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!  😄