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Pikes Peak As Seen From Our House

Monday, June 17, 2019

Deoksugung Palace (1)

After Japan, we spent a few days in Seoul, South Korea, visiting friends, family, and of course various sights around the city.
According to Wikipedia, Deoksugung Palace (덕수궁) is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty.
It became a royal residence in 1592, after other palaces were destroyed.
Restoration work is ongoing, and it's a must-see sight.
The grounds are beautiful and peaceful, in the middle of this huge city.
I'll show more of this grand palace next week.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mount St. Helens, 1986 (1)

When we were there back in 1986 the mountain was fogged in, so all we could see was the destruction from the famous 1980 eruption.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tokyo At Night (2)

This is the last of my photos from last year's trip to Japan, a dizzying night-time perspective taken with my ultra-wide fisheye lens.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hakone Komagatake Ropeway

The Hakone Komagatake Ropeway (箱根駒ヶ岳ロープウェー) climbs from Lake Ashi to  Mount Komagatake.
It opened in 1963, and the top station looks like it. But it's in Japan so I'm sure it's safe.
The views from the top are wonderful.
Despite the growing clouds, Lake Ashi is clear.
There's a small temple near the top.
This is definitely worth doing if you're in that part of Japan.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Snuggling Dogs

Sometimes Socks and Laika like each other - this was one of those times.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Here's a Skywatch Friday photo from a recent visit to downtown Boston.
And here's a bonus photo of the 15 inches (38 cm) of snow we got at our house here in Colorado last week.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Lake Ashi

After visiting Mount Fuji, our tour took us to Lake Ashi.
The setting was gorgeous and there were some interesting ships on the lake.
We took a cruise, but on a smaller boat.
The beauty was uniquely Japanese.
Next week I'll show you the final sights from this tour, when we went up a mountain.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

New York Sunrise (2)

Here's another Skywatch Friday shot of that spectacular sunrise over New York City, taken when we flew through Newark.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sandwich, Massachusetts

The town of Sandwich, Massachusetts is famous for its boardwalk.
Settled in 1637, it's the oldest town on Cape Cod.
The boardwalk goes over this inlet, and the area has a unique beauty.
This lovely beach is at the end of the boardwalk.
We didn't spend long here because there was rain on the way.
But I'm glad we made the small detour to see it.
We certainly don't have terrain like this here in Colorado!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hyannis Church

For Skywatch Friday, here's a shot of the First Baptist Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Hyannis, MA

We recently spent a couple of days on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. We stayed in Hyannis, a coastal town on the south side of the Cape.
We spent a little time at Kalmus Beach as we don't see things like this in Colorado.
It was quite cold and very windy so we didn't spend long there, but I did take a few photos.
Despite the weather I enjoyed the scenery  here.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Studious Laika

Even when I read, little Laika loves to hang out. Socks is right behind her too!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Peak Moods (16) - Lovely

Peak moods is my series of photos of Pikes Peak as seen from our front porch. This shot was taken on Friday, after a couple of cold days. We even had some May snow flurries at our house!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Mount Fuji (2)

At the fifth station where the road ended we found the Fujisan Komitake Shrine.
As you'd expect it was beautiful and well-kept.
There were also some lovely views from this area.
As you can see the clouds were moving in. From here it was off to another scenic area, Lake Ashi.
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