Sunday, January 17, 2021


 This is an image I took in the very early 1990s at the Chicago Science Museum of New York Central locomotive 999 which held the fastest land speed record of 112.5 mph in 1893 to 1903.  After it's record breaking run in 1893, it was displayed at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and in 1933 it was displayed at the Century of Progress World's Fair and in 1948 to 49 at the Chicago Railroad Fair.  In between and after it provide many years of passenger and freight service up until it's retirement in May of 1952 following a re-enactment of it's record breaking run.  It was acquired by the museum in 1962 and sat on display outside until it underwent a complete restoration in 1993 and was moved inside to be put on display in the Transportation Hall. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021


 On December 21, the Winter Solstice, there was the Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction event and was the longest dark day of the year.  It also provided a beautiful sunset that evening.  While I am not usually a fan of airplane vapor trails, these provided some interesting lines in the image to go along with the color.

Friday, January 15, 2021


 Last summer, large butterflies like Swallowtails seemed to be a more common sight for me which was enjoyable but unusual.  This is a Black Swallowtail female on a bloom of my Butterfly Milkweed, which is not a weed at all but a native wildflower, in the garden.  I chose this image for today due to the bokeh created by the Milkweed because it's Friday and Friday's Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, January 14, 2021


 I love Dragon and Damselflies.  One that I don't see very often but I was able to see at 2 different times this past year is of the broad winged variety.  This is an Ebony Jewelwing.  I love their vibrant blue bodies.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog! This is one of my favorites.  I have tried to grow it several times and it will do well during the year but it never comes back.  I must not have found the right spot for it yet.  This is Blanket Flower or Gaillardia.  This group was still blooming fairly late in the summer when I shot this.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


 This winter I have been able to view and capture at times a couple of Red tail Hawks that have been staying around a bit to the north of me while on my daily walk.  They have been perching on the tall power poles along the highway and then will fly and chase each other at times.  This was one of those times when it was flying by.  I think it was checking me out too.

Monday, January 11, 2021


 I love Water Lilies.  My large pond had a yellow one in it that emerged after pulling out a bunch of Cattails around it.  This past year I put this one from my small pond in it and it seemed to thrive fairly well.  It bloomed several times during the summer and produced some really large pads.  I took this shot of it shortly after a rain.

Sunday, January 10, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday on the Blog and I am back in the archives again.  This is another view of the locomotive that was donated to the US by the British after WWII.  It was named the Eisenhower and here it is on display near the Eisenhower museum in Abilene Kansas for his 100th Birthday celebration in 1990.  the locomotive lives at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Wisconsin.

Saturday, January 9, 2021


I like to share landscapes on Saturdays if I have a good one.  This image is the last sunset of 2020 that I took.  I was on my way back from shopping and saw that the sky was looking rather lovely so I went to a spot that I knew had a good view to the west.  It was well worth it and I was glad I had my phone with me to capture it. 

Friday, January 8, 2021


 I love butterflies and I fortunately get a good amount of them on my flowers in my gardens.  They make great subjects if you are patient and wait for them to settle for a moment.  This is a Painted Lady I captured on the Butterfly Bush this past summer.  The bokeh was great behind it as well so I had to share for my first Friday's Are Bokehlicious post as well.  😃

Thursday, January 7, 2021


 One of my favorite insects is the Ladybug.  They are difficult for me to find and they are usually moving around looking for aphids to eat very quickly so hard to get a photo of.  I saw this one on a walk one afternoon and was able to get a decent shot of it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021


 It's the first Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog of the new year!  I am going to start off the year with one of my favorites which is also the state flower of Kansas.  This is the Common Sunflower.  I find Sunflowers bright and cheery and they make me happy to look at.  I think we are going to need some happiness here in the US today.  SIGH

Tuesday, January 5, 2021


 I love Herons but I don't get to see them often.  When I do see them they either take off right away before I can get somewhat close, or, like this one, are already in flight when I see them.  I was able to capture a fairly good shot of one flying away one day.  I love how their legs hang out behind them in flight.

Monday, January 4, 2021


 I don't play in B&W very often but I love it a lot but I also think that others don't appreciate it as much.  I love how the shadows and detail work in a B&W image as compared to color at times.  I played some more with the Poinsettia image that I shared a couple of weeks ago and I like how it showed off the detail in the leaves so well.

Sunday, January 3, 2021


 It's the first Steamy Sunday of 2021!  As always, I have to start off the new year with my favorite railroad.  This is another pencil effect image I did of the Cumbres & Toltec Railway train.  I look forward to being able to travel and ride this railway again.  It's quite a fun experience to travel like the old days through parts of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

Saturday, January 2, 2021


 Our sunsets in November and December had been quite beautiful but if the sunrises had been as nice I missed them.  😄  I wanted to start off the new year's landscape images on the Blog with a sunrise shot so this one is from very early November.  A sunrise to celebrate a new year and hopefully a better one for us all.

Friday, January 1, 2021


 Happy New Years Day!  We made it to 2021!  Here's hoping it is a better one for all of us than the past year has been.  My image to day is to symbolize regeneration as I hope things will regenerate to more the way they were before the virus hit and that we can all get out and see people and do things again.  This is my African Violet given to me by my good friend that I lost.  It is in it's regeneration stage of putting out new blooms.  As always, Friday's Are Bokehlicious so I had to take the photo with some lovely festive bokeh behind.