Union Pacific #844 in Northern Colorado

My plans have changed.

In a perfect world I would be in Kentucky right now, visiting with family, friends and doing a bit of Kentucky horse photography.

The problem of course is in my back, which still hasn’t returned to normal from a recent injury.  The doctor will be taking a look at it later today. In the meantime, I’ll have to scale back my ambitions.

Tuesday is “Train Tuesday”, so here’s a photograph taken several years ago of the Union Pacific #844 moving across the prairie near Nunn, Colorado. Union Pacific is going to be running this steam locomotive along with the recently rebuilt “Big Boy” from Cheyenne to Ogden, UT this coming weekend. If the back is up to it, I’ll make the trip up to Wyoming to photograph them both as they move along Southern Wyoming.

The trip to Kentucky will have to wait until later this year.  There’s no time to do it this Spring. We have to get the cabin open in the upcoming weeks and we are doing some renovations this year.  New windows, carpet, appliances.

If the back heals, I’ll be able to enjoy all of that.  If not, things grind to a halt.

Stay tuned.

Bull Moose Shedding Velvet - Colorado
Bull Moose Shedding Velvet – Colorado

Moose Monday!

It has become a tradition to post a moose photograph each Monday. No problem. By my calculation have about a half million moose photos.

I’m still nursing a severely strained back and just when I think I’ve made some progress, it reminds me that it’s not over with.  I’m on phase three of the recovery, which started yesterday (Easter Sunday.)

Moose Monday, I’m finding, is a bit improved from where I was the night before when I went to bed. The fifty thousand dollar question is will it be well enough to make the drive to Kentucky on Thursday? That’s a lot of driving, four long days on the road behind the wheel round-trip. I’ll make the call on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, back at the computer, I’m going through a older catalog of moose photos from 2013. It’s interesting to look at the older shots, it helps keep a perspective on the photography. What was I doing then? What were my good shots? What where my mistakes? What’s different about how I work now?  Like anyone else I suppose, I can make mistakes. Always good to not repeat them.

I found an inadvertent mistake, omission, brain fart, call it what you like, in my thinking back in 2013 vs today. My interest in moose was peaking back in 2004 and has progressed up until now. By 2012 I had figured out where and how to photograph moose and get consistently good results. One of the “holy grail” moose shots I originally put on my shoot list was the moose shedding velvet shot.  I got my first taste of that scene in 2012. Saw the whole thing from beginning to end, multiple moose, nice morning sunlight,in close proximity.

What more could a wildlife photographer ask for? I was happy. I’ve enjoyed knowing I checked that box off many years ago. I put them in a catalog and then forgot about doing it again.

And that was the mistake.



The Kentucky River in late April. Nicholasville, Kentucky.  When I was a child we would swing from these trees by a rope and drop into the river.  The swimming hole of my 1960’s youth. It hasn’t really changed in over 50 years.

The thing I’m liking about retirement is not having to work if I don’t want to work.

I’ve been laying up here at home the past few weeks, recovering from a back injury. The downtime has allowed my poor old pulled back muscles to return to functionality. I’ll have a few more days of rest and relaxation before I begin my road trip to Kentucky on April 25th. I seem to generally choose the last week of April to make that trip, when made. Derby Week. Meaning the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby which is held each year on the first Saturday of May.

I’ve finally mustered enough coherent thought this weekend to attempt a blog entry.

The photographic theme will be Kentucky today.

The State Capitol Building in Frankfort , Kentucky.
Thoroughbred Foal in Kentucky Bluegrass.

All of these photos were taken in late April, but in different years.

I’ll be starting my road trip back soon and while I’m on the road I hope to share a photo or two.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Kentucky.


Cruise the Internet photography websites and you’ll find all number of expert photographers giving you expert advice. Advice that more or less repeats itself year over year.

Have you ever noticed that very few of these world famous expert photographers share the actual photographs they take.

I write my blog to share my photography. From time to time I may throw in some “expert” advice, but I’m more into the photographs.

Today, we have photos of Colorado’s heritage rails in Black and White.

If you need some advice, feel free to send me an email.

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Near LaVeta Pass, Colorado.
Georgetown Loop NGRR, Georgetown Colorado
Colorado & Southern Locomotive #9 at the Silver Plume Engine House. Georgetown Loop NGRR
Durango and Silverton NGRR. Rockwood, Colorado
Vintage Diesel Electric Locomotive. Georgetown Loop NGRR
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR. Chama New Mexico
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR, Chama, New Mexico
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR, Chama, New Mexico
Cumbres & Toltec NGRR. Near Antonito, Colorado
Durango & Silverton NGRR, Rockwood, Colorado
Union Pacific #844 stopped in Northern Colorado.
Union Pacific #844 with vintage automobiles. Nunn, Colorado
Georgetown Loop. Blow-down at the Georgetown station.
Durango & Silverton NGRR. Silverton, Colorado