  I was looking for it and not even that close but it decided it didn't like me near it and took off.  I liked the shot I got of it leaving so here it is.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


This is an image of a Balloon Flower from a plant I have been nursing along by the Gazebo of my new pond.  I am wondering if it doesn't get all the sun it needs as it seems to be still quite small.  I guess I will see if it comes back next year.  It has been blooming like this from a week ago or so.

Monday, August 27, 2018


I thought this image was a bit appropriate with the sun beating down on us today and a hot day.  This is an almost perfect Sunflower from my garden last week.

Sunday, August 26, 2018


So today's image once again goes back to my visit to the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.  This is on a walk one evening when I was looking around the yard at Chama, New Mexico.  This is the small roundhouse where they service the engines after they return from the days trip and they also keep ones ready to go in the morning.

Saturday, August 25, 2018


With the good amount of rain we got the other day, it made the mushrooms quite happy and they are popping up everywhere.  I captured these in my backyard and thought they reminded me of a family, dad mom and kid.  I titled this one Shroom Family Outing.  😀

Friday, August 24, 2018


We had quite the rain yesterday, I got 2 inches, some people got 3.  I was happy with what I got.  My image today is of my latest butterfly visitors to the garden.  The Buckeyes have been around lately and I captured this one enjoying the Zinnia.  I find it funny that this is the flower they enjoy the most as this is the one I find the butterflies on and not the others I have planted for them.

Thursday, August 23, 2018


Here is another flower that I wanted to share.  This one was a surprise to me.  I had planted a variety pack of seeds and this is one that must have resulted from it.  It's a lovely Cosmos flower of which I also planted a small variety of.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


I spotted these lovely Canada Anemone wildflowers while I was at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota this past June. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


It's lovely and cooler the past couple of days.  Very odd for August but I will take it.  My image today was taken earlier this year by the Grain Elevator here in town.  I was stopped waiting for this Union Pacific train to come by.

Monday, August 20, 2018


We had a lovely rain yesterday, about an inch and came nicely so it was able to soak in.  My pond is nice and full too.  Wonderful.  My image today is from earlier this year.  I captured a Red Bellied Woodpecker that was after some seed I had out for the ground birds at the base of this Mulberry tree.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


I took this shot just outside our campground in Chama New Mexico of locomotive 484 and it's train heading back into the rail yard after it's day out of Antonito Colorado.  It was just about to cross over the old Denver & Rio Grande Western trestle of which the Cumbres & Toltec and Durango and Silverton are now part of.  I shot this with a zoom lens so I am not as close to the train as it looks and it is not as close to the bridge.  😅

Saturday, August 18, 2018


I felt like some sunny Black-eyed Susan wildflowers for today so here you go.  These were growing alongside the road by my house last month.  I have been trying to establish some in my garden but so far no luck, they don't come back.  I'm going to try again in a different spot next year and we shall see.

Don't forget, I have pages on this Blog devoted to common wildflowers seen in Kansas and hopefully a photo of one you may be looking for an ID on.

Friday, August 17, 2018


This is one of my Leopard Frog buddies at my new pond.  I was able to capture it with some great looking bokeh I thought, especially the sparkly on the right, so had to share it.  My pond is actually full at the moment due to the rain we have had and pumping water in from a collection tank so yay!

Thursday, August 16, 2018


I was able to capture this Dragonfly who posed for me quite still so I could get 2 shots for a focus stack.  I saw this one up in Minnesota at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge and loved the way it was staring me down. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


This is an older image I was able to get out by Milford Lake.  Red-Tailed Hawks are hard to capture when sitting, they fly off quite quickly.  I was able to capture this one in a tree fairly un-obscured by branches so I was fairly happy with it.  I don't think it was too happy with me though.  😉


Oops, crazy day yesterday and I forgot to post.  This is a companion piece to my Roundhouse photo from last week.  These are the Water and Coaling towers at the Greenfield Village of the Henry Ford Museum complex off to the other end of the turntable.  This is a great place to visit if you are ever in or around Dearborn Michigan.

Monday, August 13, 2018


In the middle of summer I am thinking of Spring.  We have good chances for rain a couple of days this week and I am hoping we get it.  These are a lovely group of Tulips that I photographed in the Tulip Capitol of Kansas, Wamego a while back.

Sunday, August 12, 2018


I took this image from the train as we left our lunch stop at Osier, Colorado and were heading to Antonito.  I shot this image across the valley of the other train that was on it's way to Chama, NM after stopping.  I was pleased it came out clear with the rocking and rolling the train was doing and I was using a zoom lens which made it even more difficult.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


I was on a walk in Pennsylvania a couple weeks ago and their Bee Balm was still in bloom a bit.  I captured this Bumblebee enjoying the last of the flowers.

Friday, August 10, 2018


I have been quite lucky this summer that I have been able to see and capture Swallowtail Butterflies.  I have seen them mainly on the new land but also in my newer native plant garden.  I captured this male Tiger Swallowtail enjoying an Ironweed plant and found I had a bug bonus.  😁

Thursday, August 9, 2018


This is an image I took of a waterfall outside Pagosa Springs Colorado in May called Silver Falls.  It was an interesting one to get to, a very bad over 8 mile road that I was very glad to have a 4 wheel dive vehicle for.  Because the road was so bad there are not many people who go there so we had the waterfall to ourselves.  I had forgotten to bring my filters to use to slow my shutter speed down but I got lucky that it was a partly cloudy day and the clouds darkened it up enough to do it.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


This is an image I captured a while back in Minnesota of a lovely duck family.  I believe they are Mallards.  I think the young ducklings are very cute when they are so fuzzy looking.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


My image today was taken when I visited Greenfield Village of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.  This is the Roundhouse that they still use to service the 3 steam locomotives that they rotate in operation.  It was originally built in 1884 for the Detroit, Toledo and Milwaukee Railroad in Marshall Michigan and was then moved here.  The locomotive on the right is a static display because it is too large to operate on the current tracks.  You can walk down underneath it for a unique view.

Monday, August 6, 2018


I took this image from the Cumbres & Toltec train this past May.  This is as we were on the last leg of the trip heading towards Antonito Colorado and looking into Colorado.

Sunday, August 5, 2018


I took this image the day after my train ride on the Cumbres & Toltec railroad.  I was chasing it and getting shots at different locations.  This image was taken as it is on it's way to Windy Point.  The grade here does not look steep but it has to climb several feet to the top and into Cumbres Pass.  The fireman must be shoveling in coal at this point to make sure the locomotive has enough steam power to make it up the hill since there is so much coal dust in the smoke.  It's dark after it's first shoveled in.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


We got rain last week so my pond and waterfall on the new land have been able to be enjoyed.  This is one of my Leopard Frog buddies that lives there, the other is twice his size.  They let me get very close and take photos and even skim the pond right near them.  I think they are appreciative of me cleaning up their home.  😊