Thursday, February 25, 2021


 I am looking forward to summer and flowers in the garden.  That is where I got this shot of one of my Roses in bloom looking rather perfect.  This would have been a good Friday image because of the beautiful bokeh in the image but bokeh is good any day.  😄

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


 We were a lot warmer the last 2 days than it was the week before so spring seems not that far off.  Today's wildflower on the Blog is one of the earliest to bloom.  This is a Ground Plum and usually can be found as early as April in our area.  It is in the Legume family and it produces a fruit that you can eat.  The fruit can be about grape size and if found and eaten early, it tastes a lot like a fresh pea.  It can be eaten later as well but as it ages it becomes very woody.  I have tried them several times and enjoy them.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


 Last week we finally had a really good snow with clear and beautiful flakes.  I was able to capture some like this group.  I liked how even the one at the edge of the photo turned out in focus and was rather nice looking so I left it in.  This is a 23 image focus stack but if you look closely, even that wasn't enough as I missed a bit.  Ah well.

Monday, February 22, 2021


 Usually when I get to see these birds they are flying away from me.  I did get a lot of shots like that as well but for some reason this day it kept staying around this location.  It was a fairly cold day and there is a stream right near where it was standing so it may have been trying to protect some food it had from some hawks that were also around.  This is a Great Blue Heron and they over winter in our part of Kansas.

Sunday, February 21, 2021


 It's kind of a double digit day and also it's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  I played around with an image of my favorite railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec and gave it the Pencil Drawing look and I think it worked OK.  This is the train heading out of Chama New Mexico passing over the Chama River by the campground we stayed at.  Lots of people go out and wave to the riders as it passes by.  The train is on it's way to Antonito Colorado on a beautiful ride.  I like to ride from the NM side best because the train works very hard to get up to Windy Point from this side and it's great to hear the "chuf chuf "of the locomotive as it pulls up the grade. 

Saturday, February 20, 2021


 Well, hopefully this past week's weather is done for a while.  It was, to say the least, a bit brisk.  Some of the coldest temps in our area in quite some time.  I was awake to see -16 F actual on this past Tuesday but it was most likely colder earlier. Wondering how many plants I will have to replace this year.  Sigh.  Anyway, my photo for today is of a sunset taken on a much warmer evening walk.

Friday, February 19, 2021


 TGIF!  It's Friday and Friday's Are Bokehlicious!  This is a Question Mark butterfly sitting on some rocks with it's wing spread very nicely last summer by my gazebo pond.  The other rocks in the image are providing some lovely bokeh for it.  These butterflies are around but are not often seen as they usually like shady spots and don't feed on flowers but prefer fruit, especially rotting fruit.