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Surprise Docking

10/20/2021: This ship made an unscheduled stop in Key West to have a sick passenger taken off. As there were no line handlers the ship had to hold itself against the pier using its very powerful side thrusters as it could not be tied. Passenger was removed, ship spun 180 degrees and slipped out of the harbor towards the shipping channel and on to its next scheduled port.
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Ready To Rumble

The P51 fist flew in 1940 while the F16 behind it entered service in 1980. The EAA convention in Oshkosh WI is an aircraft lovers dream come true. This year 10,000+ aircraft attended, 19,500 or 134 takeoffs/landings per hour during 11 days made it by far, the busiest airport in the world.
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Four Lenses

I started to take a photo of a porch when the door opened and she came out. While I was explaining I noticed her sunglasses and asked if she would hold still. My camera lens was very wide to I had to get real close to her face. I snapped a couple, thanked her, she gave me a big smile and walked away. So there....
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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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Water Lily

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. This lily is a Nymphaea.
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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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the Calatrava

The Milwaukee Art Museum, often referred to as "the Calatrava", contains a movable, wing-like brise soleil that opens up for a wingspan of 217 feet during the day, folding over the tall, arched structure at night or during inclement weather. The pavilion received the 2004 Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. This iconic building, overlooking Lake Michigan contains over 25,000 pieces of artwork. Wikipedia
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Cat Man

For almost 40 years the Cat Man has been entertaining the Key West crowds at sunset with his highly trained ordinary house cats. Here one is jumping through a ring of fire.
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Key West Sunset

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Docked & Lookin Good

Just pulled in for a stay in Key West.
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Point Sur

Point Sur Lighthouse is a lightstation at Point Sur 24.6 miles south of Monterey, California on top the 361-foot-tall 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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Doubler

Water drops on the lens glass but a very pretty sight.
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One Season Ends

Boating season ends but the light show continues.
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Porch Art

Key West porches are, to my eye, works of art.
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New Day Comes

Back on Pewaukee Lake
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The Lone Cypress

The Lone Cypress is a Monterey cypress tree located in Pebble Beach, California. Standing atop a granite headland overlooking Carmel Bay, the tree has become a Western icon and has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. Wikipedia
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Early State Fair

Arrived at the Wisconsin State Fair 2 hours before opening during which time only the vendors were there setting up. I wandered around with my camera like I do but without the throng of fairgoers. Anyway, I saw this young lady waiting for the gates to open.
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R.I.P.

1950 Super Buick Eight
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The Shimmer

Though about 6 inches of water the sandstone bottom of a lakeshore shimmered in the noon high sunlight.
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Warthog

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin-turbofan, straight-wing, subsonic attack aircraft developed by Fairchild Republic for the United States Air Force. In service since 1976, it is named for the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a World War II-era fighter-bomber effective at attacking ground targets, but commonly referred to as the "Warthog" or "Hog".Wikipedia
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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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Around and around she goes….

Where she stops, nobody knows. State Fair ferris wheel with a 2 second shutter opening.
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Firework Art

Always a surprise......freeze motion and color.
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Death Valley

One of my favorite National Parks.
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Flying & Fireworks

Each July brings the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assn) show to Oshkosh WI making it the busiest airport in the US for 10 days. Two nights they have a second show after dark featuring stunt planes and fireworks for 3 hours. These night photos make for some of the most surprising photos I've ever taken. This photo shows ground fireworks while a plane, shooting its own fireworks, performs a double loop over the top.
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Valley Of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park covers nearly 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada. The 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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Grand Canyon – North Rim

Nice clear morning with a few clouds makes the colors pop.
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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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1897 Barn

This octagonal barn was erected by Ernest Clausing, a local barn builder 125 years ago. Mr. Clausing erected 14 of these barns in the southern end of Ozaukee County WI, all within one mile of the Lake Michigan shoreline.They ranged in size from 3,200-over 9,000 square feet.
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Labor Day 1935

The death of Flagler’s railroad happened on Labor Day in 1935. It began when the barometer started dropping. Nobody knew that the most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States was on its way. In the 200-mph winds the railroad cars were blown off the track. Only the locomotive, which weighed 320,000 pounds, stood up to the storm. More than 400 bodies were recovered. Most had drowned though others were killed by flying debris.The Flagler railroad was lost too. When I drive across the New Seven Mile Bridge now I crane my neck to look at the Old Seven Mile Bridge and I see ghosts. Jeff Klinkenberg - Historian
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Do you take?

Key West marriage at sunset with photographer, female preacher and a boat full of friends and family.
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Setting Moon

Beaver Dam mountains Ivins Utah
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Canna Indian Shot

Taken at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. Leica 24-90 76mm f5.6 1/25
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Alley Flower

Walking through an alley in Las Vegas that spray can artists had decorated we came upon this growing in a planter with a sprayed shipping container in the background.
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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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California Coast

A little over an hours drive from Monterey. Fog was rolling down to the sea making for a slow drive back to town.
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Mirrors

I'm on a boat in the Chicago River taking a photo of buildings which are reflecting buildings that are behind me.
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Outside Zion

This is the Virgin River after it has left Zion National Park. Behind me is the deserted town of Grafton UT which has been partially restored by the Park Service due to its unique history.
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Street Walking Las Vegas

Great city to walk around pointing a camera at odd things.
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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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Another Day

Key West sunset is always a beautiful end of day.
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Getting Ready

Each year at the end of October Key West welcomes Fantasy Fest. Trying to stay with the annual theme, painters decorate people as part of the festivities.
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Up and under

Some had launched while others were still filling with hot air.
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One of Those

Let's call it a super sunrise, in Wisconsin.
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Lake Mead

The largest reservoir in the US supplies water to millions of people across seven states, tribal lands, and northern Mexico. It now also provides a stark illustration of climate change and a long-term drought that may be the worst in the U.S. West in 1200 years. As of July 18, 2022, the water elevation at the Hoover Dam was 1041.30 feet above sea level. Lake levels at the dam should stay above 1000 feet to continue operating hydropower turbines at normal levels. This is the lowest the water has been since 1937.
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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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Rhyolite

Gold was discovered in 1904 here in Rhyolite NV. There were over 2000 claims covering everything in a 30 mile area from here. The most promising was the Montgomery Shoshone mine, which prompted everyone to move to the Rhyolite townsite. The town immediately boomed with buildings springing up everywhere. One building was 3 stories tall and cost $90,000 to build. A stock exchange and Board of Trade were formed. The red light district drew women from as far away as San Francisco. There were hotels, stores, a school for 250 children, an ice plant, two electric plants, foundries and machine shops and even a miner’s union hospital.
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Fremont to the Strip

Old downtown Las Vegas to the Strip has pretty much colorful everything.
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Retired

Probably produced food, feed and sore farmer butts. Found this in Pine Valley Utah which is a picture perfect town the head of the Santa Clara River in the Pine Valley Mountains, and was settled in 1859. The population was 186 at the 2020 census. Significant landmarks include the Pine Valley Mormon Chapel designed by shipbuilder Ebenezer Bryce (Bryce Canyon National Park is named after him) in 1868 using the scheme of an upside-down boat.It is the oldest Mormon chapel in continuous use.
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Perfection

Not sure what it is but the colors are striking. This was in my mothers Wisconsin garden.
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Bahia Honda

The Bahia Honda Rail Bridge is a derelict railroad bridge in the lower Florida Keys connecting Bahia Honda Key with Spanish Harbor Key. It was originally part of the Overseas Railway, but the state of Florida purchased it from the Florida East Coast Railway after the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and converted it for automobile use as part of the Overseas Highway in 1938. After a replacement Bahia Honda Bridge was opened in 1972, two spans of the old bridge were removed for the safety of boaters. Wikipedia
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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot-tall double cataract waterfall in the south end of Provo Canyon in Utah. Maybe you can see the lady in red near the bottom to give you better size perspective.
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1920s

Miller engine powered, probably raced in the Indy 500 in the early or mid 1920s. Here photographed on the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis WI.
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Harbor Pilot

The pilot is boarding a moving cruise ship from a pilot boat to guide it into the Key West Harbor. As trained experts with detailed knowledge of Florida’s waterways, pilots protect our ports from harm and ensure the safe passage of ship traffic. These highly skilled professionals accept the enormous responsibility of guiding a ship, its crew and cargo safely through the harbors.
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Tiny Me

A friend took this photo of tiny me in Gold Butte National Monument. Landscapes in the Southwest are so enormous scale is difficult to understand with a single photo. Not that this helps but, I'm standing roughly in the middle of 6,093 square miles of public land and it feels like it.
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Collins Blvd

Miami lights always makes me walk for miles.
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Zion Virgin

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Gunlock Reservoir

Gunlock Reservoir UT holds snowmelt water for future use downstream. In 2017 the water level got high enough that it overflowed like this for months. There is a large rock dam which is designed to hold back the water whereas this is the natural rock off to one side that acts as the overflow route.
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White Hibiscus – WI

Took this photo in my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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Sundance

In 1969, Robert Redford bought the land now known as Sundance and envisioned the careful growth of a community committed to the balance of art, nature and community. Today, Sundance offers an atmosphere steeped in cultural heritage. It's located near Provo Utah.
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Keys Morning

Sunrise from (almost) the southernmost point in the US.
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Bel Air

1956 Chevrolet. It was parked in the shade and I liked the color, chrome and shadow of the tree leaves.
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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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1800s Outhouse

Wikipedia: Outhouses are commonly humble and utilitarian, made of lumber or plywood. This is especially so they can easily be moved when the earthen pit fills up. Depending on the size of the pit and the amount of use, this can be fairly frequent, sometimes yearly. I found this in South Dakota on a homestead from the 1880s.
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Heading Out

Ship is leaving Key West full of tourists and t-shirts. Sailboat is full of tourists hoping for a nice sunset.
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Kiss Me

At a hot air balloon launch in WI the winds picked up while they were filling causing these two to lean sideways.
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Breezy Sunset

Key West FL
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Low Flow

Took a long hike to find a waterfall shooting horizontal out of a crevasse. It was more of a drizzle due to rainfall but the scenery was pretty.
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True Patriot

Nothing unusual for Key West's Duval Street.
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Pine Valley

Pine Valley, at the head of the Santa Clara River in the Pine Valley Mountains Utah.
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Great Horned

This just might be one of our neighbors. Last spring I took photos of a Great Horned with 2 babies within 50' of this one. I'll keep checking the rock wall behind me where the nesting spot on the ledge is.
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Mid 1800s Farm

This Utah farm was established in 1859-1863.
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Drag Strip

Not only is it the main street through Key West it is also the worlds longest drag strip. One of the events during Conch Republic days are the bed races, beds mounted on wheels pushed by female impersonators, a.k.a. Drag Queens. One end of Duval is the Atlantic Ocean and the other end is the Gulf of Mexico, hence the Worlds Longest Drag Race. True Fact
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Front Row Seats

Every evening boats of all types and sizes head out with friends or customers to watch the famous Key West sunsets.
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I might be the same age…

Now that hurts.
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The Reef

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. US Park Service
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Roadrunner

Usually hunts by walking rapidly, looking for prey, then making very rapid (15 - 20 mph) dash forward to catch prey in its bill. May leap straight up from ground to catch insects or birds flying over (has been seen catching hummingbirds this way). They are primarily carnivorous but will eat cactus fruit and some seeds.
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Rudbeckia

If this is correct it's also called a Black-eyed Susan. I took the photo in Wisconsin.
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Enterprise

One very cold morning we drove over the mountains you see in the distance. Here in Enterprise NV it's flat endless hay fields. This sunrise was beautiful, lighting up ground fog/haze and the vegetation picked up the sky color as it was frost white. My fingers froze working the camera quickly to capture this.
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Oh Say Can You See

During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key penned these words as he looked for the American flag the morning after a huge, strategic battle. If he were to see Old Glory still flying like it had been the evening before, then he would know that the American troops had been victorious. And he was not disappointed. In his joy, he wrote the words of what would become our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
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Navajo Colors

The range of colors of the Navajo Sandstone –red, brown, pink, salmon, gold, and even white—results from varying amounts and forms of iron oxide within the rock, and in the case of the white upper portion of the Navajo, the overall lack of iron. This photo comprises an area of about 6 feet square and shows why some areas of the Southwest look like they do.
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Zinnias

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow because seeds require only basic garden preparation to sprout and the plants flower in just a few weeks; they can flourish with very little fertilizer and still produce flowers.
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Girl From The Hood

This was painted on a car hood at an auto show.
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Big Sky Nevada

Gold Butte National Monument. I get out here often because it's close and is full of endless rugged beauty. Wikipedia: The monument consists of 296,937 acres and fills a gap between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, creating a continuous swath of conserved land and establishing a wildlife corridor. Significant wildlife within the borders of the park include Mojave Desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, and mountain lion, as well as quail and partridge. Important cultural and natural resources include rock art and sandstone formations. Within the park, "weather-chiseled red sandstone is incised with ancient rock art, and the remains of rock shelters and hearths, agave roasting pits and projectile points" may be found.
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Low Ceiling

Near Duck Creek Utah at roughly 10,000 feet. Aspens, perfect clouds, river and lava field make for a nice landscape. Leica SL ISO 50 72mm f/11 1/125
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Dark Valley

Entered Zion National Park 2 weeks ago just before sunrise. Shuttle bus to the end of the valley where we adjusted our stuff and zipped up our layers. The sun had just kissed the mountain tops but it was very cold on the valley floor. Ignoring the paths we headed down to the bank of the Virgin river which was moving dirty and fast. We hiked along the riverbank almost 8 miles to the lodge, stripping off layers as the sun rose, eventually warming the valley floor.
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Simple Bouquets

At a farmers market the colors just caught my eye.
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Into the storm

Key West Ferry leaves the harbor into some angry skies.
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We Get Ready

The group forms up for photos before the Friday "Locals Parade" during Fantasy Fest in Key West. Believe it or not, there really is a theme.
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And….

If you happened to see the photo of the van with the kaleidoscope attached to the hood, this is what was on its roof.
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An interesting photo

This photo file is 87MB which means crystal clear resolution. When uploaded to this site you are looking at 106KB. Though not very sharp you can still make out those dark spots on the sun. The sun is so bright it overpowers a camera like our eyes if you try to look at it. In this rare case there was just enough cloud/haze that it could be easily photographed but not strong enough to hide those dark areas which are sunspots! Anyway, I think that's pretty amazing that we can see them in this photo.
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Rich Color

WI Sunrise...color like this is extremely rae
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Phlox

Wisconsin
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Slot Canyon

Around Page AZ there are 6-10 slot canyons on tribal lands. Some are very deep so between 10am-2pm the sunlight shines down and if you can hold a camera steady the resulting photos are very pretty.
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Foggy Sunrise

Used a long lens to pull the island closer in this very foggy, golden morning light in Wisconsin.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Key West cigar lady
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Pretty Morning

Wisconsin Sunrise
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America 2.0

Sailboat that gives rides in Key West
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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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Cedar Breaks National Monument

As seen from about 11,000 feet. This and Bryce Canyon National Park are unusual because the view is usually seen by looking down.
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