Lewis and Clark Monument Park overlook

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 29 October 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Here we are again (a previous post showed some of the flooded areas), at the top of the bluff overlooking the Missouri River. It's about 50°F (10°C), the breeze is light, skies clear. We are looking toward the southwest. The city of Omaha is the cluster of buildings behind the tree on the right. Below we see a blue lake. It is much too big for the original Big Lake in the park below---much of what we see is remnant floodwater trapped there. The Missouri River returned to below flood stage towards the end of September. That meant, however, a huge cleanup for those along the banks, sadness for farmers who began to assess damage to farmland and try to eek out what little crop is left, if any. Leaf color is diminishing now as trees lose leaves. The oaks, last to change color in the Fall, are now adding their their darker reds, yellows and russet.

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

It’s so beautiful! Stunning shot!

29 Oct 2011 9:15am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Ana Lucia! I will explore your blog soon. :)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very nice PoV

29 Oct 2011 4:03pm

@Calusarus: Thank you, Calusarus. There were several areas on the overlook that were interesting. Someday I shall take the tripod with me.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Great light and framing!

29 Oct 2011 5:24pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a lovely spot with a stunning view of the river and the plains ... gorgeous fall colors, too!

29 Oct 2011 7:59pm

@franz: Hi Franz, thank you for your comment and visit. I was surprised how lovely the overlook is, and was surprised by the views from up there. It is a place to go back to. I am imagining what sunset might be like...but that takes a bit of planning ahead to get there on time. Fortunately the place is free to enter.

Twojays from Montana, United States

I remember the flood picture. This is much happier, and lovely and clear. A wonderful place to hang out and look around. Nice pov and frame Karla.

29 Oct 2011 9:06pm

@Twojays: Thanks, Joyce! Everyone was relieved, even those not flooded out. As for a great place to hang out, even when I was there on a weekday morning, there were people, young through old, visiting the overlook. There are trees shading the monument (as you can see from shadows), and concrete benching along the front to sit and enjoy the view, plus a shot trail that is partially maintained. We have only now, since the flooding, "discovered" this spot. Funny how that happens. Just revisited a lot of your Montana images...much to be proud of there, as in "calendar/book of Emigrant area" someday?? Go for it. Also noticed the varying id on some images...

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful viewpoint

30 Oct 2011 1:49am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot in spite of all the misery the river brought. Flooding seemed to be the name of the game in the Mid-West this year.

30 Oct 2011 3:10am

@Steve Rice: Yes, so true, flooding seems to be in the news a lot this year. Weather has been quite extraordinarily harmful in several places. Thanks for commenting, Steve!

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A beautiful vista out across the river! Fine image...very well done.

30 Oct 2011 3:11am

@Don - Slackwater: Thank you, Don! I appreciate your visit and comment very much. :)

Maria from California, United States

oh, this is really nice Karla...great light and a really nice spot, here
I also love the shadows on the ground...

30 Oct 2011 5:14am

@Maria: Thanks, Maria! Tree shadow on the ground are a favorite texture of mine. Thanks for noticing those. :) This is a lovely little park which we have recently "discovered". It is a frequently visited spot, apparently, since each time I go there are other visitors coming and going.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The angle of the shadows does look like autumn. Nice composition and color.

31 Oct 2011 12:57am

@Julie L. Brown: Thanks, Julie, for your comment and visit. :)

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

This gives a good idea of how flat the countryside is.

4 Nov 2011 6:33pm

@Anita: Good observation, Anita. The land immediately around the river and inland about 10 miles (about 16 kilometers) around Omaha tends to be softly rolling--can't really see that unless driving it or looking at a topographical map. Once beyond that hilliness, the land flattens, due in part to erosion from glacial ice. Land along the Platte River, which empties into the Missouri between Omaha and Plattsmouth, the land is decidedly flat and vast, and the Platte River winds through the state in shallow sprawls. As one drives past Lincoln (state capital), one can see for miles. Features westward are the Sandhills and then at the west end of Nebraska, especially in the panhandle, there are beautiful and unusual formations. It takes about six hours to cross the state by car.