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Peaceful sunset

Key West FL
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Posing for the shot

Great egret, smiling I think, in Florida.
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Leopard Lily

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Arrival Key West

Arrived in Key West, dropped anchor, launching dinghy for a ride into town.
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Navajo slot canyon

Slot canyons are formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone due to flash flooding and other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, deepening the corridors and smoothing hard edges to form characteristic "flowing" shapes. Wikipedia This particular one is in Page AZ called Cardiac Canyon which reaches a depth of 100-160 feet. They allow only 4 visitors a day led by 2 Navajo guides. We had to make reservations almost a year in advance.
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Hidden art

I took this while walking between 2 vacant warehouses on an overcast day. Now as I look at the photo It's hard to believe this was not by design. All these random elements haphazardly joined, painted and growing into a perfect composition. To think it began over a century ago as a new brick 20 story building. Then it was bricked shut, abandoned, painted just so with pleasing color as the weeds grew just high enough and the right amount trash deposited. And though it should be out in the open for people to stop and enjoy as the natural art it has become, it exists in a place where very few people ever go. If you saw the area around it you'd agree that I'm probably the only person that ever stopped to admire it. I really enjoy taking photos of the derelict and forgotten as they appear to be time capsules which the camera has finally opened allowing us to study the contents.
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If they could talk

The stories, happy buyers at the dealerships, first dates, flats, driving lessons, dropped ice cream cones, road trips, drive in movies, children driving solo, A&W window trays.....I could go on and on.
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Gold Butte National Monument

This national monument located northeast of Las Vegas. The monument protects nearly 300,000 acres of desert landscapes featuring a wide array of natural and cultural resources, including rock art, sandstone towers, and important wildlife habitat for species including the Mojave Desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, and mountain lion. The area also protects historic ranching and mining sites such as the ghost town of Gold Butte. Wikipedia
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Breakfast

Found this nest in a cactus about knee height. Though low, the cactus thorns offered protection from predators such as the roadrunner.
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At the fair

This is an amusement ride after sunset. I let the camera take a series of photos where the shutter is left open for 2 seconds. While it captures the 2 seconds of movement I will move the camera or lens to create something like this.
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Eurasian Crane

Taken at the International Crane Foundation that works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. From our nearly 300-acre headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, our reach extends across the globe. We have offices and staff in China, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa, as well as Texas, and work through local organizations, governments, universities, businesses and others in these regions. Our more than 125 staff and associates work with a network of hundreds of specialists in over 50 countries on five continents. ICF Website HEIGHT: 4 ft WEIGHT: 12 lbs WINGSPAN: 7 ft POPULATION: 700,000
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Alley art

Downtown Las Vegas asks artists to paint their alleys. After some time the city will spray white paint allowing the artists to redecorate.
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South Dakota

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Key West pier at dawn

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Gunlock State Park

For much of the year, Gunlock experiences relatively low traffic. Gunlock Reservoir is a small, quiet body of water where you can fish for bass and catfish. Others enjoy participating in water sports like wakeboarding and waterskiing. During certain times of the year, the reservoir gets full enough that the Gunlock waterfalls begin to flow into the Santa Clara River. This typically happens in early spring, as snow starts to melt. When the falls are active, the area gets much busier than usual but It’s worth it, however, to get a glimpse of the water jetting over Southern Utah’s signature red rocks. Utah Travel Site
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Mobile vase

Walking down side streets in Key West it is quite common to discover the unusual.
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Sunflower Patch

Aside from their beauty and ability to grow to 15', the leaves are used as fodder, the flowers yield a yellow dye, and the seeds contain oil and are used for food. The sweet yellow oil obtained by compression of the seeds is considered equal to olive or almond oil for table use. Sunflower oil cake is used for stock and poultry feeding. The oil is also used in soap and paints and as a lubricant. The seeds may be eaten dried, roasted, or ground into nut butter and are common in birdseed mixes. I took this at a sunflower farm in Wisconsin.
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The day begins

Wisconsin morning color
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Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

From Wikipedia: The air in the park is so clear that on most days the Kaibab Plateau can be seen 90 miles away in Arizona. On extremely clear days, the Black Mesas of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico can be seen some 160 miles away. The park also has a 7.4 magnitude night sky, making it one of the darkest in North America. Stargazers can, therefore, see 7,500 stars with the naked eye, while in most places fewer than 2,000 can be seen due to light pollution, and in many large cities only a few dozen can be seen.
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Fantasy Fest

One of many parade participants on her way to the staging area for the annual Fantasy Fest parade in Key West FL.
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Road to Toroweap

Toroweap is a viewpoint within the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It is located in a remote area on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 148 miles west of the North Rim Headquarters by road. The overlook is the only viewpoint in the National Park from where the Colorado River can be seen vertically below. The overlook stands 3,000 feet above the river.
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Beauty with age

I love to walk the side streets, alleys and lanes in Key West to photograph the endless character. Like so many that have been left alone they seem to get better with age as sun, humidity, insects and the relentless vegetation create unique looks.
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Pierce-Arrow

Pierce-Arrow Archer Hood Ornament, 1931-1938.
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Sunrise Sunday

Wisconsin
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Purple dawn

Sunrise in Wisconsin
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Watching and waiting

Key West...couldn't think of anything else to call it.
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Zion National Park