Saturday, February 22, 2020


This is another image that I took some years ago of Homer's Pond in snow but never liked because it was just drab and blah.  It's similar to the other I posted a couple weeks back but from a different angle.  I like this one even more than the other due to some subtle things I did in this that I did not do in the other.

Friday, February 21, 2020


Wishing for summer but today's image shows more of what we are having lately though last weekend did warm up a bit.  We had some pretty huge icicles hanging off the roof last week.  I imagine they would hurt pretty well if you were under them when they broke off.  I liked the bokeh in this one created by the tree branches behind.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Looking forward to the Bumble Bees and other bees coming back out.  Hopefully warm weather will be here soon though I hope we don't go straight to summer.  Yes, I know, beggars can't be choosy.  😉  This is a Bumble flying among the Obedient Plant which is not terribly obedient and spreads everywhere.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


I shot this image last May and never shared it.  I am getting tired of winter and looking forward to green and other colors than just blah brown.  This is the Geary State Fishing Lake Falls just south of where I live.  We had a lot of spring rain and it made it flow quite nicely.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


I captured this Blue jay in the Mulberry tree this past Saturday calling out to it's buddies I think.  It was telling others there was food available.  😀  I have been able to see Blue Jays fairly regularly this winter.  It's been nice, they are usually pretty elusive.

Monday, February 17, 2020


I was playing around this weekend with some photos and I came up with this and was pleased with how it turned out.  A composite image of a rose and frozen bubble.

Sunday, February 16, 2020


At Rollag Minnesota where the yearly Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion is held, there is a pond named Gunderson Pond.  It is no relation but it's kind of fun especially when the "Pond Monster" is around.  This year the Monster had a little one.  In this image, 353 pulls a train of passengers past the pond where they can have a view of the "Monsters".

Saturday, February 15, 2020


We have had quite a lot of gloomy and dreary days lately that have not really produced much moisture which would at least make it a bit worthwhile.  After one long spell of dreary weather the clouds opened up for a beautiful sunset.  This is a 2 shot panorama and it was taken on the evening of 02/02/2020 which was a major palindrome day and I missed it.  The date reads the same backwards and forwards whether regular or military format.  There will not be another like this for quite some time. 

Friday, February 14, 2020


It is Valentine's day today.  Hope it's a good one for all who have a special valentine.  😄  I received a miniature Rose plant from mine last year and this is one of the blooms it produced.  I planted it out in the garden by the large pond and so far so good, it is still living.

Thursday, February 13, 2020


I am really looking forward to warmer weather and butterflies again.  This is another image of one that we have around here but is rather elusive.  They don't usually feed on flowers and are often found in shady areas so very hard to capture.  This is Question Mark butterfly that I captured in a wooded area by my large pond this past summer.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


This is one more of the snowflakes I have been able to capture this winter.  Lately we have either been getting just sleet or it comes during the night while I am asleep or in the day while at work so no opportunities.  This is actually 2 flakes stuck together.  A tiny one on the branch of another.  I was pleased with how this one came out.  It is a 12 image focus stack.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


I was able to capture this Titmouse just as it was about to dive down to the ground feeder under the tree a few weeks ago when we had some snow on the ground.

Monday, February 10, 2020


I really liked this image, your mileage may vary.  😉  I captured this image after one of our ice storms this winter.  I liked how the ice contained the open seed petals of a Chive plant.  They look like little flowers when they open up.

Sunday, February 9, 2020


This is another shot of Union Pacific restored Big Boy 4014 during it's visit to my area.  In this image I captured it as it had just left Junction City and was heading towards Abilene Kansas.  It was a great experience to see it come through my area.

Saturday, February 8, 2020


Today's image is one I actually shot a few years ago but never liked.  It was shot on a very gloomy day and just looked blah and I was never happy with it and could never get it to look how I wanted even though I tried off and on with several techniques I learned.  I bought a new piece of software last weekend and tested it out on this image and was quite pleased with the results.  After a bit of some other tweaking in Photoshop, I finally got it to a point I was happy with enough to share.  This is Homer's Pond in Junction City after a snowfall.

Friday, February 7, 2020


Today's image is a variation on a previous one I shared a while back.  I was able to capture this Dickcissel out on Konza Prairie this past June.  I was able to get it from a couple different angles and it stayed and didn't fly off right away.  In this shot it is singing it's heart out to others on the prairie.  This one and the previous image are my most favorite I have ever captured of them.  Plus the bokeh in this image was pretty great and so it was perfect for today because Fridays are Bokehlicious!  😄

Thursday, February 6, 2020


My African Violet has been doing quite well and is in it's second bloom period since I got it from a friend.  I think it makes for an interesting subject with it's tiny hairs and flowers.  This is a 2 image focus stack to get more details of it in focus.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


These are a couple more of the tiny snowflakes I was able to capture during our last snow.  The flake on the left is a 7 image focus stack and the one on the right was 8 images focus stacked.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


This is a Black Cap Chickadee I was able to capture recently.  They usually don't sit very long but I was able to time this one right and capture it on the trunk of the Mulberry tree.  This image had some pretty good bokeh as well and bokeh is good any day!

Monday, February 3, 2020


The warm weather we had this weekend made me wish that winter was over and that I was seeing butterflies again.  This is an image from last summer of a lovely little butterfly with a not great name.  This is an Imported Cabbageworm on a Russian sage plant in my garden.

Sunday, February 2, 2020


For the first Steamy Sunday of February 2020 I thought I would share another of my passions.  This is my Live Steam Accurcraft C-21 locomotive on a friend's layout.  I have been working on getting my railroad cleaned up so I can run trains on it again.  After we bought our new land the railroad took a back seat to that but now that things are fairly cleaned up and shaped up there I hope to be running trains outside again.  For anyone new to the Blog this year, I have a very short YouTube video of this locomotive running in this spot where this image was taken but with a coaling tower there instead.  It can be found here   Link will open in a new window.

Saturday, February 1, 2020


This is the sunrise I was treated to on my first day back to work after our winter break on January 6.  I was hoping it was an omen of a good year to come.  So far so good.  😀  This is a 2 shot panoramic image.

Friday, January 31, 2020


This is a macro image I captured of the hoar frost we had in our area.  It was the day after it was at it's largest and prettiest but in this one area it was still present and lovely.  I liked the bokeh around it as well.  I wish the background had been a bit darker to show it off even better but you take what you can get sometimes.  

Thursday, January 30, 2020


I have been lucky this winter and have been able to capture Blue Jays around my own home.  Usually I can only seem to see them at my in-laws.  I captured this one getting a drink at my backyard pond stream a couple weeks ago before it froze over.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


This image was another favorite I was able to capture while shooting frozen soap bubble images.  This one produced the fern like crystals that I find quite pretty.  For those new to the Blog that would like to see one freeze, i have a YouTube video that I made.  Here  and also here .  You can see the difference in how fast it freezes when it is very cold out in the short video to when it is a bit warmer out in the second.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020


I have a smaller Poinsettia that I got last year and have kept alive.  I keep it in an east  bay window on the south side. I do put it outside during the summer as well.  It turned back red and also developed flowers again.  It lost these during a dry spell during the summer when I did not water it enough.  Oops.  I was very impressed with how it recovered.

Monday, January 27, 2020


We had another snow finally this past week.  We did not get much accumulation but there was a bit of an opportunity to try and capture snowflake images.  They were quite tiny and I wish I could get closer but I was able to capture a few good examples.  These are a couple that I combined into one image.  The one on the left is a 9 image focus stack and the one on the right was 10 images.

Sunday, January 26, 2020


Back at the end of September I went to the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania to be able to ride behind this beautiful locomotive that was visiting from Virginia.  This was not long before my ride where the Queen of Steam, Norfolk & Western J class 611, was sitting on display so visitors could get in the cab and blow the whistle for a fee.  In a few moments it would move and hook onto our train and pull us to Leaman Place Junction at Paradise PA and back again.  A fun if short ride.

Saturday, January 25, 2020


This is what our yard has looked like on a couple of weekends this winter.  We have had more ice than snow so far.  Fortunately there has been no damage other than a few small branches.

Friday, January 24, 2020


Todays image is mostly for the bokeh because Fridays Are bokehlicious!  😀  This is an icy branch I captured during the first ice event we had the next day after the sun came out and made it all lovely and sparkly.  

Thursday, January 23, 2020


I captured this cute shot of a male Cardinal this past weekend.  He was looking at the seed that I had put out for the ground feeding birds below.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


As I write this on Monday it is cold enough today, all day to try and get some more of these images.  I will have to do in the garage though as the wind is too high.  I love when the bubbles produce the fern like crystals but these type are typically what I get.  They are beautiful in their own way though and always different.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


I mentioned before that I brought my African Daisy Spoon flower plants inside to over winter.  They have been blooming quite well, better than they did outside this summer.  This is the other color that I have, I have shared a photo of the white one not too long ago.  The stem was actually bending over so this is how the flower was facing at the time.

Monday, January 20, 2020


So far this winter we only had one good snow that I was able to capture flakes from and that was over a month ago now on December 15.  Since then it's all been rainy ice.  This is the best flake I captured that day.  I was able to get the best focus in the amount of images taken, this is a 10 image focus stack and the clarity of the flake was lovely, no rime.

Sunday, January 19, 2020


Today's Steamy Sunday is another shot of Union Pacific's recently restored 4-8-8-4 Big Boy heading into my town of Junction City.  It was very cool to be able to have this locomotive come through our area.  I found it funny that one of the train crew was photographing us as we were photographing them.  I had to take out a few people who were standing too close to the track.  I heard the crew had to ask people a lot of the time during the trip to stay back.  People don't seem to realize how hot and dangerous these locomotives can be.  Plus putting pennies on the track can be dangerous, the locomotive will not derail, it is much too heavy for that.  The danger is that it could shoot the penny out if not placed correctly and hit someone.  They were removing them as the train pulled into and out of towns, this one as well.

Saturday, January 18, 2020


This image was shot a week ago today.  It was in the morning when the sun was just peeking out and there were storm clouds in the east that created quite the dramatic sky and showed the ice off rather well.  This was taken in my yard.  I should have gone out for a drive that day but had things to do and didn't take the opportunity.

Friday, January 17, 2020


I shot this image on Saturday when the sun came out in the morning.  I loved all the sparkly bokeh produced by the out of focus ice.  I had to share this image today because Fridays Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, January 16, 2020


Earlier this winter I finally had some Cedar Waxwings visiting my yard.  I got a few images but actually messed up the best ones by not getting them in focus.  Ah well.  This is an older image I found while looking for something else of several in the trees the last time I saw them.  You can see in this image why they are called Waxwings as well.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


As I mentioned, the weekend temps were very cold.  Never got out of the 20s F.  Saturday night I went out and shot some frozen bubble images.  I had tried various times during the day but there was too much breeze to get them to form.  This was the first one I shot and I loved the formation that grew.  This is on the back of the bubble so I also liked the bokeh that was produced in the foreground.  No it's not Friday but bokeh is good any day!  😁

Tuesday, January 14, 2020


I was given this Kalanchoe plant by one of my employees for Boss's day over a year ago now.  It was flowering when I received it but had never flowered again until now.  I have actually been amazed I have kept it alive as I usually don't do well with these plants.  I took this macro shot of it one day and was pleased with the results against the plain background.

Monday, January 13, 2020


On Friday we had a heavy rain storm and the temps dropped like crazy.  The roads and sidewalks stayed pretty clear considering but the trees and grass became coated in ice and were quite beautiful.  Even on Sunday as I write this it is still heavy in the trees because of the bitter cold temps.  I shot this branch of my pine tree on Friday when it was cloudy and liked the high key look of it against the drab sky.

Sunday, January 12, 2020


For the 2nd Steamy Sunday of the new year I am sharing another image of the locomotive I get to help fire on at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion on Labor Day weekends.  This is  former Soo Line switch engine 353 by the roundhouse at Rollag Minnesota.  They were filling with water there because the water tower was having an issue that day.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


We had a quite vibrant and firey sunset on Wednesday night.  I had to run out and take a shot of it.  The clouds looked like wisps of flames.  

Friday, January 10, 2020


I love that I have a Maple tree on my land now.  I find the leaves very photogenic, especially in autumn when they change color.  Because the bokeh was so great on this image, I had to share it for today because Fridays are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, January 9, 2020


I am starting off the year with my favorite things to photograph.  I love when I get a chance to see and capture butterflies.  Monarch are a special treat since I usually don't get a lot of them through my yard.  In September there were a couple of days where there were about 4 of them around at least.  I captured this one enjoying some Goldenrod and was surprised to see that there was a bonus in the image as well.  A wasp was coming in to enjoy the blooms as well.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


I love to photograph waterfalls and I have not shared one in quite some time.  This is Treasure Falls in Colorado that I visited on my last trip there during the Cumbres & Toltec trip.  

Tuesday, January 7, 2020


The Bluebirds have been around a bit more than usual trying to get a drink.  Lately the stupid Starlings have been emptying the bird bath.  I got this image the day of the snow of a lovely couple having a drink.

Monday, January 6, 2020


The next day after the extreme Hoar Frost there was still some smaller examples of it around.  I took a few close up images of it with my actual camera like this one which I thought turned out rather nicely.

Sunday, January 5, 2020


I have to start off my Steamy Sunday for the new year with my all time favorite tourist railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec.  This is an image I had never shared from my last trip there.  The train has just passed over the Chama river heading out of Chama New Mexico on it's way to Antonito Colorado.  It's a wonderful ride with great scenery and I highly recommend it.

Saturday, January 4, 2020


It is so weird having to put 20 as the year now.  So far I have remembered though.  This is another image from the morning of the beautiful thick Hoar frost.  This is taken at an area called The Bluffs Park.  There is a pond there that I never knew about till that day as I had never gone to this particular overlook.  I thought it was quite the lovely view.