Saturday, October 19, 2019


I couldn't go the week without a butterfly image.  I captured these 2 Pearl Crescents on some Hairy Asters out on Konza Prairie a couple Saturdays ago.  It was lovely to see a number of butterflies around out there that day enjoying the last of the wildflowers.

Friday, October 18, 2019


I captured this cool female Praying Mantis this past Saturday.  She was out on the sidewalk by the garage most likely looking for a good plant since the cold killed off most of them.  She stayed still enough for me to get a few shots of, so this is 3 images focus stacked.  Plus I liked how the sidewalk created some nice bokeh and since Friday's Are Bokehlicious, I decided to share this image today.

Thursday, October 17, 2019


I felt like some bright flowers for today.  The frost and cold temps we had this past weekend killed off practically all my flowers already.  Sigh.  This is an older shot of some Tiger Lilies I saw growing in a yard in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Today is Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog once again.  Today's flower is Tall Joe Pye Weed.  It is very tall too, can grow up to 4 feet or more.  Butterflies like this plant and i have a smaller version of it in my garden which blooms a more red color while this wildflower is white.  This particular one was growing by my large pond but there was quite a lot of it to be seen out on Konza Prairie as well.
Just a reminder, I have Wildflowers by color pages here on the Blog and I have been updating with new ones I have photographed this year like this one.  Hope you will check them out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


On my way out to Pennsylvania, I stopped at a place that has always intrigued me when I saw it from the highway.  This is the original Mail Pouch Tobacco Warehouse in West Virginia.  It is still operating today as a Swisher International warehouse.  This image may look like just a normal shot but I had to take it up close with just a normal wide angle lens on so it is actually 3 shots stitched together with a good amount of work behind the scenes done.  I find it funny sometimes all the work I do to a photo but you would not know just to see it without knowing the behind the scenes work.  Anyway, this is the company that those old barns had painted advertising on them that you can still find a few of today including a couple along the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Monday, October 14, 2019


Hummingbird type moths are very cool I think.  I was able to capture this White Lined Sphinx Moth around some Petunias one evening.  Those are their favorite flowers and the time of day you will usually find them.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


I have always admired this style of locomotive, ever since I saw it made famous in the photographs of O Winston Link.  Link was famous for his night photography of steam trains of the Norfolk & Western line between 1955 and 1960.  He used numerous flash bulbs to illuminate his night shots.  One of them can be seen at the link here to his museum which helped provide some funding to bring 611 to Strasburg.  More of his images can be found if you Google him.  I learned of his photographs several years ago.  Anyway, it was wonderful to be able to see this beautiful locomotive in person in Pennsylvania.  

Saturday, October 12, 2019


Autumn is arriving quickly.  When I was out on Konza Prairie a week ago, there were still a few flowers blooming but the hills were mostly dominated by the tall grasses which this type of prairie is known for.  It is lovely to look at in contrast to the blue sky.  This is a 2 shot panoramic image shot along the Nature Trail.  It really needs to be viewed large by clicking on it.

Friday, October 11, 2019


Fridays Are Bokehlicious and for butterflies.  I had not seen many butterflies around late this past summer.  Just before I left for Pennsylvania the Monarchs were beginning to show up around the yard.  I was able to capture this pair on the Autumnal Equinox as they were feeding on some Goldenrod blooms.  I loved the creamy bokeh for the background that made them standout nicely.

Thursday, October 10, 2019


I love Sea Oat Grass.  I found the perfect spot to grow it this year.  It has been quite happy and flourishing by the big pond.  The seed heads are just beginning to get their autumn color but i shot this image of them while they are still nice and green.  I love how they hang and make for interesting subjects along the slender reed.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


It's another Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog.  Today's' flower has been in bloom for a couple of weeks now and is called Hairy Aster.  If you look closely at the stems, you can see little hairs.  I saw quite a lot still in bloom at Konza Prairie but this was taken in my yard a couple of weeks ago.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


I was out walking at Konza Praitie on the Nature Trial this past weekend and there was quite a bit of nature to be seen that day.  I saw a couple of these guys, young, small Collared Lizards.  This one posed quite nicely for me on a limestone rock.

Monday, October 7, 2019


I shot this image of the African Violet my friend gave me in some afternoon sunlight.  It was in bloom again and I was so pleased I hadn't killed it or done something to make it not bloom.  I love all the little hairs on it which showed up nicely in the sunlight.

Sunday, October 6, 2019


Last Sunday I was on a steamy adventure in Strasburg Pennsylvania.  I made a trip out there to see a locomotive I have admired for quite a while.  It was made famous in some night photography images by O Winston Link.  This is the Norfolk & Western J Class locomotive 611 which was spending several weekends out at the Strasburg Railroad.  611 is currently housed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.  It is the only survivor of 14 of these J Class Northern type locomotives and was built in 1950 near the end of the steam era.  It has a 4-8-4 wheel arrangement and is a shrouded locomotive for a streamline look.  It is definitely gorgeous and quite impressive in person.  I captured it here on it's way back to the station across a field of soybeans.

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Last week I was in Pennsylvania.  Autumn was just beginning to show in the tree colors.  The drive back through the mountains was gorgeous.  I wish I had had time to stop and photograph.  I took this on an outing to an overlook this past Monday.

Friday, October 4, 2019


TGIF!  Fridays Are Bokehlicious and for butterflies!  This one is a very small and, in my opinion, nice looking butterfly.  It has a rather crap name though, a Cotton Square Borer which is actually the larval stage because cotton is what they mostly feed on.  As an adult, they are more know as Gray Hairstreaks.  I captured this one visiting the Autumn Sedum.  In the background is more Sedum providing some lovely bokeh.

Thursday, October 3, 2019


I tried growing strawberries again this year.  I bought a container variety and they seem to be doing very well especially lately.  I liked this image as it showed the flower along with the berries in various states of maturing.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


It's time for Wildflower Wednesday!  Today's flower is Tall Thistle or Roadside Thistle.  They bloom in August and September and can be quite tall, over 6 feet.  They also attract butterflies and are native to Kansas.  Their flower color is often referred to a purple but I think they can be rather pink as well especially as the flower matures.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Happy first day of October.  This year is going quickly, less than 3 months till Christmas!  Yikes!  so, today's image.  I love to photograph the Leopard Frogs over at the large pond.  Sometimes they can be quite cooperative like this guy.  It's so funny to walk around the pond and hear the squeaks and splashes and see them flying into the pond too because they think i am too close.