Category: Nature and Landscape
Preparation Canyon State Park in Iowa’s Loess Hills is remote, heavily wooded and particularly beautiful in September and October.
Sunflowers and butterflies at DeSoto NWR
Great weather, sunflowers and Monarch butterflies on the move at DeSoto NWR.
Embarrassment of riches
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 still…
April snowfall creates silver-white wonderland
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.
The setting sun highlights the Dana Cross high above Blair at twilight.
Sunday solitude at Black Elk-Neihardt Park
Sunday morning stroll along trails that run along the ridges and through the valley at Black Elk-Neihardt Park in Blair.
Vivid and ephemeral beauty of Autumn
“The Autumn leaves drift by my window, the autumn leaves of red and gold…”
First snow of the year
Photos of light snow icing on trees and playground equipment Wednesday Morning, Nov. 6 at Stemmermann Park and Lions Park Trail at Arbor Park.
Crane migration nears peak along Platte
Row Sanctuary reported Thursday that the sandhill crane migration along the Platte River between Grand Island and Kearney is at or near its peak this weekend. Estimates are that 680,000 cranes – plus or minus 70,000 are roosting on the river. While the waterfowl may be enjoying the weather, the extremely wet conditions have restricted…
Prairie chickens dance at Switzer Ranch
In making my reservation for the Audubon Crane Fest this year I signed up for the Calamus Outfitters Prairie Chicken Tour on the Switzer Ranch at Calamus, NE. On a gray morning my tour companions and I boarded an old school bus to travel to the prairie chicken lek, or “booming grounds.” We sat quietly…
Sandhill crane migration
Harsh weather throughout Nebraska has made conditions along the Platte river between Grand Island and Kearney less than ideal for both cranes and humans who flock to see them.