Thursday, May 23, 2024


 This past weekend I was bike riding by the Spillway on Milford Lake.  In a path down to the water's edge I spotted this lovely lizard running around.  I lucked out and got a few pictures of it.  It was very colorful.  I am pretty sure it is a Six-Lined Racerunner.  Apparently I got very lucky that it paused a couple of times to allow me to get photos because, as their name implies, they are quite quick.  They are usually found in sandy soils which this was.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog!  Today's flower is Fringed Puccoon.  It bloops from April to June in my area. Native Americans used several parts of the plant to treat coughs and colds and it's name comes from a Native American word.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024


 I love Blue Jays though some people view them as bullies.  They have been fine at my feeders and do not bother the other birds.  I usually don't get to capture them at home much though, they rarely sit still.  I captured this one in-between getting peanuts at my in-law's house last November.

Monday, May 20, 2024


 Happy Monday and happy new week!  It's going to be a busy one for me.  My Spirea has been blooming and looking lovely.  I used to have 2 of these bushes but lost one and am working to try and not lose this one as well.  I believe it is called a Snow Mound Spirea.  I need to do some research to find out what it needs that is not being provided so it doesn't continue to struggle.  It's a lovely bush when in bloom in the spring.

Sunday, May 19, 2024


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  Yesterday I got to do something special steam related.  I went to Union Station in Kansas City to see the Canadian Pacific 2816 "Empress" locomotive which now belongs to the new CPKansasCity merger.  It is on a very special trip that spans from Canada to Mexico, the longest trip a steam locomotive has ever made for a specific trip.  This locomotive is in a movie we have called Rocky Mountain Express, a beautifully filmed Imax type movie that I highly recommend to watch if you can get a chance.  I chose this photo, even though there were a lot of people in it but it showed a bit of action.  I was disappointed that I did not get to se the engine moving.  They had moved it early in the morning it turns out, probably due to the main line traffic on the rail it had to travel on to the station.  I was also a bit disappointed because it is traveling with some old F Unit diesels but had a new one with it, probably due to the main line travel.  It was still cool to see and I am glad I went.  I also chose this image because it was more easy to see the color of it which is a lovely paint scheme.


Saturday, May 18, 2024


 The wild Turkeys have been in my yard for quite a while now.  Sometimes a Tom will come with a couple of hens or as just a couple.  A few times there has been several groups one after the other.  A couple of evenings ago this male and I surprised each other.  I had my camera with me so snapped off a shot as he was moving away.  We were fairly close to each other but I tried not to move much to appear non threatening and he made his way away from me.  I like to gobble at the males and sometimes they will gobble back.  I am sure the neighbors think I am weird if they hear me.  😂

A little over a week ago, I saw 2 males having a disagreement in the parking lot across from my home and captured some video from it.  You can view it HERE if you are interested.

Friday, May 17, 2024


 It's Friday, TGIF!  I was able to capture y first image of a Monarch last week.  I was surprised to see it enjoying some of the invasive Honeysuckle in the area.  Because Friday's Are Bokehlicious, I am sharing this image for today due to the great bubbly bokeh in it.