Mystery Flower I found this flower blooming in mid summer in a pasture near Niobrara, NE. It looked at home among the tall prairie grass, rolling hills and cattle. Can you identify it? Please let me know. Thought for the Day: It is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after … Continue reading Prairie Flower
This is an artistic and creative way to control pedestrian traffic. It gets your attention, and politely asks you to "Keep Off The Grass". Where did I find it? Outside the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, Nebraksa. Where else? Thought for the Day:If you're in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you're still in … Continue reading Traffic Cone
Corn Harvest, 2021 With perfect weather, the farmers are working dawn to dusk to bring in the harvest. Thought for the Day: Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.Theodore Roosevelt
NE State Fair I attended the Nebraska State Fair last week. It was the first time I've been to the fair since it moved to Grand Island in 2010. Ho hum. Thought for the Day: The secret to happiness is having low expectations.Warren Buffett
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant This strange plant showed up in my new wildflower garden. I contacted the source where I bought the "Pollinator Mix" to identify it, and was informed it is a Rocky Mountain Bee Plant. Hmmm, I thought the mix was native Nebraskan wildflowers. (Who cares!?) The wildflowers I planted this spring to … Continue reading New Flower
Mud Volley Ball The Beat Breast Cancer Mud Volleyball Tournament is Pink Bandana’s signature event and major fund raiser for the organization. For the tenth straight year it was held in Prague, Nebraska. Over 100 teams participated. So much fun! Thought for the Day: It always seems impossible, until it's done.Nelson Mandela
6 lb. catfish As instructed by his uncle, the 9 year old was out of bed at 0700 to check the trot lines they had set the night before. The tension on his line turned out to be a 5-6 lb. catfish. Getting the fish over the gunwales was a struggle, but what a thrill! … Continue reading Whopper!
Cedar Creek, NE The volunteer fire department of Cedar Creek, NE. always leads the Fourth of July parade. The route is the same every year: the road that encircles the four lakes, with cornfields on the right and spectators on the left. Everyone is welcome to join the parade; anything that rolls: bicycles, golf carts, … Continue reading Americana
Breakfast is Served The pelicans were very active at mid-morning at the Wildlife Safari near Ashland, NE. Thought for the Day: A wonderful bird is a pelican,His bill will hold more than his belican.He can take in his beakFood enough for a week;But I'm damned if I see how the helican.Dixon Lanier Merritt
Winter - 2021 Today's temperature will read in triple digits. Predicted to be at least 104, it will definitely break the record for June 17th in Omaha, NE. If you don't like the heat, just think about last winter when the temperature never got above zero in three days. Less than four months ago, February … Continue reading Triple Digits
3 weeks old The Bison calf kept close to its mother, and both were in the middle of the herd. The herd's constant movement allowed occasional glimpses of the calf, but typically it was lying down in the tall vegetation. With a little patience I was able to get this shot from the safety of … Continue reading Bison Calf
Rest Area The sculpture of Willa Cather welcomes visitors to take a seat, take a rest, catch your breath, etc. The sleepy little town of Elkhorn, NE, just a few miles west of downtown Omaha, has been swallowed up by Omaha's urban sprawl and is now part of Omaha. But the two-block stretch of Elkhorn's … Continue reading Olde Towne Elkhorn
Storz Fountain Court - Joslyn Art Museum The Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE has something for everyone. Noted for its premier collection of 19th and 20th century American and European artists, it also has works by Veronese, Titian, Rembrandt and El Greco from the 16th and 17th century. Other areas of interest include impressive … Continue reading Symmetry
Butchart Gardens March 1st. January and February, the worst two months of winter in Nebraska, are behind us. The first day of Spring is only 3 weeks away. Do we dare dream so soon about the colorful days ahead of us? Thought for the Day: Walk lightly in the spring, Mother Nature is pregnant.Kiowa Indian … Continue reading Spring?
Warm & Toasty In terms of extreme differences between hot and cold, I've read that Nebraska's climate is similar to Siberia. This winter I believe it. The all-white frozen landscape is getting mighty boring, and two weeks of sub-zero temperatures haven't helped. A warm toasty campfire would sure feel nice about now. Thought for the … Continue reading Siberia
Rushville, NE - 2014 Social distancing was a way of life in western Nebraska long before the COVID pandemic. Thought for the Day: Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.George Carlin
Reminders The Friendship Patio is a roofless three-wall "shelter" near the flower garden in Comstock, Nebraska. It is what's left of the original electric generation plant built in the 1930's. A few donated chairs, some scattered toys and the remains of a stove and refrigerator is what welcomes visitors to the patio today. Thought for … Continue reading Friendship Patio
SW Omaha Construction Site Three months ago this was an idyllic farm setting in the Southwest corner of Douglas County, Nebraska. A crushed rock drive that wound its way through lush green corn fields to a proud white farm house where the porta-potty now sits. Large stately elms trees shaded the house and a sturdy … Continue reading Progress?
Comstock City Park The city park of Comstock, NE does not look like the typical small town city park. It's about the same size, one city block, with large shade trees, but that's where the similarity ends. There are no picnic tables, no swimming pool, no bandstand or anything else to accommodate large gatherings. With … Continue reading Comstock City Park
Hidden Treasure Twelve miles north of Taylor, NE (pop.200) there is a sign for the Bootleg Brewery, which lies at the end of a 3 mile gravel road. I'd heard of this place and was eager to check it out. Men's Restroom Expecting an old barn or some run down shack from the 50's, I … Continue reading Bootleggers