Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Happy April Fools Day!  We made it to April.  I wish this whole pandemic thing was a big April fools joke and it was over.  Sigh.
Spring flowers are blooming so i thought I would start up Wildflower Wednesday once again.  I found 3 new ones recently.  The first one for today and quite prolific right now is called Henbit.  Some yards in the area have almost a deep pink carpet of it right now.  It's actually an interesting flower that reminds of an Orchid that i have photographed before.  It's a fairly small and short flower, varies from 2 to 4 inches or so.  It is now on my page of Pink Wildflowers of Kansas.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


While in Auburn Indiana, next door to the ACD Museum was the National Automotive & Truck Museum of the US.  It was housed in the old ACD factory.  It was set up with great displays and had some rally interesting vehicles in it.  One of those was this one, a GM Futurliner.  This was Number 10 out of 12 that were built around 1940 for the Parade of Progress which was delayed by WWII until 1952 through 1956.  Each of the 12 had displays in them that showed modern advances in science and technology such as jet engines, microwave ovens, television and other things of the time.  This one belongs to the museum and took 7 years to restore.  I would love to have one of these and make a camper out of it!  😄

Something I rarely do as well but sharing a second image today.  This is a panorama, done a bit too close, but shows how the side opened up to display.  In this case it was info about this particular Futurliner.  Click on the image to see it larger and more of the detail.

Monday, March 30, 2020


We had a very hard freeze last week on Thursday night and Friday night, down in the low 20s.  I brought a few Daffodils in that were about to open or were open to enjoy.  Of course I had to photograph them.  I shot these against my portable black background.

Sunday, March 29, 2020


I took today's image of my Live Steam c-21 locomotive on a friend's garden railway layout.  In these trying times while we are supposed to stay away from others, maybe I'll get mine in condition to run trains on it again.  I had started this past winter on nice days so it actually shouldn't take too much work.  Anyway, this is on his very nice metal trestle.  I need to learn to weld so I can do things like this for mine.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


March is almost over now but I shot this on the second day of the month on the way to work.  It was the last beautiful sunrise I have seen now that the time has changed.  I might get a chance for more if we stop having dreary mornings as daylight gets longer.  This is a 3 image panorama.  This type of image is best viewed large by clicking on it.

Friday, March 27, 2020


So in the midst of all the upheaval, spring has officially arrived and flowers are emerging.  This is a group of Crocus that were open when I returned from Indiana.  I liked the bokeh the rocks created in the background and Fridays are still Bokehlicious!

Thursday, March 26, 2020


Today's image is a little different but I liked the way it came out so thought I would share.  While in Indiana I also went to the Monon Railroad Museum.  The Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway, better known as the "Monon Route," was a local Indiana system serving its home state.  The museum had a lot of unique and interesting items and was set up very nicely with great displays.  This sign was one I had never seen before and I liked how the image came out with the current track behind it.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Was it really only just 2 weeks ago that I was in Indiana and things were fairly normal?  Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.  Get your info from the CDC, everything else has a chance of having incorrect info or recommendations.
Anyway, today's image is another view of Indiana's tallest waterfall in Williamsport.  I realized I did not state how tall the falls is and it was because I am very bad at guessing that.  I found out just how bad I am when I Googled it to share the info, my guess was 40 maybe 50?  It is 90 feet tall.  Yikes.  😅

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


The ACD Museum or Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum in Auburn Indiana was filled with beautiful automobiles.  This is an example of a Duesenberg, it is a Straight 8.  I didn't record the actual year unfortunately but it is 1930s vintage.  I'm kind of partial to blue cars so it really caught my eye.

Monday, March 23, 2020


I was out at a Home Improvement store last week and they actually had some plants in already.  I bought one that I wanted and due to the cold snap we had brought it indoors for a couple days.  I just had to photograph it while I had it in as well.  This is a pink Columbine bloom against my black felt background.

Sunday, March 22, 2020


Today's image is another shot of Norfolk & Western locomotive 611 and it's train across the soybean field in Pennsylvania from last autumn.  The 611 was out at Strasburg PA giving rides and doing other fun things and i had a chance to ride behind it after I took this image.

Saturday, March 21, 2020


I saw this really interesting old round grainery in Indiana near Lafayette.  It was a really dreary morning when I took this photo on my way back to Kansas.

Friday, March 20, 2020


Today's image is a lovely Monarch that came to visit my yard last autumn and enjoyed the blooming Goldenrod flowers.  Sharing this image with some great bokeh in it because Fridays Are Bokehlicious even in these crazy times.

Thursday, March 19, 2020


Things are getting even more crazy, schools have been closed here in Kansas by the Governor for the rest of the 19-20 year.  Hope you all are staying healthy.
My image today is another I was able to get this winter of a lovely male Cardinal sitting in the Mulberry tree.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Last Tuesday I was able to see the tallest waterfall in Indiana.  I lived in the state for over 9 years and never knew about it.  It is in Williamsport Indiana and was quite impressive.  Unfortunately it was a cold, wet and dreary day so I could not get to the bottom of it.  I thought this view of it was pretty nice though.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


I used to be involved in a Transport Tuesday theme.  Last Monday I was in Auburn Indiana at the Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg museum and got enough shots I could probably do it again for the rest of the year.  😁  If I were able to have any old pre-war automobile that I wanted it would be this one.  This is a Cord 812 Coupe from 1937.  Only 3 coupes were ever produced out of the 3000 Cords that were produced and I would rather have the convertible but this one is pretty sharp.  The hood ornament is custom, it is an Auburn one and the vent ports are LaSalle.  I always though a Cord is a very sharp looking car and especially with the supercharged pipes on it.

Monday, March 16, 2020


Well, this Covid-19 stuff has really got things in a tiz.  Hope you all have TP and food.  Not sure what the TP deal is, it's not a stomach virus but whatever.  😅
Anyway, on to the image.  I was late getting my Amaryllis bulb ready to grow so it just recently bloomed.  It was quite lovely.  I shot it against a white backdrop, it is not Photoshopped.  

Sunday, March 15, 2020


This is an image I took when I was out at the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania  to see the reunion of 2 Norfolk & Western locomotives, 611 and this one 475.  475 is unique in it's own way, it is a Class M 4-8-0 wheel arrangement called a Mastodon built in 1906.  It is the only other operating N&W locomotive today.  I photographed it at Picnic Grove on the line as it passed me and it shows off it's wheel arrangement pretty well.

Saturday, March 14, 2020


Lately the sunrises and sunsets haven't been very spectacular unfortunately.  This was quite a colorful one from early November that I shot through the trees as i was leaving for work.

Friday, March 13, 2020


Today's image is another butterfly image from last summer.  This is a Painted Lady butterfly on some Autumn Sedum blooms with some out of focus ones creating some nice bokeh.  Friday's are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, March 12, 2020


This is an older image from Minnesota that I never shared.  I was able to view and photograph an Egret up close.  It was a very cool experience.  I took images from a vehicle and it didn't seem to mind me at all.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


This is the last image of a good snowflake that I have processed.  This year except for a couple of days was pretty much a bust for good snowflake images.  Maybe next year.  Anyway, this is a 19 image focus stack.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Kansas is the Sunflower state but the last Sunflower field images I was able to get were in Minnesota. I ca't believe I never shared this image as it had a Monarch bonus!  Looking forward to finding more Sunflower fields this year, I hope.

Monday, March 9, 2020


Today's image is a close up of some lovely Yarrow that I had growing this past year.  This summer was pretty hard on plants and some of mine died off but I think I see some life on this one still so looking forward to it flowering again this summer.

Sunday, March 8, 2020


This is the Wagner 14 inch scale locomotive I get to help operate a couple of times a year in Minnesota, the first will be in June.  Here it is with the new caboose on the train.  Makes it harder to get an image with all of it in the shot since as long as it is now.

Saturday, March 7, 2020


Most of our winter moisture came in the form of sleety snow or rain that turned to ice.  This is one such image of the pond at the Bluff's Park surrounded by icy trees and grasses.  This is a 3 image panoramic shot that is best viewed large.

Friday, March 6, 2020


Jumping back to summer with an image I hope to see a lot more of this year.  We had butterflies but they weren't very abundant.  I was very happy to see the ones I did.  I had some Monarchs in late September visit to feast from the Goldenrod in the yard.  I plan to plant more Zinnias this year, I didn't have as many as I usually do last year and they are a good source of food for Monarchs and other butterflies late in the year and they are inexpensive.  I am also sharing this image because I love the creamy bokeh behind and Friday's Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, March 5, 2020


Since winter is, hopefully about over, I will share this image I took that I was originally going to use for my B&W project.  These are some more of the icicles that had formed off the roof a while back.  In B&W the textures seem to stand out more and the sunlight off them as well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


I have been able to capture Blue Jays in my yard much more frequently this year.  This image is from Missouri though.  I captured it in their Ornamental Pear tree.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


My large pond must have been a bit healthier last year than the first year I had it.  I never knew this plant was in it until it flowered last year.  I had been cleaning out a bunch of Cattails and that must have allowed it to flourish.  This is a Pickerel Rush bloom.  They are quite lovely I think.

Monday, March 2, 2020


Now that March is here and we have had warmer days, it was in the 60sF this weekend, I am really looking forward to warmer days filled with flowers and nature.  This is an image I got last year of a little Northern Cricket Frog in my pond.  These guys can make quite the loud racket when they get to croaking or, rather, chirping.

Sunday, March 1, 2020


We made it to March, hopefully spring is not too far away now.  The first Steamy Sunday for March is of the locomotive I get to help fire on for 4 days over the Labor Day weekend.  This is engine 353 heading around the track near the roundhouse during the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion.

Saturday, February 29, 2020


Happy Leap Year Day!  This year we have an extra day of the year.  I haven't been able to get many snowflake photos this year.  We haven't had much snow and when we have it's mostly been very rime covered.  I found this one that I had never shared from last year in February.  It has a few balls of rime on it as well but was mostly a clear and well shaped snowflake.  It is a 14 image stack.

Friday, February 28, 2020


I find Dragonflies very cool and interesting to watch.  My large pond attracts them which makes me happy as i get to see them pretty regularly.  I was able to get this shot of one on a Cattail reed.  I don't know my dragonflies very well but thought the yellow stripe on the abdomen was interesting.  I think because of the spots on the wings it is probably a young Twelve Spot Dragonfly.  I like the soft bokeh created by other Cattail reeds.

Thursday, February 27, 2020


I am doing a B&W challenge with a group of people.  The last theme I had to do an image for was for "Cold".  This is what i came up with and I rather liked it so thought I would share it here.  This is a shot of the ice growing over the waterfall on my backyard pond.  I like the patterns in the ice and I thought the image looked great in B&W.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Today's image isn't the best bird photo I have ever shared but it is, as a bird photographer I follow says, a "Lifer" for me, the first time I have ever been able to capture this bird.  I was able to capture this American Kestrel in a tree in Missouri in December.  Even though I couldn't get closer than this, I was pleased I got it in focus.  Wish I had had my longer lens with me but you make do with what you have. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


We have been having some warmer days and it has me looking for spring to arrive.  I hope to see more butterflies this year, they were a bit scarce with the wet and then very hot spring and summer we had last year.  I was able to capture this Common Variegated Fritillary in the backyard on some Elderberry blossoms this past spring though. 

Monday, February 24, 2020


I wanted to share another image of my African Violet.  I find these flowers very photogenic with the tiny hairs on them and the interesting pad leaves and fairly delicate flowers.  This is a 3 image stack to bring out more details.

Sunday, February 23, 2020


Today's image is Norfolk & Western 475, A "Mastodon" 4-8-0 locomotive which is owned and run by the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania.  It was built in 1906.  This locomotive was pulling trains along with N&W 611 which was visiting from Virginia.

Saturday, February 22, 2020


This is another image that I took some years ago of Homer's Pond in snow but never liked because it was just drab and blah.  It's similar to the other I posted a couple weeks back but from a different angle.  I like this one even more than the other due to some subtle things I did in this that I did not do in the other.

Friday, February 21, 2020


Wishing for summer but today's image shows more of what we are having lately though last weekend did warm up a bit.  We had some pretty huge icicles hanging off the roof last week.  I imagine they would hurt pretty well if you were under them when they broke off.  I liked the bokeh in this one created by the tree branches behind.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Looking forward to the Bumble Bees and other bees coming back out.  Hopefully warm weather will be here soon though I hope we don't go straight to summer.  Yes, I know, beggars can't be choosy.  😉  This is a Bumble flying among the Obedient Plant which is not terribly obedient and spreads everywhere.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


I shot this image last May and never shared it.  I am getting tired of winter and looking forward to green and other colors than just blah brown.  This is the Geary State Fishing Lake Falls just south of where I live.  We had a lot of spring rain and it made it flow quite nicely.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


I captured this Blue jay in the Mulberry tree this past Saturday calling out to it's buddies I think.  It was telling others there was food available.  😀  I have been able to see Blue Jays fairly regularly this winter.  It's been nice, they are usually pretty elusive.

Monday, February 17, 2020


I was playing around this weekend with some photos and I came up with this and was pleased with how it turned out.  A composite image of a rose and frozen bubble.

Sunday, February 16, 2020


At Rollag Minnesota where the yearly Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion is held, there is a pond named Gunderson Pond.  It is no relation but it's kind of fun especially when the "Pond Monster" is around.  This year the Monster had a little one.  In this image, 353 pulls a train of passengers past the pond where they can have a view of the "Monsters".

Saturday, February 15, 2020


We have had quite a lot of gloomy and dreary days lately that have not really produced much moisture which would at least make it a bit worthwhile.  After one long spell of dreary weather the clouds opened up for a beautiful sunset.  This is a 2 shot panorama and it was taken on the evening of 02/02/2020 which was a major palindrome day and I missed it.  The date reads the same backwards and forwards whether regular or military format.  There will not be another like this for quite some time. 

Friday, February 14, 2020


It is Valentine's day today.  Hope it's a good one for all who have a special valentine.  😄  I received a miniature Rose plant from mine last year and this is one of the blooms it produced.  I planted it out in the garden by the large pond and so far so good, it is still living.

Thursday, February 13, 2020


I am really looking forward to warmer weather and butterflies again.  This is another image of one that we have around here but is rather elusive.  They don't usually feed on flowers and are often found in shady areas so very hard to capture.  This is Question Mark butterfly that I captured in a wooded area by my large pond this past summer.