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.
Backroads, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Few things are more relaxing than exploring the backroads of rural Iowa, where antiquity, nature, and modernity all mingle in a slow-paced reverie. There doesn’t have to be any particular start point or end point. Wherever you are, at any given moment, is the destination, and that’s the greatest part. One mile of backroads and one hundred miles cover the same distance. The discovery, the renewal, the awakening, it’s just waiting there, all day long. You’re just along for the ride.
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!
Lake Manawa, Boy Scout Island, Council Bluffs, Iowa. This was taken a few mornings ago, when the air was crisp and the water was incredibly still. Just a reminder that Art at the Rock is two weeks away. I’ll have many big prints and new work. Bring your friends. Here's the official Facebook invite.
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.
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge as viewed from the Council Bluffs riverfront. As unlikely as it may seem, the sandy shore near River’s Edge Park is one of the most peaceful places I know of anywhere in the city, despite its close proximity to both downtown Omaha and the I-480 Bridge. This is especially true during winter, when the area is all but deserted. Treasure the open access to this place while you can, because these quiet sandy banks may eventually be replaced by condominiums and shopping centers. Over the past few years, news stories have reported the Urban Land Institute’s vision of transforming the area into one of “dense urban living for young professionals,” which sounds repulsive to me. Here’s a vote for leaving the Iowa riverfront wild and green.
Second Fridays happens on January 8th, the first of 2016. I’ll be in the first-floor lobby, as usual. Come on down and say hi.
Winter is my favorite time of the year for photography. I was starting to worry that we’d never get any snow this winter, so the snowfall over the past week has been an awesome surprise. This is one of my favorite corn cribs along the backroads east of Council Bluffs. Thanks for all the support in 2015. Have a very Happy New Year!
Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa. What do you think about the Christmas lights in Bayliss this year? I think they’re a huge improvement over last year. Kind of sparse, but classy. 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.
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!
Bayliss Park, Veterans Plaza. This was taken last winter during a heavy overnight snowfall in early February. I remember it being so eerily peaceful, and the bronze statues (an amazing tribute to veterans) were my only company. I was hoping for a similar snowfall last night to complement the new Christmas lights, but I guess we’ll have to wait a bit longer. We attended the lighting ceremony on Thursday and had a great time. And my daughter was beyond excited to see Santa.
To me, one of the coolest things about social media (Facebook/Instagram in particular) is the collaborative sharing of pictures, particularly within a locality, showing various viewpoints of weather and celestial events. Supermoon? Check. Beautiful sunset? Check. Stormclouds, flooding, foot-high snow accumulation? Check, check, check. Spectacular sunrise on an otherwise mundane Tuesday in November? Thirty, maybe forty, photos in our newsfeeds from all over eastern Nebraska and western Iowa oohing and aahing over the sunrise this morning. What a fascinating time to be alive! Here's mine, tardy as usual.
Lake Manawa. Whenever I hear people talk about Lake Manawa like it’s some filthy fetid swamp, I want to invite them to join me to watch the sun rise behind Boy Scout Island. I’ll never get tired of this view. With that said, what do you think about Lake Manawa?
South of Council Bluffs, a majestic hilltop barn sits beneath the Milky Way. A tiny meteor is streaking through the upper-right corner. In the past month, I’ve done more night photography than I ever have. First, my brother and I spent mid-July in the Badlands and Black Hills photographing the inky clear skies of South Dakota. And then the Perseids meteor shower coincided with the new moon this past week, so I joined some local photographer friends on a couple of night outings, reveling in the eerie midnight stillness of rural western Iowa.
In other exciting news, mutual admiration has resulted in a mini-exhibit of my prints at Tussey’s Casual Grill in Omaha: four large landscape prints and six floral portraits. Go take a look and try their Thai chicken pasta. It is amazingly good.
This was taken last Thursday in Badlands National Park, during the new moon, near the area known as yellow mounds. I'm not going to bore you with all the obsessive planning/obsessing that has led up to the small series of photos I captured during our (ie, Teri's, Gavin's, and my) latest twelve-hour visit to the park. If you know me well, you already know how much I love the Badlands and how much I talk about visiting the park, and you're probably tired of hearing about it. I'll start the series with this photograph, taken around 1 am mountain time, that I will always look back on and smile because that wonderfully still night, adorned with distant calls from howling coyotes and mystery rustlings and the profound stillness between, seemed to last forever.
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!
Of all the old barns in and around Council Bluffs, this is my favorite. I was lucky enough to drive by just as the predawn glow burst into flames overhead. Speaking of, do you have any suggestions of photogenic barns around here, particularly those that aren't necessarily visible from the road? I'm working on a series of local barns/abandoned homes/farm structures, and I could use some help.