Sunday, June 13, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog once again!  Dipping into the archives again to a trip to Colorado.  This image is of Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad locomotive number 1819.  It is a Prairie type 2-6-2 that was build in 1906 by Baldwin Locomotive Works.  It currently sits on display in Lamar Colorado and is much more rusty these days.  Hopefully they will do some cosmetic work to it soon before it gets beyond repair.  Back when I saw it several years ago it looked much better, it had some rust but not too extensive.

Saturday, June 12, 2021


 I had to walk a few times recently due to having some rain. I have been treated to seeing several types of birds while walking including this Red Tail Hawk that was circling above me and giving me a good opportunity for a few shots of which this is one.  These hawks are distinguished in flight by their red tail but also because of the dark bars near the end of their wings where the feathers spread.

Friday, June 11, 2021


 TGIF!  It's Friday and Friday's Are Bokehlicious!  I have this lovely bokeh image for you today of one of the Iris growing in my garden this spring.  They are done for now but bloomed very well and beautifully this year.  I love these purple ones due to their lovely smell which is very grape like plus they are quite lovely in general.

Thursday, June 10, 2021


 While out on Konza Prairie this past weekend, I was able to see and photograph my favorite grass.  I don't know many by name, I am much better with flowers, but this one I know.  This is June Grass blooming in June.  πŸ˜ƒ  I especially love it when it is backlit by the sun such as in this photo.  The way the edges are highlighted is really beautiful to me.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog once again!  This past weekend gave me acouple of opportunities to see and photograph wildflowers in bloom with 2 walks out on Konza Prairie.  It's been an odd blooming year with all the rain and cooler start we got.  Some flowers are blooming early and others are late.  I captured this Cat's Claw Sensitive Briar in some light that mabe the bloom look like a firework I thought.  It get's it's name because if you touch the leaves it will close up and also because it has small thorns on it's stems.  You can see them on the flower stem in the photo.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021


 This past Saturday, my town held it's Annual Fly-In. It is not strictly for Bi-planes any longer but there were a couple of them there.  I missed being able to get a photo of one of them due to having to work the event in a booth but I was able to capture this one and there were some great clouds around to capture it in as well. 

Monday, June 7, 2021


 I am not sure if it is all the rain or what but I have seen a lot of snails around lately.  I captured this one on a rock by the stream of my gazebo pond.  It was leaving the stereotypical slime trail behind it.  πŸ˜„

Sunday, June 6, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog and a double digit day.  πŸ˜€  I have a new photo program that I have been teaching myself to use and I taught myself how to do the Pencil technique I have used in Photoshop before.  This is another dip into the archives with an image from the Grand Canyon Railway using the Pencil Look technique.

Saturday, June 5, 2021


 Last week I rode my bike out over the damn at Milford lake in the evening.  We have been having a good amount of rain lately but I was able to take advantage of a break.  The clouds were creating some really nice light both in the sky and on the lake.

Friday, June 4, 2021


 My various types of Iris seemed to bloom quite well this year.  Over by the gazebo pond the yellow variety was quite abundant and beautiful.  The cattail reeds, other plants, and light were creating lovely bokeh and because today is Friday and Friday's are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, June 3, 2021


 I have seen my first frog buddies.  I captured this Bullfrog being clichΓ© on the Lily pad recently.  I have not seen any Leopard frog buddies yet, I have found that a bit surprising as they are the ones I usually see first.  I hear a lot of frogs jumping in and don't see them so they may be around.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog!  The wildflowers are blooming like crazy.  It's been quite lovely.  I am not seeing many butterflies out enjoying them yet though, hopefully soon.  There has just been a few here and there.  Today's flower is just starting to bloom and is one of my favorites to photograph.  This is a Cobaea Penstemon or Prairie Beardtongue which comes from the fact that the flowers look like long open mouths and the main stamen inside has hairs on it.  These flowers attract Hummingbirds and butterflies.

Don't forget to check out my Wildflowers By Color pages located by links off the main page of this Blog to help you in IDing the wildflowers you are seeing.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


 It's June already!  Summer will officially arrive and the year seems to be flying by.  I was out walking the other day and I saw that the Kestrels are still here.  I saw 3 of them and was able to capture this one in a tree with it's dinner before it flew off to another perch.

Monday, May 31, 2021


 It's Memorial Day, a day we set aside here in the US to remember those we have lost.  I don't really think we need a special day as they are remembered always.  This is a Poppy from my garden that has been blooming this past weekend.  I love the crinkly paper texture of the petals of these flowers.

Sunday, May 30, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  Dipping back in the archives today to my first trip to the Grand Canyon several years ago.  Trains work well as Black & White images I think and I like to get back to my roots in photography now and then so here you go.  An image of the steam locomotive that pulled our train out to the Canyon and back to Williams Arizona.

Saturday, May 29, 2021


 I haven't had one of these to post in a while.  We had a lovely sunset on Tuesday night.  There were interesting clouds around due to storms in the north.  

Friday, May 28, 2021


 I saw and captured my first Monarch last Sunday!  I was walking around in the yard with my camera and taking a couple of images of the Peonies in bloom and what do I spot also enjoying them?  To my great surprise, a Monarch!  I was only able to capture a couple of shots before it fluttered off but I did get one pretty good image.  It has some lovely creamy bokeh behind so sharing it today because Friday's Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, May 27, 2021


 I was walking recently due to it being a rainy day and was treated to a surprise in a pond near my turn around point.  There was a Heron standing there in the pond.  I got a couple of photos of that but I also liked this image I was able to get of it taking off.  I am sure it was not happy with me around.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog!  The flowers are really blooming like blooming like crazy and there are so many to choose from to share these days.  I decided on this one which I was surprised I didn't have many good photos of.  I took this image on Sunday.  This is a beautiful wild Prairie Rose bloom that had a lovely rich pink color.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021


 My photos I have been able to capture of the Baltimore Orioles have not been in the most natural settings but I take what I can get.  This is a closeup I was able to get of a female which shows very well  the less vibrant color of them.  The females tend more to a dull yellow/orange color and with the same accent patterns on their wings but in a more brownish color.

Monday, May 24, 2021


 I captured my first Ladybug of the year the other day while working in my garden.  I transplanted an Autumn Sedum that had decided to grow in the yard.  When I went to water it I saw this Ladybug on it, not sure if it was there during the move or not but it didn't seem to bother it if it was.

Sunday, May 23, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday!  The only Lilac that was still in bloom last week was my miniature one in my garden railway.  I took my Live Steam locomotive out and did some posing shots with it.

Saturday, May 22, 2021


 I seem to be doing alternate day bird photos this week.  I have a lot to share as I have had several opportunities lately.  I saw this Killdeer on a walk this last week past a home near me.  I am guessing it has a nest somewhere near the end of their driveway.  I saw the owner out mowing the other day around the area so hope it is OK.

Friday, May 21, 2021


 It's Friday and a double digit day, sort of.  πŸ˜€  My Lilacs are basically all done now due to the large rains washing all the blooms off.  My very fragrant ones attracted this Clearwing Moth one day while I was over by them and I was able to get several shots of it.  Another bloom was providing the bokeh because it's also about the bokeh because Friday's Are Bokehlicious!

Thursday, May 20, 2021


 The Baltimore Orioles are back in our area as well as the Hummers.  They arrived at about the same time.  We have 4 pairs and they are going through the jelly like crazy.  I have a different looking feeder now but it still has the same 2 jars.  This is a male, they are more vivid orange than the females.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday on the Blog.  The Blue Wild Indigo is in bloom in the area.  Looks beautiful popping above the grass everywhere.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021


 The Meadowlarks are back.  I have seen them and the Dickcissels on my recent walks.  Here is an image I captured of one singing on top of a cedar tree that I rather liked.

Monday, May 17, 2021


 These flowers were finished even before the Tulips were, they are the first to bloom here in my area.  The Daffodils seem to increase in numbers every year, I wish the Tulips did the same.  I loved these with the white petals and yellow centers.

Sunday, May 16, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  Today's image goes back to Michigan and the Steamfest I went to where I was able to see several famous steam locomotives.  This is Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's 765.  765 is a Berkshire type, 2-8-4 locomotive, named after the mountains it was used in.  &65 was built in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works.  It retired in 1958, donated to the city in 1963 and then sat in a park until 1972.  It is now powered exclusively by volunteers for use in it's educational programs.

Saturday, May 15, 2021


 The Tulips have been done for a little while here.  They were quite lovely this year while they lasted.  This is a small group of beautiful red ones that someone had growing down the street from me.  I was drawn to the light on them.

Friday, May 14, 2021


 While I was in Missouri, the Blue Jays were a bit cooperative while waiting to go and get their peanuts.  I captured this one in the pear tree with some lovely bubbly bokeh.  Sharing today because Friday's are Bokehlicious!  

Thursday, May 13, 2021


 Bee butt!  πŸ˜‚  I was in Missouri this past weekend and the Dogwood tree at my in-law's home was in bloom and was just full of flowers and lovely.  You could hear the bees buzzing around the flowers and I was able to capture a few of them.  This is one I captured as it flew off away from where I was.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday!  Today's flower is a very small and delicate one.  I had a hard time getting a decent image due to the wind but I finally managed one.  This is White Eyed Grass.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021


 The Hummingbirds have returned this spring.  This is a Ruby Throated male that I have been able to capture taking a drink at the feeder.

Monday, May 10, 2021


Last year I had a lovely Anemone.  It bloomed very prettily and then was eaten to the ground by something, most likely a rabbit.  So, for now I just have the photos of it's lovely flower.  I wanted to buy another for this year but didn't see one.  This is a macro image of one of the flowers it produced.

Sunday, May 9, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday!  I have one more Cripple Creek and Victor image to share.  Another one that shows off the narrow gauge rail that it runs on and a bit of the area.  This is the 0-4-0 locomotive that is currently in use for rides.  It travels south of Cripple Creek to the deserted mining town of Anaconda and then returns.

Saturday, May 8, 2021


 This is the 4th type of butterfly I was able to capture this year.  When my Lilacs were in full bloom a couple weekends ago they were visited by several Red Admiral butterflies.  I was able to capture several images of them.  I only seem to see them in the spring.  They must not like the heat much.  

Friday, May 7, 2021


 TGIF!  I've got a great bokeh image for you today because Friday's Are Bokehlicious.  This is a macro of the Fern Peony I have from the hubster's grandmother.  I am always pleased to see it bloom.  It's fern branches are creating the lovely sofy bokeh.  It always blooms much earlier than my traditional Peonies.

Thursday, May 6, 2021


 Happy Thursday.  More honey bees and Crabapple blossoms for today.  The Crabapples are done blooming now but were quite beautiful while they lasted.  I was glad the bees enjoyed them too.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


 It's a double digit day and it's Wildflower Wednesday!  The wildflowers here in my part of Kansas are starting to bloom like crazy and it is hard to choose what to share.  I decided on Rose Verbena for today because I liked how this macro image turned out.  This is actually a 2 image focus stack.  

Tuesday, May 4, 2021


 Well, I got somewhat lucky again on a bike ride recently.  I rode by the lake and there is an inlet that I have regularly seen a Heron or even two at.  On this day there were two and one was fairly close.  I was able to get several photos as is it moved around to various spots.  This was one as it came in to land after it was in another part of the inlet.  I liked the shadow it was casting.

Monday, May 3, 2021


 Our Crocus have been done for a while but I have a photo that I never shared of a group of them that I really liked.  The back lighting of them really seemed to make them glow.  

Sunday, May 2, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday!  Today we are back in the archives once again and again to the Cripple Creek and Victor Railroad.  This is an image that shows the narrow gauge track fairly well.  Narrow gauge was mainly used in mountain areas to allow for tighter turns in less of an amount of space.  It helped cut costs because they didn't have to do as much cutting out of a hillside.  On some railroads with smaller equipment like this, tunnels would not have to be as large either.

Saturday, May 1, 2021


 Happy May Day!  Today's image is not real.  I took both photos that this is made from but not at the same time.  This is a good example of how you should not believe a lot of the images you see on the internet.  If they are just too good to believe, they probably are faked.  Rarely does everything come together just perfectly.  I have a new photo program and I was playing with it and found how, actually, ridiculously easy it is to produce a more dramatic image than what mostly comes out of the camera.  It dawned on me even more that a really stunning photo is most likely not "real".  Not that this one is stunning but it had more visual interest to me than eith of the images it was made from had on their own.

A rainbow image I took over a field a year or two ago merged with a windmill I shot recently while on a bike ride.

Friday, April 30, 2021


 TGIF!  It's also the last day of April, this year seems to be going quite quickly.  We had a cold snap recently but fortunately the Lilacs made it through OK and are blooming beautifully.  This is a close up image of a bit of bloom on one of my bushes.  I love the color of this one.  I loved the bokeh in this image so it was perfect for today because Friday's Are Bokehlicious as well!

Thursday, April 29, 2021


 This is the third butterfly of the year that I was able to capture.  It was not in the most pictureque place.  It's one that I don't get to see very often.  I think I have only seen it once before and it is a Goatweed Butterfly.  This isn't the best capture as the light was from behind but I was happy to get it at all.  I had not seen many butterflies since and now with the cold snap, hope they survived OK and I will see some again.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


 It's Wildflower Wednesday!  The wildflowers are really emerging now that our weather is warming up.  Today's flower is usually considered to be a weed, this is the common Dandelion.  I find that they have beauty, especially close up.  I played around with this image with a new filter and I liked the result so it's a bit prettier than normal.  😁

Tuesday, April 27, 2021


 This is an image of an American Kestrel I was able to get late this past winter while on a walk.  It wasn't as cooperative as I would have liked but it turned out fairly well even though it was shot from behind.

Monday, April 26, 2021


 I stopped while on a bike ride to take some photos of some small-ish trees with these lovely flowers on them.  I have no idea what they are, I think they may be a type of Cherry.  I just think they are quite pretty.

Sunday, April 25, 2021


 It's Steamy Sunday here on the Blog!  Here is another one from the archives from back in the 90s.  This is another view of the locomotive at the Cripple Creek & Victor Railway in Colorado.  You can see a bit of the area it travels through in this image.  It's not a long ride but it is interesting through a bit of mining country.