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

Coneflower

Mid-September, and we're getting pretty close to the end of late summer blooms, but these Coneflowers still look pretty good. Taken at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, NE.   Thought for the Day:  I hate flowers -- I paint them because they're cheaper than models and don't move.                   … Continue reading Coneflower

Back to School

Nebraska schools open in mid-August now, even the colleges are starting before Labor Day anymore.  In Europe, however, September 1st is the "standard" opening day of school. September 1st is almost like a national holiday.  Kids dress up, families dress up for formal pictures and escort their kids to school.  Flowers are presented to the … Continue reading Back to School

Holy Shrine

I've been working on low light shots.  Getting sharp focus is a challenge, and this one could certainly be improved.  More patience would help, taking the time to raise the mirror, zoom in and manually focus.  Practice, practice, practice. This shrine can be seen from I-80 near Gretna, NE., and is open to the public. … Continue reading Holy Shrine

So What?

This is a "So What?!" shot; a fallen tree with a boring railroad bridge in the background.  Well, whoopee-to-do.  Not so fast, my friends. From a distance, this looks like any other railroad bridge crossing the Platte River, known to be a mile wide and a foot deep.  At one time it was the Missouri … Continue reading So What?

Memorial Day, 2018

I never get tired of looking at Old Glory, but get real excited when I see her flying in various formations. Five sets of three flag poles line each side of the drive at Valmont Industries' Corporate Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.  Valmont's center-pivot irrigation systems are sold world wide, and  these flagpoles typically fly flags … Continue reading Memorial Day, 2018

Snake River Falls

Snake River Falls is in the top ten list of scenic sights in Nebraska.  It's located on private land southwest of Valentine, NE, but the landowner allows the public to visit the sight for $1.00.  Just put your dollar in the mailbox. This photo was taken in early spring during maximum flow of snow melt.  … Continue reading Snake River Falls

Moonset

The moon set in the western sky about ten minutes before sunrise.  I shot this the same morning I shot the Snow Geese at Desoto National Wildlife Refuge, near Blair, Nebraska. The celestial bodies were almost in perfect alignment; after shooting the moon, I turned around and shot the geese.   It's called a two-fer. Thought … Continue reading Moonset

Desoto NWR

The word was out; snow geese were gathering at Nebraska's Desoto National Wildlife Refuge.  Gathering is an understatement, more like a national convention; local naturalists estimated upwards of 500,000. Over 1200 acres of fields and wetlands provide a welcome stopover for migratory water fowl.  They are easily heard, but hard to find along the seven … Continue reading Desoto NWR

Storz Fountain

Inside the beautiful Joslyn Art Museum, located near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, you will find permanent collections of European, Ancient and American art.  It contains comprehensive collections of the American West and American Indian. Architecturally, my favorite part of the museum is the Storz Fountain Court, with its high  walls of pink marble, arched balconies, Moravian … Continue reading Storz Fountain

Palm Frond

An unusual (Wow!  Three "u"s in a 7-letter word!) palm tree thrives in the conservatory at Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens.   Its fronds (leaves) are a dirty gray color, like unpolished silverware covered with dust.  There is no sheen whatsoever on the fronds, on either side. From underneath, the shaded areas are almost black, which provides a … Continue reading Palm Frond

1452 No-Name Street

Removal of the cottages on the Boys Town farm is in full swing.  The cottages were built in the late 40's and early 50's as part of a $30 million expansion program that created living quarters on the West Farm and doubled the size of Boys Town. About 30 minutes after this photo was taken, … Continue reading 1452 No-Name Street

Scale

In two previous posts (Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia Trees), I've written about the Giant Sequoia trees in the Sierra Nevada mountains, trying to demonstrate just how large these trees can be. I've shown them with other objects, a building and parked cars, in hopes of providing a reference to relative size of a … Continue reading Scale

Small-Town July 4th

Cedar Creek, Nebraska (pop. 300) has its own parade on July 4th.  Unpretentious, spontaneous, last-minute entries, no rules and no politicians make it fun for all ages.  The parade winds around the four nearby lakes of summer homes, so no one has to leave their yard to see the parade.  The only vehicles on the … Continue reading Small-Town July 4th

Photojournalism is Dangerous!

A severe thunderstorm blew through Sarpy County, Nebraska last Friday night. Straight-line winds of 125 mph were recorded in Papillion.  Wide spread damage was evident throughout the county: downed power lines, uprooted trees, split tree trunks, trees' crowns snapped off, farm buildings with no roofs, etc. This shot was taken southwest of Gretna, about 36 … Continue reading Photojournalism is Dangerous!

Scribner Air Base

On the way to Scribner, Nebraska (pop. 857) there is a sign near a gravel road that winds south up into the bluffs.  The sign reads, "Scribner Air Base".  Over the last fifty years, on my way to Niobrara, Nebraska, I've driven past that sign but never thought much about it.  Last week, with a … Continue reading Scribner Air Base