Sunday, September 27, 2020


 It's Steamy Sunday on the Blog once again!  This image goes back a bit in my archives.  I took this image on a trip out to California one year and at a visit to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.  This museum had lovely presentations of locomotives in great displays like this one of the Governor Stanford seeming to emerge from a tunnel.  This locomotive was built in 1862 and was from the Central Pacific.  You can read much more about it at the Museum's website.   The museum is another of many in need of donations as it has been closed due to the Co-vid situation.

Saturday, September 26, 2020


 As I mentioned, a friend of mine saw this field on her way back from Wichita and alerted me to it.  It was a couple miles south of the State Lake that I have shot and shared images from.  I was very happy to see that some of the blooms still were quite lovely looking and the heads had not started to droop as yet.  Our skies are being affected by the wildfires out west so the sun was very hazy and fiery red as it was setting in the west.

Friday, September 25, 2020


 TGIF!  As I mentioned last week in my Wildflower post, the Dotted Gayfeather is blooming and it is attracting all kinds of nature as well.  I was able to see and capture this Buckeye butterfly enjoying the blooms.  I chose to share this image today because Friday's Are Bokehlicious and I liked the bokeh behind created by other grasses.

Thursday, September 24, 2020


 The Autumn Sedumn is blooming and attracting the bees and butterflies again.  It is quite the magnet for both.  It was nice to see these Honey Bees enjoying the blooms.  When I looked at this image on computer I saw there was something else flying in to join them as well, possibly another bee.

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.