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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Today is the last day of the B&W Challenge I took on.  I was looking for a subject and what could be better than my cat Sam (Samantha).  She posed very nicely for me for a moment and looks great in black and white.

Friday, March 2, 2018


I shot this image last week which seems forever ago since it was so cold and crappy and icy.  Since Friday's are about the bokeh I shot this one with that in mind for this B&W challenge of which this is day 6.  Ice drops off a Cedar Tree branch in the yard.

Thursday, March 1, 2018


This is another 3 image focus stack that I took on Sunday as well.  I love these seed heads of this grass up close.  They remind of a big cluster of stars.  This is a head of Fountain Grass by my pond that I thought worked well with a monochrome treatment.  On this one all I did was lower the saturation to get this look, it was already nicely sepia toned for me.