Sunday, July 22, 2007
The Durham Western Heritage Museum, Lauritzen Gardens and the Union Pacific Railroad Museum joined together for Railroad Days - 2007. A single ten dollar admission fee granted the entire family admission to all three locations for the entire weekend. Buses carried patrons from site to site.
A few locomotives were on display at the Western Heritage museum. Photos of these and the permanent railroad displays are here.
The new garden railroad was open to the public for the first time at Lauritzen Gardens. The large locomotives at Kenefick Park were available as usual. Here are photos a few photos.
I didn't make it to the UP museum during Railroad days. That will have to wait for another time.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Every year, just before the Fourth of July, the suburbs of Omaha are invaded by giant monsters.
Fireworks, banned in Omaha, are legal in the suburbs. Stands like these sprout up overnight. Each location sells fireworks to raise funds for a different charity.
I've always appreciated the irony of selling fireworks to support the volunteer fire department.
For more random street scenes, click here.
Large sections of the street were removed and replaced.
The construction made it difficult to get around the neighborhood for a few days. A little exploring was necessary, every evening, to find a new route home.
For a few more photos, click here.
This shot was taken a couple of days after the work on the front of the building was complete.
Quite a bit of furniture was delivered that morning.
Click here for more photos of the construction work.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
The tire only lost a little air and was repaired the next morning. I wouldn't have immediately noticed it. The low tire pressure indicator on the dashboard brought it to my attention.
For you photographers, I took this shot with the camera held inside the wheel well, set in macro mode and soft flash.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Crews are using lifts like the one in the foreground to put the finishing touches on several buildings.
You can see four lifts in this photo. There are about in dozen in use around the construction site.
Quite a bit of work remains to be completed in the two weeks before the Grand Opening on Memorial Day Weekend.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The photo was taken on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The next day, it raned buckets. That should slow down the traffic.
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Saturday, April 21, 2007
Many of the trees had started to bud when the late freeze hit. I was glad to see these survived. The flowers add a splash of color to the area around the duck pond.
If you'd like to see a few more photos from the duck pond, click here.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
By the time it was over there was over a foot of snow on the ground and the winds had peaked at over 50 miles per hour.
This guy was doing his best to stay dry while waiting for a bus. I'm guessing he got to his destination, but the bus service was cancelled mid-morning. Maybe he got a ride home from a friend.
Winter wasn't over. More snow was predicted to follow the next day.
You'll find more storm photos here.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
It was just after sunrise, the morning after a light snow. When I looked down at the street from my office window I saw tire tracks leading in and out of the empty parking spots. It only took a minute to retrieve the camera from my coat pocket. In that short time the Cox truck rolled into the forward spot.
Winter's not over. I'll be watching.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The Green Clean Process has three steps. First, any loose dust is removed with a sterile vacuum pickup powered by a can of compressed air. This is followed by a swipe of a wet wipe, then a swipe with a dry wipe.
I'm not sure the vac did much to clean the sensor, but it did a pretty good job on the dust that had worked it's way between the prism and the focusing screen. Most of the dust on the sensor wasn't loose. It seemed firmly stuck to the surface. The Green Clean folks start with this step so that dry particles don't scratch the sensor in the subsequent cleaning steps.
A couple of swipes with the wet and dry wipes removed the crud. I'm not endorsing the Green Clean system. It worked well enough, but it's a bit expensive. After buying the kit, I stumbled across this site with information on several different cleaning methods. Read the information and make your own choice.
If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, most camera stores will clean your sensor for a reasonable fee.