Archive | October 2012

Misc. Birds

Graylag Goose


Ring-billed Gull

Female American Goldfinch

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

White Duck



Grand parents came down from Iowa and we decided that we would carve pumpkins! Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun, and a great family activity, we felt kinda patriotic while carving, and decided to do a flag, and Uncle Sam’s hat. Sometimes we save the seeds and roast them to make a tasty treat, but we didn’t this time. I love the family time of scooping out all the pumpkin seeds, and having a good time.

All the pumpkins

William’s Pumpkin

Brogan’s Pumpkin

Micahla’s Pumpkin

My Pumpkin

Elijah’s Pumpkin

Do you have a favorite memory about carving pumpkins?


Yellow is a wonderful color, and is very common in nature, most commonly flowers. I like how there are so many different shades of yellow, the bright yellow glow of the sun, the darker yellow of the birds, the more natural yellow of the flowers, the fall leaves of all different shades of yellow…. There is so much yellow in our world. I think we need to take some time to observe all the yellow around you.

Small Butterfly on a yellow flower

Black – Eyed Susan flowers

Yellow Prairie Cone Flower

Bush Katydid on a yellow Zinnia


Where’s your favorite example of  yellow in nature?


Where Beauty Lies

Most people only think of the flower when they think of the beauty of a plant, but it is amazing just how beautiful the rest of the plant can be. It is really easy to see beauty in plants without flowers right now since trees are turning, and there are explosions or color all around us. But take time to notice the beauty of even the small things that aren’t dazzling with color, and you’ll be surprised at the awesome delicacy and elegance.

I like this first picture a lot…

Sunflower bud.


Fall Colors

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

The is the most beautiful time of the year is definitely fall. The sudden explosion of colors, the crisp breezes, football season, fires in the fireplace, apple pies, harvesting, canning, pumpkin carving, hayrides, corn mazes, apple cider….There are many  reasons to love autumn. I think the thing I like the most about autumn is getting together with family for thanksgiving… all the games, stories, and food (always the best meal of the year!).  This fall has been kinda strange, from a weather perspective (It’s 70° at 7:30 a.m.), but it has been a nice change from the usual cold falls we have here.  Just had my first cup of apple cider a week ago, and realized how much I am excited for everything that fall brings.

Fall Colors: Yellow

Fall Colors: Yellow

Fall Colors: Orange

Fall Colors: Orange

Fall Colors: Red

Whats your favorite part about Autumn, and when did you start to feel that it was fall?

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

As much as I love photographing animals, this little Downy Woodpecker really pushed my buttons. It was like he would sit still for me to get in position, and point my camera at him, but just when I started to hit  the shutter release button, he would jump to another area of the tree where I could no longer see him. Then I would repeat the process of trying to get into a better position, get him focused in my viewfinder, and have him jump again…. We continued in this charade for the better part of a half hour, before he’d had enough of it, and flew away. I actually didn’t know that I had taken this picture, and was about to delete all of the pictures I had of him, when I  decided I should probably go through and make sure  didn’t want to keep any of them. This was the only picture that turned out decently, but that’s just part of wildlife photography. You never know if you’ll get a good picture….. that’s the fun of Photography, its always an adventure!


Do you enjoy photography, or have other hobbies?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Used the topic of the Weekly Photo Challenge for this post. Silhouettes are very interesting pictures, letting the observer fill in the details which he cannot actually see with his imagination.

Sunset Silhouette

I took this first picture at my Grandparents house in Ottawa, Kansas. Up on a hill, in a field, watching the sunset with my grandmother….. it was very peaceful and beautiful. I was struck with the idea to take a picture of the different types of grasses/plants with the last bit of the sunset as the background. It turned out alright!

Silhouette of old Railroad Tracks

This picture is of the Kate Shelley High Bridge in Boone, Iowa.  We visited it with my Grandparents (on my dad’s side) and it was amazing how big (185 feet high and 2,685 feet long) this old bridge was. I was walking under the bridge and noticed how good the shade of the bridge felt on the back of my neck, because the sun was HOT that day. I looked up at the bridge when I was in the shadow, and thought to myself how good of a picture it might be. I was pleased with the outcome.


This picture was taken in the backyard of my house. We have trees almost surrounding our property so that I can never get a good sunset picture, except for this little break in the trees where I can see the evening sky.  This was taken right before a thunderstorm. It was a beautiful sky.

Sunset Silhouette of Sunflowers

This is probably my favorite picture on this post. It was taken earlier the same night as the last picture. I remembered how well I liked the first picture, and used that  as the inspiration for this picture.

Which one is your favorite, and do you think silhouette pictures look better in a sunset sky, or mid-day?


I took these three pictures on a trip with my grandparents down to Sun City, Kansas, to see my great-great-great-great-grandfathers grave.  We were driving by this field of wheat and I asked my grandfather to stop, so I could get a picture of this amazing scenery.

Wheat Head in Sun City, Kansas

Wheat Head in Sun City, Kansas

Wheat Head in Sun City, Kansas

Which one is your favorite, and where have you gone/ hope to go, to see your ancestors grave/land/house/ etc. ?

Great Blue Heron

I saw this Great Blue Heron on a pond at my Grandparents in Ottawa, Kansas. They are really cool birds. I was about 75 yards away from him when he decided to fly away, and I got a couple nice shots of him. I really like big birds, but here in Kansas we don’t have many except for this fella. I hope to see him again soon!

Great Blue Heron

Would you prefer to photograph a big  or small bird?


Sunflower in Sun City, Kansas.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”    ~ Helen Keller

Honey bee on a Sunflower.

“Eagle of flowers! I see thee stand,
And on the sun’s noon-glory gaze;
With eye like his, thy lids expand,
And fringe their disk with golden rays:
Though fix’d on earth, in darkness rooted there,
Light is thy element, thy dwelling air,
Thy prospect heaven.”
~ James Montgomery


“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.”    ~ Pam Stewart


“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”    ~Helen Mirren


“I am working with the enthusiasm of a man from Marseilles eating bouillabaisse (fish stew), which shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because I am busy painting huge sunflowers.”    ~ Vincent Van Gogh


I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light.
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield.

The little birds take great delight
In playing round you, from day to night.
With your petals of yellow and leaves of green
How very easily you are seen.

But there is more to you than first sight,
More than beauty and grander to delight.
Every beautiful aspect that appears,
Gives praise to the Father dear.

He made you a part of creation,
And you praise him in glorious celebration!
The beauty that within you is expressed,
Gives testimony to his greatness.

Sunflower, how I long to be like you!
Glorifying God in all I do.
Following the Son and His path of light,
To worship Him in His glory shining bright.

I can learn from you, my friend,
With every breath, praise to God, I might send.
With all of his creation telling the story,
Might I, with you, proclaim His glory.

~ Katherine R. Lane

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