Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

Have You Been to Hitchcock? May 1, 2012

Filed under: Nature,Omaha,Photography — meganodea @ 8:12 pm
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If you haven’t been to Hitchcock Nature Center for a hike I highly recommend it!  This place  is a little piece of heaven only 30 minutes northeast of Omaha. Located in the Loess Hills, Hitchcock Nature Center offers over 10 miles of rugged trails (well, as rugged as you can get in NE/IA!) – you’ll definitely want some pretty good hiking shoes or water proof shoes out here. Here’s some snapshots from a recent hike at Hitchcock.

Can you see the mustache?

I absolutely love the green foliage against the wintery brown brush! (is that so nerdy of me or what?)

There was little snails everywhere!

This is from the top of the ridge line looking West to farmland and I-29 way back there.

It was kind of overcast the day we were out there so I tried some different editing options in Lightroom 4 to blue up the sky.  Turned out pretty good. . . at least I think so!

Party pic!

Okay, can you see the little flash of red smack dab in the middle of this shot? It’s a woodpecker, I promise!

I think this is from the look out tower looking West over Hitchcock Nature Center.

There’s Brian at the top of the 45′ lookout tower. It was pretty, can’t wait to go on a sunny day!

I hope you are enjoying posts from our hiking adventures, I promise I’ll have a post on an creative project coming up soon!




Nature at OPPD Arboretum March 29, 2012

Filed under: Inspiration,Nature,Omaha,Photography — meganodea @ 9:06 pm
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It’s a lot more fun to take nature photos with a fancy new camera so Brian and I are taking to the trails this summer.  We’re going to try to do a hike a week and so far have explored some places we haven’t ever been to in our hOmaha!  Here’s a few snapshots from our nature walk at the Omaha Public Power District Arboretum.

I liked this little greet pine tree amongst the brown/grey surroundings.  I may have punched up the color a bit, playing with the editing features in Lightroom 4.

And another beautiful green pine tree amongst the brown/grey surroundings.

I love the yellow-ochre colored rocks and ground cover against the cobalt blue-ish sky. This photo was taken by Brian and edited by me!

We also went over to check out the Grotto in Elmwood Park and I had to share the camera with Brian again. It’s so hard sharing the camera, I mean who likes to share a shiny new toy?  But he loves it and loves taking photos so I guess I’ll be nice and keep sharing!

A little reflection for you.

I’m excited to spend the summer exploring nature, might have to bring my sketchbook along.

What are you exploring this summer?