Nebraska – Elmwood

I spent a couple days in Elmwood, Nebraska.  It is a small town of 600-700 residents east of Lincoln, NE and south of Omaha, NE.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmwood,_Nebraska)

I thought it was very cute.  Here’s some pictures.

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Downtown-…

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A mural on the wall…  (An author – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bess_Streeter_Aldrich)

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the library…

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grain bins…

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

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Nebraska – Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park)

Last night, just before sunset, my new friends and I went to the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_T._Mahoney_State_Park).

We  headed up a very tall observation tower (Walter Scott Jr. Observation Tower) to watch the sunset.

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The tower sat on a bluff that overlooked the Lower Platte River.  Since Nebraska is pretty flat, one can see far from the top of the tower.

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I started running up and got to teh third floor.  Suddenly, I realized that the structure had hollow circles on the floor and it rocked (from the others on the tower and from the wind).

My fear of heights kicked in.

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I do not mean a casual fear, but a death grip on the guardrail-type fear.  I was able to move a little, but not much….

My friends came back down to check on me.  A sweet teenager (from our group) took my hand and (by also grabbing the guardrail) I walked to the top.  I was still frightened up there, so he stayed with me and held my hand while I walked around and took pictures.   (The young man seemed like an angel to me.  I knew I would be safe with him.  FYI – He is a 17 year old exchange student from Japan.)

Here are some of the pictures…

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

Iowa – Elk Horn area

I am on my way back to Oregon through the center of the USA.

I passed through Iowa City and Des Moines.  When I got near the west side of Iowa, I got off the interstate (I-80) and took a few pictures, so I could show you the landscape.

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I noticed that it was a scenic road, so I decided to follow it.

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I ended up in Elk Horn, Iowa.  It is a very interesting, small town.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk_Horn,_Iowa)

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

Wisconsin – Madison (again)

Madison, Wisconsin is one of  my favorite places in the world.  I lived here 10 years ago.  I  love to come back to visit the area and my friends.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Wisconsin)

I wandered around the neighborhood where I am staying (in the SW corner of Monona Bay, just off West Lakeside Street) and took some pictures.         MadisonWI2015 (27)Bernie’s Beach (with a view of the state capitol in the background) –

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The streets –

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Another view of the lake –

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Railroad tracks (with the capitol building in the background) –

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

Indiana – West Lafayette (Purdue University)

I visited my alma mater today (Purdue University, class of 1980).

Purdue is in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the northwest corner of the state.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Lafayette,_Indiana)

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Here are some of the pictures.  (It was getting dark, so the pictures may not be the best, but it will give you some idea.)

University Hall.  The oldest building on campus.  (I was told that when one sees a light in the tower, it means that John Purdue, the founder of the University, is studying.)

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The entrance to the Union building.

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Clock tower.

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Hovde Hall.  The administration building.

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

Georgia – Amicalola Falls State Park

Traveled to Amicalola Falls in Georgia today.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amicalola_Falls_State_Park)

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I wasn’t able to hike in to see the full falls, but was able to see the top and the bottom.  Gorgeous!

The top (looking down on the falls) –

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The trail to the Appalachian mountains is up near the top of the falls –

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The bottom –

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The surrounding mountains –

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman

Florida – Flagler Beach

On Monday, I arrived in Flagler Beach/Palm Coast.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagler_Beach,_Florida)

I’d love to write that I am on my way on a great trip, but sadly, I cannot.  My Aunt, who I loved to the moon and back, died.  The family was gathering for the funeral on Tuesday morning.

My immediate family and I met at a restaurant on the beach for dinner – to relax after the four hour drive across the state (from south of Tampa).  The restaurant had a large patio with great views.  Two members of my family use walkers, so it was nice to have a place where they could enjoy the beach without struggling to move in the sand.

I wasn’t expecting to take pictures this trip, but fortunately had my old camera with  me.  Here are some pictures from the patio…

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Eileen Newman, Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker               eileen14800@gmail.com                      503-451-0385

All photographs and blog content – copyright 2011 – 2015  Eileen Newman