Heartland of America Park Omaha and Omaha Riverfront at Night

Downtown Omaha Nebraska and its juxtaposed Riverfront continue to undergo redevelopment. The downtown area boasts the tallest commercial buildings in Omaha along with hotels and the renowned "old market' with its fancy restaurants, library and galleries. The 'heart' of the riverfront is the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge linking Omaha Nebraska with Council Bluffs Iowa spanning the Missouri river. In the neighborhood are the riverfront condominiums, the Lewis and Clark Landing, the CenturyLink conference center and the new stadium specially built for the Baseball College World Series. Adjacent to the riverfront is the Heartland of America Park with its beautiful landscape, lake and fountain. Several monuments are present in these areas. These gardens, parks and entertainment places provided some succor for me during my working years in the Universities in mid and downtown Omaha. I have recently discovered the night life and beauty of these territories that I have decided to show them off to you. I have selected many photos representing different aspects of these areas of Omaha. Enjoy.

The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens,

Vancouver Island,

800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8X 3X4



The Butchart gardens is located on Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia in Canada.

The Butchart gardens is one of the most beautiful places in the world that I have visited. I have been there three times which says something about my love for the place. There are several ways to get there. These are provided in the link attached to this blog.

It is a serene environment that offers a breathtaking view of this once abandoned quarry now converted to one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It is peaceful and calming. Lose your worries and smell the flowers! Slow down a little bit and get in into nature. You cannot but smile or laugh and show appreciation for the great work done here as you take in the beauty of the place. It is also on a bay offering an extended view of the blue/turquoise waters of the Brentwood bay. The layout is such that the aroma or the scent of the flowers and trees change as one moves from place to place along the paved walkways. Strategically placed benches allow you to sit down, bite into an apple, eat a sandwich, take a sip of water or rest your weary legs!

A beautiful large fountain is located in the depth of the old quarry. Several steps lead into the edge of the large fountain. There are several well-manicured lawns, smaller fountains and ponds surrounded by beautiful hedges. There are some ponds with walkways. Several sculptures are visible all over the garden.

Here below is a sample of what you can see. High resolution images of these and more images are available upon request.


More information about Butchart Gardens is available at http://www.butchartgardens.com/visit/location.