Friday Photography

Greater Nebraska: The Temporary Art Exhibit at Lux Center for the Arts

The current exhibit entitled “Greater Nebraska” that is currently at Lux Center for the Arts has many different elements.  Now to be honest, I would not call every element family friendly, at least not for small children.  (I think some supervision and distraction just might be in order).  But there is much in the exhibit to appreciate and to contemplate.  Since the display is so diverse, you will definitely find a piece that will appeal to your sense of artistic impression.

Here are two of my favorite pieces:

Lux Word 1

“Three Season Porch” and “Scratch Track” were both created by Matthew Sontheimer.  Why they appealed to me?  I am not great at painting or sketching, but I do like to create with words.  So these two pieces appealed to my unique artistic side.

As for my kids, they definitely enjoyed the interactive art piece.

Lux Musical Piece and the kids

The mixed media creation by Jay Kriemer entitled “Bobbers” allows the viewer to interact with the subject.  (Finally I had to convince the staff member that perhaps turning the amplification off was a good idea! 🙂  They did have fun!)



Photo cropped directly from the Lux Website

One other display that would definitely qualify for Friday photography is the framed photographs by Katherine Endacott.  I first read about this local photographer in an article in the Lincoln Journal Star last fall.  Many months ago she started a Facebook page entitled, “Good Morning Pleasant Dale.”  Using her Android phone, she captures images from her country neighborhood.  A delightful collage of her framed photographs are a part of this exhibition.  You can also personally check out her Good Morning, Pleasant Dale! Facebook page to see more.

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Friday Photography: The Art of Local Lincoln Artist Ann Williams

Berean Creation

Normally for this type of column, I feature many different photographs.  Today I wanted to focus on just one! This commissioned sculpture is entitled, “All Creation Praises.”  For me, this piece just reflects joy.  I think it is beautiful.

Living in the Lincoln area, the artist Ann Williams happens to also be the Visual Arts Director at Lincoln Berean Church.  Several of her pieces are on display there.  To learn more about how and why she created this particular piece, you can visit her page on this artwork.  I debated on trying to summarize her story, but I feel that I would lessen the impact of her sculpture.

If you look carefully at both her website and my blog post about the Lincoln Berean Church “Art Gallery” yesterday, you may notice a few more of her pieces.  What I appreciate most about her work is her intentionality and purpose behind every piece that she creates.  I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

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Friday Photography: Inside Back to the Bible

As I mentioned yesterday, my association with Back to the Bible has been happening for a long time.  Growing up, we often listened to their radio broadcasts.  As I mentioned yesterday, my Mom worked there for a few years, and my Dad has been involved with the board for a long time.   Back when I was a classroom teacher, “Back to the Bible” was one of our field trips.

Usually my Friday photography posts have involved landscapes.  But since Back to the Bible really does not give very many public tours, I thought I would give you a peak inside this longtime Lincoln organization.

Back 2 Bible Lobby Area

A dimensional globe and Bible statue greets you near the entrance.  The large meeting room contains a welcoming seating area as well as the potential to hold many, many tables and chairs.

Back 2 Bible History

The above sign explains a bit of the history.  Originally, the organization was formed as a radio broadcast.  One of the things that I appreciated about Back to the Bible is that they do not remain stagnant.  While radio is still one aspect, they have expanded to include other parts, such as Go Tandem, which is an app that helps you to interact with the Bible in an electronic way.

B2Bible Center for Bible Engagement

An additional aspect that they have expanded to include is the Center for Bible Engagement.  Their ultimate goal is to encourage others to read the Bible for themselves.  So, they have studied what repels and draws people to the Bible.

Back 2 Bible Reminders

Their organization is multi-tiered with displays visualizing all of those who help to make Back to the Bible, including the opportunity for “you” to be a viable part.

Back 2 Bible Partnership

I have taken my kids there for tours now.  Their favorite parts: seeing the giant globe and the see through fish tank.  I enjoy reading all of the history, but I cannot say that I have ever managed to read through all of their displays.  Something to do with interruptions? 🙂

Back 2 Bible globe & fish

When the time gets closer to their 75th anniversary late spring, I will tell you more about the history of how Back to the Bible has made an impact in Lincoln, in Nebraska and even around the world.

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Friday Photography: Kit’s Corner at the Lincoln Children’s Museum

I had the opportunity recently to write about Kit’s Corner (at the Lincoln Children’s Museum) and another favorite Lincoln place for kids in the January L Magazine. (My other favorite? Union Plaza Place Park – more on that place later)

The story of what a family decided to do with their grief is actually what inspired to first think about writing beyond a blog.  After Kit Scott died tragically in her 20’s, her family chose to honor the memory this lovely young woman by creating, among other projects, two wonderful places around Lincoln where kids can play and learn and grow.  Because The L Magazine was possibly going to include children in the magazine photos, I asked two dear friends if I could photograph their toddlers playing.  Since the room is intended for kids age 3 and under, sadly my kids have outgrown the room. (Wait – I don’t think I want to go back to diapers – guess I will just enjoy watching others’ little ones play now! 🙂  )

Children's Museum Kit's Corner 2

And thus began my first (and possibly last) children’s photo shoot.  I am not sure if I just have a slow camera or if I really need to improve my photography skills.  Capturing the cuteness of little ones on the move was a big struggle.  I just know that I will not be signing up as a child’s portrait photographer anytime soon.  Those who are successful in that field must be way underpaid.

Well, the magazine ended up using more pictures of the places rather than people in the article.  But my friends graciously agreed to let me show you my efforts on the blog.  These two toddlers were definitely two of the cutest subjects I have ever tried to photograph (Besides my own children and new niece & nephew of course! 😉 )

Children's Museum J

She was a bit shy and did not get into having her picture taken.  But I love how her painted face adds to the atmosphere.  Fun to watch her explore!  Her favorite part was the puzzles, but those pictures are not quite as interesting as the ones above.  What a sweet little girl!

Lincoln Children's Museum E

This little guy knew he was being photographed.  So he kind of delighted in hiding from me.  And sending a few sly grins my way.  Love that kid!

Thanks, friends, for letting me attempt to successfully photograph your adorable toddlers!


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The Place of Fairy Tales: Joslyn Castle in Omaha (Part 2)

Joslyn Exterior Castle View

If I had to pick one home in Nebraska that I have always wanted to see, Joslyn Castle in Omaha would be at the top of list.  Since I always love going to homes that have been decorated for Christmas, I knew that getting to see Joslyn Castle in December would be incredible.  So, when the Joslyn Castle Trust graciously agreed to let us in to take a few photographs this week, I was definitely excited.

Joslyn Exterior Details

Wandering around the first floor with a camera resulted in many, many pictures – such an incredible place!  My eyes were almost on beauty overload!  So, this will be a longer post, but hopefully you will enjoy my view of Joslyn.  My ultimate goal is to convince you to visit yourself.  While it was fun being able to go from room to room, I think I would have enjoyed a tour even more.  I always like knowing the story behind the place.

Do you feel the same way?  You have 2 more Sunday opportunities to experience Joslyn Castle at its holiday finest.  Tours are happening at 1,2 and 3 p.m. this Sunday the 15th and the 22nd.  If you have an opportunity to go, I would highly recommend the experience!  (Note: adults are $6 and Seniors/students are $3.)  Now on to my pictures and a bit of the story …

As the wealthiest Nebraskans at the turn of the century, George and Sarah Joslyn wanted their home to reflect their means and station.  So, they purchased over 5 acres on the outskirts of Omaha (now considered mid-town) and spent 11 months having their dream home constructed.  This was an amazing feat due to the abundance of woodwork and the sheer size of the project.  As spectacular as the home is today, I am certain that it would have been even more beautiful when the place was furnished.

Joslyn Castle entrance alcove

The Grand Staircase hall.

Joslyn Castle 2nd floor Looking Out and Down

The view from the 2nd floor stained glass windows and the view looking down from the 2nd floor staircase landing.

Joslyn Castle Room with (interior) views

Which direction to choose?  So many beautiful options!

Joslyn Morning Room

The front morning room was used as Sarah Joslyn’s office.  I know that I would be perfectly happy to sit in this room and work!

Joslyn Library

The other main front room is the library.  Etched glass bookcases covered several of the walls.  They now contain pictures and memorabilia from the house and family.

Joslyn library photographs

Pictures of George and Sarah Joslyn grace several of the walls.

Joslyn Music RoomChapel

The music room occupies the front side of the house to the west.  Joslyn Castle does rent out parts of the first and second floor for many special occasions such as ceremonies and receptions.  Including weddings.  Almost as if this room was intended for this purpose …

(Note; We were so excited to have Grammi join us for the day.  My mom is pictured above with the kids!)

Joslyn Music Room Balcony

This small balcony area is the same level as the first floor.  There is a view of the conservatory – a miniature indoor greenhouse area resplendent with flowers and plants.

Joslyn Conservatory of Flowers

The conservatory is located on the back north part of the house.  The etched glass garden door is original.  A small path winds through the garden areas.  This area can also be seen just off of the Great Staircase Hallway. 

Joslyn Drawing Room

Due to the opulence, at first I thought this room was used for dining.  I found out that it was actually their main living and entertaining area.

Joslyn Dining Room Fireplace and Tree

The dining area is adjacent to the living room.  With the dark woodwork and ornate carvings, the room feels warm and cozy.  I was told that some of the woodwork is incredibly rare and would be impossible to replace since some of these types of trees are actually extinct now or challenging to find.

Joslyn Dining Room Collage 

The built-ins house family heirlooms and also display pictures of how the home used to look furnished.

The Joslyn Castle Trust takes care of operating and overseeing the maintenance of the home.  Their ultimate goal is to restore the home to way it looked when it was first completed in 1903.  This is an overwhelming and expensive undertaking.  By purchasing one of the items on their “gift tree,” you can be a part of the process.

Joslyn Gift Tree

Each of the tags on this tree have gift suggestions of varying prices.  These purchases will assist the Joslyn Castle Trust in preserving this mansion.

Joslyn Mansion and Carriage House

A side view of the castle and the carriage house.  (I think I would be perfectly happy to call even that lovely smaller building home!)  This building has now been converted into office.  The former green house (not pictured) located in the back of the castle now houses the Joslyn Castle Trust.

We loved visiting the Joslyn Castle -a home for the holidays!





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Friday Fall Photography

With the first dusting of snow, winter seems to be in the air.  But really, we still have a whole month left of autumn.  Possibly a chilly month but still considered fall.  I am not sure if it is because I have been taking more pictures this year or if I have just been more aware, but the fall colors this year have seemed to be particularly beautiful.  So, even though the stores have long been celebrating Christmas and there is a bit of snow on the ground, today I celebrate my favorite season of autumn.

Fall Two

Fall Five


Fall Three

Fall Four

Fall One

Fall Thankful

Every bush afire with God

One of my favorite quotes on one of the most beautiful bushes I have ever seen!

Happy Fall, Y’all!



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Flashback Friday through Photography: The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Lincoln

AHSGR sculpture

When we were studying European geography several years ago, we went to the Germans from Russia Museum.  We all really enjoyed it, and I think I took some great pictures then.  But when I changed cell phones awhile ago, they all disappeared.  So they let 2 of my kids and I sneak in right before they closed to get some current photographs.  If you have never been to this museum, you should definitely venture there soon.  There is much to learn about the history of this displaced people group.   (More on that in another post to come!)  For today I will mainly let the pictures tell the story.

AHSGR for kids

For kids: a great little area with musical instruments they can touch and a looping video where they can see the history played out, along with a “kids collection” of various artifacts.

AHSGR furniture collages

Upstairs various room arrangements are on display providing a glimpse into yesteryear life.

AHSGR dolls

My daughter pointed out that all the girls would enjoy seeing the dolls.

AHSGR clothing and house displays

And they would enjoy the dollhouse and clothing exhibits displaying how this group of people used to live.

AHSGR musical instruments

My son enjoyed seeing the musical instruments.  He tried to sneak playing them, despite the fact that the guide was close by (he is a music fan!)

AHSGR Outdoor Buildings

We did not get to take a tour of all of the outdoor buildings this time.  But wandering around the white clapboard buildings definitely provides a realistic glimpse into history.   These buildings close during the winter.  The main museum is open year round.

Name/Location American Historical Society of Germans from Russia: 631 “D” St. Lincoln
Open hours/Contacts M-F 9-4; (402) 474-3363; Facebook; local chapters noted on web
Cost Free – donations are accepted
What to Know Research library available for those with this ancestory
Outdoor Tours Tours of the outdoor buildings daily @ 2 from April – October
Museum Manners Artifacts are for looking, not touching (including instruments)
Recommended Ages They have a great kid’s area!  Outdoor areas would be fun for younger kids – upper floor in museum would be hard with young ones; 5 and up
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Friday Photography: First Plymouth Church: Adding Timeless Distinction to the Lincoln Skyline

Twenty-six years ago yesterday, my husband’s sister was married at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln.  This was over a decade before I was even introduced to my husband, so I was obviously not in attendance.  But, they certainly had a lovely setting for their wedding day.

1st Plymouth interior

A door was propped open to the inside of the church, so we took a peak inside.

Several weeks ago when my second son and I went to the awards dinner for the Lincoln Passport program, we decided to go a little early.   He wanted to go to some places and take pictures with me.  Since I have started using our actual camera more (as opposed to taking shots on our cell phone), he has been wanting to use his camera more as well.  (Our kids get their own camera when they turn seven.  His SpyGear camera that he requested was not quite as great as he imagined.  Thankfully my parents have an old digital that they have let the kids use!)

When we left the house, I was not sure where we should go for our photo opportunity.  But when I saw the spire of the 1st Plymouth Church, I knew that would be a great destination.  And since this happened to September, the month of the family wedding many years ago, I thought that these shots would be a fitting tribute  So, here are some of my pictures from that enjoyable late afternoon.  We may post my son’s later.  🙂  And happy anniversary, Mike & Kami!

1st Plymouth cross

1st Plymouth courtyard entrance

1st Plymouth Collage

1st Plymouth interior arches

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Friday Photography: High Plains Homestead in Sepia

Sepia seemed a fitting tint for a new “Old” West town …

Homestead Brand

High Plains Post Office and sherriff

High Plains Homestead buildings

High Plains saloon

High Plains Mercantile

High Plains wagon

High Plains blacksmith

High Plains Homestead near Crawford, Nebraska

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Friday Photography: Homestead High Plains in Black & White

B & W mercantile

B & W wagon ride

B & W saloon

B & W wall display

B & W Homestead town

B & W school

High Plains Homestead near Crawford, NE

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