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South Dakota Homestead

The territory that would become South Dakota was added to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The first permanent American settlement was established at Fort Pierre by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. White settlement of the territory in the 1800s led to clashes with the Sioux, as some of the lands had been granted to the tribe by an earlier treaty. Nevertheless, the territory was incorporated into the union on November 2, 1889, along with North Dakota.
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B-52

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The B-52 was designed and built by Boeing, which has continued to provide support and upgrades. It has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s. The bomber is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons, and has a typical combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial refueling.
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Interesting Inventory

Street Walking is always full of surprises. Had this store been open I certainly would have gone in to see what other treasures it offered.
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I had to stop for this

The interior was just as interesting. We came across it on a backroad trip near Capital Reef National Park.
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Sunlit Balloon

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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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Then War It Shall Be

The Conch Republic (also known as Key West and the Florida Keys) like many nations was born from trouble. The trouble started back in the dark days of March 1982, when the U.S. Federal Government placed a Border Patrol Roadblock at the Last Chance Saloon in Florida City. A seventeen mile traffic jam immediately ensued as the Border Patrol stopped every car leaving or entering the Keys, supposedly searching for illegal drugs and aliens who might be hiding under the front seats, in glove compartments, and in trunks. A Federal Miami court refused to enjoin the US Federal Government’s Border Patrol from treating the Keys like a foreign country. When the Key West delegation left the courthouse On April 23rd, Mayor Wardlow announced “We are going to go home and secede” and thus the Conch Republic was born. The Conch Republic flag was raised over city hall and the Schooner Western Union, under command of Captain John Kraus, went forth into the harbor and attacked the US Coast Guard Cutter DILIGENCE with water balloons, Conch fritters and stale Cuban bread. The DILIGENCE fought back with fire hoses and thus commenced the Great Battle of the Conch Republic. Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered and demanded foreign aid from the United States (which we are still waiting for!) The road block was quietly removed and the glorious Conch Republic was born. This event is celebrated each year with among other things a sea battle between the US Coast Guard and the Conch Republic Navy and Air Force. The sea battle is fought with water cannons while the Air Force bombs the Coast Guard ships with toilet paper, as seen here. For the past 40 years the Coast Guard admits defeat and shamefully sails back to their base. The city of course then has a parade. One year I had the admittedly very difficult task of being both an arial photographer and a toilet paper bombardier. We returned to the airport as glorious battle hardened winners.
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How Many?

Ticket booth guy at WI State fair selling tickets on the Easyglider.
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What are you looking at?

Female Great Horned Owl in Utah. She was watching over her 2 babies which made it easy to find and photograph them in daylight.
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Lines, shadows and contrast

Walking down the street with my black & white camera I'm always looking for lines, shadows, contrast and maybe a story of some sort. With no color you need something else but when you see you see it in color so if you like that aspect of photography it makes it kind of fun. So a guy is walking down the street and finishes his beer.........
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Fly Fishing

Osprey are pretty easy to photograph because they are curious birds. If I'm near water and one is in the vicinity I can usually count on it coming to investigate me. So as it soars above my head it becomes much easier for me to get a couple pictures as its close and slow.
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Curry Mansion

Always decorated for all holiday, it was built as a private home in 1869 and now a beautiful bed and breakfast in Key West.
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B-1

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer is a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force. It is commonly called the "Bone". It is one of three strategic bombers in the U.S. Air Force fleet as of 2021, the other two being the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress.
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Snow Melt

This stream is at about 9,000-10,000 feet near Duck Creek UT which is between Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.
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Almost ready to fly!

3...2...1....Hop in!
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Free Flowers

Came upon this while driving on the causeway towards Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake of Utah
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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park
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EAA Oshkosh

Experimental Aircraft Association airshow happens every year in Oshkosh WI. For over a week it's the busiest airport in the world and one of my favorite places to take a camera.
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Golden Dawn

Good Morning Key West
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Fly Fishing

Ospreys search for fish by flying on steady wingbeats and bowed wings or circling high in the sky over relatively shallow water. They often hover briefly before diving, feet first, to grab a fish. You can often clearly see an Osprey's catch in its talons as the bird carries it back to a nest or perch. I took this at an old quarry now filled with fresh water on Big Pine Key FL.
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Fremont Street

Downtown Las Vegas has been erecting old refurbished neon signs which is really helping the area hold on to its gambling history.
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Art Vendor As Art

Walking down Duval Street in Key West I thought the art vendor display as a whole was, to my amateur eye...art...so I clicked.
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EAA Oshkosh

Stunt plane
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Last colors of the day

Gold Butte National Monument is one of my favorite places because of the remoteness, diversity, colors and quite honestly it is close to where I live. It is especially photogenic, as most things are, in morning or evening light.
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Lake Geneva

This lake in WI could have more wood boats than anywhere else in the US. A couple years ago there were still 3 wood steam powered yachts in the mix.
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Fun hobby

Action, color and balance...quickly take the shot and decide later if I like it. At first I didn't, then I did, so now you can decide.
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Mirror

Based on the light sometimes I have to leave the shutter open to capture more light. This one took 6 seconds which had the added benefit of smoothing out the already flat lake.
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Harry Miller 1875-1943

His engines dominated American oval-track racing for almost half a century. Most of the speed records which there were to be had on land and water were held at one time or another by those engines. He created the school of American thoroughbred engine design, which was faithfully followed by those who sought to outdo him. He was the originator, in the United States, of the racing car as an art object. He had a passion for metalwork and machinery that soared above and beyond all practical consideration.
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The power of Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. This home received the 5' water surge plus wave tops relentlessly pushing until it broke through the house. Everything in the home was swept into the mangroves behind me.
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Long Term Parking

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Old barn old glass

Here i a photo of a reflection of an old barn behind me that is showing in very old glass in front of me.
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Fair Fun

Playing with the lights of amusement rides in the midway, at the state fair.
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Red & White

Snow covered Navajo Sandstone at 10,700 feet in Cedar Breaks National Monument
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Havana Shine

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Zinnias

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Harry Miller 1875-1943

His engines dominated American oval-track racing for almost half a century. This car ran in the Indy 500.
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F-35

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions.
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Bird of Paradise

Desert Bird of Paradise. Can grow as tall as 13 feet as a shrub or trimmed to a tree shape.
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Colorado River

Over my right shoulder around a bend is the Glen Canyon dam holding back Lake Powell. This is downstream from the dam with the river about 750 feet below me. You may be able to make out a boat about 1/2 way into the photo to give you an idea of scale.
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Near Zion

Outside of Zion National Park this serves as a background for the abandoned town of Grafton. At the base, and reason for the towns settlement is the Virgin river which carved the landscape here and created Zion Park a few miles away.
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. I walked the entire road and beach and the silence amplified the destruction.
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Sunrise in Wisconsin

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Mesquite

Rugged road through some Joshua trees with Mesquite Nevada way off in the distance. Not quite sure if I'm standing in Arizona or Utah because all three states are at this location, pretty close together. Beautiful spot to be for sunset due to the light and silence.
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In what way?

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Havana Gallery

These fellows had a little photo gallery and knew a few words of English so we "talked" photography. They, like most cubans, were doing so much with so little.
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Vintage Racing Engine

Ran in the Indy 500
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Blue Angels Moon

I was very lucky with this photo.
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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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On a windy night

Trying to take photos on a windy 4th of July from a boat.
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Key West Creative

Bike wheel, basket and poinsettia.
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Truck Pull

Jefferson County WI Fair
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Cosmos

Boerner Botanical Gardens
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Hot Colored Air

Getting to ready launch a field of hot air balloons. This is one of the more colorful and dramatic events I get to photograph.
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Sea Grass

Walking on a coral reef during low tide and bright sunlight offers interesting combinations of color.
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Dressed for tourists

Lady in Havana earning tips to take her photo.
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Racing

Key West FL sailboat races
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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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Step Right Up & Win a Prize

Squirt gun guy and a couple fairgoers.
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Bruce

A very colorful, among other things, friend in Key West.
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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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Las Vegas Lines & Steel

Great city to walk around with my black and white camera.
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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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Last sail of the day

Sun had set, last passengers brought aboard and the parasail wrapped up for the ride back to the marina.
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Pacific Coast

South of Carmel CA
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Grumman TBF Avenger

The Grumman TBF Avenger is an American torpedo bomber developed initially for the United States Navy and Marine Corps during WWII.
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1880s

South Dakota
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Hurricane Irma

September 2017 Hurricane Irma made landfall in an area 20-50 miles north of Key West as a Category 4 with 140mph winds with recorded gusts of 180 on Big Pine Key. About a month after the storm passed I visited this area on Long Beach Road. Hard to grasp the force of the storm. Most homes along the street looked similar to this one.
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Words were hard to come by

I started typing a caption a few times but deleted them because any attempt at explanation just doesn't come out right. Let me just say on a normal day, Key West is difficult to explain but Fantasy Fest week makes words impossible.
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Toronto

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Miss Virginia

Douglas DC-3C (C47) N47E  “Miss Virginia” was manufactured in 1943 in Long Beach, CA as a Military model C-47A.  She served at POPE with the Training Command in 1944 and 1945, then with the Air Material Command at Davis Monthan, AZ, then with the National Guard in Oklahoma City in the 50’s, then on to the U.S. Army proving ground as a test platform until 1966 when it went into storage at Davis Monthan. In 1990 it began a 10 year restoration. I took this photo at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh WI.
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Unique Taxi

For those with US dollars one can take a cool taxi in Cuba.
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Early 1900’s

Indy 500 Racer
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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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Bicycle Club

These are my fellow Key West Bicycle club members. I consider myself to be extraordinarily fortunate to have this many friends, and good looking ones at that.
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Maraschino

Pewaukee Lake WI
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Nose Art

Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of an aircraft, usually on the front fuselage. While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death.
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Cadillac

It's a 1958
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Fall Aspens

Up around 10,000 feet near Cedar Breaks National Monument.
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Niagara Falls Canada

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So Be

Wonderful people watching, Miami's South Beach also known as So Be.
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Tail light art

Not sure as to the year, make or model but it is a photo worthy light design.
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Morning Coffee

The Reach hotel in Key West has this wonderful structure built out over the water. It's hard to find a better sunrise watching spot on the island.
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I took a ride

Man in green shirt owned the car and when I took the photo he asked if I wanted a ride around Havana. We climbed in with him in the back seat and other fellow drove. He explained he'd lost his license due to drunk driving so his friend drove. Car was beautiful but only ran and stayed together with car love.
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Harry Miller Race Engine 1875-1943

His engines dominated American oval-track racing for almost half a century.
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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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Please

To my right there were a couple fishermen cleaning their catch. Now and then they'd throw some scraps to these guys.
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Lake Superior

This waterfall flowed into the lake about a mile downstream. It was in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
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Water Power

In a 50' deep slot canyon in Kanab Utah. The very smooth sandstone walls, clean sand floor and 12" log trapped 20 some feet in the air is why they advise staying out of narrow canyons when there is rain anywhere within 100 miles.
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Nose Art

Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of an aircraft, usually on the front fuselage. While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death.
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The Kiss Statue

At night, in front of the Key West Customs House
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Launch Time

Two cranes work fast to launch a dozen powerboats for water testing prior to the following days race. Once set into the water they quickly start and check the engines then helmsman and throttle man climb in and push off. The will head out to open water for high speed testing before returning to be pulled back up on to their trailers. In a 4 hour testing period they will launch and retrieve 59 race boats.
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Steam Engine

Henry Ford Museum
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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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The Shimmer

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

Pacific Coast Highway about an hour from Carmel CA.
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Copper Colored Sunrise

Pewaukee Lake WI which is about 50 miles West of Milwaukee and 50 miles East of Madison.
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Nose Art

Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of an aircraft, usually on the front fuselage. While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death.
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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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Fantasy Fest

Face painted and costumed for the Key West Fantasy Fest parade
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