“P” Town

Commercial Street Once you've been to Provincetown, MA, that wild and crazy town on the very tip of Cape Cod, you are allowed to call it "P" Town. You know, its chic when you abbreviate things that are sooo blase. Commercial Street is the main drag; it's less than a mile long, but everything happens … Continue reading “P” Town

Breakfast

Waterfowl are plentiful on Sanibel Island off the Gulf coast of Florida.  I caught this Little Blue Heron near the shore of one of the many walking trails on the island. It was early morning but the sun was high enough to allow a fast shutter speed: 1/5000 at f8 and ISO 2000.  The bird … Continue reading Breakfast

American Gothic Update

We went to Eldon, Iowa to see the original home that Grant Wood used as a background for his famous "American Gothic" painting.   Don't let the run down appearance of Eldon scare you away, the American Gothic Museum is first class; i.e. modern, very well done with knowledgeable and dedicated staff. The Staff provides … Continue reading American Gothic Update

High Trestle Trail

A 10' wide concrete ribbon winds its way through central Iowa for over 25 miles.  What once was a Union Pacific railroad has been converted to the nicest bike trail I've ever seen. Beginning in Ankeny, Iowa the High Trestle Trail goes through farmland, rolling hills and woodlands, ending up in Woodward, Iowa.  Before reaching … Continue reading High Trestle Trail

Bubble Bath

Small waves rolled in on a regular basis as if controlled by a metronome.  Gentle waves, lazy enough to loll you to sleep in a beach chair, just loud enough to encourage day dreams.  A cloudless day and gently breeze made a walk on the beach irresistible. Serenity was everywhere ... except the shore line, … Continue reading Bubble Bath

Birthday Boys

Last weekend was spent celebrating March birthdays, my wife's and the two youngest grandsons.  All three birthdays fall in a two-week span. On the way to the fun-plex for the party, we stopped at the local farm & ranch supply store to see the Easter chicks and ducklings. Both the chick and the duckling survived. … Continue reading Birthday Boys

Party Games

Pie Face is a delicious party game:  You place a gob of whipped cream on the spring-loaded purple hand, spin the dial for a number from 1 to 5, place your face in the window, and push the yellow button as many times as the spinner indicated.  If your number comes up while pushing the button, … Continue reading Party Games

Hospitals

  Whenever I'm in a doctor's office, hospital or other medical facility I kill time by looking at the large framed pictures in the hallways and waiting rooms.  Before long, I find myself fantasizing about seeing one of my own photos with my name on fancy tag below. Saunders Health Services Foundation sponsored a photo contest this past summer, … Continue reading Hospitals

Labor Day

Labor Day marks the end of summer although most schools have already been open for weeks.  It's the unofficial end of this year's water sports: swimming, boating, surfing (in Nebraska?), tubing, skiing, etc. My six year-old grandson wanted "one more swing" on the rope before going to bed on his last night of the season at Cedar Creek. … Continue reading Labor Day

Something’s Missing

I like this photo, it has a lot going for it.  I love the strong diagonal lines, I like the tension created by the intersecting lines, and I like the sharp focus.  Perhaps it's a little on the dark side, maybe bump the exposure up a tad, but overall, I like this image. But, something's … Continue reading Something’s Missing

Star Trails

It wasn't the best night for star gazing, clouds coming and going, but it gave me some idea what is possible. Setting my camera on a tripod in northeast Nebraska, where the night sky is not contaminated with city lights, I tried several combinations of shutter speed and ISO.  My first attempt at making star … Continue reading Star Trails

Filley, NE

The first stop on my recent photo-safari was Filley, NE (pop. 132) located in Gage County in the southeast part of Nebraska, just 12 miles east of Beatrice.  East of Filley, along US 136, there is an old rugged cross up on the hill on the south side of the road. The cross was erected in 1949 … Continue reading Filley, NE

Helping Mom

Helping my Mom make Christmas cookies is a fond memory for me.  I got to do things in the kitchen during Christmas that I never thought of doing the rest of the year.   Licking the cookie dough off the mixing beaters was a real treat, even if my tongue wouldn't reach all the way … Continue reading Helping Mom

“Peppers Pleece”

You ever wonder who invented passports?  I mean, really, who had the bright idea to require a passport to enter a foreign country?  A passport, by itself, does not entitle a person to enter a foreign country; it is merely a document issued by a national government that certifies the identity and nationality of its … Continue reading “Peppers Pleece”