Thursday, October 29, 2020


 One thing this year was good for was opportunities for bird photos.  I was able to capture this Mississippi Kite up close one day while on a walk.  It was sitting above me on this wire and didn't seem very concerned with me at all and let me take several photos.  I like this side view because it shows off the eye masking fairly well.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020


 It's Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog!  Today's wildflower is an oddity.  This is Purple Prairie Clover that is supposed to be finished blooming in August.  I photographed this on the 11th of October and saw it still blooming a week after that.  It has been quite a weird year all around.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


 Today's image is another of the cool visitor I had to my yard a little while back.  This is a side view of a Luna Moth.  They are quite large and lovely compared to other moths.  They are a good 5 inches across the wings.  It was very cool to have one visit and be able to photograph it as they are rarely seen.  Adults only live 7 to 10 days and they are nocturnal fliers.

Monday, October 26, 2020


 Every year my Toad Lily produces more stalks and more blooms which is exactly what I would hope it would do.  😀  This is one of the groups that I took an image of just as it was starting to bloom.  Tricyritis hirta, the Toad Lily or Hairy Toad Lily is a Japanese species of a hardy Lily plant.  It is easy to see why it is called "hairy" when you view it larger.  This is a 3 image focus stack for better detail.  Toad Lilies grow best in the shade and bloom in the autumn.

Sunday, October 25, 2020


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  I only got to do one actual steamy thing this year.  In September I got to go play for a day at the railroad outside Topeka.  We had a day where just families came to play to keep it small and socially distanced. This is Ottaway locomotive 1045 beside one of the railroad signals they have beside the track.

Saturday, October 24, 2020


 Today's image is the only real autumn color landscape I was able to get this year.  With the leaves not turning color very quickly and then the high winds blowing them right off, it hasn't been the most lovely of autumns.  This is a Mulberry tree in my yard that turned a deep yellow and was a bit protected from the wind by the Burr Oaks around it which drop their leaves later than most trees.  This year they have already half dropped as well.  Most likely due to the fact that we have not had any rain for a few weeks now.

Friday, October 23, 2020


 TGIF!  We made it to another Friday!  My Butterfly Bush was very popular this year with the butterflies.  I was able to capture this Clouded Sulphur on my new pink variety of it earlier this year.  It has a little Skipper companion with it as well.  The bit of bubbly bokeh meant I had to post it today because Friday's Are Bokehlicious!