The twinkling cityscape of downtown Omaha as admired from Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park in Council Bluffs. If you haven’t witnessed this view from the comparative silence of the CB riverfront recently, you should. On a cold winter’s night, the only sound is from the ice discs floating down the Missouri River from the Great Cold North, creating an eerie chatter as they spin into each other en route to warmer places. I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m not looking forward to the day when the quiet sandy banks on the Iowa side are replaced by condominiums and shopping centers. Late last year, news stories started emerging, reporting 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 one vote for leaving the Iowa riverfront wild and green.
Here's a time-lapse image (ie, long exposure) of the crepuscular goings on in Council Bluffs as viewed from the Lincoln Monument. In the background, of course, is downtown Omaha, looking like a distant lady in a sparkly dress.
Here's a higher-resolution and unFacebooked version of this image. I like to keep things positive, so I will just say that the image uploading process here on my site is much more gentle to images than in Facebook. The difference is more apparent in some images than in others, and this is one of the more dramatic examples. To judge for yourself, compare the image below to the one here. Enough about technical hangups.
I took this about a week ago on clear night from the Lincoln Monument here in Council Bluffs, Iowa. From this vantage, and with the sun setting so far south, the Omaha skyline is backlit by a luminous orange glow, and the long exposure (about 10 seconds) accentuates the background colors.