Wednesday, July 28, 2021


It's Wildflower Wednesday!  I posted a butterfly on one of these recently.  These are a group of my Teasels in bloom.  They have a lot of character in my opinion, very interesting flower heads.  They always seem to attract bees and butterflies.  They spread a lot so if you plant, be sure not in an area where you don't want that.  I see quite a lot of them growing by road sides.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021


 I am so happy, I saw my first Monarch catarpillars on my milkweed!  I had rescued this Milkweed from some road construction by my house several years ago now and each year it has continued to thrive and produce more plants.  I saw this little guy on one of the leaves a few evenings ago.  He was pretty small so must have been fairly newly hatched.  There was another larger one on another plant.  Yay.  Hope they both survive and do well.

Monday, July 26, 2021


 While I was out in Pennsylvania and at Hershey Gardens I saw this very cool flower.  They had a neat "Children's Area" which was not just for kids.  It had a lot of flowers that butterflies and bees love.  I found this flower very cool looking and it was attracting bees while I was there.  It is called a "Globe Thistle" and I looked it up and it should grow well in my area of the country as well.  I am going to look for these or seeds for them next spring.

Sunday, July 25, 2021


 Happy Steamy Sunday!  Today's image is from Paradise Pennsylvania which is the town east of Strasburg that their trains travel back and forth to.  I captured Norfolk & Western 475 while it was heading back to it's train to pull it back to Strasburg.  On the trip out, the locomotive is on the end of the train pulling it backwards because there is no way to get it turned around easily.  It uncouples and goes around the train on a side track and then backs on to re-couple and head out for the return.  475 was the locomotive that was running with 611 last year when I saw it as well.

Saturday, July 24, 2021


 As I was driving to and from Pennsylvania I went through a number of very heaavy rainfalls that made driving a lot of fun, not.  On the way back, in Illinois after having just gone through one in Indiana and into Illinois I saw this beautiful rainbow in the rearview mirror and had to pull over and take a shot.  It's not often I see both ends of one and a double one at that.  This is a 2 shot panoramic photo.

Friday, July 23, 2021


 TGIF!  It's Friday and Friday's Are Bokehlicious.  Today's photo with some nice bokeh is of a Black Swallowtail butterfly that I captured recently on my Teasel flowers.  The leaves from the trees and grass behind made for some lovely bokeh for this image to set off the butterfly.

Thursday, July 22, 2021


 I have seen a few of these young Praying Mantis around.  I captured this little guy on my watering can.  I gave him some exercise and he gave me a laugh as i turned the can around to get a better shot and he kept moving around the can.  I thought he was pretty cute, maybe she due to the muted color.