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Photographing the Other Fall Color

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Fall can be a magical time for photography. But when the last of the golden leaves fall from the trees, some photographers find themselves wishing for a white Christmas … or Thanksgiving, or any day for that matter … and waiting impatiently for spring and the return of green to the forest. But wonderful fall color can be found long after the leaves fall. In fact, the trees aren’t even the first vegetation to put on an autumnal display. Native ... Read More »

Ponca State Park’s Hallowfest Proceeds Go Back to Community

Ponca State Park’s 16th Annual Hallowfest enjoyed beautiful fall weather this past Saturday, October 18. Crafts and activities were enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. The park’s main attraction, Haunted Hayrack rides, pulled in over 900 guests. Proceeds from the rides were given back to the surrounding communities through: Ponca Fire and Rescue, Allen Consolidated School’s Junior Class, Ponca High School’s “One Act” group, and the Ponca Honor Society. The event’s famous pumpkin rolling contest had three age ... Read More »

Top Spot for Fall Color Viewing on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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I’ll be taking you to what many believe (including myself) is the top spot for viewing fall foliage color in southeastern Nebraska on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. Take a look at the photograph below. Any guesses as to where we might be heading? It’s a beautiful state park located about 90 minutes south of Omaha and the fall color peak there is just around the corner! Here’s your answer. The park also has a fun-filled ... Read More »

Go Big Red Means Go Outdoors

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 “Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” Question: When is the absolute best time to go outdoors – hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. in the fall here in Nebraska? I’ll tell you. There’s no debating it either. It’s a Saturday (like the one coming up) when the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team is playing a game during the daytime on television. Home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln take even more people away from the woods, waters and prairies here in Nebraska ... Read More »

Soldiers Point the Way at Fort Atkinson SHP

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By Julie Ashton, Friends of Fort Atkinson If you have driven into Fort Calhoun lately, you’ll notice a few new soldiers standing on the north and south sides of town. These soldiers, made of iron and painted to look 3-dimensional, are part of an effort to bring additional recognition to Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and help brand the area as a “fort” town. A plan was laid out that would involve the Commission, the Fort, the City of Fort ... Read More »

BOW Workshop Empowers Women

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Nestled in beautiful fall colors and cool temperatures of the Nebraska National Forest, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop was held last weekend at the 4-H camp near Halsey. The BOW workshop is a place where women of all backgrounds and ages gather to learn more about the outdoors in a non-intimidating, friendly environment. It is a weekend of hands-on experiences, learning new skills, making new friends, renewing old friendships and having a great time. I write about this ... Read More »

Tweet Me Tomorrow

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My first LIVE chat on Twitter is tomorrow from Noon to 1 p.m. CST and I hope you’ll be joining me! Use @NEGameandParks and ‪#‎AskWags to ask a question or two or share a comment about Nebraska’s great outdoors. I’ll be directed and assisted by Game and Parks compatriots Dylan McCaugherty and Maximillian Wesely. Now, I don’t pretend to know everything about the Husker State’s outdoor scene and am always constantly in learning mode, but I’ve been around for a while, spend a ton of time ... Read More »

Portraits from the Past: 50 MPH Stagecoach

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  50 MPH Stagecoach (Held her at 50 most of the way) We drove 600 miles this way to Estes Park, making it in 16 hours in 1939 (& back). On top were 5 blanket rolls covered with heavy canvas which was tied with rope running to bumpers both “fore” and “aft.” On back was a platform that carried all of the grub, army cots, and cooking utensils. On the left running board – carried all the suitcases and any ... Read More »

Entering the Twittersphere with LIVE Chat Oct. 8th

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Lookout, Twitter followers, I will soon will be entering the Twittersphere! One week from today, on Wednesday, October 8th from Noon to 1 p.m. CST I am inviting you to engage in a LIVE Twitter chat with me. Now, during this time, you – the  Twitter follower, can ask me questions related to fall scenery, events happening in Nebraska’s State Parks and fall outdoor activities such as  fishing and hunting.  One of the things I’ll be offering up is advice on the best places to see fall ... Read More »

Final Living History Weekend at Fort Atkinson SHP

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Fort Atkinson State Historical Park’s final Living History event of the 2014 season will be held October 4 and 5. Visitors will witness this 1820’s Military Post come alive as volunteer interpreters portray the daily activities of soldiers and civilians as they prepare for the upcoming winter. In addition to normal activities portrayed, such as military demonstrations, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, coopering, carpentry and textile trades, Omaha’s Old Dominion Dance group will present three period-style dances on Saturday, and on Sunday, Matt ... Read More »