Sunday, April 22, 2018


Happy Earth Day though Earth Day should be Every Day.  I thought I would share the earth creating some of it's own mist and steam today.  This is Riverside Geyser in Yellowstone National Park putting on quite the show when I was there a few years back.

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Spring is finally springing and a little bit of rain today.  Not near enough but I'll take what I can get.  I planted Tulips last autumn and this is the other variety I chose for the different and vibrant color.  I was very happy to see them come up and bloom this year even though it's been so dry.  A nice pop of color in the yard.

Friday, April 20, 2018


I'm feeling a bit artsy on this spring day.  This is a shot of my neighbor's flowering tree, I think it's a Cherry, just budding out.  I captured it against the sunset last weekend.  I loved the bokeh in this one.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Well we are still bouncing around in temps so the Spring flowers are struggling.  I photographed these Grape Hyacinths last week and they don't look near this good now after the freezing night temps we have had, down to high 20s last night again.  This Honey Bee found them enjoyable and hopefully has found a new source of food now.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Well spring is slowly springing in between the winter like days we are having.  We bounce from winter to summer sometimes totally skipping spring.  I planted some Tulips last autumn and they are blooming right now and I captured this image of one last week.  I love the color with the red accents. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Happy Tax Day!  Hope you got yours done in time.  I was early this year.  I captured my image for today last week when we had a colorful evening.  This is one of the large Oaks in the backyard silhouetted against the sky colors as the sun was setting.

Monday, April 16, 2018


Sunny day today and hopefully we are on a warming trend now.  I captured this image this past summer.  The Hummingbirds were feeding from the Baltimore Oriole feeder.  I guess that was OK since the Orioles would eat from their feeder every now and then too. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018


It's a wintery April weekend.  Yesterday snow, today cold and windy and temps at night in the 20s.  I want spring, this stinks.  This was taken last year on a nice warm summer evening when the conditions were right for the steam from my Accucraft Live Steam locomotive to really show off as it traveled around a friend's layout pulling a passenger train.  Looking forward to warm days like these hopefully later in the week.

Saturday, April 14, 2018


So it's wintery out today, looks like snow coming.  Sigh  I am dreaming of summer and warm temps and flowers.  This is an older image that I took out on Konza Prairie one June during the Wildflower Walk that is held every year in the beginning of the month.  The Butterfly Milkweed was blooming nicely at this time.  It will be interesting to see how the wildflowers do this year with the lack of moisture.  We have only had about an inch of rain since last October.  This is a shot panoramic image.

Friday, April 13, 2018


It's Friday the 13th.  Hope it has been OK for you.  It generally is a good day for me, not sure what that says about things.  Anyway, my image today is one I captured last October.  I wanted to share this today because Earth Day is coming up next weekend and also Spring is arriving, although very slowly.  When you are thinking about plants to buy and plant this year, keep the butterflies in mind.  Zinnias, which this Monarch is enjoying, are fairly cheap and can be grown from seed and last up until a hard frost to provide nutrients for the butterflies when other flowers have faded away.  I loved the creamy bokeh in the background of this image because Fridays are all about the bokeh. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018


So it is Summer yesterday and today and then we are back to winter for the weekend.  There have been a few sights of Spring in-between of which this is one.  I have some Ornamental Pear trees on my land and they are actually blooming despite having temps last weekend of only 15 F degrees.  I captured a Honey Bee that was enjoying the blooms while it could in this crazy weather.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


So now we went straight to summer.  Close to 80 F today.  Wacky weather.  My image today is one I was able to capture a while back coming home from Milford Lake.  I thought the sky was boring with just the blue so this is a composite with another image of the moon in a blue sky.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


I took this image last spring at the Overland Park Arboretum.  It had such beautiful color in spring.  I am not sure what type but I think it is a red Japanese Maple.  It reminded of flames.


Well, I have been very bad.  Crazy days getting home late and totally forgetting to post.  This is an older image from the archives of some Chicory blooms that I applied a paint effect to.

Sunday, April 8, 2018


I took this image on a much warmer summer evening than on this very cold April morning.  Another shot of my Accucraft Live Steam locomotive pulling a train on a friend's railway last year. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Well we got down to 15 F last night.  We shall see what happens with all the flowers.  I captured this Daffodil in my garden before everything froze.  It is a 4 image stack to get mostly in focus.

Friday, April 6, 2018


Well, after having a T-shirt day yesterday we are back to winter today and bitterly cold tonight.  Totally unhappy, this is too late in the spring for temps that cold.  Anyway, my image today is the last one I played for hosting the Bird Poker theme which was great fun to see all the neat images people had.  Today I wanted birds with bokeh so I am sharing this Black Cap Chickadee that I captured in Missouri at the in-laws home.  They rarely sit still but I got lucky with this guy.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


We are warming up for a couple days but Friday may look like my photo today.  Sigh  I captured this back in early February on a day we actually got a bit of snow.  These Blue Jays were trying to get a bit of shelter in the Trumpet Vine, didn't really work, for the closest one anyway.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Well the weather is rather depressing.  Only 18 degrees this morning, my Lilacs which are budding out are probably doomed.  Supposed to be even colder on Friday.  😩  I had chosen owls for the theme today and glad I did because seeing them cheers me up.  I got to to see this one when a friend invited me over who gets them in her yard.  They were coming at about the same time each evening and did not disappoint on this day.  It is a young Barred Owl and was hunting for dinner but posed several times for some shots.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


It's supposed to be bitterly cold out, in the teens.  I just hope my Lilacs don't get frozen out.  This weather is depressing.  My bird image for today is of a Red Bellied Woodpecker that I captured on the Mulberry Tree just outside my window a few weeks ago.  This is the laziest woodpecker as it is always going after the birdseed instead of pecking for bugs.  I love his look here as I caught him on his way down the tree to take some of the food I had put out for the ground birds.

Monday, April 2, 2018


I think Mother Nature is playing April Fools on us.  It is supposed to be spring and will be like that today but then we head into really bitter cold temps.  I worry for my Lilacs mostly.  😟  Today starts 5 days of bird photos.  Today's image I took a couple weeks ago in Pennsylvania while out on a walk.  This was the only bird I was able to get an image of that day where I usually see a different type of water bird.  I was quite surprised by this guy as I have never seen one in this area before.  I rarely get them at home either.  This is a Cedar Waxwing in a tree at the park.

Sunday, April 1, 2018


Hello and Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  Happy 1st Day of April and we are back to winter.  Sigh.  I said yesterday that my photos would "mostly be of birds this week", this is one that is not.  I took this image this past summer at a friend's home on his Garden railway track.  I liked this image of my Live Steam C-21 locomotive that I captured on it.  Looks almost full size here.

Saturday, March 31, 2018


I am hosting a theme this week over on Google Plus called new Bird Poker so my images this week are going to be mostly birds.  I started off my hosting with wanting to see shots of eagles or hawks.  I captured this image of a Bald Eagle out at Milford Lake last February.  It's one of the best flight pictures I have been able to get an even so needed work in Photoshop.  I liked how it turned out so sharing.

Friday, March 30, 2018


I have a day off today so posting early.  A bright photo today of some lovely flowers I was given as a gift this week.  These are Daisy Poms which are a type of Chrysanthemum.  

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Winter is on the way back this weekend it looks like.  I thought I would share another in my Frozen Bubble Series.  This is one of the first ones I ever did.  I loved the fern-like effects.  I think the ferns form when it is not quite as cold as some of the days I was trying to do this.  I shot this at night and used a flashlight.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


So we got a bit of rain the other day.  It was pretty worthless as it was less than a tenth of an inch.  It did make for a nice photo though.  I was outside and saw this web in my miniature Lilac.  It is a 7 photo focus stack image to get as many of the rain drops in focus that I could.  If you look at it large by clicking on it you might even be able to see the spider that created it.  😃

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Here's a flower for today.  This is a 2 image focus stack of a Columbine flower from my garden this past summer.  I love these flowers and the details of them.  From Wikipedia:  The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because of the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle's claw. The common name "columbine" comes from the Latin for "dove", due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together.

Monday, March 26, 2018


I captured this Canadian Geese family on the lake at Alexandria, Minnesota this past summer.  I loved the look of the one young Gosling with the head tilt.

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Posting an image today with two of my favorite things to photograph, trains and waterfalls.  I was photographing the train I rode to Silverton moving around on the Wye to get ready to head back to Durango.  I caught this image of it with two waterfalls behind it placed on each side of the sand dome, the one closest to the stack.  These waterfalls were caused by snow melt and it was interesting to see snow in July.

Saturday, March 24, 2018


This is an image from the archives.  I took this shot on a trip in Minnesota one summer.  There was an on-coming rainstorm with these cool looking clouds so I had to stop and take some shots.

Friday, March 23, 2018


Just some lovely wildflowers I photographed in Minnesota one summer.  This is a group of Daisy Fleabanes so named by the pioneers because they believed they could keep fleas away.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


It's supposed to be Spring but it does not look like that at the moment where I am.  It's not cold enough to do these which I am glad for but I am kind of looking forward to being able to do these next winter, I have some ideas.  In the meantime this is Golden Bubble, another in my Frozen Bubble Series.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


It's officially spring but where I am at the moment looks like the middle of winter.  Crazy.  I needed this to warm me up today.  A lovely Sunflower field that I found south of me late one summer at sunset.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Happy First day of Spring.  Where I am at the moment it does not look much like spring.  I captured this grass head last summer and I loved the bokeh behind it.

Monday, March 19, 2018


This is a fun little bird to watch in the tree.  They move around very quickly and seem to peek around the branches.  This is a Downy Woodpecker I captured in the winter outside my window in the Mulberry tree.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Posting a bit late today.  This was taken as I was riding the train and heading to Silverton on the Durango & Silverton Railway.  As we crossed this bridge the engineer blew down the boiler.  The boiler gets blown down to clear out scale and debris to get it to operate more efficiently.  You have to do it in short bursts when running like this because it uses up a bunch of water and you don't want the level to get too low.  In these short bursts over a bridge like this, it puts on a show for the people riding because the steam burst looks fairly impressive.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today's image is a 2 image focus stack of some mushrooms that were growing in the backyard last year when we used to get rain.  They are surrounded by nice green grass so my green for today.  😁

Friday, March 16, 2018


I am officially on Spring Break so now I can post early for a week or so.  I was out in the garden yesterday because I saw that another of my Hyacinths was about to bloom.  When I got to the garden I saw that these little crocus that I had newly planted in another part of the garden were up and blooming as well.  It was lovely to see them.  Just hope we don't get a bitter cold snap now that things are starting to emerge and bud out.  Would be nice if we could get some rain for them as well. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Last day of working and posting late.  Yay.  Found this one in the archives.  An older shot I got of a Clearwing Moth enjoying the blooms of a Milkweed plant.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Happy Pi Day to all the Geeks, 3.14 and Happy Hump Day to all.  This image today is one of my favorite wildflowers, Blue Flax.  They are just so dainty and lovely.  I have only found them in Minnesota, I am sure Kansas is too hot for them as they only seem to grow in shade even up there.  This is a 2 image focus stack to get both blooms in focus.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Working late this week so posting late.  I felt like a photo to make me happy today.  I love Sunflowers and a nice bright shot of them makes me smile.  I took this photo a while back.  I hope to find a field again to shoot but they are hard to find even though this is the Sunflower state.  They are not as profitable crops as Soybeans or Corn.  This field was south of where I live on Hwy 77 in Kansas.

Monday, March 12, 2018


I have to work later this week so posts are a bit later than usual.  I was going through the archives and found this cute guy.  This is a miniature horse that the owners bring out to the railroad that I get to play at outside Topeka every now and then.  They bring it for the kids to enjoy in-between train rides.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018


It's a Spring Ahead Steamy Sunday today.  Hope those of you in the US who change remembered to change your clocks.  My image today is from last June and the 14 and 3/4 scale Wagner locomotive I get to help operate.  Here it is running past the newly built Roundhouse.  Currently track is being laid to the turntable and a maintenance pit is being constructed inside to be able to work on the locomotive when it is housed in there.  A wonderful addition to the railroad. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018


I shot this about a year ago now.  I hope to see sights like this soon.  With not having rain in 6 months and the chances not looking too great, not sure what Spring flowering will be like this year.  This is a Crabapple tree in bloom in the city park.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Well, Spring is on the way again.  I photographed this yesterday in my garden.  I just planted this in the fall and it is emerging already.  Not sure if that is a good thing but it is nice to see a flower for a sight of Spring.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


This is an older image I found while looking for something else.  I captured this Honey Bee busily working on a flower and covered in pollen.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Something bright and sunny for the Hump Day of the week.  It's been a long one already so glad we are on the downhill slide to the weekend now.  This is a Sunflower from my garden this past summer with a Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly enjoying it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


This is another image I was able to capture this past January of a male Cardinal.  The light was just about perfect to bring the detail out and he posed so nicely for me.  We had had a bit of snow that made for a lovely backdrop for him as well.

Monday, March 5, 2018


Here is another in my Frozen Bubble series.  This one is from a set where I thought that due to the light, the bubbles seem to resemble planets from a sci fi show.  I love the fern-like crystals at the bottom.  It's now too warm to do any more of these.  I hope to try some experiments next winter as I have some ideas that might make for neat images.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Well I am back to color images now and this one is from this past summer in Colorado.  We were back at Durango after our ride to Silverton and back.  They were moving the locomotive off the turntable and into the Roundhouse for routine maintenance to get it ready for another day's work in the morning.