My favorite photos from the Council Bluffs/Omaha riverfront are the ones that convey the silence on the Iowa side and the twinkle and haste of the Nebraska side. There’s just something about the spectacle of downtown Omaha as viewed across the great expanse occupied by the mighty Missouri, especially when the only west-facing spectators include me, the occasional deer, and all of those majestic cottonwoods along the bank.
There seems to be growing interest in developing the Iowa side of the river. I was beyond relieved when the plans for Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park stopped short of the undeveloped area near the pedestrian bridge. But now with the addition of the River’s Edge Pavilion, it seems only a matter of time before the creeping hand of development continues its encroachment northward along the river. So my plan is to visit the area as often as I can for as long as I can and to share the photos I take there. Who knows? Maybe I can convince the right people that a humble patch of sand, trees, and silence is worth preserving.
This particular photo was taken around Christmas last year, which explains why the First National Bank building is wearing its festive lighting.