When ever there is a change in the weather I head out to Black Elk-Neihardt Park in Blair. When the wind comes up, snow falls, leaves change color I’m like a kid at Christmas -I know there will be something spectacular to photograph at my favorite park.
Black Elk – Neihardt Park in Blair is a great place to go leaf peeping, and autumn color is at or reaching its peak in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.
New vistas are open to view at Black Elk Neihardt Park in Blair thanks to volunteers who have carved out a new mountain bike and multi-use trail at the western edge of the park. The trail opens up acres of park property that have been nearly inaccessible due to dense trees, grass and brush.
The weather was fine and so were the rides on Saturday night for the final cruise night of the season in Blair.
Tuesday afternoon I grabbed a lens that I haven’t used in awhile and headed down to California Bend to commemorate the first day of autumn 2020.
Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska is the signature landmark on the Oregon Trail. The stone column rises nearly 300 feet above the North Platte river valley. The national historical site and visitors center is maintained and operated by History Nebraska. The museum inside the center has been expanded and updated. The exhibits are interesting andContinue reading “Looking for landmarks”
After reading “The Oregon Trail A New American Journey” I knew where my next road trip would take me. The book is the story of the author Rinker Buck’s, “crazy ass passion” to make the first unassisted covered wagon crossing of the Oregon Trail in over 100 years. I was totally captivated by the personalitiesContinue reading “In Search of the Oregon Trail”
Preparation Canyon State Park in Iowa’s Loess Hills is remote, heavily wooded and particularly beautiful in September and October.
Great weather, sunflowers and Monarch butterflies on the move at DeSoto NWR.
Blair Class of 2020 graduates finally were able to savor success and gain a sense of closure during commencement exercises held at Krantz field on August 1. Classroom learning and school sports, activities and events including graduation were all postponed or suspended during the final quarter of the school year. In his commencement address, PrincipalContinue reading “Blair Graduation Scrap book”
While many summer activities and events have been canceled due to covid pandemic concerns, the 2020 Washington County Fair was held pretty much as scheduled. Featured events included a rodeo, 4H shows, mud volleyball, tractor pulls and a livestock auction. Fair Board President Jason Cloudt said the 2020 fair was successful considering the circumstances.
This summer reminds me of the first time I retired many years ago. After a satisfying 32 years of teaching I was looking forward to new opportunities. Like most retirees I had a long list of things I was going to “get around to” after I retired. A good share of those things are stillContinue reading “Embarrassment of riches”
The Nebraska Press Association released the results of the 2019 annual Better Newspaper contest on June 30. The Washington County Enterprise, Pilot-Tribune and Arlington Citizen earned 24 first-place awards. The Citizen and Pilot-Tribune were both awarded First Place General Excellence in their circulation divisions. Personally, I was pleased to earn the First Place Class DContinue reading “Enterprise Media earns NPA awards”
Current and retired faculty and staff formed a caravan which included a fire truck and school bus and paraded past the entrance to Feet Calhoun Middle School and High School to honor Dr. Don Johnson on his final before retirement on Tuesday, July 30, 2020. Johnson served as Fort Calhoun high school and middle schoolContinue reading “Thanks for the memories Don Johnson”
Ten years ago this week on June 30, 2010 the Dana Board of Regents and Dana Corporation abruptly announced that the 126 year old Lutheran institution would permanently close. As photographer for the Enterprise newspaper I had regularly visited the campus to photograph the annual Sights and Sounds of Christmas, picturesque seasonal campus landscapes, and occasional sports,Continue reading “News Photographer recollects Dana Closing”
If you can drive it, you probably could find it on the streets in downtown Blair on Cruise Night in May. Another cruise night is planned for July 4 before the fireworks show. The event, organized by Blair resident Matt Saunders, drew hundreds of cars — both classic and modern — that cruised along WashingtonContinue reading “May Cruise Night in Blair”
The plastic tiara I am wearing in a photo taken by my daughter announces that I am, “Officially Retired.” And I am. -Well sort of. The tiara was a gag gift from my kids when they unexpectedly showed up at my house to give me a surprise retirement party. For more than seventeen years IContinue reading “Ready to wander”
A six inch snow fall late Thursday and early Friday morning created a silver white wonderland in Washington County and the Omaha Metro area. Early morning light and clearing skies made for a picture perfect walk along paths at Black Elk – Neihardt Park and Arbor Park Arboretum in Blair.
Blair High School bands presented their annual winter concert in the Lela Neve Auditorium.
The Blair Area Community Band and the Blair Community Choir performed their annual holiday concert for an appreciative audience in the Lela Neve Auditorium at Blair High school.
The yearly fundraiser for Joseph’s Coat and the Washington County Food Pantry netted around $34,000. The Washington County Food Pantry serves 143 families, 366 individual and 12 new families in an average month.
The Blair Bakery is usually busy on Saturday morning, but nothing like November 23, when cars began arriving before 4:30 and customers lining the sidewalks waiting for Connie Custard to open up so they could buy out the donuts and cookies to allow Connie to spend time with her husband Jim. Jim, a Marine veteran hasContinue reading “Clearing the shelves to support Blair Bakery owners”
Families again filled the sidewalks along Washington Street to take part in the 18th annual sugar Plum Festival in downtown Blair last week. Highlights included photos with Santa, hayrack rides pulled by horse and tractors, lots of free treats and other goodies, and seasonal music music by local bands and carolers.
The setting sun highlights the Dana Cross high above Blair at twilight.
Sunday morning stroll along trails that run along the ridges and through the valley at Black Elk-Neihardt Park in Blair.
“The Autumn leaves drift by my window, the autumn leaves of red and gold…”
Crisp but pleasant evening for Halloween activities in Blair on Thursday, Nov. 31.
Photos of light snow icing on trees and playground equipment Wednesday Morning, Nov. 6 at Stemmermann Park and Lions Park Trail at Arbor Park.
Floodwaters inundated the Arlington fair grounds in March, but thanks to the determination of the The Washington County Fair Board and hours and hours of hard work by more than 100 volunteers, the Washington County Fair was held as scheduled July 26-31. I enjoy everything about the fair, but the most memorable event for meContinue reading “Washington County Strong”
During the last few days of my month-long adventure through the North-west I drove along U.S. Highway 2 which parallels the Canadian Border. My plan was to end my trip as I began by visiting historical forts, battlefields, and other points of interest. After a night off the road at a motel in Haver, MontanaContinue reading “Last of a series: Homeward bound”
For the past two years I have planned to visit Glacier National Park and each time a severe forest fire dashed those plans. This year I decided to incorporate the trip in my journey to follow the Lewis and Clark Trail. While Lewis and Clark never passed through what is now Glacier National Park, streamsContinue reading “Spring time in Glacier National Park”
Following the Lewis and Clark Trail to the Columbia river and the Pacific Ocean was only one part of my vision in traveling to the Northwest. The other part was to view some of the sights that my wife and I had visited almost 36 years ago when we were first married. On leaving OregonContinue reading “Wandering along the Washington coast”
“Ocian in view! O! the joy,” were the words ( and spelling) that Clark penned in his journal on November 7, 1805. He was a bit premature – what he had seen was the Columbia River estuary – not the ocean. Never-the-less he was near the end of his trek to reach the Pacific Ocean. IContinue reading “Ocean in view!”
On May 28, 2019 – The Day after Memorial Day – I departed from my home in Blair, Nebraska on a month- long adventure through the Northwest United States. My goal was to visit significant historical landmarks along the Lewis and Clark Trail and spend time in Olympic and Glacier National Parks. My first stopContinue reading “Northwest Adventure: Following the Lewis and Clark Trail”
Family and friends filled the Blair High School gymnasium Sunday, May 19 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Blair High School Class of 2019. Blair Community Schools Superintendant Randall Gilson commended the class members for their many accomplishments in academics, athletics fine arts and extra -curricular activities. He then told the graduates thatContinue reading “Blair High School Class of 2019”
Blair, Fort Calhoun and Arlington track teams qualified 27 athletes for State Track and Field Championship competition at Omaha Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. Fort Calhoun runners Zack Marshall and Taya Skelton earned state track gold. Arlington freshman Kailynn Gubbels and junior Milee Young each took home two state medals.
On the first weekend of each month from May until October, visitors to Fort Atkinson Historical Park near Fort Calhoun can experience how life might have been lived at the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. The fort was established in 1820 and was active until 1827.
During her commencement address, salutatorian Avery McKennan told her classmates, “ The real world is ahead of us, but I know that our class is full of individuals ready to pursue their own successful futures.” Congratulations to the Fort Calhoun class of 2019 and best wishes in your pursuit of success.
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