Passionate about creating memories

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    Massachusett's State Buidling, Boston. The red line you see in the pavement is " The Freedom Trail". Follow this for your guide to all the key places in Boston's history!
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    The old, reflected in the new! Boston
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    Irish famine memorial between Washington Street & School Street, Boston
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    Faneuil Hall, Boston
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    The American's love Halloween! House decorations in Boston - a good 2 weeks before the day!
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    Marina, Boston
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    U.S.S Constitution - the oldest, still commisioned, warship!
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    Gun deck, U.S.S. Constitution
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    Rating's living quarters. The Navy guide & I, both at around 6'3" were quite stooped!
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    Mayflower II, Plymouth (Massachusetts)
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    Living Space in one of the settlers' houses, Plymouth
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    Bedroom, Settlers' house, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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    Typical settlers' house Plymouth, Massachusetts
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    Typical clapperboard house, Massachusetts
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    Unforgiving Atlantic, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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    Stormy coastline, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The dots just above the waterline on the extreme right are seabirds - probably trying to make shore!
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    Pilgrom Monument, Provincetown ( tip of Cape Cod), Massechusetts
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    What a difference a day makes! Calmer waters off Hyannnis, Cape Code, Massechusetts
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    Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massechusetts
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    Halloween displays everywhere!
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    The Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massechusetts, home of the New England Patriots, built for around $370m at the time that Wembley was heading towards £1bn! Small for an American football stadium with a capacity of c 65,000 but a real fortress! As a "Pats" fan, how could I not visit?
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    Shrewd guy that Robert Kraft - as well as building the Pats a new stadium, built a shopping "mall" behind it so there's something for everyone!
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    Iconic New England covered bridge
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    New Hampshire - travelling towards Mount Washington
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    Mount Washington Auto Road, close for the winter - & it's only October!
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    Snow-capped peaks & pine forests
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    An image of two halves - New England in the Fall with snow capped peaks. North Conway, New Hampshire
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    Kancamagus Scenic route, New Hampshire. My wife so loved this view ,it was the desktop on her work pc for years afterwards!
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    Low cloud over Mount Washington, New Hampshire
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    Always time for a snowman!
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    Taken at the original Ben & Jerry's factory just outside of Stowe, Vermont. The "Flavour Graveyard", where they have a headstone for every "retired flavour"
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    The lower Niagara. In some palces on this part of the river, the water can flow at up to 30 miles per hour!
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    Hydro-electric power station Lower Niagara
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    Autumn colours on the Niagara river
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    Across the border! The town in the background is the Canadian Niagara (there's an American one too!)
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    Power of the water! There's a stake in the river about 200 yds back from this fall which is the "point of no return". Such is the power of the river that if you get to this point in your boat, there's no way back - you're going over!
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    The American Falls ( there's actually 2, this one and the Horsehoe Falls). Here there's a 100 ft drop to rocks - the Horseshoe has 160ft straight drop!
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    A combination of rocks & wind creates these huge plumes of water, which were the first that we saw of the falls as we aproached the town.
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    Rainbow over Niagara
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    American Falls, viewing platform & Canada
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    And in the winter it still freezes!
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    American & Horsehoe Falls, Niagara
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    Storm clouds over Niagra Falls
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    Empire State Building, Manhattan
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    Late afternoon Manhattan skyline.
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    Lighting up time, both sides of the river!
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    Chrysler Building, lighting up
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    Rush hour traffic on 5th Avenue looking south towards the Flat Iron Building
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    The Great Hall, Grand Central Terminal (don't call it a station!!) - a fabulous building & a "must see" on any visit to Manhattan but check out the outside too! We didn't on this trip, so just had to go back 10 years later!
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    Classic Manhattan skyline, taken from Statten Island ( the ferry over there was free)
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    Empire State Building, seen from Brooklyn Bridge
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    Brooklyn Bridge - you can walk over this to Brooklyn. Pedestrian walkway is elevated above the vehicle lanes
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    Bridges of New York. Really wanted to pay homage to all the guys who built the bridges & skyscrapers in years gone by so thought the sepia treatment on this one would be the way.
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    Different layers of Architectural style across Manhattan, seen from Brooklyn Bridge
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    The largest construction site I've ever seen! This is "Ground Zero". check out our second visit to Manhattan 10 years later to see the finished thing
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    Ground Zero Construction. The scale of the project was horrendous. This shot was taken from a temporary walkway over nearby streets, complete with escalators.
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    Wall Street & the Stock Exchange. Had all sorts of ideas what this might look like ahead of the visit. Although quite a grand facade, nothing like I'd imagined!
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    "Reflections"
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    Time Square, looking North
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    Time Square, looking South
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    Upper West Side, shot across the Lake in Central Park
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    Autumn Colours in Central Park
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    Natural & Man Made sights around Central Park, Manhattan.
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    Trump Tower, Manhattan
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    Sunset over New Jersey, from the Rockafeller Centre
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    Sunset & the Empire State Building
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    Manhattan, Hudson River & New Jersey sunset
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    Guess where the bright light are coming from? Yes, Time Square. Taken from the Rockerfeller Centre
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    Washington Square Park, lower Manhattan. There's a completely different feel to this part of Manahattan with tree-lined streets, feels much more European
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    Coba, one of the Mayan ruins sites near Cancun, Mexico. In the metaphorical shadow of the more well known one, Chichen Itza, Coba hasn't been excavated as well as Chichen but on the upside, because of this, you can actually climb to the top of this temple whilst at Chichen Itza, all you can do is gaze from the ground!
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    Coba Stonework
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    Steps worn over the millenia by millions of climbing feet at Coba
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    Coba. Yes, it really is as steep as it looks, but well worth the effort.
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    See? The Jungle view from the top of the Coba temple
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    Life in a typical Mexican village home
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    Utility room - Meican village style!
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    All mod kitchen cons - Mexican Village style
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    Sunrise over Riviera Maya
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    Early morning sun on the pool & one of 5 restaurants on our complex
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    Dolphins at Xel-Ha Park, Mexico
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    You can swim with Dolphins at Xel-Ha. Here, you're asked to lie in the water with your feet together & toes pointed downwards, The Dolphin comes up behind you gently & then accelerates, pushing you up in the water to this position!
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    Such grace! Dolphin at Xel-Ha, Mexico
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    Playing to the crowd! Dolphins at Xel-Ha, Mexico
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    Jump that? no problem!
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    Xel-Ha, Mexico. Dolphins are such beautiful, intelligent creatures. It was an immense privilidge to be able to get close to and interact with these wonderful animals.
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    Breezy morning - Riviera Maya, Mexico
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    Spot the Lizzard! Such great camouflage
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    Musical fountains at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, looking towards the Paris hotel
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    Musical Fountains with the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, in the background
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    Superhighway! The latest part (as of September 2018) of the road from Vegas to the Grand Canyon
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    Rocky side to the Hoover Dam - check out the colour change - who had nature's spirit level to get it that accurate?
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    The Hoover Dam, built in the 1930s on the Colorado river. The near tower structures are in Arizona, the far ones, Nevada!
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    Hover Dam - a view from the top!
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    and the Canyon looks deep from here but wait to check it out a little further upstream
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    Hoover Dam. Stunning engineering to say it was built almost 90 years ago!
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    Truck Stop - U.S. Style! On Interstate 40, close to the Historic Route 66 (closest that we got to that great route)
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    Grand Canyon! There's a river down there somewhere, but it is around 3 miles in most places from the rim to the canyon floor!
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    Colorado River flowing through the Grand Canyon. This is the actual colour of the river, so any time you see a blue river in the Grand Canyon, it's likely to have been "Photoshopped"!
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    Colours of the Canyon! As you walk the path west on the south rim, there are plaques in the ground periodically, advising the age of the rock. We saw discs ranging up to 5,000 million years!
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    Can you believe it? Trees growing on a virtually vertical rock slope.
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    Grand Canyon squirrel
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    Light & shade. This shot give you a feel for the depth of the Canyon
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    Grand Canyon. Look at the many different layers and rock types. The (north) rim in the distance is c10 miles away!
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    Late afternoon sun on a rock face at the Grand Canyon. The hill range in the background is 40 miles away!
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    Light & shade, Colorado river running through the late afternoon light in the Grand Canyon
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    Late afternoon sun on the rocks of the Grand Canyon
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    How's this for a destination wedding? Whilst waiting for the "golden hour" we'd seen the bride arive, meet the photographer and the person officiating at the wedding. After the ceremony, the photographer lead them over to this point for what would have been a stunning shot from that photographer's position. For this photographer, the couple made a great scale reference. Complete respect to the Bride for having made it out there - I'd scouted down around this location looking for my shooting spot. Let's just say it wasn't the most even terrain!
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    Great architecture - Bank of America building, Beverley Hills. Roof mosaic
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    Shopping! Just off Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills, L.A.
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    Seen the film, "Pretty Woman"? Apparently, this is the hotel that Richard Gere's character stayed at!
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    The Disney Theatre, Downtown L.A.
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    Mexican heritage in L.A.
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    The Boardwalk, Venice Beach, L.A.
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    Small beach there at Venice! We could just about see the Pacific!
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    Street art, Venice Beach, L.A.
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    Pacific Higway beach, off PCH 1 ( Pacific Highaway 1), California. Some, like this one, are part of the California State Parks and for which you pay a parking charge (although that holds good for any other beach that day), some you can just pull up at the side of the road & amble over to, when it's likely to be you, the Pacific and perhaps the odd fisherman.
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    Approaching Hearst Castle
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    guest bungalow, Hearst Castle
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    And another - guest bungalow, Hearst Castle
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    Grand Entrance - Hearst Castle. The style is more of a Spanish Hacienda than what we know as a castle. Built by William Hearst, a San Fransisco Media Magnate, between 1919 & 1947, & left to the State to be run as part of the National Parks, the current day build cost of the house is c $1bn, with a similar value to the artifacts inside! Located just outside San Simeon & set on a 40,000 acre estate, it's also formally known as The Enchanted Hill.
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    The Grand Dining Hall, set as it would have been in William Hearst's time, including the Ketchup, & with an impressive guest list of just about anybody who was anybody in the early part of the 20th Century
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    Hearst Castle indoor swimming pool. ( If it looks a little grainy, had to have the camera set to iso 10,000 (which is extreme - average daylight, you shoot at 100 - 200 iso) to get this shot & whilst the Nikon D750 is good in low light, everything has it's limits!)
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    The Coastal view from Hearst Castle. The builiding had been carefully positioned so that, coupled with the twisting aproach road as it rose 1600 feet, the house appears & disappears ( and perhaps so the original/formal title of "Enchanted Hill"?)
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    Elephant Seal Colony near San Simeon, California
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    A little face off?
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    Mature male Elephant Seal, San Simeon, California. Apparently, the colony comes ashore in the autumn for the mature males to shed their skin. These boys can apparently weigh up to 2 tons!
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    Tough gig but someone's got to do it!
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    And another Squirrel - this one Californian!
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    "Big Sur" - the coastline between San Simeon & Carmel, Central California. In shot here is the Bixby Creek Bridge
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    Mustang! THE only way as a couple to do the Pacific Highway - what a joy to drive, altough created some interesting sun-burn patterns! Make sure to take & use your factor 30!
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    Big Sur rugged coastline, reminiscent of the Cornish coasline in terms of ruggedness, if not weather!
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    Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California
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    El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
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    BridalVeil Falls, Yosemite Natonal Park. Normally, this would normally be a torrent of water but 2018 had been a particularly dry summer!
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    El Capitan, in all it's glory!
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    Yosemite - a different view. This is higher ground, probably around 8,000 feet above sea level.
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    Yosemite, pine forests & rock formations
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    Yosemite - even the lakes are big there!
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    Yosemite - high plateau. This area apparently swings between frozen & flooded, with only rare & short periods like this!
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    Yosemite - even the trees are huge here! The dot at the base of this one is my wife, at 5'3'', barely registering against the height of the tree. Wide too, with both arms stretched out she couldn't reach to the sides of the trunk.
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    Yosemite - Half Dome, a stunning rock formation. We were at about 8,000 ft above sea level & still looking up to it's peak at arond 9,000 ft.
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    Yosemite- stunning rock formations - taken from the Half Dome viewing point, looking down to the valley floor below - c 4,000ft drop!
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    The only way to Alcatraz - the ferry!
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    Mist over the Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco
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    Alcatraz, San Fransisco, first view!
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    Leaving San Fransisco behind - on the crossing to Alcatraz.
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    William Baker, Prisoner #1259, sent to Alcatraz in 1957, promoting his book, which we bought and which I enjoyed very much. We also got to talk to him whilst he was signing our copy. Great Character, event in his mid-late 80's!
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    Alcatraz, standard prison cell
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    Locked in their cells for most of the day, many inmates took to art as a way of entertaining themsleves
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    Alcatraz - not just home for the inmates. Guarrds and thier families lived here too. This is a staff accommodation block with a view to San Fransisco.
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    The view that many could only dream about from Alcatraz - San Fransisco.
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    Alcatraz Water Tower. Also came to fame in the 1970's during a native American occupation of the site ( Alcatraz closed as a State Penitentiary in March 1963 due to rising costs compared to other State Penitentiaries)
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    The sign says it all, really
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    Inside the "new" work building, Alcatraz, San Fransisco
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    Iconic San Fransisco sight - one of the four cable car lines in the City
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    Alternative transport - Fishermans Wharf, San Fransisco.
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    Site of the Panama - Pacific International Exhibition, a world fair held throughout most of 1915. Original buildings were only expected to have a short lifespan but were replaced with more permanent versions later in 20th century
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    The Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Saresota side, San Fransisco, California
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    Alcatraz, a little sunnier later in the day, taken from The Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco, California.
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    sunny afternoon in San Fransisco. Taken from the Golden Gate Bridge
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    Golden Gate Bridge, San Fransisco. Seen from the quayside
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    Modern House, Pacific Heights (Billlionaire's Row), San Fransisco.
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    Down the hill to the bay, San Fransisco.
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    Sea Lion Colony, Pier 39, San Fransisco
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    Japan Town, San Fransisco. Never realised that there was such a large Japanese communiity in San Fran, stretching back to the early 20th Century.
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    "Painted Ladies", San Fransisco
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    The nerve centre for San Fransisco's cable car system
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    An early Cable Car, Cable Car Museum, San Fransisco
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    The Clever bit of the cable car! This is the control system. The lever seen here has a grip at the end through which the underground cable runs. To get the car moving, slide the lever to grip the cable, to stop, slide the other way to release the cable! Simple eh? The cable car system was invented by a Brit, originally for the gold rush.
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    Classic Cable Car shot, San Fransisco
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    Pier 1, San Fransisco Marina. There's at least 39 of these but bizzarely, not numbered sequentially - split to odds & evens. The evens flow to the right of Pier 1 as we're looking at it; the odds to the left
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    Not exactly "Fishermans" Wharf but quayside, San Fransisco.
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    A view of "Downtown" - principally the financial district in this shot, taken from Pier 1, San Fransisco
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    The Golden Bay Bridge ( as appose to it's more famous but younger sibling - the Golden Gate) connecting San Fransisco to Oakland. A double decker bridge with the upper carriageway to San Fran, lower to Oakland.
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    Golden Bay Bridge, San Fransisco. This is actually two spans; one to the island seen to the left of this shot from Oakland; one from the island to Oakland.
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    Cable Car Track, San Fransisco.
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    Action Shot! Taken from the car, San Fransisco.
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    California Street Line, taken from the terminus at the intersection with Van Ness Avenue, otherwise known as Highway 101 - the main inland routeto/from L.A.
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    One World Trade Centre, New York
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    Memorial Pool, Ground Zero, New York. The name of every person who died in the 9-11 attacks is etched in the edging stones. Apparently, a white rose is placed in their name each year on their birthday.
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    Memorial Pool, Ground Zero, New York. Impossible to see where the water falls to.
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    The 9-11 Memorial Museum Entrance, just behind the trees. New York
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    Elements of the original towers' foundations form part of the display in the 9-11 Memorial Museum, New York.
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    Memorial Flag, 9-11 Museum, New York. Comprises individual panels for everyone who perished in the attacks. If a photograph was available, this was printed on the square, if not a candle. The individual squares were stitched together by hand. The blue part of the Stars & Stripes represents the first responders who died in the attacks; the rest for the civilians.
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    One of the foundation points for the original Twin Towers, 9-11 Museum, New York.
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    The Flat Iron Building, New York.
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    Construction everywhere in Manhattan autumn 2018. Always need to make it look different to the last one!
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    Graphc lines, taken from the High Line walk, Manhattan, New York.
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    Track to nowhere! From the days when the high line carried rolling stock, branch lines ran directly into the loading bays of the warehouses. Manhattan, New York.
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    Viewing Bleachers over 10th Avenue, High Line walk, Manhattan, New York.
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    Street art, 10th Avenue Manhattan, New York. Mother Theresa & Gandi
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    Edge observation deck, 30 Hudson Yard, Manhattan, New York. The highest outdoor observtion deck in the western hempisphere, 1,100 feet above street level.
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    Graphic lines, The High Line Walk, Manhattan, New York.
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    The old & the new! Empire State Building seen from the High Line Walk, Manhattan, New York.
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    Traffic tailback, Manhattan, New York.
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    Apartments with a view! Adjacent to the Highline Walk, Manhattan, New York
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    "Reflections". The High Line Walk, Manhattan, New York.
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    The Vessel, 34th street, Hudson Yards, Manhattan, New York.
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    Need a crane? No problem, we'll just park it on the road! Manhattan, New York.
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    Gran Central Terminal exterior, Manhattan, New York.
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    Grand Hall, Grand Central, Manhattan, New York.