Saturday, November 26, 2022

11/26/22

 We had a better than expected autumn.  With the drought causing the leaves to fall so quickly I was thinking there would be no color to be found.  I was happily mistaken.  This is an image looking east on the Republican River that flows north of town out of Milford Lake and eventually joins up with the Smoky Hill and Kansas River on the east side of town.  The joining of these rivers is what gives my town it's name of Junction City.



Friday, November 25, 2022

11/25/22

 Happy Friday! I am not so TGIF this week as I have had a few days off.  😉  Anyway, today's image is one I found while going through my photos last week.  This is a Praying Mantis that was blending in quite a bit with the leaves of my Gazania flower.  I chose this image for today because of the wonderful bubbly bokeh behind because Friday's Are Bokehlicious!



Thursday, November 24, 2022

11/24/22

 It's Thanksgiving here in the US.  Hope you all have a good one if you celebrate or just have a good day if you don't.  :-)  Here is a nice autumn colors image for the day.  This is a branch of, what I think is, a Barberry Bush by my Gazebo pond after it turned very red this autumn.  



Wednesday, November 23, 2022

11/23/22

 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog!  Today's flower is one of the late bloomers here in Kansas.  This is Blue Sage also called Pitcher Sage.  It can bloom from July to October but it seems to mostly be seen, at least in my area starting in September.  It is in the mint family and is nutritious for livestock.  It is named for Dr. Zina Pitcher, a US Army surgeon and botanist.



Tuesday, November 22, 2022

11/22/22

 It's a double digit day!  I recently bought a lens to use for astrophotography.  I ended up purchasing an older 300mm totally manual lens.  I purchased it based on reviews that it was supposed to be incredibly sharp which is what I really needed for what I want to do with it.  I decided to take it out on a walk a couple weekends ago and captured my first American Kestrel of the winter.  I have to say, I was suitably impressed with the lens and it's sharpness.  This is cropped quite a bit as well.  This is an adult male.  I was pleased to be able to get it in a tree as well as they are usually sitting on the light poles or electrical wires.



Monday, November 21, 2022

11/21/22

 Happy Monday of a holiday week!  We have had some really cold weather so all the outdoor flowers have gone now.  During the summer I usually have these outside but brought them in to overwinter and then plant again outside.  This is Lantana, a different color than I had tried before.  I love the pastel colors.  It is doing better inside than it did out, not sure if the yellow one it was planted with overpowered it.  Lantana is a butterfly and Hummingbird magnet usually.  



Sunday, November 20, 2022

11/20/22

 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  I had bought a drone this past year and played with it a few times while doing some steam activities.  I would have liked to have played with it more but it was very windy all the time and even though the drone does pretty well in wind, it's not really optimum conditions to be flying an expensive piece of equipment in.  This image is a cropped view of the Wagner I get to operate in Minnesota.  I made a short video of it which shows it on a loop around it's area HERE.   The image is from the video.  This locomotive was originally operated at a park near Niagara Falls before it made it's way to the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion.