Soap Bubbles

Spring must be here. It has taken its sweet time this year, but one sure sign of spring is soap bubbles. After two days of spring like weather, the day started off with cloudy skies, dropping temps, and winds out of the north ... like Ole Man Winter wasn't giving up. By the time school … Continue reading Soap Bubbles

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Gate to the Past

Old Gate By luck and happenstance we found Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' home in the middle of central Florida's nowhere. Located on a narrow spit of land between Orange and Little Lochloosa Lake is her cracker style home and farm where she lived and wrote, "The Yearling". Volunteers "work" the restored farm and maintain the vegetable … Continue reading Gate to the Past

Tank Rescue

Propane Tank Rescue Flooding along the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers destroyed many cabins, homes and farms. Everything was swept downstream, including propane tanks, some hissing as they floated by. When the water finally retreated to its channel, the clean up began. This photo was taken near the public boat ramp on the Platte River near … Continue reading Tank Rescue

Seawall

St. Augustine , FL This beautiful seawall protects the Old Town area of St. Augustine, FL from high tides and storms along the Matanza River. It makes you feel safe, however, the seawall is no match for a hurricane. The recent flooding in eastern Nebraska, exacerbated by breached levees and failed dams, made me think … Continue reading Seawall

Raging River

Platte River Bridge - Louisville, NE. - 2019 The Platte River crosses the entire state of Nebraska, collecting water from several small rivers and streams, and finally dumping into the Missouri River near Plattsmouth, NE. -- about 10 miles downstream of this photo. It has the reputation of being "a mile wide and a foot … Continue reading Raging River

Lifeguard Station

Lifeguard Station Early morning. Except for a few dedicated walkers on the shoreline, I had the beach to myself while I waited for the sun to break through the clouds. The sunrise was a non-event, too much cloud cover, but as it got lighter the day looked promising. My patience was rewarded when a few … Continue reading Lifeguard Station

Journey’s End

Journey's End After living through 105 cold Nebraska winters, Adela Tikalsky was laid to rest in Niobrara, just a few miles from where she was born. Adela was born in the original farmhouse on the the Holan Homestead (parent's) and lived there for 65 years. The farm and family was her life. She never had … Continue reading Journey’s End

Twin Towers

Twin Towers of Neckties The Strategic Air Command's Aerospace Museum, located near Ashland, Nebraska, has over 300,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and restoration space. It has actual airplanes, fully assembled on the exhibit floor: bombers, fighters, transporters, helicopters, missiles, etc. But the most unexpected exhibit I saw was a tribute to casualties of the terrorists … Continue reading Twin Towers

Cell Phone Photo

Sarasota Sunset I've heard a lot about the improved cameras in the latest cell phones, so I decided to see for myself. There are zillions of photos I have taken with my cell phone and then downloaded to my desktop for processing and editing, all with so-so results. This photo was taken with my new … Continue reading Cell Phone Photo

Winter Zoo Trip

Sky Tram Tickets It was warm for February in Nebraska, 15 degrees with hopes of reaching the high 20's. That was balmy compared to the previous two days and predictions for the next week. So, we bundled up and went to the zoo. There are plenty of inside exhibits at the Henry Doorly Zoo, like … Continue reading Winter Zoo Trip

Umbrellas

Umbrellas - Cape Cod Nebraska's winter has been the worst in a long time. January was bitter cold with light snow, now two heavy snowfalls in the last five days and another heavy snowstorm on the horizon. I thought this picture might cheer things up. Nothing special about the photo itself; I just like the … Continue reading Umbrellas

Ameritrade Park

Less than six months until the College World Series -- "The Greatest Show on Dirt".  That's the name of this sculpture that sits outside the front entrance to Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.  This tournament has been held in Omaha since 1950. Maybe this winter won't last forever, but we need something to look forward … Continue reading Ameritrade Park

Bobby’s Helmet

The bobby's helmet rested on the corner post of a lonely bench in back of Beatrix Potter's home in England's Lake District.  The bobby (slang for English police officer) was no where to be found. The rainy day did nothing to discourage visitors to the site; there was a steady stream of hardy souls wandering … Continue reading Bobby’s Helmet

Tradition

I have a long standing tradition of having my picture taken with wooden American Indian sculptures, sometimes referred to as "cigar-store Indians".  For some reason, in the Old West, they were always situated outside tobacco stores. This "fetish" of mine started on my honeymoon in the late 60's.  We were in Deadwood, SD and my … Continue reading Tradition

St. Peters Church, England

About thirty miles west of London and just south of Newbury in Hampshire County on highway A339 is the small village of Headley.  Very quaint. It seemed as every business in town was named "Headley"; e.g. Headley Tyre, Headley Stud and Headley House.  Even the church had the Headley name on it, but I found … Continue reading St. Peters Church, England

Longboat Key Library

Longboat Key, Florida is a long narrow spit of sand (Duh! It's a key) off the west coast of Florida, near Sarasota.  For its size, it's not very populated and has limited things to offer visitors, like restaurants, nightlife and attractions.  I would call it "quiet, laid back and relaxing"; others might call it boring. … Continue reading Longboat Key Library

Steventon, England

The Church of St. Nicholas, where Jane Austen's father preached and she worshiped as a child, is located in a rural setting near the small town of Steventon in Hampshire County, England.  Jane Austen was born in 1775. The original structure of this church was built centuries before Austen's birth.  I marveled at the still-sturdy … Continue reading Steventon, England

St. Petersburg Astoria Hotel

This is an example of post processing a digital image, showing the original photo on top and the edited version below. Added canvas on the top.  2. Replaced the sky.  3. Removed the car in the left foreground.  4.  Replaced the street markings behind the removed car.  5.  Removed the bus on the right.  6. … Continue reading St. Petersburg Astoria Hotel

Nebraska Tourism

My first field trip of 2019 was to the Henry Doorly Zoo, the most popular tourist attraction in Nebraska.  School was out so we took our granddaughter and braved the winter weather. The highlight of this trip was seeing the African animals in parkas, mittens and snow boots.  No.  Wait, that was the elephants and … Continue reading Nebraska Tourism