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.

Friday, August 7, 2020


It's Friday, TGIF!  Unlike a lot of people, I never stopped working but the days still seem to flow together and seem hard to remember.  Anyway, the photo.  The smaller butterflies have made a big come back lately in my area.  I have seen a lot of Painted Ladies recently and then on last Friday I was able to capture this Buckeye Butterfly enjoying a Speedwell flower.  It wasn't until I was looking through the images that I captured that I saw there was a little bee captured on it's way in too.  There is some nice abstract bokeh in this image as well and Friday's are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, August 6, 2020


I have a couple of Hummingbirds that come to feed at the feeder every day.  I was lucky one day recently to capture it feeding at the Trumpet Vine in a more natural setting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020


It's another Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog!  Today's flower is Teasel.  This is another one that I first noticed a lot of in West Virginia but then noticed they were growing in Missouri and Kansas as well.  I love their shapes and think they are even more photogenic after blooming when dry.  I planted some in my garden and then realized that was a mistake as they spread like crazy into areas where i didn't really want them.  I have moved some to an area where I hope they do spread.  Butterflies are attracted to the blooms of Teasels so a good one for that.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


We had a weird July weather-wise, it was quite rainy and August started out quite cool, 50s at night.  I captured this image of one of my yellow Lilies in between a couple rains last week.  This is a 2 image focus stack for detail.

Monday, August 3, 2020


It took a long time it seemed to have Dragonflies at my large pond this year but now they are around and abundant.  They make for interesting subjects I think with their somewhat alien appearance.  I actually captured this one at my small pond and loved how it seemed to be looking right at me.  This is a Twelve Spot Dragonfly.

Sunday, August 2, 2020


Welcome to Steamy Sunday on the Blog and another photo from the National Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood, Missouri just outside of St. Louis.  This is Y6 Class Norfolk & Western 2156 a 2-8-8-2 Mallet locomotive.  The sign on it was welcoming it back to the museum.  It had returned on June 3 after a 5 year stay at the Virginia Museum of Transportation to help welcome N&W 611 back to steam.  It is a huge locomotive and was cool to see.  It was raining while I took this shot from under a tree The locomotive is not operational and was towed back and forth.

Saturday, August 1, 2020


I took this image on the way home from a walk one evening recently.  I loved how the sun rays were coming through the clouds like water through a sieve.