When I moved to Omaha in 1988, the first thing you saw driving across the Missouri River into downtown was a lead smelter.
That and some mostly abandoned historic warehouses.
That's not today's Omaha riverfront.
Today's downtown Omaha riverfront is a state-of-the-art arena. And a pedestrian suspension bridge.
And the Lewis and Clark Landing where the lead smelter used to be.
Today's Omaha riverfront also is the Heartland of America Park -- featuring walking trails, boating on a lake, picnic areas, a river overlook . . . and geese. Lots and lots of geese. (And a lonely mink I spotted.)
It really is amazing the aesthetic -- and economic -- progress a city can make when you have the basics for a strong community in place, then add a solid master plan and the civic will to make it happen.
So, I hope you enjoy these photos I shot last Sunday while the missus and I spent a picture-perfect summer evening in one of the city's picture-perfect green spaces.
OK, so I'm a sucker for skyline shots at sunset. And, yes, it's a pretty big lake.
And the Deep South is not the only place you'll find cypress trees . . . and cypress knees.