Thursday, November 15, 2018


We went from the colorful scene I posted yesterday very quickly to this scene one week ago today.  You can still see some color in the trees in the background.  This was the perfect snow, I loved the way it clung to the trees and made a winter wonderland in autumn and it also did not stick on the roads.  We got about 4 inches of it and it was still falling at this point.  I shot this image at the pond on my new land.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Hope you are having a happy Hump Day Wednesday.  This is an image I captured out on Fort Riley a couple of weeks ago when the autumn colors were at their peak.  I loved how the sun was highlighting the tops of them.  The colors are gone now after our snows and bitter temps but it was beautiful while it lasted.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


With the bitter cold weather we have been having, everything is killed off now.  I decided to share the color version of the monochrome Clematis I shared a little bit ago.  It really gives a pop of color.

Monday, November 12, 2018


I posted an image of the Mulberry tree in it's golden glory last week and this image is what it and other trees looked like on Thursday afternoon.  We were having a lovely clingy snow and you can still see some of the golden leaves peaking out from it.  It was very beautiful in our area until later on Friday when the wind blew most of it down.  Yesterday it was pretty much gone but overnight we received another inch or so and we are white again.  I am about done with winter and it hasn't even actually begun.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


This is our train sitting in Chama New Mexico at the Cumbres & Toltec Railway station.  It is getting ready to pull out and move our cars around for us to board, you can see the steam coming from the wheel cylinders.  Soon we would board and begin the journey to Antonito Colorado as we wind our way through the mountains in and out of New Mexico eleven times.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Our lovely autumn is coming rapidly to a close, it feels like January today with temps in the 20s F right now.  We had a lovely snow on Thursday and then the winds kicked up on Friday so I didn't manage to get this shot when I wanted but I still managed to capture some of the snow in the trees.  This is a 2 shot panoramic image of Homer's Pond in junction City Kansas.  It is best viewed full size by clicking on it.

Friday, November 9, 2018


I took this image on Saturday and this yesterday it was all covered in white as we just had our first major snow of the year with about 4 inches of the white stuff.  This is one of my Echinaceas or Cone Flowers that had still been blooming up until yesterday.  Tonight we get bitter cold so I am sure nothing will be blooming anymore till spring.  I will miss it.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Well, our sights of this beautiful autumn will probably only live on in photos after today and tomorrow.  Snow today and temps in the teens tomorrow night.  It was beautiful while it lasted.  I have never seen this tree so colorful.  This is a Mulberry I believe though it does not bare fruit, it's leaves look just like the fruited ones though.  It has kept it leaves much longer than the fruited ones and they turned a lovely golden and orangey color this year.  I captured this in the very late afternoon with the sun really showing them off.  This tree is on the west side of my yard and I am looking back north east in this image.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Well we had our nice autumn and now winter is coming.  Only highs is the 40s and 30s the next few days.  Yikes.  Thinking back today to a much warmer and lovely day out on Konza Prairie.  I captured this Meadowlark surveying and singing from it's perch on a Lead Plant.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Today's image is another of the sights of our beautiful autumn I was capturing last week.  It is going away quickly because it is freezing now and the winds are back.  I captured this image of the Union Pacific railroad tracks as they head south out of Junction City framed by lovely tree colors.

Monday, November 5, 2018


I haven't shared one of these for a while and someone on G Plus was looking for these kinds of shots today.  I decided on this one that I shot out at Konza Prairie this past summer because it was appropriate for the season with the colors.  This is a Fritillary I captured on some Butterfly Milkweed this past June.

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Hope all of those who visit this blog from North America and participate in DST remembered to set your clocks back.  For today's image, I decided to share another image of the locomotive I get to help fire on 4 days out of the year.  This is ex Soo Line Switch engine 353 on the turntable at Rollag Minnesota getting ready to head out for the day pulling passengers around the grounds at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion.  I got to experience this when I was acting as fire person one morning this past show.  Another check mark off my railroading experiences.  😊

Saturday, November 3, 2018


I am continuing on with our beautiful autumn today.  The winds that knock the leaves off have arrived today so they are falling rapidly and the color will be gone but it has been so enjoyable while it lasted.  This is a lovely rural scene I was treated to on my way into Manhattan Kansas a couple of Wednesdays ago.

Friday, November 2, 2018


I am sharing some more leaves and bokeh today.  These are what I think is, Wild Honeysuckle leaves and berries.  They grow wild in many areas and the berries give nice color.  I believe the type of Honeysuckle is Amur due to the pointed leaf tip shape.  I liked the lovely colorful autumn bokeh behind them, set off the green leaves nicely.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Our autumn here is still quite beautiful and colorful though a lot of the trees are losing their leaves.  My garden railway has disappeared under them.  It's been so enjoyable to see all the beautiful color that you would normally have to travel to find.  Someone mentioned yesterday they thought it was due to the late rain that came that allowed them to get so vibrant.  I just wonder if it is because the high winds we usually have that blow them all off have not come yet.  Whatever it is, it's beautiful.  This is the Kansas River looking back west towards Junction City Kansas on K-18 Highway.  I loved all the deep reds and pops of orange.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Hello!  Hope you are having a good and fun Halloween!  This is just a little something I worked up from some yard art and the moon.  🎃

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Happy Halloween Eve!  My image today is again from the air show I went to in Great Bend Kansas.  This is a C-45 Expeditor that I captured as it was coming in to land during the show after taking some participants for a paid ride.  This aircraft was manufactured by Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1941 and 1300 of them were produced.  The Army Air Corps used them as utility/training planes during WWII.

Monday, October 29, 2018


A nice warm and beautiful day today.  I enjoy working in monochrome at times because my photography roots are in Black & White with the classes I took early on learning how to photograph better and develop my own prints.  I look for subjects that work well with a monochrome treatment.  I thought this one was a good example.  This is a macro image of a Clematis bloom from my neighbor's plant.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


This image was taken almost exactly 5 months ago now, time flies.  This is the day in May I was chasing the Cumbres & Toltec train as it headed back to Chama New Mexico for photographic opportunities.  I captured it here as it was crossing the Lobato Trestle.  The open car that you can see almost at the end is where I like to ride and photograph from.  You get good images as it rounds a curve like this of the locomotive. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018


We have been having the most colorful autumn I can remember in some time.  Usually we seem to go right from summer into winter with high winds that knock the leaves off the trees before they really get a chance to fully turn.  This year we have had an autumn and no big winds yet.  The trees have really been putting on a show.  This is a view of Homer's Pond in Junction City.  The drought caused the pond to get fairly low this year and so the plants grew into where the water usually is.  Normally there would not be all that growth along the edge.  It was added color in the late afternoon sun though, can you tell that's when I really like to capture photos?  😉

Friday, October 26, 2018


I was out walking around the new land on Monday and I found something wonderful.  I have a beautiful Red Maple tree on the western edge of the property.  I had not noticed there was a Maple tree there because it had a bunch of scrub trees around it.  As I was walking I could see there was a bunch of red and wondered what it was so imagine my surprise as I got close and realized it was a beautiful Maple.  I have since been clearing out the scrub stuff around it to expose it more and help it thrive.  I wish it was on the eastern side and easier to see but it is worth the effort to visit. 😊 This image was taken in the late afternoon sunlight of a small branch and I loved the bokeh the camera aperture produced.  

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Yikes, exactly 2 months to Christmas now!  Time is flying!  It's been a bit dreary but good that we got some much needed rain again.  I wanted something bright.  This is an image I never shared from this spring.  My new pond has beautiful yellow water Iris.  I love this shape of this type and the yellow color was lovely and bright in the early spring.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


This autumn has been very vibrant around my area of Kansas.  I think it's because we are having an actual autumn this year and the leaves are staying on the trees longer.  It's been really lovely driving around and seeing all the color.  This image is a Burr Oak tree in my yard in late afternoon sunlight that always looks rather lovely in the fall.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


This image is un-cropped from the Great Bend air show a few weeks ago.  This Navy SNJ was taking off and I was in the front row with a zoom lens and was able to get this shot.  I got to fly in and fly the Army Air Corps version of this plane a few years back, the T6 Texan.  There is no difference between the 2 except for the color and designation of SNJ or Texan.  They were both used for training pilots in WWII and are quite capable of acrobatic maneuvers and this pilot performed some of them.

Monday, October 22, 2018


I love being in the mountains, the scenery is quite beautiful.  I took this image of some mountain scenery while riding the Cumbres and Toltec Railway in late May.  This is looking back into New Mexico.

Sunday, October 21, 2018


My image today goes back once again to a warm day in late May where I was chasing the Cumbres & Toltec train to get shots of it on the route.  This was the locomotive that I rode behind the day before from Chama New Mexico to Antonito Colorado.  Here it is about to pass through a crossing on it's way back to Chama near there.

Saturday, October 20, 2018


This was a cool sight I was treated to while driving east last weekend in the morning.  It looked like an arch or round rainbow.  The colors weren't quite as vivid as a normal rainbow but it was very neat to see and capture.

Friday, October 19, 2018


I have been so lucky with butterflies this year.  The past few weeks I have had a number of Monarchs come through the yard and visit the gardens.  I was able to capture these 2 together on the Budhelia or Butterfly Bush in what I think of as one of my best butterfly images.  😊

Thursday, October 18, 2018


We are back to beautiful autumn.  Nice clear days and the temps are in the 60s.  I got this image on a nice warm evening back in June of a Dickcissel bird high up in a tree singing over the Konza Prairie.  They are named for their "dick dick cissel" call and are sometimes confused with Meadowlarks as the coloring is similar.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


So we are having pretty cold mornings and even had a hard freeze but the butterflies are still around.  Maybe they know something we don't.  Anyway, I captured this guy in the pond last week.  A fairly good size Leopard Frog.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Got really cold last night, 20s.  Flowers are probably all gone now.  Sigh.  Anyway, my image today is from the Great Bend Air Show a few weekends ago.  While I was horribly disappointed to not get to see the B-29s fly I did get to see a neat show.  The highlight for me were these two which are a couple of my favorite WWII fighter planes.  In the foreground is a P-40 Warhawk painted in Flying Tiger style and in the rear is Gunfighter, a P-51 Mustang.  These pilots were good as you can see from how close together they were flying and were quite something to watch.

Monday, October 15, 2018


So winter came already, woke up to about an inch of snow!  I am sure my flowers are all gone now.  Sigh.  My image today is of some lovely horses I saw in Minnesota eating in a row.   😃

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Every now and then I like to get back to my roots of Black & White photography.  I thought this image was a good one to do that with.  This was at our lunch stop on the Cumbres & Toltec at Osier Colorado.  The train from Antonito heading to Chama had pulled in and I was photographing it.  You can see an old cattle pen off to the side.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I seem to be in a flower mood lately, probably because they are all going to be going away in a couple of days when it is supposed to freeze over night.  This is the color version of the Marigold I shared a little while back.  I thought it looked rather dramatic even in color and you can see it had a visitor of some kind.

Friday, October 12, 2018


A cold and rainy morning again. Winter is coming quickly.  I hope these guys got the heck out of here and went on their way south.  I saw them on Tuesday I think out in the rain.  I keep saying, of all the flowers I plant the one I find them on the most is the cheaper Zinnias.  Glad they enjoy them because I do as well.  This Monarch posed so lovely on one of the Zinnias for me so I just had to take a photo of it and share it.

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Well we are not getting much of an autumn it seems like.  The temps this weekend are looking more like winter.  I think it's going to be a long one.  Sigh.  The yellow Water Lily at my new pond has been lovely.  I captured this image last week in between the rain which was great because of the drought we have been having.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


I captured this image in Minnesota when I was there in early September.  I love this flower, it's very small and delicate looking and looks to be part of the Orchid family but is actually part of the Impatiens family.  It is called a Jewelweed or a Touch Me Not because after it blooms if you brush up against it the seed will drop out. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


I went to the Great Bend Air Show a couple of weekends ago mainly to see these two B-29 airplanes that were supposed to fly together.  I went down on Saturday which started out cold and dreary but the clouds lifted and they had the show.  Unfortunately these 2 still did not fly which was a huge disappointment as it is a rare thing to see 2 of this type of aircraft together.  I did not go the next day because the weather was crappy again but I saw later that they did fly that day.  Incredibly disappointing that I missed it.  Anyway, this is  Doc which was very recently restored in Wichita Kansas and Fifi in the rear which belongs to the Commemorative Air Force and I got to see fly over 30 years ago so it has been around a while.  I captured them sitting after the airshow on the tarmac of the former B-29 training facility there which is now the Great Bend Airport.

Monday, October 8, 2018


We are still getting some much needed rain.  Makes for it being quite dreary but it is helping my well so can't complain too much.  My image today is a companion one to yesterday.  While shooting the train on the embankment at Osier Colorado, I saw movement near me.  I discovered this little Chipmunk popping out of his home and watching me.  It posed so nicely I had to get a photo.

Sunday, October 7, 2018


Today's image is of our Cumbres & Toltec train sitting at the midpoint of Osier where we have lunch before traveling on for the rest of the trip.  I climbed down the embankment to get this shot.  The train was waiting for passengers to re-board for the trip to Antonito Colorado.

Saturday, October 6, 2018


Yay, we are getting some much needed rain!  Not happy with the temps only being in the 50s but I guess it is autumn.  I have been lucky the past few days because I have had several Monarch butterflies visiting the flowers still blooming.  I captured 4 of them in this group of Zinnias the other day.  I shot this with my phone which is an older model and I usually don't use because I am not thrilled with it's ability but it did OK for this image.

Friday, October 5, 2018


This is kind of a companion image to yesterday.  This is a female Cardinal that I captured on the ground feeder that I made out of a concrete bowl and some rocks.  She is definitely not as bright as the male, blends in a bit with the rock which is a good thing when she is having to take care of young.  They are still quite lovely though I think and fun to watch.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Happy 10-4 good buddy.  (Trucker speak)  😁  Anyway, my image today is of one of my favorite birds that I was able to capture in a cute pose.  This is a male Cardinal and he was looking at something below him, probably the food I put out.  It was a rather windy day too so his feathers are a bit rumpled.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Still summer today.  90.  Ugh.  Tomorrow back to autumn.  My image today is of a Hairy Woodpecker I was able to capture on the Mulberry tree this spring.  They move around so quickly, they are hard to capture.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


We are going back to summer for a couple of days.  high 80s today and maybe 90 tomorrow.  Crazy weather.  This is an image from a while back of a cute little Nuthatch on the Mulberry tree outside the window.  I love to watch them walk down trees face first.

Monday, October 1, 2018


Happy first day of October!  September seemed to last forever.  My image today is a close up of the Great Egret I was able to capture this past August.  This is not cropped at all, it was that close, I was in a vehicle at the time.  I love the yellow eye.  It was such a neat experience to be able to photograph it and not have it fly away.

Sunday, September 30, 2018


It's the last day of September and it has seemed to be such a long month.  My image today is of the Wagner 14 inch scale locomotive that I get to help operate in Minnesota at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion.  I captured it on it's new turntable ready to go into the new Roundhouse.  Both things have been a great addition to make it resemble full size operation more.

Saturday, September 29, 2018


So this week is going to be birds, except for tomorrow which is always Steamy Sunday.  😃 I am hosting the Bird Poker game on Google Plus again.  I chose an easy theme of favorites.  This one I was very happy with because I don't see Swans very often, I have never seen a wild bird on a nest and it was a pretty good capture.  I was able to shoot this Swan on it's nest this past June in Minnesota.

Friday, September 28, 2018


Here is a lovely Buckeye Butterfly that I captured in early August enjoying the Zinnia flowers.  I have been able to capture a lot of butterflies this year to brighten up the winter months.  

Thursday, September 27, 2018


I grew some Teasels in my garden.  I find the flowers on them interesting and they draw bees and butterflies.  I find that after the blooms have faded and they dry they are even more interesting.  I shot this with the sunlight really back lighting this dried one and it really shows off the details.  I also liked the muted colors of the image.