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Pikes Peak As Seen From Our House

Monday, December 30, 2013

USS Iowa Guns & Ammo

The U.S.S. Iowa, open to the public near Los Angeles, has very impressive guns.
And the ammunition is also very large.
They also have cruise missiles (empty tubes now, I'm sure).
And finally, here's another view of the guns.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sleeping Giant

This Garden of the Gods rock formation is called Sleeping Giant. Can you see him? His head is on the right, facing up towards the blue sky.
Here's another view from a different angle, with Pikes Peak in the background.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

To all my readers who celebrate it, a very Merry Christmas! (The photo was taken in New York shortly before Thanksgiving.)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Icy Morning

We've had some cold weather lately.
But the freezing fog can make for some lovely photos.
As long as I can go inside where it's warm when I'm done!
All photos were taken in my front yard Saturday morning for Our World Tuesday and Blue Monday. I Heart Macro

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Vincent Thomas Bridge from USS Iowa

When we were in Los Angeles last summer I visited the battleship USS Iowa, which is now open to the public. I'll be posting photos from this over the next few weeks, but I'm starting with one of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, taken from the deck of the famous battleship.
The USS Iowa is now moored in the busy port of Los Angeles where massive container ships are constantly being loaded and unloaded.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kindergarten Rock

Going back to one of my favorite places, this week's Skywatch Friday post focuses on one specific rock in the Garden of the Gods.
It's called Kindergarten Rock.
Some of the rocks resemble their names, but I have no idea how this one got its name.
I hope you like seeing photos of this city park as much as I enjoy taking them, because as long as I live here I'll keep visiting it.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Wet Plants

Here are the last couple of photos from a late fall hike in the Palmer Reservoirs area last year.
I love rain or dew on plants. Visit Our World Tuesday to see all sorts of photos.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


The North Sea gets some tremendous gales, and they sometimes resulted in shipwrecks. Here's one from 1976 (a scanned slide) when I lived in Holland - the Stardust. This may be a copy of one of my father's slides.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mill Pond Heron

I have my repaired laptop back so I'm ready to do some blogging - it has a new motherboard (luckily under warranty). From our recent trip to New York, here's a statue of a heron in Centerport.
Please visit the awesome Skywatch Friday page for more skyward photos.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Palmer Reservoir

These photos have been waiting over a year to get posted. They're from the reservoir above Palmer Lake.
I'm linking them to the Scenic Weekends and Weekend Reflections memes.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

One World Trade Center

As luck would have it, low clouds obscured the skyscrapers the day I was in lower Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. But I'll take whatever photos I get, so here's One World Trade Center (formerly known as the Freedom Tower), vanishing in the clouds. It's an obvious Skywatch Friday entry.
The last time I was on this site was almost exactly one month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

San Fernando Mission Grounds

Here are the last of my photos from the San Fernando Mission in southern California, this time focusing on the beautiful grounds. This arch stood out against the blue sky.
This large expanse of grass and trees was relaxing.
This series of columns is very famous.
I always love fountains.
Since it's a mission I'm linking this to Inspired Sunday, and of course to Our World Tuesday. I will be without my main PC for a couple of weeks as it's getting repaired so I may not be able to comment on your blogs.
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