Billy Bob

Deep in the Loess Hills of Iowa, I ran across an old Danish Lutheran church and cemetery, built in 1894.  Its a very idyllic setting, see photo below. As you might imagine, all of the names on the tombstones end in "s-e-n":  Madsen, Johnsen, Sorensen, Mikkelsen, Swansen, Petersen, etc.  This particular tombstone tickled my funny bone.  Jorgen … Continue reading Billy Bob


If this doesn't remind you of lemmings, everyone blindly following the one in front of them to their death to keep nature's balance, maybe a it brings to mind a Biblical scene about the parting of the Red Sea.  Everybody's head down in defeat, like they've come to the end of their rope, and the … Continue reading Lemmings

Repeating Shapes

Repeating shapes is one of many concepts of photo composition.  I found several "repeating shapes" in this photo: the vertical elements of the fence, the mower's cut lines, the mowers, body shapes and even facial expressions. In a good composition there will be only one repeating shape, not several different ones like I see in … Continue reading Repeating Shapes

Tattooed Body Builder

I love the Fourth of July, its, by far, my favorite holiday.  One of the things I like best about the Fourth is the freedom of expression; i.e. the way everyone in this country is free to express their love of the Red, White and Blue, and the various forms that expression takes. Take this … Continue reading Tattooed Body Builder

Note to Self

The Little League baseball and softball season is winding down, so make a note to yourself to come back next season and watch for the Player of the Week and Play of the Week series.  I'll still be showing action sport photos throughout the year, because that's what I do, but not as frequently as … Continue reading Note to Self

The Most Interesting Boy in the World

World traveler, adventurer, his looks will disarm you, people hang on his every word, he is not afraid to show his feminine side ... if he had one, school principals often question him just because they find him interesting, his personality is so magnetic that he is not allowed near credit cards, he never says something "tastes like … Continue reading The Most Interesting Boy in the World


Meet Josh, a 2.8 year old slugger who likes to imitate his big brother ... and any other baseball player he sees on TV.   Josh, son of Jason and Melea, attends Westwood's Mom's Day Out and his favorite subject is ball. Josh enjoys any sport with a ball, but this is baseball season.  He'll play … Continue reading Mini-Me

Do’s and Dont’s

I shot a lot of softball games last summer, and regardless of the age group, the preferred hairdo was the ponytail.  Whether the player was tall, short, lanky or stout, it was ponytails on parade.  I have to say the various hair colors contrasting with the many-colored jerseys and helmets made for an interesting collage. … Continue reading Do’s and Dont’s

Belts and Suspenders

Everybody should have a back-up plan.  NASA calls it "Fail-Safe"; i.e. if something fails there is always a back-up system to ensure safe completion of the mission.  The military calls it contingency planning, smart businesses may call it "Alternate Plan B", and short lived businesses call it "Oh _ _ _ _!".   I call it "belts … Continue reading Belts and Suspenders

Player of the Week

Meet Jack Huffman, an eleven year old slugger that plays for the Gretna Legends.  He is a fifth grader at Rohwer Elementary, where math is his favorite subject.  He is the son of Todd and Amy Huffman.  Jack plays bigger than he is; he's not big for his age, but he's very strong for his … Continue reading Player of the Week

Hot Diggedy Dog!

  Memorial Day.  The official start of summer fun: Hot Dogs, school is out, picnic, family reunions, launching the boat for the summer, camp fires, Hot Dogs, swimming in a lake, baseball, mowing the grass, farmer's market, Hot Dogs, roasting marshmellows, family vacation, fishing, catching lightning bugs, mosquitoes, sun block, Hot Dogs, digging for worms, peanuts at the … Continue reading Hot Diggedy Dog!

Player of the Week

Meet Zach, Player of the Week, a well-rounded athlete who plays baseball for the Elkhorn Storm.  Zach, 11, is  a  fifth grader at West Dodge Elementary where science and math are his favorite subjects.  He is the son of Scott and Amy.  His season batting average is .296 with an on-base percentage of .477. Zach is a … Continue reading Player of the Week

No Place Like Home

The phrase, "no place like home" has nothing to do with baseball, nor does it pertain to   real estate, upscale furnishings or higher standards of living.  The phrase is an observation of life.  Its nice to travel to exotic places, see how the "other half" lives, taste new foods, experience different cultures, discover some little-known fact to impress your friends with your Cliff … Continue reading No Place Like Home

Player of the Week

Meet Brody, Player of the Week, a nine year old pitcher who plays for the Royals in the 9/10 Elkhorn Slugger League.  He's a third grader at Fireridge Elementary, where math is his favorite subject.  His parents are Jack and Janet. Brody is all business when he is on the mound.  He never takes his … Continue reading Player of the Week

Donkey Baseball

Remember donkey baseball?  Slow-pitch softball, really, but it was all played on donkeys.  During the blistering hot summer, farmers and ranchers would all come to town on Saturday night, especially when the carnival was in town.  If the carnival included a  donkey baseball team, a game was often scheduled as a fund-raiser in small mid-western towns. Town dignitaries … Continue reading Donkey Baseball

Player of the Week

Adam Meet Adam, Player of the Week, who plays for the White Sox in the Elkhorn Baseball League.  Son of Caleb and Erin Hunt,  Adam is a fourth grader at Hillrise Elementary in Elkhorn.  His favorite subject is history. How would you like to be standing in the batter's box waiting for a pitch from Adam?  It would … Continue reading Player of the Week

The Great Imposters

Brush BackI'm always amazed at how well little leaguers imitate big leaguers.  Take a good look at the two 9 year old players in this photo.   The batter has on a full uniform, just like the big leaguers: shoes with "spikes" (rubber), knee socks, pants, liner and jersey, and batting helmet.  A lot of young batters even … Continue reading The Great Imposters

Play of the Week

Voo Doo HexA game of 11 year olds provided this chance meeting of distant cousins at second base.  It looks like the second baseman is trying to put some kind of hex on the base runner, who happens to be his 3rd or 4th cousin, whatever that is.   Does anyone really understand what a 3rd cousin … Continue reading Play of the Week

Burn Baby, Burn!

Prairie Burn Earlier this week I had the opportunity to document the controlled burning of 35 acres of native grasses and wild flowers.  What was once left to Mother Nature, with lightning strikes and wildfires, today's prairies are nurtured with periodic, carefully-planned and controlled burns.       Native grasses can grow over six feet tall.  … Continue reading Burn Baby, Burn!