Friday, January 22, 2021


It's Friday, TGIF!  I captured this Clouded Sulphur (due to the dark bands on the top side of the wings) butterfly in the middle of a Butterfly Bush bloom this past summer.  Of course I also chose this photo today because of the bokeh because Friday's Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, January 21, 2021


 It's a double digit day.  More than that, there will be a 21st second of the 21st minute of the 21st hour on this 21st day.  I got that from a friend who got it from someone else. 😁  This is a Blue Dasher Dragonfly that I captured on the cattail reeds in my pond with a bit of lovely bokeh as well.  Bokeh is good any day.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog!  Today's flower is Bird's Foot Trefoil.  I forgot where I took this, I believe it was on Konza Prairie judging from the date in June.  It is a new one for the Blog but an older newly rediscovered image.  😀  The name comes from the slender seed pods that develop and resemble a bird's foot.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


 I have another bird to add to my sightings and captures!  I saw this bird on the way home from a walk on Sunday.  I may have seen it before and thought it was a Red Tail Hawk but it is smaller and the tail is banded.  This is a female Merlin, the male is more of a blue-grey.  They overwinter here in our area apparently from September to March.  They are an aggressive bird and can be found harassing other raptors and even larger ones.  I had been looking for a Kestrel while on this walk but didn't see it and hope whatever her dinner was, it is not that as the feather color was similar.  

Monday, January 18, 2021


 I took this picture at my in-law's home last year, the last time we were able to visit before the virus got really serious.  It was a lovely Clematis bloom that I played around with the background a bit.

Sunday, January 17, 2021


 This is an image I took in the very early 1990s at the Chicago Science Museum of New York Central locomotive 999 which held the fastest land speed record of 112.5 mph in 1893 to 1903.  After it's record breaking run in 1893, it was displayed at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and in 1933 it was displayed at the Century of Progress World's Fair and in 1948 to 49 at the Chicago Railroad Fair.  In between and after it provide many years of passenger and freight service up until it's retirement in May of 1952 following a re-enactment of it's record breaking run.  It was acquired by the museum in 1962 and sat on display outside until it underwent a complete restoration in 1993 and was moved inside to be put on display in the Transportation Hall. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021


 On December 21, the Winter Solstice, there was the Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction event and was the longest dark day of the year.  It also provided a beautiful sunset that evening.  While I am not usually a fan of airplane vapor trails, these provided some interesting lines in the image to go along with the color.