Friday, August 14, 2020


 My Zinnias are blooming very nicely and I saw this one over by the big pond the other day.  I liked the peach color and how it was kind of isolated.  It also had some nice bubbly bokeh behind it and so that made it a perfect image for today because it is Friday and Fridays Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, August 13, 2020


 The Painted Lady butterflies are finally back.  I have a good number of them around now and enjoying the Butterfly bushes in my yard.  I love the bright vivid flowers on these bushes and apparently, so do the butterflies.  😀

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


 It's Wildflower Wednesday!  Today's wildflower is Star of Bethlehem.  This is a pretty spring one.  It is in the Lily family but looks similar to wild Garlic though it does not smell like it when crushed.  It can spread a lot at times, I have some popping up in the yard in places but it has stayed contained in the same spot in my backyard garden for years and not moved there.  Some places list it as a noxious weed because of the way it spreads, I think that's a shame as it is quite lovely when it blooms.

Be sure and check out my Wildflowers of Kansas pages here on the Blog to find lot's more wildflowers that you may be seeing and need an ID on.  They are listed across the top of the main Blog page.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


 So this was a sight you don't see every day.  One morning on a recent weekend I was in my office at home working on photos and the hubster said, "Come here but don't come too quickly."  I was like, what and grabbed my camera and was greeted with this looking in our front window.  I believe it is a juvenile Red Tail Hawk.  I have a shot where it had turned and you could see the tail which has banding when they are younger.  This hawk has been around a lot since then and is very vocal compared to others.  You can always hear it calling when it is sitting or flying.  Not sure why it calls so much, maybe all younger ones do?  Anyway, it was neat to be able to have one so close up to view and photograph.  It flew off when my cat when in for a closer look.

Monday, August 10, 2020


 I haven't shared one of my frog buddies for a while.  This is a different one and it is not very tolerant of me like my Leopard Frog buddy, I can't get very close to it.  This was even shot with a zoom lens.  This is a Green Frog I believe, similar in size to the Leopards but can get a bit larger.

Sunday, August 9, 2020


It's another Steamy Sunday!  It's also another image from the neat National Museum of Transportation in the suburb of Kirkwood Missouri just outside of St. Louis.  This is Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad  551.  This locomotive is a Mikado type wheel arrangement, a 2-8-2 and was built by Lima locomotive Works in 1928.  It was used to haul coal to Commonwealth Edison power plants.  The locomotive it is sitting next to is a somewhat interesting diesel locomotive called the Silver Charger, a streamlined one similar to the more famous Silver Zephyr.

Saturday, August 8, 2020


 It's getting hot again, the cool days were a nice change.  I knew it couldn't last since it is August but still.  Today's image is of a lovely sunset I witnessed while on a walk a few weeks ago.