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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.
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Cedar Breaks

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. Iron oxides provide the reds, oranges and yellows, while manganese oxides provide shades of purple.
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Devils Island

In the distance is Devil's Island (Île du Diable), a French penal colony that operated for more than 100 years, from 1852 to 1953, in the Salvation Islands of French Guiana. Opened in 1852, the Devil's Island system received convicts from the Prison of St-Laurent-du-Maroni, who had been deported from all parts of the Second French Empire. It was notorious both for the staff's harsh treatment of detainees and the tropical climate and diseases that contributed to high mortality. The prison system had a death rate of 75% at the worst, and was finally closed down in 1953.
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Continental Divide

Rocky Mountain National Park at 10,759 feet.
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SoBe

South Beach, also known as SoBe, is a neighborhood in Miami Beach, Florida. It is located between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, and in 1910 was the first section of the beach to be developed. In 2009, the Miami New Times described it as "Until the 1980s, Miami Beach was a peculiar mix of criminals, Cubans, and little old ladies. Then the beautiful people moved in." Today, it is considered one of the wealthiest and most prosperous commercial areas on the beach with 65% of residents speak Spanish as a first language.
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Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. The parks 530 square miles preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. Wikipedia
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Ely Nevada

Nevada's National Historic Landmarks Committee granted unanimous support to nominating the Nevada Northern's East Ely shops complex as a National Historic Landmark. The nomination was approved by the National Park Service on September 27, 2006.
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Dante’s View

Perched atop the Black Mountains at 5,475 feet, Dante’s view is tall and wide. Both of Death Valley’s elevation extremes, 282 feet below sea level and 11,049 feet above, can be seen in a single glance. Dante’s View in Death Valley National Park offers premier panoramic views of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Across the valley rises Telescope Peak, the highest in the park.
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Casa Marina Hotel

On New Year’s Eve 1920, Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, opened its doors as Key West’s most glamorous destination. Conceived by American railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, the resort was intended to accommodate wealthy customers of Flagler’s Overseas Railroad, which spanned from Key West to the Florida mainland.
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Paria Canyon

The Paria Movie Set: This set was located at the bottom of this towering, multi-colored sandstone canyon only a few miles up the Paria River from Paria Sage Casitas. The movie set was used to film western movies such as Sergeants 3 in 1961 and The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976 as well as TV shows from 1963-1991. As a location, it was used for several episodes of Gunsmoke and Sergeants Three. Those willing to take the bumpy trip will be rewarded with interpretive displays and remarkable canyon views. While the movie set withstood gunfights and saloon brawls, it couldn’t withstand the ravages of nature. Flooding left a 20 foot gully running through the middle of the three-building town. Through a cooperative effort between local volunteers and the BLM, the buildings were dismantled and rebuilt on stable ground.
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Frosty Zion

Utah's Zion National Park is beautiful year round but winter is special with the dusting of snow and very few people.
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Chicago River Sunday

I love to go on a weekend because the city is relatively quiet. Sightseers vs workers in a hurry.
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Death Valley

One of my favorite National Parks.
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Barefoot Sunrise

Smooth water in the early morning bring out the pros. This lake has a waterski team that performs every Wednesday evening. I've seen as many as 23 skiers doing a 3 person high pyramid.
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Badlands National Park

Neither the sky nor the landscape had much color that day so I shot it in black & white.
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Hoover Dam

I'm standing 726' atop Hoover Dam looking down at the Colorado river with Lake Mead behind me. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US by volume when full. It is located near Boulder City, Nevada, a municipality originally constructed for workers on the construction project, about 30 mi southeast of Las Vegas. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California.
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Finland

An area called Little Finland in Gold Butte National Monument is filled with interesting sandstone shapes. For scale, the centerpiece is 10-15' tall.
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Cedar Breaks

A National Monument in Utah with an elevation of about 10,500 feet.
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Badlands National Park

The rugged beauty of the Badlands in South Dakota draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient horses and rhinos once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today. per NPS
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Sunset Gunlock

Gunlock State park near Ivins Utah
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Gold Butte

Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art. per BLM
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Cana Island Lighthouse

Built in 1869 for $12,792.55, Cana Island Lighthouse’s tower, made of cream city brick, was the tallest building in Door County WI. Verified by telescope during the first year of operation, 4,862 ships passed the station during daylight hours.  Keepers filled the oil and kept the beacon shining until the lighthouse was automated in 1944.  It remains a functioning navigational light of the Great Lakes. Door County Historical Society.
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Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago.Wikipedia
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Salt Lake Utah

The Great Salt Lake is the largest saline lake in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth largest in the world. The 15,000 square miles of various water environments, remote islands and shorelines, with 400,000 acres of wetlands, provide habitat for plants, brine shrimp, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, shorebirds and waterfowl. Birds rely on the lake, a critical link in the Pacific Flyway between North and South America. Every year 10 million birds from 338 different species come to rest, eat and breed during migrations of a thousand miles or more. With the decline of other lakes, GSL is increasingly important to these species.
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Winter Bryce

The snow really adds nice color to the sandstone.
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Architectural Tour

Ride a boat on the Chicago river as they point out the beautiful architecture that sprouted on each side.
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Brian Head

Brian Head, at 11,312 feet, looking down at Cedar Breaks National Monument.
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Cedar Breaks National Monument

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Death Valley In Color

Death Valley's cultural history is well-known. At least from 1849 on. That was when a group of emigrants en route to California's gold fields encountered the worst of the valley that they attached the "death" name to. They had set out from Salt Lake City, determined to cross the Great Basin and reach California before winter's snows made the Sierra Nevada impassable. Leaving Salt Lake in October of 1849, they decided to skirt the Sierra Nevada to the south and avoid the snows. Unfortunately, this route took them through today's Death Valley.
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Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park is a park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. The park preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. Wikipedia
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Chicago Downtown

Chicago with a camera, the best.
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Bryce National Park

Winter is the best time to visit as it's less crowded and it's prettier with snow.
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Amsterdam

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North Rim

Grand Canyon National Park North Rim in Arizona is about 8,000 feet deep. We drove up early to arrive around sunrise to photograph the canyon before the sun could light up the haze.
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One of my favorite Bryce Canyon formations.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah
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Typical Street Scene

Seems like everybody is working on their cars in Cuba.
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Red White & Blue

Woke early and things looked unusually bright. Walking outside I realized it had snowed, a very rare event where we live. Grabbed the camera and began taking photos knowing it would melt fast. There was 6-10" on the ground but by 11am it had completely disappeared. The white/red/blue was a wonderful combination while it lasted. Here's the park's description per Utah.com: SNOW CANYON STATE PARK - This place would be a national park in any other state. Located in the red-rock country near St George, in southwestern Utah, this park enjoys mild winter weather and seldom receives snow. The park was named after early Utah leaders Lorenzo and Erastus Snow. It offers some 16 miles of hiking trails, technical rock climbing, biking and horseback riding. It features a very nice campground open year-round. People also enjoy nature studies, wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities galore. All of this is set against a stunning backdrop of towering sandstone cliffs colored red and white. A jumbled of black lava rock caps some ridges and tumbles down hillsides.
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South Beach Miami

It is beautiful during the day but a whole new color wheel at night.
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Virgin River Valley

Zion National Park Utah
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Memorial Day

The "world's tallest tribute to freedom," is a 400-foot tall flagpole waving an American flag that's 7,200 square feet. The pole is about 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, its flag is four stories tall and it stands at Acuity insurance company in Sheboygan WI. "The purpose No. 1 was to sincerely thank veterans." The stars measure 3.5 feet. Each stripe is more than 4 feet wide. The pole itself, weighing in at 420,000 pounds, required 500 gallons of paint. The foundation holds about 55 tons of rebar. Three pendulums ensure it can take vibrations while working as dampeners, and it can withstand the severe northern temperatures — prepared to deal with cold as low as -42 degrees. A 220-pound flag flies during normal weather; a 350-pound one for harsh conditions. Old Glory even has her own seamstress. The flag takes "at least a half dozen" people to raise and lower it.
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Key West

This shot comprises the Western side of the city including the harbor (owned by the US Navy), old Ft Zachary Taylor in the foreground, and Sunset Key to the top left. Half of the rest of what you see is owned by some branch of the military.
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Wisconsin 1870

Old World Wisconsin historical buildings are wonderful to photograph with wildflowers and partial cloudy skies.
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Chicago

A must do in Chicago is the architecture tour by boat where you hear the stories about 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less than 100 years.
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The Long and winding road

Gold Butte National Monument is a wild geological wonder to explore. Numerous mining sites, rock art panels and outstanding colors, plants and quiet. A capable vehicle is highly recommended due to very rough roads. I carry a tire inflator when I'm in places like this so I can deflate my tires to about 1/2 normal pressure then re-inflate them when I get back on hard surface roads.
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Beautiful Desert Landscape

This is Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada. It is one of the most beautiful, accessible and remote places I've found for day trips. It covers 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape covered in a couple bad roads (by design) rocks of every imaginable color, old mines and many petroglyphs. I've been here and only saw one other person. It's because of this park I bought stronger headlights, air shocks and very tough tires for the truck.
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Snow Canyon Utah

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 I took this photo after a very rare snowfall. This part of Utah may never see snow all winter but this morning saw a 10" depth in the park which was completely gone by noon that day.
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North Rim

Grand Canyon National Park Utah
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is an American national park that straddles the California–Nevada border. It has a diverse environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons and mountains. Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous United States, as well as the hottest, driest and lowest of all the national parks in the United States. It contains Badwater Basin, the second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level.
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Bean II

The structure is made up of 168 stainless steel plates that are welded together. The polished exterior has no visible seams, making it completely smooth. The inside is largely made up of a solid wooden structure. It measures 33 x 66 x 42 feet, weighing in at 110 short tons. So, it’s pretty big. When in Chicago I have no problem taking lots of photos. If you see a little guy way off to the right with a camera & tripod, it bean me.
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Scenic Highway 89

On the road up to Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon from Cedar City UT
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Chicago River Sunday

Quiet Sunday
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More Bean

The structure is made up of 168 stainless steel plates that are welded together. The polished exterior has no visible seams, making it completely smooth. The inside is largely made up of a solid wooden structure. It measures 33 x 66 x 42 feet, weighing in at 110 short tons. So, it’s pretty big. When in Chicago I have no problem taking lots of photos. If you see a little guy in the middle with a camera & tripod, it bean me.
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Havana Harbor

Havana has a well protected harbor. To the right is an old fort and I’m...
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Bryce Canyon Panorama

Using an extremely wide lens (11mm) I still can't get it all in a photo.
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Conch Republic

When you deplane in Key West this is what you see when you walk towards the terminal.
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Death Valley National Park Crater

Ubehebe Crater is a large volcanic crater 600 feet deep and half a mile across.
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Basic Kitchen

She was feeding the Cuban workers at a sugar cane factory that was closed.
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Death Valley California

Nations largest National Park. Well worth the visit except in mid summer.
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Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point is an elevated overlook of a colorful, undulating landscape of gullies and mud hills at the edge of the Black Mountains, just a few miles east of Death Valley - from the viewpoint, the flat salt plains on the valley floor are visible in the distance.
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True Patriot

Nothing unusual for Key West's Duval Street.
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Sunrise White Pocket

National monument in Utah
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Milwaukee

The City of Milwaukee, is both the most populous and most densely populated city in Wisconsin. It is the second largest city on Lake Michigan's shore behind Chicago. The Art Museum is centermost in the photo.
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It’s difficult to visually comprehend

when you first peer over the rim of Bryce National Park
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Old homestead house

Near Kodachrome State Park Utah
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Love these colors

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Lifeguard

Miami Beach lifeguard station.
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WI 1800s Barn

Original barn moved onsite by the WI State Historical Society
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Eagle Wisconsin

Authentic 1800s homestead
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Spinning Wheel

Taken through a window of an authentic 1800s home which was moved to an area in WI along with other structures. Very detailed and photogenic so I try to get there every couple years.
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Old World Wisconsin

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Havana Cuba

Typical street in Havana old town.
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Vermillion Cliffs

This is looking at the Vermillion Cliffs which is home to condors. If you followed the road into the distance it will take you to Lee's Ferry before reaching Page AZ. Continuing the journey about 40 miles behind me is the entrance road to the Grand Canyon North Rim.
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House outside of St Petersburg Russia

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Paris France

Arc de Triomphe 1936
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Havana Cuba

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Navajo Lake Utah

High altitude lake near Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Havana Cuba

Street action that never seems to pause
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Nova Scotia

Lobster traps and boats
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Niagara Falls

Maiden Of The Mist
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Havana Cuba

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Amongst blue iceberg crumbs

Qaqortoq Greenland
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Death Valley CA

This National Park is diverse, massive and beautiful.
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Snow Canyon State Park

Located in Ivins Utah
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Horicon Marsh Wisconsin

It is the site of both a national and a state wildlife refuge. The silted-up glacial lake is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States
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Viking Runes

Orkney Islands
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European Church

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Arrivals & Departures

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Key Deer National Wildlife Sanctuary

An endangered species on Big Pine Key FL, this deer can be recognized by its characteristic size, smaller than all other white-tailed deer. Adult males stand about 30 in tall at the shoulder. Adult females (does) have an average height of 26 in at the shoulders.
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Caught my eye

A very very old door in Czech Republic
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Key West Aquarium

Built in 1932
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Amsterdam

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Car Guys

Havana Cuba
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Amsterdam

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Mackinac Island

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Castro brothers poster sales in Havana

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Havana Cuba

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Fort Jefferson National Park

Dry Tortugas FL