Cab Stand

50's Cab Stand Cab stands are no longer common place like they were in the 50's and earlier. This neon sign still stands bright in the lobby of the Durham Western Heritage Museum. Prior to becoming a museum in 1973, it was the Omaha Union Train Station. Originally built in 1899, it is a classic … Continue reading Cab Stand

Stone Wall

Potted Wall - St. Augustine, FL Stone walls around houses are as common as fences in St. Augustine, Florida. Some of the walls are more than 300 years old. This newer version, less than 200 years old, was decorated with potted flowers. Quite festive, I thought. Thought for the Day: The strength of walls depends … Continue reading Stone Wall

Pretty Bird

Lied Jungle - Henry Doorly Zoo I have no idea what kind of bird this is. The local zoo, world famous Henry Doorly, needs to improve their signage in the Lied Jungle. Why? The animals, especially birds, are never seen close to the informational sign attached to the visitor's boardwalk. Monkeys and land animals are … Continue reading Pretty Bird

18th Century Sentry

1700's British Soldier A sentry standing watch atop the outer wall protecting a British outpost would carry more than just his musket. Hanging from his neck would be several other items in preparation for ... just about anything. The bayonet for his musket would be sheathed and within easy reach if needed. A leather pouch … Continue reading 18th Century Sentry

Sarasota Sunset

Sarasota Bay From Bay Front Park in Sarasota, there is a beautiful view of the John Ringling (think circus) Causeway over the Sarasota Bay and the Grande Riviera luxury condos. Shortly after dusk the lights come on, making the view even more spectacular. I thought the vibrant color in the quilted sky added interest to … Continue reading Sarasota Sunset

Howlers

Howler Monkey There are always new "finds" at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. No matter how often you go, there is always a new adventure. I've been in the Lied Jungle several times, one of the world's largest indoor rain forests, and have seen every species of monkey. But, this time a Howler … Continue reading Howlers

Off to Work

Off to Work - Montmartre Montmartre is an area on a large hill overlooking Paris, primarily known for its artistic history. During the late 1800's and early 1900's many artists lived and worked in the area, with several becoming famous: Degas, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh. It remains a magnet for artists today. The … Continue reading Off to Work

New Year's Prank

Gazing out my back window, a bright flash caught the corner of my eye. At first, I didn't see anything, but then it flashed again ... and again. Something shiny on top of our wren house was reflecting the sun; the wind was redirecting the "flash". I walked out to the wren house and found … Continue reading New Year's Prank

New Beginning

Nice Touch A new year, out with the old in with the new, a new beginning. Forget the mistakes of the past and look forward. Unburden yourself of past mistakes and boldly step forward with a positive attitude. Like the dawn of a new day, I like to think of it as a fresh start. … Continue reading New Beginning

Christmas Debris

Buddy & Scout Christmas is an exciting time for everyone, probably the most anticipated event of the year. With all the built-up anticipation and anxiety of a tidal wave, it all comes crashing down in the flurry of gift opening. And after the excitement recedes, the clean-up begins. But everyone chips in enjoying each other's … Continue reading Christmas Debris

The Light

Coming in from the bright midday sun, it took a moment for my eyes to adjust to the darkness. Surrounded by empty space, the cavernous interior of the Notre Dame de Rouen cathedral was lit only by natural light that filtered through the stained glass windows behind the altar, which was hundreds of feet from … Continue reading The Light

Clemantis

Clemantis We are barely three weeks into the winter season and I'm sick of it already. Three measurable snow falls and three days of single digit temps was a brutal wake-up call. The fields are brown, the trees are bare, the nights are long, the fireplace broken in, the garden a distant memory, the bird … Continue reading Clemantis

Stair Steps?

Grandkids - 2019 When the four older grandkids stopped growing, the "stair step" theme for their annual picture went out the window, but I still record them oldest to youngest (l to r). This year's photo shoot encountered additional complications. Two of the participants had schedule conflicts and couldn't make the "reunion". Rather than scrap … Continue reading Stair Steps?

Creepy Tree

Winterthur Gardens - Delaware I found this tree while roaming around the Winterthur Gardens in Delaware. I wish I had written down the species. Looks like it would make a good backdrop for a scary Halloween scene. Thought for the Day: Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good … Continue reading Creepy Tree