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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 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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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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Friday Photography: Homestead High Plains in Living Color

I had fun experimenting with both my camera and my cell phone when I was taking photographs around the High Plains Homestead.  So, while I will end up with several entries about the place, each one shows a different angle or viewpoint.  And even though four blog posts (including the one I wrote previously) seems like a lot, since I do not plan to write very much, hopefully you can breeze through them (or save them for another day!)  And if you have an opinion as to which style of photographs suit the place the best, I would be interested in reading your comments.

High Plains Homestead View

The view across the road.

Color High Plains Post Office

The interior contained mail boxes and everything!

Color High Plains Kitchen

Kitchen Collection of another day …

Color High Plains Mercantile side

Side of the mercantile.

Color High Plains Jesus the Good Shepherd

I would enjoy having this “Jesus the Good Shepherd” photograph gracing our home even today!

Color High Plains sheriff and jail house

You’re in the jailhouse now …

Color High Plains Mercantile

More than your average souvenir shop …

Color High Plains Farm Implements

Farm implements of yesteryear …

Color High Plains View of the Street

A stroll down the short boardwalk …

Color High Plains Nature Collections

One could leave with a bit of nature (for sale in a shed …)

Color High Plains Windmill

The beauty of the Nebraska panhandle!

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Friday Photography: Inspiration from Ansel Adams

When I went searching for quotations on photography, I found two brilliant ones from photographer, Ansel Adams.  He captured brilliant scenes of people and especially of nature throughout the 1900’s.  Seeing his photographs online gives me goose bumps – I cannot imagine what I would feel if I ever had the chance to see them in person.

I am taking a bit of risk by including one of his pictures on my blog.  Suddenly even my shots that are decent begin to greatly pale by comparison to his genius.  Yet I want to always be willing to admire those whose talent far exceeds my own even at the risk of exposing a bit of my own incompetence.  Even though he is far out of my league, may his photographs continue to compel me to capture life in my own way as well.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel Adams


One of my favorite places on earth – the Tetons in Wyoming!

(Wikimedia Photo Location: sharing permission granted)

Ansel Adams “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”  


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Friday Photography: Shots to See

My initial disappointment with writing a blog?  The necessity of quality photographs to illustrate my words.  After all, due to copyrights, I cannot just take a picture from another website and use it on my blog without permission.  As a few months have passed, I feel like I have made progress in the moments that I have captured on film.  But I know that I still have a long way to go.

I feel that three things seem to be necessary for taking brilliant photographs.

1) Equipment.  Occasionally my cell phone seems to take better pictures than my basic Nikon.  But the more I experiment, the better the camera seems to be cooperating with me, as opposed to frustrating me.   Maybe someday we will have enough money to invest in a great camera.  (Of course, since I tend to be a bit klutzy and drop things, sticking with what I have already might be the best idea 🙂 .)

toadstool landscape

2) Subject matter.  When you are in a beautiful location, capturing the moment seems to come much easier.  I have also decided that people are SO much harder to photograph.  So, while at some point, I may legitimately consider myself to be a landscape photographer, I am almost positive that you will never see the words “portrait photographer” by my name!

Ft. Rob trip Daddy and Mr. I

One of the rare people pictures that I took that I like.  Of course, I was able to crop the shot – that makes a difference too!

3) Timing.  If you blink, you often miss the moment.  While we were up in northwest Nebraska, we were treated to a couple of fabulous thunderstorms.  I decided to go out and try to take a great lightning shot.  (Maybe not my best idea).  I did end up with one or two shots that were “okay.”  But I deleted probably a hundred other shots.  I learned that I need to be okay with that – willing to take a gazillion photos even if only a few are keepers.

DSCN4271_1204NE Trip Nikon 13

My attempts to take a picture of a windmill from the car.  More to come on that in another blog entry …

lightning shot

While I did crop this shot a bit, I did not edit it at all.  I am not exactly sure where the side golden arch came from?

While I will continue to write Flashback Fridays, I will also be adding (or substituting) Friday Photography as well.  Since I took over 1,000 shots on our Northwest Nebraska trip alone, I think I need a time to share the photos that may not fit other places.

For much to my surprise, I have begun to see life as if through a lens.  In fact, I think I need to start carrying my camera with me everywhere (although my cell phone does work in a pinch).   I like having a record of the places that we have traveled.  Although I must confess that at times I need to remember to make sure to add people to some of my shots since that will be what I really want to remember.  Those that I made the memories with.

Garrison family in front of the house

Photo credit: my brother, Joel.





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Tractors, Travel and Tomorrow


As I continue my farm week, I am thinking tonight about tractors.  My parents have a couple out at their house including the antique Farmall tractor of my uncle’s that my Dad helped to restore.  (I’ll try to post some more pictures on my Facebook page soon!)  The tractor that he has had the longest is the one that he used to use to plow out his acreage driveway, along with many of his neighbors.  That stopped a few years ago when he realized the advantage of putting a blade on his truck and riding inside away from the elements.  But there is just something so American/Nebraskan about tractors.  I can’t see myself ever getting to drive one (and considering as a teenager I once “crashed” the riding mower into the power generators box knocking out electricity for a few hour maybe that is a good idea to keep me away from that high springy seat, but that is a story for another day!)

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Here are a few other people who feel the same way about tractors. (All quotes were found at Brainy Quotes.)

That’s the great thing about a tractor. You can’t really hear the phone ring.
Jeff Foxworthy

My father kept me busy from dawn to dusk when I was a kid. When I wasn’t pitching hay, hauling corn or running a tractor, I was heaving a baseball into his mitt behind the barn… If all the parents in the country followed his rule, juvenile delinquency would be cut in half in a year’s time.
Bob Feller

Maybe I should just go home and ride my tractor.
Chuck Grassley


We did go places as a family growing up.  Usually they involved the site where my Dad had meetings – Mom would take us shopping, then later our whole family would go to a baseball game.  Where my sister and I would bring magazines, much to my brother’s chagrin.  This is rather ironic now since we both actually really like baseball.

I did not completely realize how much my traveling changed me.  That is until I started teaching my own children.  And when I had the opportunity to teach a weekly middle school geography class once a week.  I began to recognize how much experiencing other places impacted me.  While our travel with four kids is a bit limited due to budget and time constraints, I can still enjoy nearby adventures with our kids (another reason why this blog has been fun for me!)

The focus of my geography class started with terminology, world wonders and more, then moved to the world, then the United States, then Nebraska and Lincoln.  For our week of studying the capital, we used an excerpt from the Lincoln Journal Star to assist in our learning.  Several years ago, they ran a weekly series identifying different places in Lincoln, only showing just a glimpse.  You were supposed to try to guess where the pictures were taken.  I tried to find a link for that, but since the series ran in 2009, the link seems to be long gone.  So, I took a picture of one of the sheets, just so you can see the idea.

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These pictures ran on Sunday February 22, 2009.  Pictures were taken by Erin Duerr for the Lincoln Journal Star


Until I started writing a history/travel blog, I did not realize how much my photography skills were going to need to grow.  In the past, I noticed my blogging friends sent out a post featuring “Wordless Wednesdays.”  I was amazed that they could say so much with just pictures.

I decided that I would also like to start doing that, at least some weeks.  But with a twist.  I am going to take the idea from the Journal and try that on this blog.  Rather than showing you complete pictures of where we have been, I am just going to show you glimpses.  Then we will see who can guess correctly.  I wish I could offer you grand prizes, but mainly it will just be the satisfaction of knowing you determined where we had visited just by seeing the pictures.  🙂

Anyway, sometimes the locations will be obvious, but other weeks they may be trickier.  I guess it will depend on what angles I manage to capture with my fledgeling photography skills.  I am excited to keep improving – maybe someday I will even be considered a shutterbug rather than just a bookworm!  (Notice my insect terminology – obviously 3 out of my 4 kids are boys!)

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