Monday, July 16, 2018


July is just flying by.  Wish summer didn't go so fast.  My image today was taken on a walk one evening in Chama New Mexico.  This is a Magpie which we don't have here in Kansas, I am betting they don't like the heat.  I'm not fond of it either. I think they are lovely birds and I enjoy seeing them, I just wish I could have gotten a photo of it in a tree that was this good.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Well, I said my photos would be birds everyday and I lied.  😁  Sunday is for steam trains so this is another shot that I took while riding the Cumbres & Toltec.  Here the train was just beginning to cross Lobato trestle.  Lobato is the area where the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed.  The part where Indy is on the Circus train.  Indy's home is in Antonito, CO, the one end of the C&T, and is now a bed and breakfast.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


I am hosting New Bird poker over on G+ again this week.  I had a good time the first time I did it and they needed someone again so I thought, sure.  So my photos this week will be birds.  Starting off is another image of a Bald Eagle that I was able to capture in flight in Minnesota this past June.  There were 2 of them flying above me and it was quite beautiful.  Oh, and nothing to do with the photo but, we got an inch of rain!  Woohoo!  It was so horribly dry here, we needed it so badly.

Friday, July 13, 2018


I don't think I have ever experience such a hot and incredibly dry summer like we are having now.  I think we are turning into a desert.  It's not good at all, everything is struggling, even me.  I am thinking of cooler days in New Mexico.  I captured this Lupine in some evening light during a walk back from dinner.  I loved the bubble type bokeh in it on the left. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018


So we are still living in the core of the sun as I saw someone else say and found it rather appropriate.  Very dry too, it drags you down, it's so oppressive.  I am thinking back to cooler days in New Mexico and Colorado during my vacation.  At our campground there were these Golden Banner wildflowers.  I got lucky and captured this Bumblebee coming in for a landing as well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


I captured this image at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota this past June.  There is a spot where I have been able to view the state's flower, the Showy Lady Slipper several times.  On this occasion I was able to capture one of the many Dragonflies that were around that day on one of the flowers.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


So I messed up a bit and forgot a day.  Ooops.  I blame the heat.  I took this image in Minnesota on the way to dinner one evening.  There is a large pond or I guess one of the 10,000 lakes that we go by that usually has some kind of wildlife at it and this evening a Great Blue Heron was standing on a log overseeing the pond.  He stayed there so I could get a few shots but flew off into the reeds when i tried to get closer.


I am hoping to find a field like this one this year but people do not seem to be planting them very much these days.  Soy Beans and corn must be more profitable.  Anyway, this is an image from a Sunflower field south of me from a while back.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


I posted the companion shot to this one last week.  The Cumbres & Toltec Railroad is a unique one in that it is operated by 2 states, Colorado and New Mexico.  When you ride the route of 64 miles you pass over the border 11 times.  The majority of these border crossings are not too far out of Antonito Colorado.  We started on the New Mexico side and here we are crossing back into it.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


So we missed out on rain till who knows when now.  Very sad.  Plus, very hot again, high 90s F or 36C plus.  Sigh.  Thinking of cooler days in Colorado.  I was these lovely White Violets on an outing looking for waterfalls.

Friday, July 6, 2018


I have seen several Monarchs around my property this summer.  They have not been on the Milkweed I planted for them but they are enjoying the Echinacea or Cone Flowers that I have planted in several areas.  I captured this one last week enjoying one.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


I shot this image earlier this year of a female Baltimore Oriole on the Grape Jelly feeder.  I have still seen them around but they don't come as often since the Mulberries are ripe and available.  Now that the Mulberries are ending they may be back more.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


I took this image of another of the Waco Bi-planes that came to the annual Bi-plane Fly-In held at the beginning of June.  Waco is apparently producing planes and I didn't get any info on this one so not sure if it's new or restored.  It was a beautiful example whichever.  

Monday, July 2, 2018


Thought I would start off the week with something cute.  I saw this little guy under the bird feeders at the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center looking for dropped seed I would guess.  This is a Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Welcome to July where it looks like it will be hot and dry still for us for a while.  We missed out on some good rain last night, it's disgusting now how it all dissolves when it gets near.  
Anyway, my image for today is from my ride on the Cumbres & Toltec.  I mentioned that it goes in and out of Colorado and New Mexico.  On one stretch of track not that far from Antonito, CO you go in and out 11 times.  I was riding up from the NM side.  The mountain in the background is an inactive volcano. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018


On the last day of the month I am sharing an image that I took on the first day of the month.  This is a five shot panorama of Butterfly Hill out on Konza Prairie.  I took this on the evening of the Wildflower Walk refresher.  The Butterfly Milkweed was having a great year and was blooming rather profusely, it's all the orange you see and this image is best viewed large by clicking on it.

Friday, June 29, 2018


Another very hot day, 102F or 39C.  Ick  We are supposed to cool off just a bit tomorrow and get rain, we shall see though.  I took this image last October when the Painted Lady Butterflies were around and very plentiful.  I captured this one and an interesting moth enjoying some nourishment on a Cone Flower or Echinacea.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


A scorcher of a day today.  42C or 107F.  UGH  Poor plants are really getting fried with being so behind on rain as well.  😟  My image today was taken a week or so ago as I was going to take some flower images and only had my macro lens with me.  This beautiful Red Tail Hawk was flying overhead and I liked how the light was really defining it's wings and tail.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


My pond finally has enough water in it to run the waterfall.  I am guessing that will only last a few days as we are heading into several days of 100 plus F today.  Sigh  It's lovely while it lasts.  The Dragonflies, especially Twelve Spots are enjoying it as well.  I captured this one as it posed for me on the head of a spent Penstemon flower.  This is straight out of the camera.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


This is an older image I took out near Milford Lake.  These birds are usually spotted sitting alongside the highway looking for a meal.  I spotted this one in a tree somewhat close so had to get a shot.  It really blends in well with the tree so very well camouflaged in general, I got lucky cause I saw it go into the tree. 

Monday, June 25, 2018


We are getting rain!  I may be getting enough to fill up my pond, I am very excited.  Anyway, today's photo.  While I was in Minnesota I was at the home of some relatives who have a small Prairie Dog town that I discovered in a pasture while trying to capture an image of a Pheasant.  They didn't know the town was there because it is behind the treeline of their property.  This little one posed very nicely for me, so cute.  Not sure the farmer thinks they are cute. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Today's image is from my most recent ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.  They were blowing down the locomotive as we went around a curve to get rid of sediment in the boiler.  They are having a drought as well so it also helped wet down the vegetation.  With the cool weather it made for quite the show and you could hardly see he locomotive for a bit before this.

Saturday, June 23, 2018


I captured this fierce looking guy alongside the road in Tamarac Wildelife Refuge.  I am pretty sure it's a Snapping Turtle and I did not want to get too close to it so I shot it with a zoom lens.  😁

Friday, June 22, 2018


I Captured this image on the evening of the Annual Wildflower Walk out at Konza Prairie.  This Great Spangled Fritillary was visiting the Butterfly Milkweed and stopped for a moment so I could get a photo.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Happy Summer Solstice, enjoy the longest light day of the year!  While I was in Minnesota last week I got to photograph a couple of Bald Eagles in flight near where We camp at while there.  I had only ever seen one in this area a few years back as we were leaving, it was almost flying alongside us.  I see them more north usually.  I took a bunch of photos and a few turned out fairly well so here is one of them.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I was in Minnesota last week and the state flower was in bloom at Tamarac Wildlife Refuge.  There was a large group of these pink Lady Slippers off to the side of the road into the refuge.  This is a 2 image focus stack of a rather lovely trio.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


This is an older image that I found and liked and decided to share.  The General's Mounted Color Guard puts on demonstrations at times of riding and shooting skills from back when Fort Riley was a Cavalry Post.  This was one such event that was held at the Spring Valley Site of the Geary County Historical Society.

Monday, June 18, 2018


I mention wanting rain and our new land and a pond I have that I am restoring after it sat dormant for about 10 years and became over run with Cattails and weeds.  This is an image I took this spring when the Crab-apple tree was blooming and I had removed several Bobcat loads of cattails.  I still needed to weed the waterfall area on the left at this point.  I hope to get it running but the weather this year has other ideas like 100 degree temps in June and no rain.  We have a chance that it will change this week so fingers crossed.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there who visit my Blog.  
I shot this image at around sunset on Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend.  I was at the yearly Steam Up that a friend of mine holds and running my Mimi Live Steam locomotive on his high line track.  It's great for when you get older, you don't have to get down on your knees to operate.  😄

Saturday, June 16, 2018


I took this image the evening of the Wildflower Walk out at Konza Prairie.  We were just finishing up the last part of the walk and were treated to a lovely sunset view.  A great end to a very nice evening.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Echinacea or Cone Flowers grow wild in my area but I have some planted in various gardens at home.  This is one flower beginning to bloom the other day and I liked the bokeh behind.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


This is a bit of an artsy shot of some baby Maple leaves.  I captured these early this Spring.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


This is another of the Condor photos I was able to get in the Grand Canyon last year.  Not the best image I have ever taken but I was excited to get it.  Also to have it be clear.  😅  You have to look though, it blends in really well.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


The National Bi-plane Fly-In was held a couple of weekends ago in my town.  This is the 6th year for it I think and this plane has been an attraction in several of them.  It's a beautiful 1929 Waco, formally owned by Mohawk Airways which used it to fly honeymooners over Niagara Falls.

Monday, June 11, 2018


This is a view of the countryside in New Mexico near Windy Point on the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.  You know I have to have a train in a mountain scene most times.  😁  It was very cool and windy here, living up to it's name, and I even had to wear a jacket.  Much different from today where we are around 100 F.  Sigh

Sunday, June 10, 2018


The day after riding the Cumbres & Toltec, I was chasing it along part of it's route out of New Mexico on it's way to Colorado.  I captured it here as it wound it's way through the countryside up the 4% grade (track rises 4 feet for every 100 feet traveled) on the way to Cumbres Pass. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018


I captured this image last Friday during the Konza prairie Wildflower Walk refresher.  It was just about sunset and the clouds were making a rather dramatic sky.  The wildflowers were really blooming profusely which surprised me due to the lack of rain we have been experiencing.  We have had a bit recently and it must have come at just the right time.  In this image you can see at least 4 different varieties of wildflowers. Up front on the left and right, the pink puff balls are part of Cat's Claw Sensitive Briar, up front in the middle is Echinacea, in the middle, the orange flower is Butterfly milkweed and to the left of that and around it as well with what looks like fingers sticking up is Lead plant about to bloom.  Don't forget my pages on this site with photos of wildflowers by color to help you identify what you see of some more common ones.

Friday, June 8, 2018


In the summer I get off on Fridays a bit early due to working longer days during the week so posting a bit earlier than usual.  While I was out on Konza Prairie last Friday for the Wildflower Walk refresher I saw one of my favorite grasses just beginning to bloom.  I love how it captures the early evening light.  This is June Grass photographed on June 1. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018


On Sunday evening I was able to capture images of a couple of birds that posed pretty nicely for me.  This is a male Dickcissel that was singing it's heart out from the tops of the Dogwoods.  The name comes from their call which is sot of "Dick, Dick, Ciss Ciss, Ciss."

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


I was out walking on Konza Prairie a couple of evenings this past weekend.  On Sunday evening during the actual Wildflower walk, I saw this beautiful example of a Showy Evening Primrose.  One member of the family I was helping lead stopped to take a photo so I couldn't resist doing one as well.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


I had some issues uploading today so posting a bit late.  I took an artsy, to me anyway, shot on the way back into Kansas last Thursday.  A UP train was heading into Colorado and I caught it a bit out of focus with the in focus signs.

Monday, June 4, 2018


This image is of the first Ladybug I spotted this year.  It was in a small Fleabane plant which has some fuzzy leaves when seen up close.

Sunday, June 3, 2018


So last week I was riding and photographing the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad for the 4th time, at least.  I tried to get some new shots from places I had not photographed it from and this is one of them.  I took this image of locomotive 488 with it's train on it's way out of Chama New Mexico just as it left the station and headed over the bridge by the RV Park I was staying in.  People from the park go out and wave to the train every day as it leaves and returns to the station.  On this morning the engineer even blew a special whistle to us, the famous Shave and a haircut, 2 bits which i had never heard from a steam train before.  Quite fun.

Saturday, June 2, 2018


I captured this image on my first trip to the Grand Canyon and never shared it for some reason.  I saw this plant in bloom while I was there last year but this was a particularly good example.  This is a Century Plant which lives for about 100 years and then shoots up this spectacular huge bloom and then dies.  It's beautiful while blooming. 

Friday, June 1, 2018


I captured this bird in December in Missouri at the in-laws.  I guess they can be damaging to trees but it was a lovely little bird.  This is a Yellow Belly Sap Sucker on an Ornamental Pear tree.

Thursday, May 31, 2018


This is an image of a new to me variety of Lilacs.  It has very small flowers that smell very strongly.  I am hoping they are the type that re-blooms.  The leaves look right to me from photos I have seen.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Have you heard of Chip and Dale?  How about Chip and Rail.  😄  A cute little Chipmunk that was running between some rails and popping up between.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


I captured this image last night in not the best conditions.  It was essentially into the sun.  After doing some work to it, I liked the Hi Key effect.  This is a Magpie in a Pine Tree.

Monday, May 28, 2018


Posting a bit late today.  I photographed these Poppies this morning and thought them appropriate for the day.  Today is Memorial Day and the Poppy has been a symbol of remembrance, especially for WWI.  I wish my Poppies would bloom like this but we have no Spring and they don't like the heat.