Iowa Rice Paddy

Missouri River Flooding - 2019 In mid-March, over two months ago, the Missouri River got out of its banks from Sioux City, NE down to Hamburg, IA, flooding towns and cropland. Hundreds of people lost their homes, thousands of acres of prime farmland was destroyed, and I-29 was closed for six weeks. This picture was … Continue reading Iowa Rice Paddy

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Omaha Skyline

Looking East from Joslyn Museum A recent visit to Omaha's Joslyn Museum was delightful ... as is always the case. But, upon exiting the museum, I was blessed with this gorgeous early spring setting of Omaha's skyline. The sidewalk leads to Central High School, which was the original Nebraska State Capitol. There is a lot … Continue reading Omaha Skyline

Ameritrade Park

Less than six months until the College World Series -- "The Greatest Show on Dirt".  That's the name of this sculpture that sits outside the front entrance to Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.  This tournament has been held in Omaha since 1950. Maybe this winter won't last forever, but we need something to look forward … Continue reading Ameritrade Park

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

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

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

Omaha National Cemetery

I arrived an hour after sunrise, later than planned, but hopeful for a meaningful photo.  The sun was still low enough to provide long shadows.  The first measurable snow fall arrived over night, and I wanted a picture of fresh snow on the Christmas wreathes laid at each head stone in National Cemeteries.  Green wreathes with … Continue reading Omaha National Cemetery

Memorial Park

Created in 1948, and dedicated by President Harry Truman, Omaha's Memorial Park was originally built to commemorate the sacrifices made by veterans in the first and second World War.  Since then it has become a tribute to all men and women, past and present, that have served in the armed forces. Thought for the Day:  … Continue reading Memorial Park

Halloween – 2017

Halloween is right around the corner. The family Halloween party was a little different this year; i.e. held in two locations.  What was typical and expected about the party was the Des Moines group won the best-costume prize ... AGAIN ... as usual ... as always. Omaha was a mixed bag of good efforts, like … Continue reading Halloween – 2017

Jaws

I've been following the demolition of the Boys Town farm in west Omaha.  One by one the cottages and support buildings on Gianelli Street meet their fate and crumble under the massive pressure of the giant back hoe's powerful jaws. The back hoe operator controlled this powerful machine like a surgeon performing delicate brain surgery, … Continue reading Jaws

Boys Town Farm

Boys Town Farm is being wiped off the face of the earth.  In 1921 Father Flanagan moved his home for homeless boys from a boarding house in downtown Omaha to a large working farm 10 miles west of Omaha, which is now 144th and West Dodge road, and still the current location of Boys Town campus. … Continue reading Boys Town Farm

Omaha’s Medical Center

Fifty years ago Charlie Graham Buick had a successful car dealership on the northwest corner of 42nd and Leavenworth Street in what is now mid-town Omaha.  The dealership outgrew this location, but kept the site for its body and paint shop.  Doctor's Hospital, NU Med School and Clarkson Hospital were two blocks north. As time … Continue reading Omaha’s Medical Center

Millard House

We bought our first house in 1972, just a few months after I returned from Southeast Asia and discharged (honorably) from the U.S. Army.  Looking back, we must have had a lot of faith in the future as my steady job of only two months was in a new division of a relatively small and … Continue reading Millard House

Omaha House

This is a current picture of the house we lived in during 1971.  We were living in St. Louis when I got drafted in late 1970, so we moved back to Omaha to be closer to family.  My wife and 3-month old son lived with her mother for a brief time, then rented the ground … Continue reading Omaha House

Christmas Lights

The whole family and many friends jumped on Ollie the Trolley and toured Omaha's neighborhoods to see Christmas decorations.  Many houses are decorated by professionals these days, but you still see some obvious DIY creations. My favorite is the one pictured above.  I call it the "Griswold House" because it reminded me of Clark Griswold's DIY … Continue reading Christmas Lights

Omaha National Cemetery

A national cemetery recently opened in Sarpy County, Nebraska.  The Visitor Center and Entrance are still under construction.  Young saplings are planted along the roads carving through rolling farmland that yielded soybeans last year.  Right now, it's hard to tell what it is.  Other than the wooden sign at the entrance, behind the construction equipment, there … Continue reading Omaha National Cemetery

Half Lots

The older parts of Omaha, Nebraska, use "1/2" in the house number of some houses.  Alleys are common in the old neighborhoods, making easy access to the back yard.  For various reasons, people would sell the back half of their lot, maybe to a son or daughter to keep the family close.  A house would … Continue reading Half Lots

Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum, located in Omaha, Nebraska, is a must see ... for kids.  There is a supervised, hands-on art room for kids, which includes painting, crafts, sculpturing of various types, video production and "screen painting" as shown above. There are two large computer screens, one on the floor and one wall-mounted, where kids can … Continue reading Joslyn Art Museum

Bohemian Cafe

    Another iconic restaurant of Omaha is closing soon.  The Bohemian Cafe, located on south 13th St. just south of William St, will close in September. The restaurant opened in 1924, and moved to the current location in 1959, where it has been the gathering place for Bohemian, Czech and Polish immigrants/descendants ever since. Waitresses wear traditional … Continue reading Bohemian Cafe