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

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

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

Going Bananas

Market Day Market Day is the busiest day of the week in the small village of Mwiki, Tanzania. Farmers bring their produce, and merchants bring their wares. Bananas are the most popular food item traded at the market. Just about anything you think of can be found at this open air market. Grains, fruit and … Continue reading Going Bananas

Digital Trees

Joslyn Museum It looks like these four have nothing better to do than stare at the wall. Maybe they're just resting their feet after hours of touring the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE. At best, maybe they're admiring the artwork in front of them. What this picture doesn't show is the animation of this … Continue reading Digital Trees

Christmas Tree Hunting

7' fresh cut Christmas Tree - 2019 20' Blue Spruce After Thanksgiving, a person can devote 100% of their attention to Christmas. Number one on the list is putting up the Christmas tree. Finding the perfect tree for your house can be a chore. Many people resort to pulling out the plastic one in storage … Continue reading Christmas Tree Hunting

Hermitage

Andrew Jackson's Home Northeast of Nashville, TN lies the home of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States who was elected in 1828. He was called "The Peoples' President". The original 421 acre frontier farm was purchased in 1804. In 41 years, until his death in 1845, Jackson built the property up to … Continue reading Hermitage

Native Prairie

Willa Cather Prairie Heading south from Red Cloud, Nebraska on US 281 there are few natural landmarks to mark your progress. Rolling hills of corn and bean fields and ranch land lies on both sides of the highway as far as the eye can see. Just before entering Kansas, there is a gravel road heading … Continue reading Native Prairie

Cold Front

November Bonfire It was still dark as I plodded through the kitchen to check the outside temperature. A cold front was predicted last night, and I could tell it had arrived by the ice cold tile under my bare feet. My reliable thermometer, with digital readouts looked different to me, like it was missing something. … Continue reading Cold Front

Les Braves Memorial

Omaha Beach To celebrate the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the Les Braves Memorial was placed on the shores of Omaha Beach in 2004, near the village of St. Laurent-sur-Mer. It was meant to be a temporary exhibit, but popularity and public demand has kept it in place. Without even knowing the story/meaning of the sculpture, … Continue reading Les Braves Memorial

Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do A family of four work out together at their local dojang four nights a week. Working toward their blue belt, the 45 minute workouts help improve strength, endurance, flexibility, self-confidence, agility and reflexes. The sport also has a large mental component, which requires focus and concentration. Practicing and living up to the … Continue reading Tae Kwon Do

Sidewalk Artist

Paris - Left Bank In Paris, the best spot for viewing the famous Notre Dame Cathedral is from the Seine River's Left Bank. The tree lined sidewalk along the Left Bank is crowded with artists of all kinds; like the one in this picture or others selling paintings of Notre Dame, glass work, pottery, postcards … Continue reading Sidewalk Artist

Crooked Cross

Moseying across Nebraska near its southern border, a beautiful white church caught my eye. It was a mile north of US 136 in Jefferson County, but shined like a beacon against the cloudless azure sky. As I approached the church from the south, I noticed the cross was leaning to the west. Not much, but … Continue reading Crooked Cross

Sarasota National Cemetery

Sarasota National Cemetery I feel very small whenever I visit a national cemetery. Thousands of identical headstones, aligned perfectly in horizontal, vertical and diagonal rows. None more noticeable than the others. Army Staff Sargent Conan D. Gorman, Jr's headstone is highlighted in this photo. He was a Christian, born in 1922, served in WW II, … Continue reading Sarasota National Cemetery

Oom Pa-Pah

Octoberfest, 2019 This past weekend Oktoberfest was celebrated at the German-American Society in Omaha. Brats and schnitzel were good, the German beer was fantastic, and the sauerkraut was to die for. Traditional music got your feet tapping, and "die kinder" were not bashful about taking over the dance floor ... even if it was just … Continue reading Oom Pa-Pah

Patriot’s Day

American Cemetery - Colleville-sur-Mer For September 11, 2019, my calendar says "Patriot's Day", which I assumed meant recognizing the horrific terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. I did a little research. I found that Patriot's Day is several states' commemoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution. Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut … Continue reading Patriot’s Day

50’s Drive-In

Cape Cod Drive-In Labor Day. Last big weekend for this classic 50's drive-in on Cape Cod before entering the "off season". I found this piece of Americana on US 28 in the vicinity of West Harwich. Driving by at dusk, I thought I was in a time machine. Gull wing shape, garish florescent bulbs following … Continue reading 50’s Drive-In

Husker Fan

Only two more days until the Nebraska Cornhuskers open their 2019 football season against Southern Alabama. The entire Husker nation, which is world-wide, is excited for this season to get underway, hoping to make last year's 4-8 record a distant memory. Husker t-shirts are even being sold by street vendors in Jerusalem. Is this escapism … Continue reading Husker Fan