1975 Tornado

Omaha, 1975 On May 6, 1975 an F4 tornado (wind speeds between 207 and 260 mph) touched down in Sarpy County around 4:30 PM. It entered southwest Douglas County, close to where I lived at the time, and continued northeast, cutting a swath 8 miles long right through the city of Omaha. The billboard in … Continue reading 1975 Tornado

Closed!

Joslyn, 2nd floor looking east Beginning May 2nd, Omaha's popular Joslyn Museum will be closed for two years. A $100 MM expansion project is already underway. This photo was taken from the second floor, next to the giant Chihuly glass sculpture. Omaha's Central High School can be seen in the background. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Closed!

Long Nights

Vitalva River - Prague, 2009 The winter solstice, shortest day of the year, is on December 21st, at the height of the Christmas celebrations. Too many things are going on to notice how short the days are. Now that the holidays are behind us we soon realize how short the days are, how frigid they … Continue reading Long Nights

Christmas Tree

2010 The Christmas tree at the Durham Museum in Omaha, NE is a traditional favorite. The tradition started in the early 1930's when Union Pacific set up a tree in their railroad terminal. This year's tree stands over 45' tall. Now, that's a Christmas Tree! Thought for the Day: A love of tradition has never … Continue reading Christmas Tree

Curling

Curling Olympic trials for the U.S. Curling Team are now taking place in Omaha, NE. Results of these trials will select the team to represent the United States in the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's not the kind of action sport that puts you on the edge of your seat; i.e. high drama with "last minute … Continue reading Curling

Traffic Cone

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

Joslyn Museum

Joslyn Museum The Joslyn Museum is one of my favorite places in Omaha. Kids love it too, although most of them don't realize they're developing an appreciation for fine art and architecture. This second story venue looks down on the Storz Fountain Court. Thought for the Day: Children have to be educated, but they have … Continue reading Joslyn Museum

Triple Digits

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

Olde Towne Elkhorn

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

Symmetry

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

Cab Stand

50's Cab Stand Cab stands are no longer common place like they were in the 50's and earlier. This neon sign still stands bright in the lobby of the Durham Western Heritage Museum. Prior to becoming a museum in 1973, it was the Omaha Union Train Station. Originally built in 1899, it is a classic … Continue reading Cab Stand

Howlers

Howler Monkey There are always new "finds" at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. No matter how often you go, there is always a new adventure. I've been in the Lied Jungle several times, one of the world's largest indoor rain forests, and have seen every species of monkey. But, this time a Howler … Continue reading Howlers

Digital Trees

Joslyn Museum It looks like these four have nothing better to do than stare at the wall. Maybe they're just resting their feet after hours of touring the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE. At best, maybe they're admiring the artwork in front of them. What this picture doesn't show is the animation of this … Continue reading Digital Trees

Scoops

Scoops Galore The Mormons spent the winter of 1846 in what became Florence, Nebraska, now Omaha. While here, they built a mill to grind their corn, wheat and rye. The mill still stands today. While milling around (pun intended) the current art gallery, I found some relics from the old mill, like the wooden box … Continue reading Scoops

Castle Gate

Joslyn Castle Joslyn Castle, located in Omaha, Nebraska, was built in 1903 as the private home for George and Sarah Joslyn. This is the man gate that leads pedestrians up a winding path through manicured lawns and flower beds to the 35-room mansion sitting atop 5.5 acres near downtown Omaha. The castle is a landmark … Continue reading Castle Gate

Oom Pa-Pah

Octoberfest, 2019 This past weekend Oktoberfest was celebrated at the German-American Society in Omaha. Brats and schnitzel were good, the German beer was fantastic, and the sauerkraut was to die for. Traditional music got your feet tapping, and "die kinder" were not bashful about taking over the dance floor ... even if it was just … Continue reading Oom Pa-Pah

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

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