Saturday, March 23, 2019


My Crocus are really coming to life.  They are as eager for warmer weather as I am.  Here is an image of a group of them from Thursday.

Friday, March 22, 2019


Fridays are about the bokeh and this shot from this past summer from my garden has that.  This is my red Bee Balm in bloom.  I saw yesterday that it seems to have survived the winter and is starting to emerge.  I am looking forward to enjoying it again.

Thursday, March 21, 2019


We are finally warming up and feeling like spring here.  Nice.  This was from a bitter cold day not long ago. I rarely get Bluebirds but I had a couple who were using the River Birch tree for a place of rest.  They did not look happy about the cold and I couldn't blame them as it was windy as well making it worse.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Happy First Day of Spring!  It has finally arrived though we are still a bit chilly in the mornings.  It has been a long winter and I am looking forward to things greening up and flowers blooming.  This is the Clematis of some friends of mine in bloom from this past year. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Looking back on the Airshow in Great Bend Kansas this past year where I was able to see these two World War II bombers Doc and Fifi.  I wasn't able to see them fly and still a bit bitter about that since the sky cleared up and all the other planes flew.  Sigh.  Anyway, it was still great to see them in person at the old B-29 hanger.


Not sure what is going on with my brain.  Posting late once again.  Spring has finally sprung here in my area.  I have a few Crocus up and these are 2 of them I captured on Sunday.

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Happy St. Patty's Day!  My image today has a lot of green in it to celebrate.  😜 This is the Cumbres & Toltec train heading for the Lobato Trestle on it's way back to Chama New Mexico.  This image shows off the northern area's landscape fairly well.  It's quite lovely and the scenery makes for a great ride.


Well the old brain failed me once again.  Guess I was eager to get outside as we finally had a really nice day.  This is a sunrise I captured on my way to work a couple of weeks ago.  I really had to stop and take this when I saw that beam of light the sun was producing.  This is actually a phone shot with my Google Pixel 3.  It does really well with photos.

Friday, March 15, 2019


This is another in my Frozen Bubble Series and another that I did in afternoon sunlight in the Spruce tree.  I really liked how these came out.  The  light was great but it was windy and difficult to get them to form without breaking even with the tree shielding the direct wind.  I thought the few I was able to get were lovely and the snow in the tree created some great bokeh too.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Happy Pi Day - 3.141...  😊  Today's image is another of the birds in snow I have been able to capture this winter.  We had weather in the 60s yesterday and right now it is snowing again.  Sigh.  I'd like spring to stay.  Anyway, this is a Dark Eyed Junco on the railing post of my porch.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Well, we finally have a warm day but it is rainy and incredibly windy.  Sigh.  I am looking forward to nice days when I can plant flowers and when the flowers will come up as well.  I want to try these again.  I love them but they don't seem to do well in the areas I have tried them so I am going to try one more spot and see how it does.  This is the bloom of a pink Columbine that I shot at the Cumbres & Toltec station in Chama New Mexico.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Well, it's finally warmer out but now it's dreary and rainy.  Ah well.  My image today is a sight I have been seeing recently.  Huge flocks of Geese flying overhead to who knows where.  Last Wednesday while I was traveling out to western Kansas I saw a flock that was even larger than this and made the sky almost black in spots.  Kind of amazing.  I left this photo larger than I usually do because it is best viewed large and is more impressive seen that way.

Monday, March 11, 2019


I am on Spring Break this week, it's earlier than usual but not sure why, so I will be posting earlier in the day.  I was trying to think of a different way to showcase the snowflakes I have been able to capture since I am limited in the amount of magnification I can get.  I came up with this idea and liked it.  These are 4 of the best snowflakes I was able to capture during a snowfall where they were clean and well formed.

Sunday, March 10, 2019


Every now and then I like to get back to my roots in photography of black and white.  Steam trains make for great subjects as I think it creates a very timeless image.  This is the Cumbres & Toltec train as it was heading out of Chama New Mexico towards Antonito Colorado on a warm day in late May this past spring.

Saturday, March 9, 2019


I am tired of winter but today is finally warmer so I can imagine spring is on the way.  I do like how this past winter has provided opportunities for interesting images.  This is another from a few weeks ago when a bitter cold morning created ice patterns on the storm door.  A little playing around with the colors from the trees behind gave the feathery abstract patterns a rather metallic look I thought.

Friday, March 8, 2019


I was able to capture this rather Intense Chickadee (I have a title, rare 😃)  on the Mulberry tree a week or so ago.  The tree gave this Black Capped Chickadee some nice background bokeh.  


Yeesh, I was brain dead yesterday so posting late.  A beautiful little female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly I was able to capture this past summer on the Butterfly Bush.  Winter has been fun with the bubbles and flakes but I am ready for it to be over.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


It was so cold, here in Kansas yesterday that I could still freeze bubbles.  It was a pain because it was also somewhat windy but I was able to manage a few.  This is one that I shot in my snowy Spruce tree.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


It's still quite cold here, high only in the 20s today.  I am still dreaming of warmer days.  This image was taking on a very warm day on the first weekend in June when the annual Bi-plane Fly-In is held in Junction City Kansas.  I have photographed this one before as it comes to the meet every year and is a beautifully restored example. 

Monday, March 4, 2019


So we are bitter cold today with the temp when I left for work of -1.  Crazy for March.  Hope this is the end of it.  With all the snow we have been getting it provides for opportunities to photograph birds in it.  This is a Tufted Titmouse sitting in the Mulberry tree during one of the recent snows.  

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Well we woke up to 4 to 5 inches of snow and bitter cold this morning.  The snow ended early so no chance of trying to photograph flakes.  Ah well.  I am still dreaming of warmer days.  This image was taken in late May just outside the campground I was staying in near the Cumbres & Toltec Railway.  The train was returning to Chama from Antonito Colorado and was just coming off the bridge over the Chama River as it was heading into the yard and station.

Saturday, March 2, 2019


We are under a Winter Storm Warning today once again.  It's getting old and I am dreaming of spring.  I thought I would share these Coneflowers or Echinacea from my garden this past summer to keep those thoughts going.  Hopefully this will be the last of the snow and cold but we shall see.

Friday, March 1, 2019


Well, it's finally March though it will not seem like it for a while here.  Snow this weekend is in the forecast and bitter cold on Monday.  Sigh  I am dreaming of summer days today.  This is an image of some Dreamy Chicory (I actually had a title) that I took in my garden this past summer.  I loved the bokeh in the image and Fridays are all about the bokeh.  😃

Thursday, February 28, 2019


This winter has been long and cold and the only thing that has made it a bit more bearable has been the ability to shoot some different type images like snowflakes and these.  This is another in my Frozen Soap Bubble series.  This one is a bit different as I shot this one outside in my backyard.  When shooting these bubbles, there has to be no wind because they are very fragile and will break before the crystals can form.  I shot this after dark when the wind had died down on the icy rocks of my waterfall for my pond.  I used an LED flashlight for the illumination.  It blew as a double by accident but I am glad I decided to still photograph it as I liked how the crystals formed in it, made for interesting patterns.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


This past June I was able to photograph a couple of Bald Eagles in flight up in Minnesota.  They were lazily circling overhead in the summer sky.  I wish they had been a bit lower but I was still able to get some pretty good captures of them as they would come around in front of me.  It was one of the rare times I saw a Bald Eagle in Minnesota but quite the opportunity for photos.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


I was given a lovely little mini Rose plant for Valentines Day.  It's nice because if I don't kill it, like I almost did when I didn't realize it was so dry yesterday morning, it will last much longer than cut Roses.  This is a macro image of one of the blooms. 

Monday, February 25, 2019


I think this is just about the best snowflake that I have captured so far.  It has the best clarity I think.  It took 16 images stacked together to do it and I am quite pleased with the results.  Trying to do these snowflake shots and frozen bubbles has made the winter tolerable but I am ready for it to be done now.

Sunday, February 24, 2019


I really dug back in the archives for this one.  I took this shot with my old Sony camera that I miss some days because I didn't have to change lenses all the time.  Anyone who follows me knows I love trains and trains are what I share on Sundays most of the time.  I will travel long distances just to see a steam train and hopefully ride behind it as well.  Sometimes I get lucky and they come to me.  This was from back in 2006 when the Union Pacific was running a special train back to Cheyenne through my town in Kansas.  I captured it as it was heading out of town and about to enter Fort Riley.

Saturday, February 23, 2019


It is incredibly dreary out today but fortunately we are getting rain and not snow or ice, although both are a possibility.  I wanted something colorful for today to brighten things up.  This is an image of some happy Echinacea or Cone Flowers from my garden this past summer.  Looking forward to seeing these again this year after all this snow.

Friday, February 22, 2019


I am tired of winter and snow but I do have more to share, just not today.  This is a macro of an Ice Plant I had growing this past year.  I had it in the wrong place and it got too much sun and 100+ degree heat so I have to try again.  I liked the soft dark bokeh behind in this image.  Posting early again today due to my last bit of vacation.

Thursday, February 21, 2019


I am posting a bit early today because I took a bit a partial day of vacation.  With all the snows we have been getting this winter it has allowed me to apply an artistic touch at times with lovely landscapes and snowflakes.  This is an attempt to be very artsy with an image.  I photographed this looking up into an old Walnut tree in my backyard.  I thought the snow covered branches gave it an interesting and abstract effect.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Happy Hump Day Wednesday!  Post early because it snowed again last night and we have the day off.  My image today is of a male Cardinal I captured in the Mulberry tree outside the window.  He was snacking on the peanuts from the food in the ground feeder below the tree.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


This is a Snowflake that I captured earlier this winter.  I shot this one in late January and hadn't shared it yet.  I loved the shape and color of it.  The Snowflake Expert over on G+ says the color comes from the angles of the snowflake and how it reflects the light from the ring flash.  It usually reflects back in pinks and greens but I have seen some orange on a few of his. 

Monday, February 18, 2019


I am posting a bit early today because I took a day of vacation today.  Over the last 3 days I was given a chance to practice shooting snowflakes again.  We had a snow on Friday which this image is from.  The flakes were beautiful ones but had these little balls stuck to them in various degrees.  I posted this shot on G+ and am waiting to hear from the Snowflake expert who inspired me to try these as to what they are, I was thinking sleet.  I shot these images using my macro lens along with a 2x converter to get in even closer and I used a ring flash for light.  Yesterday afternoon it snowed again and I am processing a few I got from that where I think they came out OK.  I am sure you will see one or two of those here in the near future.

Sunday, February 17, 2019


I am still thinking of warmer days as we are still quite cold.  This image is from late August and is of the large scale Wagner locomotive I get to help operate.  It is positioned on the new turntable to head out onto the main track.  We were actually putting it to bed though.  It gets backed into the Roundhouse.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


Something bright for today on a bitterly cold day.  This is a macro image of a Poppy from New Mexico at the Chama Station.  I am trying to grow some Poppies in my garden.  It will be interesting to see what happens with them this year.

Friday, February 15, 2019


We are having winter weather again today, not as bad as predicted but you never know how it will go.  This image today is from last week after we had a Thunder and Lightning storm with sleet.  I froze a bubble in some sleet that's why is looks like it is sitting on little balls.  I'm posting a bit early today as well because I took some vacation time today.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


This is something fun for today.  I was collecting rock in Minnesota near a pasture.  This cow came from quite a ways away to see what I was up to and stood and watched me for a while.  I would have loved to have the rock it is standing beside but...alas....  😃

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


We are having a bit of spring before we head into winter again on Friday.  I felt like something colorful and cheery today so here are some leaves from my beautiful Maple tree.  I call it a Red Maple because the leaves ended up red but maybe it has a different name.  It was beautiful whatever it's called.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


We are seeing the sun today and warming up as well.  How nice.  I can post a shot from a very cold day last week.  Ice crystals had formed on the storm door in interesting patterns.  I thought this capture of some of them reminded of sea creatures. 

Monday, February 11, 2019


I thought I would post something cute today.  Even Chipmunks like large scale trains.  This is a little Chippy that I captured running around the rails of the Wagner train I get to run up in Minnesota.

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Today's image is actually a fairly old image now but it is still one of my favorites.  I just love how it turned out with the light.  It has been long enough now that those of you who have been with me for 2000 plus posts may not remember it and new followers can enjoy it.  I was able to attend a night shoot at an Owosso Michigan Steam Fest 10 years ago now, my how time flies.  This is the Southern Pacific Daylight and the Pere Marquette 1225 sitting under steam at the turntable for the shoot.

Saturday, February 9, 2019


We have been very cold this winter on a number of days.  I hate the cold weather but it has provided an opportunity to take artistic images.  This is another in my Frozen Soap Bubble series that turned out rather well I thought.

Friday, February 8, 2019


I am on vacation for half a day so posting a bit early.  This is another snowflake image I was able to capture a couple weeks ago that I thought turned out rather well.  

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Last night we had some freaky weather.  It was only 18 degrees out but it was thundering and lightening and sleeting.  It was kind of cool but very weird.  Today is bitterly cold out, only about 12 F degrees with a high predicted of 16 F.
Today is a milestone here on my Blog as well.  This is my 2000 post since starting it up here on Blogger.  That's almost 5 1/2 years.  A lot of days and a lot of photos.  Hope you have enjoyed viewing them as much as I have enjoyed sharing them.  I thought I would share one of my favorite subjects to mark the day.  This is a Common Variegated Fritillary Butterfly on a Lantana bloom.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Very dreary and drizzly out today.  Sunflowers make me happy with their bright sunny faces.  These are some from the field in Minnesota that I found still blooming in late August.  Sharing them to brighten up the dreary day.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Yikes it is cold again.  Sigh.  Highs in only the teens and 20s F after a 70 degree day.  I am so looking forward to spring!  Anyway, my image today is from the Great Bend Kansas Air Show from last September.  I captured 2 of my favorite WWII fighter planes flying past the field.  These are a P-40 Warhawk and a P-51 Mustang.

Monday, February 4, 2019


We had a bit of spring and are now heading back into winter and cold temps.  Sigh.  It is starting out dreary as well so I wanted something bright.  I was lucky this year and had a lot of Monarch visitors in my garden.  It was great to see them enjoying the flowers I planted for them.  This is one that was enjoying a Sunflower bloom.

Sunday, February 3, 2019


It's unseasonably warm here today which worries me a bit because of the plants and we are heading back into some pretty cold temps again this week.  My daffodils look like they took the bitter freeze OK so we shall see how everything does.
My image today is again from the Wye in Chama and the Cumbres & Toltec train is turning around on it to get ready for the morning trip.  In this image you can see part of the Wye track which as I explained last week, actually forms a type of closed off Y which allows the train to change direction.

Saturday, February 2, 2019


Happy Groundhog Day.  He wouldn't see his shadow here as we are cloudy and dreary at the moment.  I am sure there is more winter on the way no matter what.  My image today is from a lovely day in late August of a Sunflower field in Minnesota.  This is a 3 shot panorama. The clouds were great that day and added some drama.