Wednesday, September 23, 2020


 It's Wildflower Wednesday!  This wildflower has been very abundant and has lasted quite a long time but is just about finished for the year.  I love to photograph it as I think it's details and delicate look make for a lovely subject.  Even from behind, as this was shot makes for a lovely subject.  This is Queen Anne's Lace.  I have saved some seeds to plant in my garden and hopefully get them to grow there next year.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


 I had another neat visitor to my yard recently.  I was weeding in a section of my garden railroad and I looked over and almost missed this.  A very green Praying Mantis was in the area I had just weeded and was looking at me weed.  I imagine it was wondering where everything was going that it had been hiding among.  I believe, from it's size that it is a female.


Monday, September 21, 2020


 So I was whining a little over a week ago about not having a Sunflower field to shoot when a friend of mine was coming back from out of town and told me there was one just south of us.  I headed out on Tuesday evening to have a look and, Yay, most of the heads were still upright and lovely.  Some had not even fully opened liked the one in this image.  I thought the petals that were showing reminded me of flames reaching for the sky.  This is the type of fire I like.  My thoughts are with my friends out west dealing with the devastating wildfires, hope it will be over soon and you all stay safe.

Sunday, September 20, 2020


 It's a triple number day 9/20/2020  and it's also Steamy Sunday here on the Blog.  😃  This is what I was doing one of the days over Labor Day weekend instead on being up in Minnesota.  We had a get together of families at the railroad I get to play at outside of Topeka Kansas.  We all stayed socially distanced and ran one of the locomotives around with family members.  It was a fun time and a nice chance to do something steamy this year.  This is a 12 inch gauge Ottaway locomotive.  The person engineering was blowing down the engine a bit to get scale out of the locomotive boiler.

Saturday, September 19, 2020


 This is another beautiful sunrise that I was treated to on my way to work last month.  Lately the skies have not been so beautiful and dramatic.  I think last night's sunset was affected by the western wildfires, the sky was hazy looking and the sun was very red and disappeared before the horizon.

Friday, September 18, 2020


 TGIF and Fridays Are Bokehlicious!   Today's bokeh image is of the blooms of one of my Obedient plants.  I always say they are not very obedient because they will spread everywhere but they are rather lovely.  It apparently got it's name because you can bend the flowers in any direction.  It spreads quite aggressively by rhizomes.  It is in the Mint family.

Thursday, September 17, 2020


 I am not sure if I have ever done this before but today's image explains why I shoot in RAW instead of just JPEG.  If your camera has the ability to shoot RAW it is a good idea to do that because you can recover a lot of data if your settings are wrong and you mess up a photo, especially if it happens to be something very important.  I had been shooting something in the dark the night before and forgot to change my settings back until after I had shot several photos of this Painted Lady Butterfly on the Lantana.  I was able to change them and get some other shots fortunately but I thought this worked well to show how you can still get a good image out of a bad shot.  I also liked the artistic look of the over exposed image.  The flowers on the repaired image still have a bit of an odd look to them and I maybe could have done more with the image but I was mainly concerned with the look of the butterfly and it turned out very well.