Friday, September 24, 2021


 It's Friday, TGIF and Friday's Are Bokehlicious here on the Blog.  I chose this image with some great bubbly bokeh for the day.  This is how I see my Morning Glories.  I have yet to see them flowering this year as I can't get over to them early enough.  These grow over at my Gazebo Pond.  I loved the spiral look of the buds.

Thursday, September 23, 2021


 I have seen Bumblebees around fairly often this year and I am now just starting to see Honeybees again on the Sedum.  I captured this Bumble on one of my flowers that I am not sure exactly what it is.  It looks to be in the Mum family to me but not really sure.  It has a yellowish center that the bee is covering up.  I liked the bits of pollen on it's back.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog!  Today's flower is a new one and I have updated the Wildflower By Color page here on the Blog with a photo of the plant which is a bit further away so more detail can be seen.  It grows best in moist disturbed places like ditches and by ponds and small streams which makes sense as I found it around the disturbed area of our new high school's road.  It blooms from July through October.  Birds enjoy the seeds from this plant.  It is called Pink Smartweed.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021


 I was working in one of my gardens last week and this guy jumped onto my finger.  I placed him on a Milkweed leaf and it stayed there while I ran and got my camera.  I really liked how this shot turned out and it makes me wonder what frogs think about.  I think this is the same guy that has been driving my cat nuts in the evening by sitting on my office window and waiting for bugs.  😄  I believe this is a Cope's Gray Treefrog.

Monday, September 20, 2021


 My Obedient Plant is blooming and while it is not very "obedient" it is a bee magnet and also a lovely plant to photograph.  This image is without bees but I got my hovering bee shot right by these.  It is also known as False Dragonhead, possibly because of it's resemblence to Snapdragons.  It get's it's Obedient name because the flowers can bend in any direction.  Hummingbirds are also attracted to this plant but I have not seen one at it yet.  It is in the mint family.

Sunday, September 19, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  This is the other full size steam locomotive I get to work on in Minnesota, former Soo Line Switcher 353.  This locomotive just turned 100 last year and unfortunately we didn't get to be there for that as everything was shut down so it's 101 was celebrated this year (353 was wearing a banner on each side of the cab).  Every Labor Day weekend the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion is held and this year 353 and the Porter locomotives were both hauling trains around the grounds on about 2 miles of track.

Saturday, September 18, 2021


 I have seen some Monarch butterflies around off and on all summer.  I am hoping to see more now that the Goldenrod is blooming and they seem to enjoy that.  This is one I captured on one of the Coneflowers earlier this summer.