Family trip to the upper peninsula in Michigan over the July 4th holiday. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge has always been on my bucket list. It is also special to me for another reason. Growing up, there was a photo of my father and grandfather with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. I wanted to duplicate that photo with my daughter who is now 3 years old. My father died 25 years ago this coming August, I was never able to have the same photos taken with him.
The unpaved Cottonwood Canyon Road is a cross-country route, starting just past Kodachrome Basin State Park and ending near milepost 18 US 89. Some sections of the road are rather steep and narrow, with overhanging rocks, although 2WD cars usually can make the 47 mile journey, for a few hours after heavy rains the route may be impassable even by 4WD vehicles. The surrounding land has much of interest to explore; slot canyons, arches, springs and endless colorful, eroded rocky scenery.
Stitched together from 16 horizontal photos.
The majestic Black Mountains tower toward the sky from this overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Black Mountains received their name from the dark green coat of Fraser fir and red spruce. The average elevation of these mountains exceeds 6000 feet and makes the range the highest mountains in the east. The mountains are composed primarily of quartz, feldspar, mica and hornblende. The extreme height of the mountain range could stem from the high percentage of quartz that makes up the mountain. The exceptional durability of the mineral creates resistance to erosion and helps explain the impressive height of the Black Mountains.
Panorama was stitched together from 22 individual photos.
The red rocks of Sedona featuring Capitol Butte and Coffee Pot Rock, on the right side. This was taken from Airport Road overlooking the city. Single shot from 2006 with the Nikon D200, no tripod, F16, 29mm cropped. Beautiful day it was.
Looking North from the Shedd Aquarium at the Chicago skyline and marina. This photo was stitched together from 24 separate shots. Still trying to figure out the best way to show the panoramas here, maybe a separate page so that they are larger and easier to view.
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.
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”.
Waikiki means “spouting water” in Hawaiian, named for springs and streams that fed wetlands that once separated Waikiki from the interior of Oahu. The area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s, now it is a retreat for the tourists of the world.