Jul 222017
 

Elmwood Park Pool at dusk
Cool Blue Pool (Elmwood Park Pool at Twilight)

A few photos from a recent June, 2017, trip to my hometown, Omaha. Featuring a couple of shots from my old stomping grounds in Elmwood Park. I’ve shot the Jones Street footbridge to the park (just a couple blocks away from where I grew up) many times before, although mostly in winter (quite a contrast to the lush path through the trees). I’ve also included a few photos from Omaha’s historic Old Market.

The bridge in summer
The Bridge in Summer

Juliet Old Market
Juliet Old Market

Old Market Passageway
Old Market Passageway

late twilight Old Market stroll
Old Market Stroll

The full set of photos may be seen here, on Flickr.

Jul 192017
 

left field at twilight
Left Field at Twilight

A few photos from the last past two years of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha. I’ve been going to CWS games since I was a kid.  The series has been in Omaha continuously since 1950 — first at Rosenblatt Stadium for 60 years, and, starting in 2011,  at the new T.D. Ameritrade Park downtown.

dusk at the ballpark
Dusk at the Ballpark

lightning and rain delay before the game

lightning and rain delay before the game

Sun and Shadows on the field
Sun and shadows on the field

Jul 172017
 

UP 844 Upfront
U.P. 844 Upfront

The last steam locomotive produced for Union Pacific in 1944, UP 844 steamed into town to be displayed across from TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, for the College World Series last month. The 844 is one of Union Pacific’s oldest serving locomotives, and the only steam locomotive never retired by a major American railroad. In addition to the B&W photo, above, shot with my Olympus Pen-F, the photo below are iPhone shots.

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Steam Locomotion

UP Steam Locomotive_o
The Mighty UP 844

Jun 272017
 

wing reflections and the seting sun_o
wing reflections and the setting sun

What started out as a frustrating flight delay–which nearly made me miss a connecting flight–paid off with a spectacular setting sun and cloud display. First waiting to board, then from the plane as the sun started to set.

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heavenly cloud display

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rays of hope after a weather delay

In addition to the dramatic, sun-lit clouds, we were treated (well, those who had window seats and bothered to pay attention, which did not appear to be a whole lot of folks on a full flight) to an amazing electrical display:

Jun 162017
 

umbrella illumintated steam & reflections_o
umbrella, illuminated steam, and street reflections

A few iPhone shots. First, a black and white shot of Beacon Street on rainy night on Beacon Hill. Despite the challenge of shooting a dark street punctuated by bright car and street lights, this hand-held iPhone shot turned out quite well indeed. I’m particularly fond of this photo, especially because it took some patience, despite the rain, to frame a passerby with an umbrella just right in the available light.

Although less challenging, the twilight shots from the Back Bay near Bay Village also turned out nicely.

Back Bay Twilight composition (with fence)
Twilight Back bay (with fence)

Valet
Valet (twilight Back Bay)

Jun 112017
 

Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow light bridge for Pride Week

A few photos, including some iPhone shots, during Boston’s Pride Week, including the Pride Parade on June 10th.

Orlando Pulse Survivors
Orlando Pulse Survivors

A nice surprise to see the colorful and jubilant float with survivors of the tragic mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub nearly a year ago to the day of Boston’s parade. The Pulse shooting, which claimed 50 lives, was the deadliest instance of violence against the LBGT community in U.S. history, and the countries’ deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11.


Pride flag draped over the old Hancock Building (with clouds)

Boston Pride
Boston Pride

May 262017
 

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Boston Mourns Manchester Victims

The Union Jack flies at half mast over City Hall Plaza as Boston mourns victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena. A couple of quick iPhone shots a couple of days after the bombing. #iPhoneography #ManchesterBombing

Boston Mourns Manchester victims_oThe Union Jack flies at half mast over City Hall Plaza

Apr 302017
 

Info Tables at the Boston Climate March
Big crowd at the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization

Thousands gathered on Boston Common for the Boston People’s Climate Mobilization on a beautiful April Day. And in Washington D.C., about 200,000 marched in “sweltering,” 90+ degree heat for the main People’s Climate March (including lots of Bostonians who made the trip). Sister marches were held in about 300 cites in the U.S. and 600 cites, total, worldwide. Which is all the more impressive as the Climate Marches took place just a week after the Marches for Science in D.C., Boston, and hundreds of cities around the world.

Big Crowd for the Boston Climate March

Oil Spills Kill

No Science, No Truth | Know Science,Know Truth

The Earth Does Not Have Four YearsNice Day at the Boston Climate March

Denial is DangerousLots of Kids at the Boston Climate March

Boston Climate March Panorama

At the Bandstand

Bethel AME Church Rev. Mariama White-Hammond at the Bandstand

See the full set here, on Flickr.

Apr 042017
 

The Durham (Omaha Union Station) at Twilight
Omaha Union Station at Twilight

On January 11, 2017, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Omaha Union Station (listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1971) a National Historic Landmark. Which is kind of a big deal: only about 2,500 of the more than 85,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places are designated National Historic Landmarks.

I’ve shot this magnificent example of Art Deco architecture before, but wanted to highlight its new status with this post. Interior’s January designation noted that the Station “is one of the most distinctive and complete examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation . . . [and] outstandingly expresses the style’s innovative and diverse surface ornamentation inspired by the machine age.” That surface ornamentation includes the heroic female and male railroad worker bas-relief sculptures seen in the photos below (and close up here and here). The station’s great hall boasts a 60 foot high, sculpted plaster ceiling with gold and silver leaf trim, a terrazzo floor including marvelous starbust patterns, and impressive 13-foot tall chandeliers. See here for more on the station’s history and architecture.

Omaha Union Station (10th Street entrance façade)
Omaha Union Station (south entrance)

Designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood in 1929, Omaha Union Station opened in 1931. In addition to other rail stations and federal buildings such as the San Francisco Mint, Underwood is known for designing landmark lodges and hotels in many National Parks, including Yellowstone, Bryce, Grand Teton, and Yosemite (there the famous Ahwahnee Hotel, currently embroiled in a trademark dispute over rights to its name, but that’s another story).

mimic and pose

Blue Hour at the Durham (Union Station)

The designated landmark is actually the third Omaha Union Station at the site and replaced the second Union Station built adjacent to the historic 10th Street bridge in 1899. Omaha Burlington Station—first opened in 1898 across the rail yard from Union Station—also served passengers in the busy Omaha rail hub of the first half of the 20th Century, the fourth largest in the country. Union Station alone served about 10,000 passengers per day in the 1940s. Passenger rail service declined drastically starting in the mid-1950s, and both Omaha Union Station and Burlington Station closed in the early 1970s when a new Amtrak station opened nearby.

Donated by Union Pacific to the City of Omaha, Union Station now houses the Durham Museum. As noted on the museum’s website, the Durham showcases everything from permanent exhibits highlighting the history of Omaha and its surrounding regions, to traveling exhibitions from the museum’s national partners including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Field Museum.

 

To Trains

Inside Omaha Union Station

Soda Fountain
Setting Sun Illuminates Union Station Lights and Flags_final
Setting Sun Illuminates Union Station Lights and Flags

A full set of two dozen photos of Omaha Union Station I’ve shot over the years may be seen here, on Flickr.