POTD: From Above

If there is one thing I have come to love about Omaha, Nebraska, it would have to be the amount of parks they have. Ed Zorinsky recreational park, was such a beautiful park to walk in and I only explored about a quarter or less of it. 

Along the way, there were a lot of little patches of flowers popping up here and there. Most were isolated in individual bunches, likes this one, spaced a few feet apart. 

Originally I had shot this bunch of flowers with my macro lens on and I’ll be sharing those images later this week. 

But as I was looking around, I really wanted to capture the intense contrast these little ones had with their surroundings. If I was a painter I would of spent most of my time painting what would be a massive green background with specks of color here and there. It was really beautiful to scan around and find just there bursts of color. 

With a few of the flowers I found, I took some lovely landscape type photographs but wasn’t really satisfied with the contrast. So as I was thinking about this photo, I slowly started to stand up and realized that looking down into the grass created the image I was looking for. 

It was just one of those happy moments of realization when you find the answer or solution to your problem right in front of your face. And so that is how this little gem was created. 

I discussed perspectives last week and this fits in with that. Sometimes we make more of mess and more trouble for ourselves by complicating the answers we are looking for, instead of letting the simplicity of life have free reign. 

I hope everyone has a great Monday night and we will see ya tomorrow. 

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POTD: Perspective

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After all that I have shared this week, I was worried when I saw this was the photograph that I had chosen first and thus was the last one to be scheduled.

I had expected to post it last week but was hesitant because I wasn’t sure it was good enough. As I came across it again, I had the same hesitation. What makes this shot special?

And then it came to me. It is the story behind it, or rather the story I can pull from it. You see, I don’t know what kind of plant it is, it was growing every where and honestly, I am sure my plant propagation teacher is sad that I’ve forgotten how to identity any of it.

I remember walking along and noticed the patch growing along the side of the path and wanted to try and capture it all in one big group. I did and perhaps it’ll be posted later. I also wanted to try and single out a few of the plants though.

I was just experimenting really.

This shot made it through and as I edited and dug through the masses of shots I had, it kept making the cut. I just didn’t know why.

Tonight, I finally see it for what it can be.

Here was this plant, growing much the same as it’s peers, to everyone around, it wasn’t anything special. Alone though it can shine and it can be beautiful. It’s an individual made up of it’s own qualities. Blending in but capable of standing out. Normal but capable of being abnormal.

Like all of us, it can shine bright and beautiful if we give it the time to tell us it’s story.

I hope you have enjoyed in seeing the world though my eyes this week and I hope that it inspires you to look a little different at everything around you. You never know what or who you can find. Just remember everyone is beautiful, it is us who are viewing them who must allow that beauty into our lives.

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday!


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POTD: The Trail [Part 3]

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Omaha, Nebraska is not at all like anywhere I have lived before. You can be in the downtown area and then drive fifteen minutes east and be in farm country.

Much like Omaha, Ed Zorinsky Recreational Park, had it’s fair share of surprises for me.

What had been a fairly fun walk hidden among the trees on one of the unofficial paths, suddenly opens up into this clearing and from there the trees just slowly disappeared.

I still had them on my right and left but for a moment they stood only to frame the sky with was so lovely. A warm and bright day, I was gifted with this beautiful sea of white and blue.

Everything about this path was dreamy. It was just perfection after perfection. I worried so much that I wouldn’t be able to capture what I was seeing. Luckily, I was and this painted sky will hopefully find it’s way on my wall soon.

Moments like this, brought to you by curiosity.


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POTD: The Trail [Part 2]

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Ed Zorinsky Recreational Park in Omaha, Nebraska, was such a gold mine for inspiration.

When I stumbled upon this trail, I knew that I had been asked by the official park sign not to go on it. But clearly I wasn’t the first person to do so.

As I was looking over this spot, the idea came to mind, to get real low, as in crouch down because I wasn’t about to put my bare knee in the dirt. (I was itchy enough as it was.)

It changed my view enough to make this area seem larger and wild. It broke up the uniformity of the rest of the trail. Here is where it really felt like an adventure. I wanted to get lost and find something new. I wanted to spend hours here, much as I had done in the forests of northern California when I was in college.

For a moment I was far away from everyone and there was no going back.

I wanted to shrink down to have the grass tower over me, the trees standing as giants. Adventure truly is out there.


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POTD: The Naked Tree

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I should really take the time to study more about trees.

This was from my adventures in Ed Zorinsky Recreational Park in Omaha, Nebraska. I found this area of trees after I decided to ignore the one sign that said to stay on the path and follow along a dirt path that ran parallel to the normal path.

The reason I want to learn about tree’s has to do with what I am seeing here. Why are the branches on the lower end all broken and “dead?”

I guess, it could be because the canopy created by the tops would render them useless as not enough light gets through. I mean, that’s what I would say if I was pretending to know what I was talking about.

I definitely loved this spot though.

This is what I look for in nature. The not so pretty, pretty things. I pushed the lovely green, lively trees to the back and put in focus the branches and the trunks. The foundations for it all, the parts that keeping growing, providing the necessities for the rest. Year after year, they grow and strengthen. While most of us will love the tree for the few moments it looks “pretty,” I’ll love them for what they are, a whole lot of everything.


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POTD: The Lonely Tree

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When walking in parks, I wonder about how they are planned out. I literally have no idea how a park is created. How much of it is natural and how much was designed my man?

Take this tree for instance.

It was just growing by itself along the path. There wasn’t much around around it except the tall grass and then the forested area behind it. Was this planned? Did it just grow here after they were done or was it already here and they just went around it?

One thing I do know is most of these parks are around reservoirs that were created to help with water issues. At one point, one of them was just farm land. I don’t know the history of this park, Ed Zorinsky Park, and I should probably find out. The name alone is curious because the other parks I go to are named for the area they are in.

I also wonder if this tree is lonely. Can tree’s feel lonely? Would it matter? Either way I guess, it’s doing it’s thing and everyday it works on survival. It’ll grow and grow, watching people go by everyday, no one paying it much attention. It’ll provide shade and a home for wildlife. One day it may get to big and begin to tear up the sidewalk. Then what?

So, I was glad to take it’s picture, providing it a chance to live on in my memories and in the memories of all who see it, as the tree that did it’s thing and didn’t care, because that’s what trees do.


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POTD: Through the Fence

Photography should force you to look at the world different. It should move you to explore and experiment with how you see the world.

This photo isn’t the greatest or the most unique, but the story behind it reminds of why, as a photographer, I like to move slowly and try to look for things that can be glanced over. Again, this was shot at Ed Zorinsky Recreational Park in Omaha, Nebraska. I was actually on my way back to my car and had to cross over a couple of bridges. The bridges were efficient at ensuring no one had easy access to the creeks below and I am sure that is for a good reason.

Why trying to find a good shot of the bridge, I noticed this large flowering plant. [I’m not good at identifying plants so if you know what it is please let me know.] At this point I was already really obsessed with the bright flowers I found growing in the park, but like this plant, most were inaccessible. Wanting to try an capture the color though, I took a few shots, one of which I will spotlight later on, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the outcome.

This plant, was easily missed because it grew out along the bank parallel to the bottom of the bridge and as a casual walker you wouldn’t have a need to look down as you crossed. I wanted to try and get closer to the flowers but I wasn’t about to risk climbing down the bank, which I couldn’t see, and there was this fencing along the bridge which kept it at a distance.

As I was staring at the flowers through the fence, I realized that the fence is apart of the flowers story. While it kept me and others from getting to this plant, acting like a restriction, for the plant it was a protector. It was able to grow larger and longer because it wasn’t disturbed. The flowers could sprout and do their thing and no one was going to come along and trample them or pick them (do people do that still?)

I enjoyed this thought and wanted to work together with the fence in this shot. I allowed it create a bottom border in the photo and with the vines that were growing along it completing the border along the other edges, the eye should be drawn to the middle of the image and the vibrant purple of the flowers. Man and nature working together, unintentionally to create a moment where we can reflect on the coordination of roles to provide opportunities.

I’m sure we can all think of how to tie that thought into our lives and come up with some wise and powerful metaphor, but I will leave that to you.