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Field of dreams

The Kelch Aviation Museum in Brodhead WI includes 19 vintage aircraft, 3 vintage automobiles, 10,000 aviation books, 12 original aircraft engines, cabinets of photo collections, and dozens of models, works of art, and one-of-a-kind treasures! Whether you’re a Snoopy-and-the-Red-Baron fan or a researcher sleuthing out original aircraft blueprints, we have something to fascinate you! Kelch website I've been going there every summer for the past 3 years to take photos of these very unique aircraft while on display in the museum hangers and also while flying about the "field of dreams" as I call it airport.
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Soft sunrise

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Twas the night before

Key West knows how to decorate.
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Barely shining through

Sunset last night with plane returning from Fort Jefferson National Park.
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Aft

Cruise ship spinning 180 degrees to leave port. Being directly behind the ship offered an interesting perspective of a very unique design.
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Great egret

The great egret, also known as the common egret, large egret, or great white egret or great white heron, is a large, widely distributed egret. The four subspecies are found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Recently it is also spreading to more northern areas of Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world, it builds tree nests in colonies close to water. Wikipedia
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Pierce-Arrow

Pierce-Arrow Archer Hood Ornament, 1931-1938.
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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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Framed

While visiting an art museum in Miami this lady was holding frames over art for her own art project and trying to take photos of them so I helped her for a little while.
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Las Vegas street walking

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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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Great horned owl

A powerful, mottled-brown predator, it is often more than 2 feet long, with a wingspan often approaching 7 feet. It usually eats small rodents and birds but has been known to carry off larger prey. Adapted to desert and forest, the species migrates only when food is scarce. Audubon I assume this young one is from a pair that nests on a ledge in a nearby canyon in Utah.
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Sunrise Key West

Old dock pilings on the Atlantic ocean side.
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Desert morning color

Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada about an hour after sunrise.
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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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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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Vegas Alley Art

An area between The Strip and Fremont street invites spray can artists to decorate the streets and alleys as a form of art to help improve the area.
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Race time

Road America at Elkhart Lake WI
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Welcome 2024

Bye Bye 2023....Welcome 2024 Madison WI
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Front row for a sunrise

Pewaukee Lake Wisconsin
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Liftoff

One of my favorite things to photograph especially if they let me wander around while they inflate then underneath while they all lift and fly away. This was taken years ago in Monroe WI which is world famous for award winning cheeses.
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Hat shop

Custom made in Key West from palm fronds and don't forget the matching drink koozie.
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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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Foggy fishing

Not being a fishing guy, I do admire their dedication to the hobby. Pretty much an early morning all weather sport that requires a large investment in equipment. It is similar to photography in that some days you catch a good one but most are just average.
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Red Mountain Ivins Utah

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Bryce Canyon Utah

One of the "Big Five" as they are called, National Parks in Utah.
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Just caught my eye

Sometimes while walking through old neighborhoods in Key West porches will talk to me.
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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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Watery sky

Walking on a dock I noticed the water reflecting the cloudy sky above with a passing jet.
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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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Sunset Sailing

Key West sunset watchers.
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Need a project?

On the way to explore Pioche NV there are a few roadside (in my opinion) photo ops.
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Sand Dunes Sunrise

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah features uniquely pink-hued sand dunes located beside red sandstone cliffs. The dunes are formed from the erosion of pink-colored Navajo Sandstone surrounding the park. High winds pick up loose sand particles and then drop them onto the dunes. The 3,300 acres of dunes are estimated to be between 10,000 and 15,000 years old. Wikipedia
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Black White & Bird

Florida Keys
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American Airlines Flagship Detroit

The Flagship Detroit was manufactured in early 1937. It was the twenty-fourth Douglas DC-3 in American’s fleet which eventually totaled eighty-four aircraft. American Airlines flew the Detroit in regular passenger service until 1947. Since the airplane was not conscripted into military service. the Army Air Corps did not have a dedicated airplane for the President during this time so the Detroit had the distinction of carrying the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, on several occasions. Website I was a little, maybe more than a little creative with this photo. Bright day in Oshkosh WI at EAA Fly-In with clouds and blue reflecting in its mirror finish. I wanted to emphasize the shape, paint, windows and rivets by giving it some contrast.
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Friday fireworks

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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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White-Naped crane

The white-naped crane is a large bird about 4 ft long, and 4.3 ft tall, and weighing about 12 lb, with pinkish legs, a grey-and-white-striped neck, and a red face patch. It breeds in northeastern Mongolia, northeastern China, and adjacent areas of southeastern Russia, where a program at Khingan Nature Reserve raises eggs provided from U.S. zoos to bolster the species. Different groups of the birds migrate to winter near the Yangtze River, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and on Kyūshū in Japan. They also reach Kazakhstan and Taiwan. Only about 4,900 to 5,400 individuals remain in the wild. Wikipedia I took this photo while visiting the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin.
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Back road oddities

While driving the backroads one never knows what one will find. This one called Tin Man appeared along a remote farm road in central Wisconsin.
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Lady in red

Beautiful pocket park in Key West.
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Key West FL

Another beautiful sunset
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Temple of Sun and Moon

This is one of the many sites along the 73 mile Cathedral Valley loop which is located partially in Capital Reef National Park. You may be able to make out the people in the shadowy right corner for some scale. The nearest town is Hanksville Utah.
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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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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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There should be music

Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the appearance of indirect sunlight being scattered in Earth's atmosphere, when the centre of the Sun's disc has reached 18° below the observer's horizon. This morning twilight period will last until sunrise, when direct sunlight outshines the diffused light. Wikipedia I think a colorful dawn like this, mirrored by a lake, should come a soundtrack composed by the famous John Williams.
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Richard

Richard has been living on the streets of Key West for many years.
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Black, white and unisex

Any questions?
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Sunset Fishing

Last chance for the big one on a pier in Key West.
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Super Guppy

The Super Guppy has a cargo compartment that is 25 feet tall, 25 feet wide and 111 feet long . It can carry a payload of more than 26 tons. The aircraft has a unique hinged nose that can open more than 200 degrees, allowing large pieces of cargo to be loaded and unloaded from the front. This is at least the fourth trip a Super Guppy has made to NASA Langley. NASA News. I took this at the EAA convention where it along with the Osprey parked behind it were the shows centerpiece aircraft.
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South Beach architecture

In the 1930s, an architectural revolution came to South Beach, bringing Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Nautical Moderne architecture to the Beach. South Beach claims to be the world's largest collection of Streamline Moderne Art Deco architecture. Today, in both daytime and at nightfall, the South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. Wikipedia
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Arrival Key West

Arrived in Key West, dropped anchor, launching dinghy for a ride into town.
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1950s and 1960s cars and their jewelry

Walking around a car show on a sunny day and the ones from the 1950s and 1960s glittered amongst the later models with their plastic body parts and rubber bumpers.
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Inside the balloon

At a hot air balloon launch I was trying to take a photo while this was inflating. The owner told me I could go inside for a better photo so I told him and his wife to join me.
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North American T-6 Texan

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots during World War II. First flown in 1936, a total of 15,495 T-6s of all variants were built. Wikipedia I took this photo at the EAA convention in Oshkosh WI
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Artsy Fronds

B&W camera gives them a silver and black color with a grey white sky. I should walk around and shoot various palm types, pretty artsy, in my opinion.
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Everglades National Park

Egret blending in and slowly making its way through the tall grass looking for a meal.
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Peaceful sunset

Key West FL
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Leopard Lily

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Arizona bus stop

While exploring slot canyons in the Navajo Nation (over 27,400 square miles in Utah, Arizona & New Mexico) I drove by this bus stop with the picture window.
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Colors of age

I was in a time capsule of a house dating back to the 1950s and this just caught my eye.
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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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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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Reflective layers

Walking in Miami I saw this wild reflection of multiple layers. When I got home and went through the photos I was able to really appreciate the depths of what I saw. Window, restaurant, wall of graffiti, new building and somebody standing on the sidewalk.
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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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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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Amusement ride

One of those night amusement ride photos where I leave the shutter open for a moment then wiggle the camera a little and...surprise.
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Fabulous Firework Friday

Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh WI puts on an outstanding display after each of their night airshows.
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Rust in peace

Very photogenic auto salvage yard in a Georgia forest.
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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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Perspective only

Docked in Key West this cruise ship takes on monstrous proportions in comparison to the passengers waiting to board. I took this photo on a walk through town with a black and white camera. Without color in photos I often struggle to find something else to give it interest.
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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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Sunrise Sunday

Wisconsin
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1902 wood burning steam tractor

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A new day begins

Sunrise Wisconsin
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is in Eastern California, in the Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. It is thought to be the hottest place on Earth during summer. Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. It is 84.6 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney — the highest point in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Wikipedia For me it is one of those rare places where black & white photos usually work very well.
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Welcome

What makes Key West...Key West
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Brick rear view mirror

Maybe 8am in an old warehouse district in Milwaukee. I found myself facing the sun which is blocked by this building but lighting the buildings behind me which is reflected in the windows of this building. Another good 2500 piece jigsaw puzzle.
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Key West pier at dawn

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South Dakota

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Pioche Nevada

The Mountain View Hotel in Pioche NV had three stories and 18 rooms. Three hot meals were provided daily. It also housed many juries who had come from many miles around the county to attend trials at the courthouse. This hotel was built in 1895 by the Ely Valley Mines to house their guests, including (U.S. president) Herbert Hoover, a former mining engineer before his days in politics, had mine holdings in Pioche. Many U.S. Senators and Nevada governors, and many other notables. The food, the wines, the accommodations and unmatched service was renowned throughout the old west.”
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Winging It

In Brodhead WI there is the wonderful Kelch Aviation Museum focusing on antique aircraft. With blue sky, white clouds and endless green grass these beautiful planes quite easily become photographic art.
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Key West Sunset

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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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Vintage cars visit Tuacahn

At the Tuacahn amphitheater in Ivins UT about 100 antique car showed up on one of the stops during a 500+ mile round trip drive from California. The cars were 80 to 120 years old and some had their original paint and interiors.
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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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Zion National Park

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South Beach Miami

Art deco hotel in full neon.
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Old warehouse

In the old industrial area of Milwaukee near the river are very old abandoned warehouses, grain elevators, boat yards etc. The windows and doors surrounded by the masonary work then graffitied is interesting to look at.
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Wet Pebbles

Walking the shore of a lake in Utah that has a red sandstone bottom the color, patterns and reflections looked interesting.
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Havana

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Joshua Tree

Taken in Nevada at Gold Butte National Monument. This tree is about 10' tall and gets large white flowers when in bloom.
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Architectural kaleidoscope

Walking down the strip in Las Vegas parts of 3 buildings converged into an architectural kaleidoscope.
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Posing for the shot

Great egret, smiling I think, in Florida.
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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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In wind on water

Taken on a windy night from the front of a moving boat.
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Firework Friday

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Two extremes

Key West has a very active port offering endless photo opportunities.
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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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A Foggy Point Sur Light Station

Along the California coast this lighthouse was erected in 1889 to help ships navigate in the fog. When we arrived at its base the skies were clear but in the 30 minute climb to the top the fog rolled in and completely surrounded us.
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Sunrise fishing