Monthly Archives: December 2007

Ellis Island, circa 1905

I grabbed my brand new Kodak Brownie snapshot camera (paid $1 for it), loaded in the 6 exposure film cartridge (another 15 cents), paid the $.10 for the ferry and went to go see this new statue in the harbor, after all it’s been there for almost 20 years already!

Here are my photos from my trip into the harbor to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I had to wait 25 days to get the film developed from Macy’s. Can’t wait until they come out with color photographs! Enjoy.

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is the highest measured waterfall in North America. Located in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The 1430 foot (425m) plunge qualifies the Upper Falls alone as one of the twenty highest waterfalls in the world.

The Ahwahneechee people of Yosemite Valley called the waterfall “Cholock” and believed that the plunge pool at its base was inhabited by the spirits of several witches, called the Poloti. An Ahwaneechee folktale describes a woman going to fetch a pail of water from the pool, and drawing it out full of snakes. Later that night, after the woman had trespassed into their territory, the spirits caused the woman’s house to be sucked into the pool by a powerful wind, taking the woman and her newborn baby with her.

Hume Lake

Located in the Sequoia National Forest, the lake is 87 acres and was formed from an artificial dam built in 1908 to provide water for a logging operation. The peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range overlook the lake.

Bryce Canyon

Another canyon photo! This one defies any type of description. Looks like something the Disney engineers would build for their parks. Despite its name, this is not actually a canyon, but rather a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to its geological structures, called hoodoos, formed from wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lakebed sedimentary rocks. A must visit for all.

Red Rock Canyon

In between Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, there is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area. As you can see from the photo, it is not hard to guess how this area got the name. It was a gorgeous morning, after an awful day and night in Zion National Park. Need to return to Zion and give the park another chance, did not have a great experience while there.

Ute Canyon

Ute Canyon is located within the 32 square miles of the Colorado National Monument. Taken from one of the many viewpoints along Rim Rock Drive, the only road through the monument.

Rabbit Island

Manana Island, aka Rabbit Island, is a small islet located off the eastern windward shore of the island of Oahu, between Makapuu Point and Waimanalo. Some people think it is named because the island is shaped like a rabbit’s head or body, but it is actually because rabbits were raised on the island until 1994. The rabbits were removed at that time because they started destroying the native ecosystem of the island, which is an important seabird breeding area. It is a 63 acre volcanic tuff cone island. It is about 2300 feet long and 4200 feet wide, rises to about 360 feet at its highest point.


Every little girl dreams of the the days when she will be a bride. This little girl is patiently waiting to be next.

Upper Belvedere

The Belvedere is a baroque palace complex built by Prince Eugene of Savoy in the 3rd district of Vienna, south-east of the city center. In 1714 work began to erect what is now called the Lower Belvedere, not as a palace but as a garden villa, with an orangerie and paintings gallery, and with suitable living quarters. In 1720-1723, the Upper Belvedere was built, originally intended simply to provide a suitable end to the main garden axis. The complex was sold in 1752 to Maria Theresa by the prince’s heiress. Maria Theresa first named the Schloss “Belvedere”.

Peles Castle statue

Peles Castle is the Romanian Royalty Residence. Peles is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues (sculptured by the Italian, Romanelli). This statue is looking towards the Carpathian Mountains near the city of Sinaia, Romania.