Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Monday, December 19, 2016


So sorry to learn these beautiful animals are becoming endangered. In the last several decades their population in the wild have declines about thirty percent. This is a consequence of shrinking habitat and poverty. They are being hunted for meat to feed a hungry growing human population.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Train Engineer

I went on line and found some information about this steam engine. If you are interested keep reading.
"No. 395-104 was built by Krauss in Linz, Austria in 1890. The locomotive, a 0-6-2T, is named Riva and is one of three sister locomotives built in 1890 for the Mori Arco Riva del Garda Tramway (M.A.R.) located on the southern edge of the Austrian Empire at Lake Garda (now Italy). She worked there until 1915 when the rail line was heavily damaged due to the war. She was turned over to the K&K Feldbahn and served on the military railways during World War I stationed at Stryj in Galizien, now Ukraine, until 1939. In the mid 1930’s, at the beginning of World War II, the area was taken over by Russia. In 1939, Germany captured the area and brought Riva to Siebenburgen, then part of Hungary, renumbered as 395-104 and worked the Magyar Allamvasutak (M.A.V.), Hungarian State Railways, until 1944 when the area fell to Rumania. She finished out her days on the Caile Ferate Romane (C.F.R) working on the Alba Iulia Zlatna line until retirement in 1968. From 1968-1973 Riva was owned by Plasser & Theurer of Vienna, Austria. With the help of Union Pacific Railroad, Joseph Theurer, President of Plasser & Theurer, donated the locomotive to Omaha’s Zoo in 1974. Union Pacific’s Omaha shops rebuilt parts of the locomotive to bring the Riva up to U.S. operating standards. By 1976 the locomotive was chuffing along pulling coaches full of delighted passengers once again."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

Carl Laughs

My friend Carl Grupp, retired head of the Augustana University Art Department, is still producing drawings and paintings.  I am always impressed by his work. He has a great laugh. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Abandoned Trailer

This is on the Standing Rock Reservation just outside Cannonball. Life looks hard here. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Buried in Snow

For those of you not from South Dakota, this sculpture is based on a painting by artist, illustrator Harvey Dunn called The Prairie Is My Garden. See Below.

The Prairie Is My Garden, Harvey Dunn

Thursday, December 1, 2016