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

Trick or Treat

Look who rang my door bell last night! I recognized Harry Potter, forehead scar and glasses, but had to ask about his sidekick.  Ronald Weasley, I was told, and his friendly rat, Scabbers.  Having never read any Harry Potter books, the bell-ringers were polite enough to indulge me.  The black cloaks, lined with red satin, … Continue reading Trick or Treat

School’s Out

On a morning walk near Moshi, Tanzania I could hear young children's excited voices.  Several kids were running toward me from both directions, all with big smiles on their faces.  Soon, I was surrounded by a dozen boisterous youngsters, all dressed in the same school jersey, all with such uninhibited joy -- like school was … Continue reading School’s Out

Phone Service

I was taking a tour through the Curry Mansion Inn. up on the third floor where the billiard table and old steamer trunks rested.  In the corner, I found this old telephone, one of the originals in the house. What's wrong with this picture? Thought for the Day:  The measure of intelligence is the ability to … Continue reading Phone Service

Bicycles

The most common mode of transportation in Copenhagen is the bicycle.  On any given day about 90% of the work force (including students) use a bicycle to get to school/work.  Less than 20% of the population own a car.  This is a typical street scene. I noticed that few of the bikes had locks.  I … Continue reading Bicycles

Farm Wagon

Earlier in the summer, I was strolling around Wahoo, Nebraska, killing time waiting for my grandson's baseball game to start.  At the eastern end of Main Street is a large building for sale: "D. R. Phelps Lumber & Coal Co. 1900 - 1944". Being an interested buyer (nosy), I decided to give it a closer … Continue reading Farm Wagon

Symmetry 2

Digital photography has opened up a whole new world of exploration and creativity. Manipulating individual pixels to manage luminance, vibrance and saturation has expanded into large-scale pixel transformation, a whole new art form. This is an example of wholesale pixel manipulation; the original image was a photograph of geometrical structural shapes found in the glass roof … Continue reading Symmetry 2

Precious Metal?

I've found that in countries using currencies different from the US dollar, making change is not difficult until you get down to the small coin level.  The Israeli currency is based on the New Israeli Shekel ("NIS"), which has a rate of exchange with the US dollar of roughly 4:1; i.e. it takes 4 shekels to … Continue reading Precious Metal?