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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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Sunny Zion

Zion National Park at about 1pm. To give an idea of scale you might be able to see the shuttle bus left of center or people on the trail in the lower right.
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Race time

Road America at Elkhart Lake WI
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Fort Zachary Taylor 1845

The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, also known simply as Fort Taylor, is a Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West, Florida. Wikipedia
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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park
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Bryce Canyon Utah

One of the "Big Five" as they are called, National Parks in Utah.
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Red & White

Snow covered Navajo Sandstone at 10,700 feet in Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Lady in red

Beautiful pocket park in Key West.
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Point Imperial Grand Canyon National Park

Point Imperial Grand Canyon National Park The highest point on the rim of Grand Canyon at 8,803 feet, Point Imperial is also the most northern boundary of the park.The views of the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. It is from this area that the canyon transforms from the narrow walls of Marble Canyon, visible only as a winding gash, to a more open and dramatic "grand" canyon. Layers of red and black Precambrian rocks, not visible at Bright Angel Point, add contrast and color.
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Havana Shine

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Glen Canyon Dam

Supplying Colorado River water and hydroelectric power to 5 states located in Page Arizona
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Truck Pull

Jefferson County WI Fair
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Sunset Key

An island that is accessed by a 10 minute ferry ride from Key West mainland. It is primarily a hotel but there are also about 50 private homes. I liked the layers of water, trees and clouds which would also look good in color but sometimes black and white is just more interesting.
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Early Morning Zion

Springtime in Zion National Park looking up the Virgin River canyon. Sun is just high enough to light the floor and one wall.
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Old World Wisconsin

Original late 1800s homestead house. It was moved, furnished and repaired by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Dressed for tourists

Lady in Havana earning tips to take her photo.
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Pacific Coast

South of Carmel CA
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Toronto

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Common Street Scene

I have not been to another city that is more street photogenic than Havana.
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Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park is a state park in Utah, located in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The park features a canyon carved from the red and white Navajo sandstone of the Red Mountains, as well as the extinct Santa Clara Volcano, lava tubes, lava flows, and sand dunes. Snow Canyon is located near the cities of Ivins and St. George in Washington County. Wikipedia
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Death Valley NP

Hottest, Driest and Lowest National Park In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life thrives in Death Valley.NPS
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 414 sq mi with an additional 395 sq mi of U.S. Forest Service wilderness adjoining the park boundaries. The Continental Divide runs north–south through the center of the park, with rivers and streams on the western side of the divide flowing toward the Pacific Ocean while those on the eastern side flow toward the Atlantic. Wikipedia
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Niagara Falls Canada

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Aeromotor

Stumbled upon this abandoned small town with maybe 20 buildings and this wind powered water pump was still working. I did a little research and found this: "The first Aermotor was sold in 1888, with 24 windmills in total being sold in the first year. Aermotor soon became a strong competitor among its contemporaries selling over 20,000 of its windmills by 1892". And this Chicago company is still in business today making high tech windmills.
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Unique Taxi

For those with US dollars one can take a cool taxi in Cuba.
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Chicago B&W

Early morning sun begins to light up one side of the glass and steel canyon.
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Zion Waterfall

The heavy rain and snow in the Zion National Park area feeds the Virgin River and gives us these rare waterfalls.
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Nothing Compares

Great Basin National Park. The Great Basin includes most of Nevada, half of Utah, and sections of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and California. Great Basin National Park preserves a small representative piece of this entire region. NPS This "small" piece is the largest area of real estate I have ever seen. One stretch of the main highway was almost 90 miles long, had no intersections and we only saw 3 other vehicles the entire drive.
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Trail Ridge Road

In Rocky Mountain National Park, the 48 mile Trail RidgeRoad more than lives up to its advanced billing. Eleven miles of this high highway travel above treeline, the elevation near 11,500 feet where the park's evergreen forests come to a halt. It winds across the tundra's vastness to this high point of 12,183 feet elevation.
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Ready for School

Cuba
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Canyonlands

The 527 square mile National park is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere."
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Havana

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Fort Jefferson

Almost 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, lies a cluster of seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand, called the Dry Tortugas. With the surrounding shoals and water, they make up the Dry Tortugas National Park, an area noted for bird and marine life and shipwrecks. Fort Jefferson, its central feature, is one of the nation's largest 1800s masonry forts. Park Service
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Watching the Street

Old Town Havana is very photogenic with its combination of crumbling structures and color.
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Imperial Point

North Rim of the Grand Canyon
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Chicago River

The Architectural Tour by riverboat offers some great history and photo opportunities of the great city.
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Point Sur Light Station

Point Sur Lighthouse is a lightstation at Point Sur 24.6 miles south of Monterey, California at the peak of the 361-foot rock at the head of the point. It was established in 1889 and is part of Point Sur State Historic Park. The light house is 40 feet tall and 270 feet above sea level. Wikipedia
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Fort Ord

Fort Ord National Monument, located on the former Fort Ord military base, is currently run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They protect and manage 44 species of rare plants and animals that call the property home. The 14,000 acre parcel has more than 86 miles of trails that can be explored on foot, bike or on horseback.
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Point Edward Canada

This bridge extends behind me across the St Clair river to the USA.
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1880s South Dakota Homestead

An 1880s homestead complete with, corrals, barn, house and of course, outhouse. The nearby Dakota Hotel, built in 1910, it still carries the scars made by cowboys’ spurs on the staircase.
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Salesman

A garlic vendor and friend
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Full Gas Tank?

Death Valley is the largest U.S. National Park outside Alaska at 3,422,024 acres. Nearly 1,000 miles of paved and dirt roads provide access to locations both popular and remote. Even so, 93% of the park is protected as officially designated Wilderness. That wild country includes low valley floors crusted with barren salt flats, rugged mountains rising as much as 11,000 feet, deep and winding canyons, rolling sand dunes, and spring-fed oases.
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Prague

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Poppy superbloom

Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada had square miles of blooming yellow poppies this past spring.
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Germany

Unfortunately the town name escapes me. Back in 2015 when I took this photo I used a function of my old Nikon to give it an artsy look.
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Canyonlands National Park

Endless deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs, and spires stretching across 527 square miles. This is Canyonlands National Park, formed by the currents and tributaries of Utah's Green and Colorado rivers. It is the largest park in Utah located near the town of Moab. Wikipedia
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Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson was built to protect one of the most strategic deepwater anchorages in North America. By fortifying this spacious harbor, the United States maintained an important “advance post” for ships patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. Nestled within the islands and shoals that make up the Dry Tortugas, the harbor offered ships the chance to resupply, refit, or seek refuge from storms. The location of the Tortugas along one the world’s busiest shipping lanes was its greatest military asset. Though passing ships could easily avoid the largest of Fort Jefferson’s guns, they could not avoid the warships that used its harbor.
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Old World Wisconsin

Very old barn scene in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine area which was shaped by the glaciers.
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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, the sculpture's roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
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Zion National Park

If you look close you can see the road through the park at the very bottom.
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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park located in southwestern Utah. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon National Park is much smaller than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. Wikipedia
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Bahia Honda State Park

Located about 40 miles North of Key West it's geography was changed during Hurricane Irma. Prior to that it always made the top 10 list for the best beach in the USA. When I visited in December 2021 the access road to the beach was still closed because of the hurricane. The South end of the Key has been restored and is actually better because many buildings and shorelines had to be replaced.
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Havana Balcony

It's a very interesting and baffling country.
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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument is in the U.S. state of Utah near Cedar City. Cedar Breaks is a natural amphitheater, stretching across 3 miles, with a depth of over 2,000 feet. The elevation of the rim of the amphitheater is over 10,000 feet above sea level. Rising above the rim is the prominent Brian Head, the peak of which lies a short distance outside of the National Monument boundary. Wikipedia
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Death Valley National Park

Perfect place to play with black & white photography.
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Zion National Park Virgin River

The Virgin River has carved a spectacular gorge in the upper reaches of Zion Canyon: 16 miles long, up to 1,000 feet deep, and at times only 30 feet wide. Walking in the shadow of soaring walls, sandstone grottos, natural springs, and hanging gardens can be an unforgettable wilderness experience. It is not, however, a trip to be underestimated. When hiking through the Virgin River Narrows, at least 80% of the route is spent wading, walking, and swimming sections of the river. There is no maintained trail; the river is the route. The river current is swift, the water is cold, and the rocks underfoot are slippery. Flash flooding and hypothermia are constant dangers. Per NPS
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Rack em up

Walking down "The Boulevard" in St George UT I came upon this billiards, bowling and video arcade. The big brilliant red sign caught my eye but in B&W I look farther into the scene. The car, rather than blocking the view becomes another source of interest and light. This observation is all after the fact because when I was taking it I wished I had a color camera and didn't like the car. B&W photos are, to me, a very interesting medium.
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Grafton UT

Original Morman homestead from the mid-1800s. Parks Utah is trying to maintain 1/2 dozen structures on the property within a few miles from Zion National Park
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Glen Canyon Dam Lake View

This is the Lake Powell side of the dam and when water levels are higher this area I'm standing on would be completely submerged. As of 9/1/2021 the lake is down 151 feet leaving it only 30% full.
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Say Cheese

Organic dairy farm in Stonebank Wisconsin. This farmer has quite the story but I didn't ask his permission to tell it.
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Cuban Art

Walking through the streets of Havana, bright bold colored art is for sale everywhere tourists might wander.
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Zion at Dusk

We were leaving Zion National Park one winter evening while the sun was setting behind the mountains to the right. It was getting dark fast but we stopped on a bridge to shoot a couple more photos lit faintly by the fading light.
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South Beach

South Beach, also nicknamed colloquially as SoBe, is a neighborhood in Miami Beach, Florida. It is located east of Miami between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The area encompasses Miami Beach south of Dade Boulevard. This area was the first section of Miami Beach to be developed, starting in the 1910. Day or night the colorful buildings are make for some beautiful photographs.
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Typical downtown Havana

Every street in the capital you look down looks almost exactly like this one.
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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Located in Southwest Utah at over 10,000' the monument is a multi-colored sandstone amphitheater. Due to snow it is inaccessible for most of the year. We were lucky to be there after the roads were plowed and before all the snow had melted.
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Porch Art

Key West porches are, to my eye, works of art.
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Death Valley

Death Valley National Park is one of my favorite places to use the black & white camera.
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Art Deco

South Beach hotels in Miami are very photogenic daytime or especially after dark.
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Virgin River

This river cut Zion National Park. I took this on the deep floor of the canyon in winter.
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Cuban Neighborhood

These are very small homes lining the cobblestone street. Traffic is mostly mules and horse drawn carts.
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Chicago River

Downtown Chicago is a sparkling jewel of architecture, colors and people. Every summer I take the train to Union Station, spend the way walking till my feet hurt then the train back.
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Santiago de Cuba

I would have a hard time finding a better place for street photography than Cuba
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Zion National Park in Winter

Deep in the valley the sunlight barely made it to the bottom this time of year.
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Cedar Breaks

The far peak is 11,300 feet. It's accessible by preferably 4WD vehicle a few months a year.
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Long Way Home

This is an 80 mile long road out of Great Basin National Park. We saw only 3 other cars during the drive.
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Canyon Floor Colors

Early Spring in Zion National Park.
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Cuban Street

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Chicago IL

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State Fair

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Red Rock Recreation Area

Utah park with multiple waterfalls and numerous dinosaur prints. You can maybe make out the chiseled foot holds and rope for climbing.
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Zion National Park

Snowmelt in SW Utah has caused rivers to run fast and wide and in Zion, waterfalls.
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Bookseller in Havana

Both Che Guevara and Fidel Castro are revered in Cuba.
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Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson is a massive coastal fortress. It is the largest brick masonry structure in the Americas and is composed of over 16 million bricks. The building covers 16 acres. Among United States forts, only Fort Monroe in Virginia and Fort Adams in Rhode Island are larger. The fort is located on Garden Key in the lower Florida Keys within the Dry Tortugas National Park, 68 miles west of the island of Key West.
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A Beautiful Walk

Boca Chica Naval Air Station (Key West) is just over the far mangroves. I love to walk the coast here as the water depth varies from a few inches to a few feet depending on tides. There are birds, sea creatures, plants, coral and F18 Super Hornets to keep my interest as I walk.
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Joshua Tree in Gold Butte National Monument

Joshua trees are fast growers for a desert species; new seedlings may grow at an average rate of 3 inches per year in their first 10 years, then only about 1.5 per year. The trunk consists of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making determining the tree's age difficult. This tree has a top-heavy branch system, but also what has been described as a "deep and extensive" root system, with roots reaching down to 36 ft. If it survives the rigors of the desert, it can live for hundreds of years; some specimens survive a thousand years. The tallest trees reach about 49 ft. New plants can grow from seed, but in some populations, new stems grow from underground rhizomes that spread out around the parent tree. The first time I "bumped" into one I thought I'd been stabbed thereafter keeping my distance.
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Arches National Park

Arches National Park is in eastern Utah adjacent to the Colorado River, north of Moab, Utah. It contains more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the well-known Delicate Arch, which constitute the highest density of natural arches in the world. The national park lies above an underground evaporite layer or salt bed, which is the main cause of the formation of the arches, spires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins, and eroded monoliths in the area. The park consists 119.81 sq miles. Wikipeda
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Grafton Settlement

Historic Mormon settlement on the south side of the Virgin River, adjoining orchards and farmland; last occupied in the 1940s. The town contains five original, partly restored buildings plus pieces of iron equipment and other relics. Zion National can be seen in the background.
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Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park

This is a wonderful park near Zion National Park in Utah. Follow the footprints to my friend, about 1/2 way to the top to give this some scale.
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5 foot hole

In Valley Of Fire State Park in Nevada.
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Glacier National Park

If you haven't visited this park.... bucket list it.
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Virgin River

Zion National Park
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Coral Pink

While the dunes are estimated to be 10,000 to 15,000 years old, this state park was first opened to the public in 1963. A phenomenon known as the Venturi Effect created the dunes, which is when wind passes through a notch between the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains. It increases velocity through the notch, which erodes the sandstone and carries the grains to the dunes. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is 3,730 acres of sand.
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Virgin River

Standing on a bridge in Zion National Park I was able to take this photo of the Virgin River which carved the canyons through the park.
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Downtown Las Vegas

a.k.a. The Fremont Street Experience
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Arches NP

Arches National Park is in eastern Utah adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles north of Moab. More than 2,000 sandstone arches are located in the park which is the highest density in the world.
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Bahia Honda State Park

The stormy skies made for strong color contrast between water, grass and sand.
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Mesquite Dunes

While sand exists throughout Death Valley, there are very few locations where large dune fields are created. In order to create sand dunes, there must be a source of sand (in this case, the eroding mountains to the north), wind to move that sand, and a barrier to prevent the sand from being blown farther (the mountains to the south). The conditions at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are perfect for the creation of dunes, and while individual grains move, and ripples form, the dune field remains.
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Glen Canyon Dam

Glen Canyon Dam, rising 710 feet above bedrock within the steep, rust-colored sand-stone walls of Glen Canyon, was constructed in 1956 to harness the power of the Colorado River in order to provide for the water and power needs of millions of people in the West. BLM
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Think Blues Brothers

Chicago
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Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. Elevation here is about 10,500 feet.