Wednesday, August 4, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog!  Today's image is one I just shot this past Sunday while bike riding out by Milford Lake.  This is a Prickly Poppy.  It looks a lot like my red variety, I wish I could figure out how to get them to grow in my yard.  I maybe would regret it with the thorns but they are a lovely flower.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021


 While I was in Pennsylvania and visiting Hershey Gardens, they had a very nice Butterfly House.  The people working there were quite nice and when they saw me with a camera would point out things they thought might be of interest to me.  One of those was this Atlas Moth which are not seen very often, even in a Butterfly House.  It was quite cool and quite large.  It was approximately 6 inches across, at least.

Monday, August 2, 2021


 Today's image is from one of my new favorite flowers.  I have always loved Gerbera Daisies but I can never get them to re-flower once they have flowered once.  I bought this flower this spring and it claimed it was an always blooming Gerbera type.  It has lived up to it's claim and constantly has at least 3 flowers blooming all the time.  I have lost the actual name so not sure if it is an actual Gerbera.  I love it though and will try to over winter it in case I can't find another.  It is an annual.  In a Google search of Gerbera Daisy the center of these is different than a regular one.

Sunday, August 1, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  In Paradise Pennsylvania, the Strasburg trains stop and the engine moves around the train to pull it back to the station, they pull backwards out of Strasburg.  They have a nice little area to watch this occuring.  Here I captured the Queen of Steam, Norfolk & Western 611 as it headed back to hook up to it's train just around the bend.

Saturday, July 31, 2021


 While I was out in Pennsylvania,  I went down to Dulles in Virginia to the Stephen Udvar-Hazy Center which is an Annex of the Smithsonian's Air & Apace Museum.  It's quite the cool place if you like all things flight related.  This is one of the last pics I took there while waiting for others in my party to meet up with me.  This is the SR-71 Blackbird, a very cool plane which is still the fastest plane in the world, and the space shuttle Discovery can be seen behind.  

Friday, July 30, 2021


 TGIF!  It's Friday and Friday's Are Bokehlicious!  Today's image with some lovely bokeh is of a butterfly I was quite delighted to see as I have not seen one for a while.  This is a Great Spangled Fritillary on one of my Zinnias.  The Zinnia is a new color for this year and reminds me of a peppermint candy.  I captured this image this past Saturday.

Thursday, July 29, 2021


When I am in Minnesota, I usually get to observe and captured Redwing Blackbirds.  This year was a good one for females.  I captured this one in the reeds on the edge of a pond near where we were camping.