From Trash to Treasure

January has made itself well known in the Omaha/Council Bluffs cities and it is really cold.  Fortunately most of the heavy snow has gone north of us, but winter is not yet over.  What is a person to do? Fortunately for me, my wife makes sure we have plenty of entertainment and it is my turn to do what she wants to do.  That is how I get to hunt and fish whenever I want to and squander money on equipment.  I really mean to say invest in hunting and fishing equipment.  Plus, during the winter months of the year I plan my next big game hunting events.  This can be from hunting alligators in Louisiana to shooting big game in the mountains or in Canada.  


This winter one our favorite places, Lauritzen Gardens, had an outstanding event planned for members and the community.  This is one place I really like to go as there is always something interesting taking place, plus the gardens are a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.  


Two artists have turned plastic pollution into a beautiful, powerful and educational exhibit.  This is a demonstration of how to rethink our use of plastics and change our own habits.  The amazing creations have been built from reclaimed materials. The displays had an affect on us and changed the way we look at art, plastics, and our environment. 


We first visited the exhibit in the glass enclosed conservatory at night.  The lighting was absolutely magnificent.  Because there were so many people, taking picture was next to impossible, so we came back on a Saturday afternoon when the gardens were not so crowded.  


The pictures below are of the art work and animals constructed out of plastics taken from trash. 

The penguins meet you as you enter the door.
Then you see this magnificent bird. 

Another beautiful bird made from plastic throw aways

My favorite, the rooster. 
Different angle of a beautiful  work of art. 


The whale was one of our favorites. 
Picture the jellyfish at night and you can see the beauty.
The dolphins are magnificent. 
In the main building. 
I can’t pass up a picture of a koi.

An evening and an afternoon at the Gardens is well worth the time invested.


Good hunting, good fishing and good luck.  Hank


Stay Warm 

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