Tuesday, July 16, 2019


I liked the way the light was shimmering on this Dragonfly's wings and all the green around it.  Bokeh is good any day I think. I shot this one in Minnesota a few weeks ago at Maplewood State Park.

Monday, July 15, 2019


I saw a new bird above my yard this past week.  There were 2 of them soaring around on the air currents and also one sitting in a tree.  I am going to be a bit different and post 2 photos in one day because both of them were from fairly far away.  I could definitely tell this was a raptor of some sort and judging by it's looks and actions I believe these were Mississippi Kites.  According to my book they are somewhat common in South Central Kansas but have been moving north.

Sunday, July 14, 2019


I have something special for today's steamy Sunday shot on the Blog.  Union Pacific recently finished restoring the largest operating steam engine 4014, the Big Boy a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement locomotive.  There were 25 of them built and only 8 remain and now one is back in operation.  I drove a significant distance on Friday to Fremont Nebraska in the hopes of getting to photograph it under steam as it came into town and then maybe as it left town.  I ended up getting a chance to see it 5 times and photograph it 4 different times.  This was the last time and was as it was moving into Omaha Nebraska and crossing one of the very tall UP trestles.  It was a beautiful sight to see and listen to, it sounds so quiet in comparison to other steam locomotives and it's whistle is so deep and melodious.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019


I have not shared a butterfly in a good while, mainly because I have not seen many.  I have seen some beautiful Swallowtails around but never seem to have a camera at the time.  I was able to capture this beautiful Clouded Sulphur on my red Coneflowers recently though.

Friday, July 12, 2019


My Sunflowers are beginning to bloom this week.  This one is actually a volunteer at the base of the bird feeder but it was a beautiful bloom to photograph.  There is not much bokeh in this image but it was lovely and complimentary.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


This is another of my frog buddies.  There are quite a number of frogs in my large pond which makes me happy as it should mean it's a healthy pond.  This is a Leopard frog who posed very nicely for me on one of the rocks.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


It's time for Wildflowers once again on the Blog.  The Black-eyed Susans have been blooming all over around my area for the past couple of weeks.  This is one of the groups of them near my house that I took one afternoon after work.  It has a visitor at the very bottom bloom if you look close.  Some type of bee.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


I took this image out on Konza Prairie.  I love this tree, it has character to me and I like how it sits alone on the prairie.  There is a Western Meadowlark perched in it that I was able to get a couple of closer images of that you can see if you really look.

Monday, July 8, 2019


I mentioned last week that I recently was able to see and capture a couple of birds that I like but are elusive to me usually.  This is the other and I captured this one in Minnesota.  I was in the car and it didn't seem to mind to much as I snapped a few shots of it, it was almost too close for the lens I had on.  This is a Killdeer, named for it's call, and they nest on the ground and will pretend to have a broken wing to draw predators or humans away from it's nest.  It was not doing that so I must not have been too close.  I love their eyes.

Sunday, July 7, 2019


Well, so far we have not received much rain though I am glad we have not gotten the flooding rains that have fallen around us.  I would have liked a bit more for my pond but, oh well.  I am writing this a day ahead and there are chances so when this posts we may have received more, we shall see.  This is another image from the railroad outside Topeka, KS that I get to play at.  Here is a view of the other 12 inch scale Ottaway locomotive, 1045 built in 1952, as it heads past a station and towards the road crossing.  

Saturday, July 6, 2019


While I was in Minnesota, I experienced one of the most vivid sunsets I have seen in a while.  The oranges were just so vibrant.  This image doesn't quite do it justice but it's close.  It's a 2 shot panoramic capture from the evening of June 13th.  Must be clicked on and viewed large to really appreciate.

Friday, July 5, 2019


Friday's are Bokehlicious here on the Blog.  I shot this Dragonfly with some lovely bubbly bokeh last Saturday at my pond.  I believe this is a young Twelve Spot Dragonfly.

Thursday, July 4, 2019


Happy Independence Day everyone here in the US!  This is a composite image from the fireworks show I watched in Wamego Kansas last year.  They put on quite the spectacular show.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019


It's Wildflower Wednesday once again here on the Blog.  This is a close up image of one of the Yellow Lady Slipper blooms i saw in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago.  This is a Focus Stack image of 4 separate photos for better detail.  Apparently Kansas even has some of these in the eastern part of the state in Johnson County near Olathe.  I didn't realize they were this far south.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


I used to host a theme called Transport Tuesday.  At times I still like to share some transport related photos here.  I thought this one was appropriate for the 4th of July week.  This is the P-51 Mustang from the Commemorative Air Force named Gunfighter that I saw while I was at the Air Show in Great Bend this past autumn.  It was just coming back from it's flight demonstration.  Gunfighter is currently out on Tour and will be in Salina and Topeka Kansas in early September. 

Monday, July 1, 2019


In the past few weeks I have been able to see and photograph a couple of birds I really like but are rather elusive.  For this one I got lucky because a friend of mine has them in her yard every year for the past few years.  She is quite lucky to be able to observe them and they must know it is a safe place to be because they come back each year.  I captured this image of a young Barred owl and I liked the blank tree space in this so I did not crop it.  The young ones are so fluffy and cute.

Sunday, June 30, 2019


So it is another steamy Sunday for the last day of June, literally, here in Kansas.  Temps in the mid 90s F.  It was a pretty warm and humid day when I shot this image about a week ago now at the railroad I get to play at outside Topeka, KS.  This is the hubster operating the locomotive I get to play with there.  It is an Ottaway 12 inch scale locomotive and was built in 1946.  We have one he is restoring for us built in 1947.  In the image he is opening the injector to let water into the boiler.  It has not picked up in the shot yet as only steam is coming out.  The railroad we play at has neat real old time signals on it for our use.  This one lets people know the train will be coming out of the woods shortly.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


June is almost over already and it is going out hot.  High 90s and dry for us.  Guess we had to dry out sometime but ugh, not fond of the heat, never was. makes it difficult to work outside which I finally have some time to do.  
The photo for today is a sunrise from April that I was able to capture on the way to work one morning.  The colors and light were quite nice.

Friday, June 28, 2019


Today's image is back in Kansas and is from my garden.  This is one of my Pink Cone Flowers or Echinacea.  It was newly bloomed so had no defects yet.  The leaves of others provided some nice bokeh for it as well.

Thursday, June 27, 2019


There is a spot in Minnesota that is usually a good one for spotting Redwing Blackbirds and it did not disappoint this year.  I captured this one in the reeds as it was calling out to others. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


My Wildflower Wednesday shot is one from Minnesota.  The past few years I have seen and photographed the pink version which is the state flower.  This year at Maplewood State Park I got to view the more rare one in bloom.  They were not as abundant but there were a few nice ones blooming.  I live the curly leaves off the sides.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


While I was at Maplewood state Park in Minnesota I saw a large number of Dragonflies.  There was this one who would visit a certain spot repeatedly so I was able to get set and wait and I was able to capture this shot of it in flight and focus.  The only thing that would have made it better is if it had been facing me.  Ah well.

Monday, June 24, 2019


I saw these guys again while in Minnesota, there is a town of Prairie Dogs right next door to some relatives.  I wish I could have gotten closer to them, they were adorable.  I call them the 3 Amigos.  😁  They need to be viewed large by clicking on the image to really appreciate.

Sunday, June 23, 2019


Today's image goes back to the Cumbres & Toltec.  I was up in Minnesota doing steamy things for the most part but didn't take any steamy shots.  Ah well.  I love the C&T so still have images from there to share.  This is the train with locomotive 484 at the lead heading over the bridge on the Chama River into Chama new Mexico after the days run from Antonito Colorado.

Saturday, June 22, 2019


While I was in Minnesota I went to Maplewood State Park.  This is a 2 shot panoramic view from a lookout point of North and South Lida Lakes.  They are separated by the roadway visible on the left middle of the image.  It was a lovely park and a beautiful day.

Friday, June 21, 2019


I was in Maplewood State Park while in Minnesota this past week.  A beautiful spot.  While there I captured this beautiful Golden Dragonfly with a bit of lovely bubbly bokeh.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


I was in Minnesota this past week and I got to see the Swan Couple again.  The female was again on the nest and the male was swimming close by this time and made for a nice scene with the reflections in the water.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


It's Wednesday and I am continuing my wildflowers on Wednesday theme.  This is Western Marbleseed out on Konza Prairie with a Bumblebee bonus.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


This was an interesting plane that came to the Bi-plane Fly In a couple of weekends ago.  This was the last one that will be called a "Bi Plane" Fly In.  They want more people with planes like this to know that they can come as well.  This plane is a Romanian Aerostar that was painted to look like a Japanese Zero from WWII.  It was quite neat looking.  It was actually built in 2002.

Monday, June 17, 2019


Today's image is a rose from my garden.  I loved how the sunlight highlighted it and made for a dark background to really show it off. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019


Steamy Sunday has arrived again and my image today is another of the live steam garden railway type.  This is my Accucraft Mimi locomotive pulling it's log train around a friend's raised layout.  It looks like it is about to lose a log as well unfortunately.  Need to fix that.  😄 I also posted a video on Youtube of this locomotive in action in a spot right after where this image was taken if you would like to check it out.  
It can be found here: Mimi Video

Saturday, June 15, 2019


Today's image goes back to Konza Prairie and is of the beautiful sunset we had at the end of the Wildflower Walk on June 2.  The clouds over the Flint Hills of the Tallgrass Prairie caught the colors well and made for quite the lovely sky and a great end to the walk.

Friday, June 14, 2019


Most of the week has been about Konza Prairie but today's image is from my yard.  I have these lovely Penstemons that are growing by the big pond.  I did not plant these, they were there when I got the land but they did not bloom much if at all the first year.  All the moisture we had since winter did well for them and they bloomed profusely.  I have this same variety in my backyard garden as well and I lost the tag but I believe they are Husker's Red Penstemons.  Also, because Friday is about the bokeh, this image has some lovely bokeh ball created by other blooms.

Thursday, June 13, 2019


My image today is of my favorite grass.  I don't know many grasses but have learned to ID some of them by being out at Konza Prairie.  I love this one because of the way the sun highlights it's blooms in the evening.  It is called June Grass and is well named because it blooms in June.  😉

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


I decided to have another Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog.  This is another that was in bloom out on Konza prairie during the Annual Wildflower Walk which is always held the first weekend in June.  This is a beautiful Missouri Evening Primrose looking perfect on the evening of June 2.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


This is another new Bi-plane from the Fly-In that was held here in my town on June 1.  A neat plane from the 1940s with a cute paint scheme.  The owner and plane were here from Oklahoma I believe.

Monday, June 10, 2019


A little over a week ago, on Friday evening I was out at Konza Prairie for the annual Wildflower Walk refresher.  I was able to capture an image of a cooperative Dickcissel, named for their call, that I was pretty happy with.  The only thing that would have made it a bit better would be if it had been calling at the time.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


It's really cooled off today, yesterday was in high 80s and today only in high 60s.  Such a weird spring,  This is an image from a couple weeks ago at my friend's Garden Railway.  The locomotive is actually fired by coal.  It is quite cool as usually they are fired by Butane or Alcohol. The water tank sits on the boiler on this engine instead of being pulled behind.

Saturday, June 8, 2019


This was last Sunday evening out on Konza prairie.  It was a lovey evening for a walk and the clouds made for an interesting sky over the tallgrass prairie.

Friday, June 7, 2019


The Meadowlarks at Konza were somewhat elusive this time.  I was only able to capture them at a good distance.  This is one surveying it's territory from a perch in the brush.  The Western Meadowlark is the Kansas state bird.  Friday is also all about the bokeh and the trees behind provided some lovely soft dark green bokeh.

Thursday, June 6, 2019


This image is of another of my frog buddies.  This one hangs out at my smaller backyard pond on the lily pads.  He is quite small but was patient as this is a 3 image focus stack to get more of him in focus.  I liked the marring on the lily Pad that reminded me of a bird in this image as well.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


There used to be a Wildflower Wednesday on the Plus where I used to play.  I can have a wildflower Wednesday here every now and then.  This was always one of my favorite Kansas wildflowers.  I captured this Cobaea Beardtongue Penstemon with the setting sun as a background.  The sky has been hazy and our setting sun red due to smoke from Canadian wildfires.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


So the last "Bi Plane Fly In" was held in my town this past Saturday.  They say there will be Fly Ins in the future, just not limited or focused on bi-planes.  It was fun while it lasted and several neat planes turned out for the event.  This is one that was not a bi-plane but you can see part of one behind it.  This was a neat one that I believe is a T6 Texan though I could find no markings on it.  I was able to fly in and fly one very similar several years back.  It was quite fun.

Monday, June 3, 2019


This is one of my favorite Iris.  i love the color and narrow bladed petals on them.  This is one I planted and for some reason only one bloomed this year and only 2 came up.  Not sure if squirrels have gotten the rest of the bulbs or what.  May have to try some of these in a different place next year.

Sunday, June 2, 2019


This is a Cumbres & Toltec train heading out from Chama New Mexico on it's way to Antonito Colorado.  It is gaining in elevation as it makes it's way to Cumbres pass.  We were chasing it on this day a little over a year ago now.

Saturday, June 1, 2019


I was out on Konza Prairie tonight for a wildflower refresher walk.  It was a lovely evening.  I captured this Butterfly Milkweed in the late evening sun.  The sun has a red cast lately due to some Canadian wildfires apparently.  It is posting for the 1st day of June.  Welcome to June!  😄

Friday, May 31, 2019


We are now 2 whole days without rain.  Weird to be saying that when i usually want it but after having so much this spring, I am ready for a dry spell.  
I was out photographing a frog in my pond when this Damselfly came and sat down right next to me.  Since Friday is about bokeh and this had some nice sparkly bokeh I had to share it.

Thursday, May 30, 2019


We went a day without rain basically!  It sprinkled slightly as I was going to work yesterday but the rest of the day was partly cloudy and dry.  Nice.  The Iris in my various gardens bloomed very well this year.  I have yellow ones over by the large pond that were new to me this year.  Only a couple purple ones bloomed there last year.  These had many blooms and were quite beautiful.  I was able to capture this one in some sunlight.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Hopefully after 5 days straight of 1/2 inch rains each day or more we will dry out for a bit.  We are supposed to be rain free for 2 days at least now.  
I have had Blue-jays coming to visit rather regularly.  This isn't the best pic ever but I liked it wit the 2 of them together.  I am guessing Mr and Mrs but I don't know how you tell.  They were out shortly after a recent rain.