Tuesday, March 31, 2020


While in Auburn Indiana, next door to the ACD Museum was the National Automotive & Truck Museum of the US.  It was housed in the old ACD factory.  It was set up with great displays and had some rally interesting vehicles in it.  One of those was this one, a GM Futurliner.  This was Number 10 out of 12 that were built around 1940 for the Parade of Progress which was delayed by WWII until 1952 through 1956.  Each of the 12 had displays in them that showed modern advances in science and technology such as jet engines, microwave ovens, television and other things of the time.  This one belongs to the museum and took 7 years to restore.  I would love to have one of these and make a camper out of it!  😄

Something I rarely do as well but sharing a second image today.  This is a panorama, done a bit too close, but shows how the side opened up to display.  In this case it was info about this particular Futurliner.  Click on the image to see it larger and more of the detail.

Monday, March 30, 2020


We had a very hard freeze last week on Thursday night and Friday night, down in the low 20s.  I brought a few Daffodils in that were about to open or were open to enjoy.  Of course I had to photograph them.  I shot these against my portable black background.

Sunday, March 29, 2020


I took today's image of my Live Steam c-21 locomotive on a friend's garden railway layout.  In these trying times while we are supposed to stay away from others, maybe I'll get mine in condition to run trains on it again.  I had started this past winter on nice days so it actually shouldn't take too much work.  Anyway, this is on his very nice metal trestle.  I need to learn to weld so I can do things like this for mine.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


March is almost over now but I shot this on the second day of the month on the way to work.  It was the last beautiful sunrise I have seen now that the time has changed.  I might get a chance for more if we stop having dreary mornings as daylight gets longer.  This is a 3 image panorama.  This type of image is best viewed large by clicking on it.

Friday, March 27, 2020


So in the midst of all the upheaval, spring has officially arrived and flowers are emerging.  This is a group of Crocus that were open when I returned from Indiana.  I liked the bokeh the rocks created in the background and Fridays are still Bokehlicious!

Thursday, March 26, 2020


Today's image is a little different but I liked the way it came out so thought I would share.  While in Indiana I also went to the Monon Railroad Museum.  The Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway, better known as the "Monon Route," was a local Indiana system serving its home state.  The museum had a lot of unique and interesting items and was set up very nicely with great displays.  This sign was one I had never seen before and I liked how the image came out with the current track behind it.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Was it really only just 2 weeks ago that I was in Indiana and things were fairly normal?  Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.  Get your info from the CDC, everything else has a chance of having incorrect info or recommendations.
Anyway, today's image is another view of Indiana's tallest waterfall in Williamsport.  I realized I did not state how tall the falls is and it was because I am very bad at guessing that.  I found out just how bad I am when I Googled it to share the info, my guess was 40 maybe 50?  It is 90 feet tall.  Yikes.  😅

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


The ACD Museum or Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum in Auburn Indiana was filled with beautiful automobiles.  This is an example of a Duesenberg, it is a Straight 8.  I didn't record the actual year unfortunately but it is 1930s vintage.  I'm kind of partial to blue cars so it really caught my eye.

Monday, March 23, 2020


I was out at a Home Improvement store last week and they actually had some plants in already.  I bought one that I wanted and due to the cold snap we had brought it indoors for a couple days.  I just had to photograph it while I had it in as well.  This is a pink Columbine bloom against my black felt background.

Sunday, March 22, 2020


Today's image is another shot of Norfolk & Western locomotive 611 and it's train across the soybean field in Pennsylvania from last autumn.  The 611 was out at Strasburg PA giving rides and doing other fun things and i had a chance to ride behind it after I took this image.

Saturday, March 21, 2020


I saw this really interesting old round grainery in Indiana near Lafayette.  It was a really dreary morning when I took this photo on my way back to Kansas.

Friday, March 20, 2020


Today's image is a lovely Monarch that came to visit my yard last autumn and enjoyed the blooming Goldenrod flowers.  Sharing this image with some great bokeh in it because Fridays Are Bokehlicious even in these crazy times.

Thursday, March 19, 2020


Things are getting even more crazy, schools have been closed here in Kansas by the Governor for the rest of the 19-20 year.  Hope you all are staying healthy.
My image today is another I was able to get this winter of a lovely male Cardinal sitting in the Mulberry tree.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Last Tuesday I was able to see the tallest waterfall in Indiana.  I lived in the state for over 9 years and never knew about it.  It is in Williamsport Indiana and was quite impressive.  Unfortunately it was a cold, wet and dreary day so I could not get to the bottom of it.  I thought this view of it was pretty nice though.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


I used to be involved in a Transport Tuesday theme.  Last Monday I was in Auburn Indiana at the Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg museum and got enough shots I could probably do it again for the rest of the year.  😁  If I were able to have any old pre-war automobile that I wanted it would be this one.  This is a Cord 812 Coupe from 1937.  Only 3 coupes were ever produced out of the 3000 Cords that were produced and I would rather have the convertible but this one is pretty sharp.  The hood ornament is custom, it is an Auburn one and the vent ports are LaSalle.  I always though a Cord is a very sharp looking car and especially with the supercharged pipes on it.

Monday, March 16, 2020


Well, this Covid-19 stuff has really got things in a tiz.  Hope you all have TP and food.  Not sure what the TP deal is, it's not a stomach virus but whatever.  😅
Anyway, on to the image.  I was late getting my Amaryllis bulb ready to grow so it just recently bloomed.  It was quite lovely.  I shot it against a white backdrop, it is not Photoshopped.  

Sunday, March 15, 2020


This is an image I took when I was out at the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania  to see the reunion of 2 Norfolk & Western locomotives, 611 and this one 475.  475 is unique in it's own way, it is a Class M 4-8-0 wheel arrangement called a Mastodon built in 1906.  It is the only other operating N&W locomotive today.  I photographed it at Picnic Grove on the line as it passed me and it shows off it's wheel arrangement pretty well.

Saturday, March 14, 2020


Lately the sunrises and sunsets haven't been very spectacular unfortunately.  This was quite a colorful one from early November that I shot through the trees as i was leaving for work.

Friday, March 13, 2020


Today's image is another butterfly image from last summer.  This is a Painted Lady butterfly on some Autumn Sedum blooms with some out of focus ones creating some nice bokeh.  Friday's are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, March 12, 2020


This is an older image from Minnesota that I never shared.  I was able to view and photograph an Egret up close.  It was a very cool experience.  I took images from a vehicle and it didn't seem to mind me at all.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


This is the last image of a good snowflake that I have processed.  This year except for a couple of days was pretty much a bust for good snowflake images.  Maybe next year.  Anyway, this is a 19 image focus stack.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Kansas is the Sunflower state but the last Sunflower field images I was able to get were in Minnesota. I ca't believe I never shared this image as it had a Monarch bonus!  Looking forward to finding more Sunflower fields this year, I hope.

Monday, March 9, 2020


Today's image is a close up of some lovely Yarrow that I had growing this past year.  This summer was pretty hard on plants and some of mine died off but I think I see some life on this one still so looking forward to it flowering again this summer.

Sunday, March 8, 2020


This is the Wagner 14 inch scale locomotive I get to help operate a couple of times a year in Minnesota, the first will be in June.  Here it is with the new caboose on the train.  Makes it harder to get an image with all of it in the shot since as long as it is now.

Saturday, March 7, 2020


Most of our winter moisture came in the form of sleety snow or rain that turned to ice.  This is one such image of the pond at the Bluff's Park surrounded by icy trees and grasses.  This is a 3 image panoramic shot that is best viewed large.

Friday, March 6, 2020


Jumping back to summer with an image I hope to see a lot more of this year.  We had butterflies but they weren't very abundant.  I was very happy to see the ones I did.  I had some Monarchs in late September visit to feast from the Goldenrod in the yard.  I plan to plant more Zinnias this year, I didn't have as many as I usually do last year and they are a good source of food for Monarchs and other butterflies late in the year and they are inexpensive.  I am also sharing this image because I love the creamy bokeh behind and Friday's Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, March 5, 2020


Since winter is, hopefully about over, I will share this image I took that I was originally going to use for my B&W project.  These are some more of the icicles that had formed off the roof a while back.  In B&W the textures seem to stand out more and the sunlight off them as well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


I have been able to capture Blue Jays in my yard much more frequently this year.  This image is from Missouri though.  I captured it in their Ornamental Pear tree.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


My large pond must have been a bit healthier last year than the first year I had it.  I never knew this plant was in it until it flowered last year.  I had been cleaning out a bunch of Cattails and that must have allowed it to flourish.  This is a Pickerel Rush bloom.  They are quite lovely I think.

Monday, March 2, 2020


Now that March is here and we have had warmer days, it was in the 60sF this weekend, I am really looking forward to warmer days filled with flowers and nature.  This is an image I got last year of a little Northern Cricket Frog in my pond.  These guys can make quite the loud racket when they get to croaking or, rather, chirping.

Sunday, March 1, 2020


We made it to March, hopefully spring is not too far away now.  The first Steamy Sunday for March is of the locomotive I get to help fire on for 4 days over the Labor Day weekend.  This is engine 353 heading around the track near the roundhouse during the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion.