Aug 032017

dad and daughter take in the sunset
Father and Daughter take in the Sunset

A few final photos from a late June Omaha trip.  A couple of these were shot just before sunset on the Gene Leahy Mall.  The balance were shot after sunset near the fountains at the Heartland of America Park, which lies below the Mall on the Omaha riverfront.

twilight boat ride
dusk boat ride

the lower mall

The Mall below 10th Street

twilight on the mall
Twilight on the Gene Leahy Mall

families enjoying the park after sunset
families enjoying the park after sunset

two fountains after sunset
sunset silhouette (with fountains)

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.

Feb 242017

The Log Cabin
The Log Cabin and the Jones Street Footbridge

Some final photos from a late December walk in Omaha’s Elmwood Park. I already posted a set of photos from a frosty Christmas walk through Elmwood Park. The photos here were shot  several days later when the low-hanging, late-afternoon sun cast long shadows and  bathed trees and buildings in a warm yellow glow.  Oh, and regarding the above photo (and one below), check out these recent posts in Miss Cassette’s excellent My Omaha Obsession on the same subject: Mysteries of Omaha: The Log Cabin and the Jones Street Bridge (part 1) and part 2.

fence posts and shadow lines
fence posts and shadow lines

Elmwood Park Pavilion in the late afternoon sun
Elmwood Park Pavilion in the late afternoon sun


In addition to sanctioned urban art in the park exemplified by the above photo, local kids have kept alive the long-standing tradition of decorating the environs underneath the Jones Street bridge with graffiti and creative urban art, especially on logs around the trails underneath, as I commented on the above mentioned My Omaha Obsession post.

F*CK 50

Graffiti also shows up in the tunnel under the stone bridge in the Elmwood Park Grotto. But I believe such tunnel art is ephemeral because the City routinely paints it over (not a good backdrop for all the wedding photographers who pose wedding parties in the Grotto).

tunnel graffiti
tunnel graffiti

Jones Street Footbridge (without snow)
Jones Street Footbridge in Winter (without snow)

Elmwood Creek (with trail)_final
Elmwood Creek (with trail)

Happy trails.

Jan 072017

Downtown Walk with Holiday Lights
Downtown Walk with Holiday Lights

I took a late evening walk through the Central Park Mall near the Old Market while I was in my hometown of Omaha for the Holidays. Here are a few photos (all hand-held).

Happy New Year.

Holiday Lights Along the Mall
Holiday Lights Along the Mall

Fashion Photo Shoot On the Steps at Twilight

Fashion Photo Shoot on the Mall

The Arch
The Arch

Mall Lit Up
Mall Lit Up

Dec 312016

joslyn art museum composition
Joslyn Composition

A few iPhone photos of Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. The museum boasts a great permanent collection, and the Art Deco architecture is worth a visit alone. As wikipedia notes, the building, opened in 1931, is constructed of “Georgia Pink marble, with 38 different marbles from all over the world in the interior.” Some of that marble is seen in these shots, including the gorgeous fountain court.

joslyn fountain court
fountain court at Joslyn Art Museum2
Looking towards the Fountain Court at Joslyn Art Museum

Jan 162016

Blue Hour at the Durham (Union Station)
Blue Hour at the Durham

Omaha Union Station (1931) was one of the first Art Deco train station in the United States. It replaced the former Omaha Union Station built in 1899 (seen here in this old post card). The Art Deco Union Station closed for rail service in the 1970s and now houses the Durham Museum.

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

Christmas at Union Station

mimic and pose

Full set of photos may be seen here, on Flickr.

Omaha’s other passenger train station, the Italianate Burlington Station (1898) also closed in 1974 when a new Amtrak station was built a block or so to the east. The Burlington Station just underwent a major renovation, see my previous blog post and this set of photos on Flickr.

I’ve shot the Durham Museum / Union Station before. See, e.g. here for a closer up shot of the front façade, here for a close up of one of the south side entrances, and here for another shot of the interior.

Jan 092016

Burlington Station from Union Station
Burlington Station from Union Station

While I was back in my hometown over the holidays visiting family, I got a tour of the newly renovated Burlington Train Station by my brother’s wife, Sheila Ireland, who was the lead architect on the project (more on that below). Although I only had my iPhone, I managed to get some good images.

Restored Floor and Ceiling (1)
hall with restored tile floor, benches and rosette ceiling

The Burlington Station first opened in 1898 in time for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition World’s Fair held in Omaha. Designed by architect Thomas Rogers Kimball in an Italianate style with massive granite columns evocative of a Greek temple, the station echoed the style of Trans-Mississippi International Exposition. The station underwent a major renovation and re-design in 1930 to compete with the new Art Deco Omaha Union Station just across the rail yard (see this set of photos shot a few days later).

Burlington Station closed in 1974 after Amtrak constructed a new station to the east. The building passed through several owners and unsuccessful plans for various renovations and adaptive reuses, including failed plans for office space and residential condos, until local ABC-affiliate KETV purchased the property to relocate its TV station. Omaha-based architectural firm Leo A. Daly won the project and Sheila Ireland become the lead architect in no small part because she had done her Master Thesis on adaptive reuse of the Burlington Station. See this special presentation on the newly opened station, which includes this brief tour of the station and interview with Sheila, seen here in this video:

See also this article from the Omaha World Herald.

Restored Doors and Ceiling
Omaha's News Leaderend of the tour

Arched Ceiling and HallwayBurlington Northern train cars passing through

looking across the rail yard to Union StationBurlington Station front facade (B&W)
Lower level looking out to Union Station with passing Burlington Northern rail cars, and the front facade

another view of Burlington Station and the rail yard between Burlington and Union Stations

Here are some additional photos of the station before and after renovation from KETV. The full set of my photos may be see here, on Flickr.

Feb 082013

Mood for a Day

Winter sun filtered through thin clouds, peaking through snow covered branches.  Elmwood Park, Omaha.  I went out in the snow and took a few photos when I was home over the holidays.  Elmwood park is just a couple blocks from the family homestead — my playground growing up.   I’ve also tossed in a couple other winter photos of the park taken during trips home the past few years.

Jul 312012


silo art

The long abandoned giant grain elevators adjacent to Interstate 80 in Omaha are now used as a canvas for urban art. This project resulted from the vision and execution of Emerging Terrain, a non-profit research and design collaborative “working to engage the public about factors shaping the built environment by creating awareness, meaningful experiences, and vibrant places and spaces . . . through innovative design projects and site-specific interventions intended to shift frames of reference.”  The silo art in these photos is the second installation: Stored Potential: Transport(ation). The first, Stored Potential: Land Use, Agriculture and Food, a couple years ago included an event showcasing the installation that brought folks together at an 800 foot long table, running the length of the old grain elevator, with food from 110 local chefs and local food producers. Pretty cool.


Jan 112012
Keep Door Open

Keep Door Open

The sun also shines on the forgotten. I surreptitiously shot some abandoned structures in an urban lot a couple miles south of downtown Omaha when I was home over the holidays. I first thought this site was part of an old Army Quartermaster Depot Historic District, but I now think it’s just an old Utility District site a few blocks south. In any event, it’s a cluster of very interesting old buildings that looked great in the late afternoon December sun.

The bleak, snowless, winter terrain added to the desolate feel, but stark beauty, of this old place. I felt this mood was best matched by monochrome sepia processing for a look reminiscent of the bygone era when these structures were likely first built.  A couple shots, however, cried out for color:

And here’s a B&W shot of the sidewalk adjacent to the site. The neon sign attached to the building at the vanishing point is Piccolo’s, a very old school (“since 1933”) Italian steakhouse.

S 16 Spearmint
S 16 Spearmint

Jan 032012



I headed out to the Bob Kerry footbridge over the Missouri River to capture fireworks exploding over Omaha’s skyline during the New Year’s Eve 7PM family firework extravaganza downtown.

Despite being worried that very high wind gusts could set the stage for the next how to loose $2000 in 20 seconds video, I was attempting to stabilize my tripod as securely as possible when the rain started, then picked up along with the wind to drive me, soaking, off the bridge.

So I shot these from inside the car in the Gallup parking lot, with the camera hand held on the dashboard. No city skyline backdrop or river reflections. No chance for 2-4 second exposures, extended light trails or multiple explosion captures. But these turned out better than I expected under the circumstances.