Dec 162016

lights like four fireflies_new final
Lights Like Four Fireflies

The above photo of the snow-covered Grotto in Omaha’s Elmwood Park is one of several photos of mine found in the 2017 Omaha “River City” Calendar. The calendar is one of five events calendars for Midwestern cities (Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Omaha) published by American City Calendars. Several of my Omaha photos were published in a previous (2012) ACC calendar and it is nice to again have a few shots selected. (Last time, my mom wiped out the stock of calendars at Barnes & Noble (well, they only had three left), but this time she left a decent stock on the shelves).

The use of my shots also helped justify my decision to update my old Olympus Pen E-P3 m4/3 camera with a new Pen F (and the sale paid for a big chunk on the Pen F, as I noted in a previous post).

Here are a couple of my other photos in the 2017 Omaha ACC calendar:

Joslyn Art Museum in the Summer
Joslyn Art Museum with Daffodils

Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. A beautiful piece of art deco architecture and a surprisingly good permanent art collection (for a city of Omaha’s size). It routinely gets great exhibits to boot. A few other photos I’ve shot of the art museum may be seen here.

Daugherty Conservatory and Visitor / Education Center
Daugherty Conservatory and Visitor & Education Center

The Daugherty Conservancy and Visitor and Education Center at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s 100 acre, public Botanical garden and center (more about the botanical garden here and here).

Have a great 2017.

Dec 152011

A few days ago I found a nice post on my facebook page from an old High School friend that said:

I just bought a calendar for next year at Barnes & Noble. It is pictures of Omaha and what do you know, Matthew Ireland’s pictures are the cover of several months :). I am a host family and my student from [a different country] will be taking the calendar back home tomorrow. Good job Matt!

It was very gratifying to realize that someone I knew saw the calendar and bought it…only to discover later that it included four of my photos.  The calendar is by American City Calendars, which publishes, as they put it, “calendars containing beautiful photography while listing fun and interesting events taking place in and around the highlighted cities” in the Midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Omaha. I was contacted about this shot of the new baseball stadium downtown, Ameritrade Park, which just opened this year, replacing Omaha’s historic Rosenblatt Stadium, home of baseball’s College World Series for 60 years. This June saw the first CWS in the new ballpark:

nighttime at the new ballpark

These two photos, along with two others of mine, made it into the 2012 Omaha calendar (and made me a chunk of change).  I told my mom that they were being sold at Barnes & Noble and she went out the next day and . . . bought the entire stock (well, they only had three left, and that’s just one bookstore:)).