Bayliss Park is hauntingly beautiful in the predawn fog. The fountain, the plaza, the performance space and canopy, they all complement each other amazingly well. The black squirrels, the splash area, the Veterans plaza, the meandering brick path, Music in the Park, Art in the Park, and, my goodness, all those amazing trees! What a great place. A grand vision executed with class and grace. Yet another beautiful part of Council Bluffs.
Bellevue, Nebraska. This cost me exactly two dollars more than other homegrown photos. A westbound dollar and then an eastbound dollar. But watching the sunlight explode through the fog yesterday morning under the Bellevue Toll Bridge was well worth the price.
Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Lately, I’ve begun dreaming of the day when the first spot that comes to mind on a cold, foggy, windless morning isn’t the shore west of Boy Scout Island, where I’ve greeted countless sunrises since 2011. I can’t decide if my obsession with this place represents some type of photographic rut or if the near-daily visit to this spot serves as a ritual renewal of sorts, a desire to begin the day immersed in some semblance of nature. Either way, it’s one of my favorite places on earth, and even more so on a still, crisp morning, when the water is glass, making the lake and Boy Scout Island exactly twice as beautiful.
Lake Manawa, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Locals will know instantly exactly where this was taken. I’m so glad the rain has finally stopped. Happy May!
Later this month, I’ll be participating in a special art exhibit in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which will hopefully become a recurring event for art lovers and artists alike. And it’s particularly exciting for me because it will allow me the opportunity to show some of my larger prints, which don’t ordinarily get to see the light of day because they’re too big for most of my local shows. The show will be hosted by Rock, PaPer, Scissors salon, which is located in the Smith-Davis Building (north side of Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs; 532 1st Ave, Suite 204). March 26, 2016 (the day before Easter), from 4-7 pm.
This is the official invite on Facebook with further details.
Ice on the Missouri River at sunrise. This was taken on a recent cloudless subzero morning as the sun rose behind the opposite shore, instantly illuminating every whorl and puff of steam issuing from the river. It was one of those serene moments when the spinning ice discs make enough chatter to drown out the distant sounds of Monday-morning traffic.
Wabash Trace, Mineola, Iowa. There is nothing like a cold, frosty morning in Iowa. For the procrastinators out there, our dining room has become a temporary gallery for last-minute Christmas gifts. Email me if you’re interested in stopping by to browse through the big selection of prints I have on hand. An added bonus is that you’ll see a 30X60 print of my favorite local photo, which I’ve never shared (nor will ever share) online.
A frosty morning along the Council Bluffs side of the Missouri River. Those rusty supports are vestiges of the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge (formerly known as the Douglas Street Bridge), which was replaced by the I-480 bridge in 1966. I’ll be showing prints of my local landscape photography this Friday as part of Second Fridays (Park Building in Council Bluffs, 500 Willow Ave, 6-9 pm). Stop down, say hi, and leave with a unique print of home for someone on your Christmas list.
Lake Manawa, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Here's one for those among us who are missing summer. A note about prints: For delivery before Christmas, the last day to order prints under acrylic (my favorite print format) is December 7. Custom traditional and thinwraps can be ordered as late as December 16. After that, your only option will be to select from among the prints I have on hand, including a big selection of 11X14 traditional prints, several 16X20 prints, and a few thinwraps and prints under acrylic in various sizes. Please message me if you’re interested in these. Happy Holidays!
Let's play a game. Where in Council Bluffs is this? At noon tomorrow, I'll pick a winner randomly from all the correct guesses (comment below or on my Facebook page) and send them a print of this image. Specific guesses only. Okay, go. Here's the clue: It's a pocket of wilderness in one of the most developed (and busiest) parts of Council Bluffs. If you drove by here this morning, you might have noticed me taking this picture.
My apologies for the absence. My computer has been ill, but hopefully it's fully recovered. This was taken on a farm here in Council Bluffs during sunrise. River valley fog meets first light. For me, it really doesn't get much better than this.
On the backroads just outside Council Bluffs. A farmer in a pickup truck drove by and waved right before I took this, kicking up a temporary storm of gravel dust, which wafted through the background. Nice guy. Not a bad way to start the day.
Wabash Trace, just outside Mineola, Iowa. I can’t imagine how many Taco Riders have crossed this bridge, which marks both the end and the beginning of the Thursday Taco Ride. This was taken on a foggy March morning, amid the eerie stillness of the freezing mist. Cheers!
Lake Manawa. Boy Scout Island (this is another in the BSI series I’ve been working on for a few years now). This photo is from a few mornings ago, before the lake ice began to melt in earnest. I love winter, but I’m glad to see signs of spring.
Along a gravel backroad on the eastern edge of Council Bluffs. This is one of my favorite roadside barns, and I visit it often during my sunrise roadtrips of local discovery, just to see how first light is treating it. This particular photo was taken a few weeks ago, on a cold clear morning a couple of days after our most recent heavy snowfall, as the rising sun and morning fog quietly battled amid the otherwise amazing peacefulness of cropland in winter.
Against my better judgment, I spent this morning out in the bitter cold photographing the moonset above the downtown Omaha skyline from the Council Bluffs riverfront. Some notes to self for when (if) I do this again on a subzero morning after two significant snowfalls: Wear thicker gloves, wear better boots, don’t trust the ice along the bank, and watch out for snowdrifts (some of them were at least two feet deep). Stay warm (and smart) out there.