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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Favorite Balloons

For Skywatch Friday, here are two of my favorite balloons from last month's balloon festival here in Colorado Springs.
This next one is the old woman who lived in a shoe (an old nursery rhyme) - it was the biggest balloon there as you can tell by looking at the people beneath it.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Old Courthouse (St. Louis)

Across from the famous Arch in St. Louis is the old courthouse.
It is most well known for the infamous Dred Scott case, in which the Supreme Court decided that no person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States.
Some of the courts have been preserved.
And here's one last view on a cloudy day.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

New York Skyline, 1978

Continuing with my Vintage Weekly series of photos from New York taken during my first visit in 1978, here's one taken from the boat to the Statue of Liberty, looking backwards. This one took some serious editing to straighten, crop, and clean up the color.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Super Eclipse

Of course I have to post my photos of Sunday's Supermoon Eclipse for Skywatch Friday. I went to a local park with a lake and set up my tripod.
We were lucky as the eclipse had started when the Moon rose, so we got to see it low in the sky. At the beginning some thin clouds made the Moon even more mysterious.
But they cleared out and left a perfect view.
The eclipsed Moon reflecting off the lake was wonderful and eerie.
And for my last shot I used a wide angle and played with a flashlight on nearby trees.
It was a great experience and I was home by 9PM!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Arch Views & Museum

My last couple of Monday posts have been about the famous St. Louis Arch. The reward for getting to the top is spectacular views - on one side is the mighty Mississippi River.
On the other side you can see the city, including the ball park.
And the famous Old Courthouse is nearby - I'll blog more about this soon.
Underneath the Arch (literally - it's below ground level) was the Museum of Westward Expansion, although it closed shortly after our visit. It included some good exhibits, and its replacement is expected to open in the spring of 2017.
And that's all I've got from the Arch.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Colorado Gators

Believe it or not, there's an alligator park in Colorado - it's called Colorado Gators, and it's situated on hot springs near the Great Sand Dunes National Park. It's the place where my old D40X finally stopped working - by the end of the visit the shutter motor was all be finished and it couldn't expose anything properly. So these are the last shots it ever took!
Of course, we had to visit it with the grandkids, and we all loved it. They even got to hold a small alligator!
They've even got a few rare albino alligators.
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