Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Borneo, Asia

Little elephant from North Borneo .It is 13 years old and works in the tourism industry .Original photo by Alma Wad .You can customize it with initials /words .

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kona, Hawaii , USA

This is a picture that my husband took when we were on vacation on the big island of Hawaii in 2009. They're tiki statues located at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Park in Kona, Hawaii.

The tradition of the native Hawaiians was if you broke taboo, you could swim across the bay & seek sanctuary in the temple located at the site. Hawaiian royalty also lived here.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Château d'Anjony, Auvergne, France

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Chateau d'Anjony is a 15th century castle in the Cantal department of the Auvergne, France. The castle was built by Louis d'Anjony who was a friend of Joan of Arc, and was the scene of a family feud for three centuries. The Tournemire family's castle, part-owned by the Anjony family, being easily seen from it. With four 130 feet high (40m) towers built of a red basalt stone, it overlooks the green Doire valley, with the local breed of chocolate brown Salers cattle grazing in the foreground.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Jersey, USA

This lighthouse is one of two towers (North), and the complex is commonly called "Twin Lights", or the "Navesink" Lighthouse. It is located in the Atlantic Highlands section of New Jersey, the highest point on the US East Coast.

Built in 1862 of red stone, a visitor can see New York's Lower Harbor, Brooklyn's Coney Island, and Sandy Hook.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Desert Highway Postcard from Zazzle.com

Along US Interstate 40, about 1 to 2 hours west of Williams, AZ, we were on a typical desert highway. I stopped to take this photo.

If you notice carefully, I was not in the middle of the highway, as there were cars and trucks speeding by at 75 mph (120 kph). I stopped the car, set up the shot, and then quickly got back in.

Two words of advice: be very careful in setting up a safe location for a photo and burn a disk of Western-themed music (my favorite: the theme from The Magnificent Seven) for listening to music while you drive.

You'll swear you'll be seeing John Wayne galloping in the distance!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pennington South Africa

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Pennington South Africa has a lot of these little beach paths - I found this one especially Pretty.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bath, Maine

This photo was taken while on a family outing to Reid State Park near Bath, Maine. While we were walking along the shoreline, we came across this interesting structure made from driftwood and I could not resist the urge to snap a few pictures with my camera.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Salem, Massachusettes, USA

Nathaniel Hawthorne's home in Salem, Massachusettes

Born in 1804 as Nathaniel Hawthome in Salem Massachusetts, the author who penned The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables and The Marble Faun. Hawthorne was born in this home (circa 1730–1745). This plain red clapboard home was relocated from it's original address of 27 Hardy Street to it's current location 54 Turner Street. Close at hand is the infamous "House of the Seven Gables" which you can tour as well as the Hawthorne House.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Somers Mansion - Somers Point NJ

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The Somers Mansion sit above what was the Circle in Somers Point NJ, it was built by the town's founder the Great Grandfather of Richard Somers - the Naval Captain who died at the Battle of Tripoli - tour the house today!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bricktown, Oklahoma

Bricktown, in Ok. City, is a great place to go anytime of year, but Christmas time is especially beautiful. Cruise on the boat taxis and see Bricktown while you relax. For a unique experience, take a ride in a carriage pulled by draft horses, and If you're hungry; there are great restaurants overlooking the canal.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nebraska , USA


In the Butte country there's a marker along the highway on the way to Fort Robinson. It describes Indian wars among the Sioux and the Crow..none were seen this day. Just the lazy rounds of hay waiting for someone to pick them up. Nebraska is a great touring state. Lot's of history, good folks and fun times can be had in Nebraska.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Trenton, New Jersey

This is another state capitol building, located in New Jersey's Trenton. Here is where the legislature meets (one wag referred to it as "the scene of the crime", alluding to the publicized corruption uncovered there). Yes, the dome is gold-leafed.

Other attractions in Trenton are the Barracks (site of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Trenton), the War Memorial theater, and the "Trenton Makes" bridge that spans the Delaware River.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bamberg Germany

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Bamberg is a beautiful little town - and this historic building is just stunning. I love the History in Germany!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pt. Defiance Ferry

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The Point Defiance ferryboat leaves from Tacoma, WA and travels a short 10 or 15 minutes to Tahlequah at the southern tip of Vashon Island. From there you can drive the length of the island and take another ferry to Seattle or to the Olympic Peninsula, where more ferries will carry you to many other parts of Puget Sound. It's a great way to travel! One time I had my birthday party (yes, I'm a grown-up) on this boat. We did have to ride back and forth a few times, but it was lots of fun.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shelburne, Vermont

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

This round barn constructed in 1901 is where you start your tour for the Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, Vermont. This collection of village houses, out buildings and gardens takes you back to colonial times in early America. Lot's of hands on exhibits for kids and knowledgable staff too.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Levant, Maine

If you would like to pick apples in Maine in the fall, its worth the trip to go to Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine. We went in Oct. 2010 and the kids had a blast. In addition to the apple orchards, they have a small petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, snack bar, and a fun corn maze which is their main autumn attraction.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The smallest state Rhode Island has a rather large state capitol building. Located in Providence, it boasts of beautiful statues and the fourth-largest free-standing marble domes in the world (the others are St. Paul's Basilica, the Minnesota State Capitol, and the Taj Mahal).

The building was designed and constructed from 1895 to 1904 and used 327,000 cubic feet (9,300 m3) of white Georgia marble. On top of the dome is the 11 foot (3.4m) statue called "The Independent Man". You can easily see this building from I-95 and is very close to the Providence Mall.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Balinghai, Philippines

Balinghai Beach, on the island Boracay in the Philippines.

A pristine white beach in a secluded bay on the island Boracay. While the other beaches on the island can get crowded, this one is usually quiet. The secluded bay is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. A small resort and restaurant on the top of a cliff can take care of your lunch, or serve drinks and snacks on the beach.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Grand Canyon , Arizona, USA

Arizona- For an awesome view, no where can equal the Grand Canyon. Trails & old Indian ruins add to the experience. A gift shop is nearby, with telescopes for better viewing. Bring your camera, and be prepared to take some spectacular photos!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Barnegat Light, New Jersey, USA

The Barnegat Lighthouse, located at Barnegat Light, NJ, is one of the most famous of the New Jersey landmarks. It was designed by Lt. George Meade, who later was defeated Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg (at the base of the lighthouse is a bust of Meade).

The lighthouse is still in use, and is an important navigation feature at the entrance to Barnegat Bay.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bonn, Germany

This photo was taken in Bonn, Germany. I saw the YELLOW air balloon flying towards the DHL headquarters with the YELLOW logo, and at the same time a riverboat (with a YELLOW something on it) approaching on the Rhine river.
It took a lot of patience and running left, right, front and backwards to get them all three at the right spot. But I did. Smile

Monday, May 09, 2011

Provence , France

Provence in southern France isn't always warm and sunny, this was a misty drizzly morning in spring. The plane trees with their attractive patterned bark lining the road edge are typical of many regions of France, and give welcome shade in the hot summers. Too early for the lavender fields to be in bloom, but worth a visit at any time of the year.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Manhattan, New York, USA

This is Lower Manhattan, shot at twilight (you can see the faint sunset reflections in the glass). The area shown is that of the Financial section, home of Wall Street.

The picture was taken from Liberty State Park, in Jersey City.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

San Francisco wild parrot

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I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with the famous “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” when they used to hang out in a small one block square park where people used to go to feed them before the feedings were banned a couple of years ago for their own protection.

They had become so tame, people were trying to walk off with them. For that reason, I can’t divulge exactly where this photo was taken but you can see how close the high rise building is in the background.

I have several photos of them but since they no longer hang out in the park, I've been unable to get more as they fly all over the city and no longer keep their afternoon feeding appointment at the park like they used to.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Lighthouse Rock, Palo Duro Canyon, TX, USA

Lighthouse Rock, Palo Duro Canyon, Tx.
Plan on making a day of it, when you hike the 6 mile hike to Lighthouse Rock. The scenery makes it all worthwhile, & the rush you'll have after climbing almost to the top, will long be remembered. Camping areas are in the park, as well as picnicking for day use. Cabins & guided horse rides are also available. Trails are everywhere in this park, and you'll likely find one to suit you, whether you're looking for an easy, pleasant walk, or a more challenging hike. Fees to enter the park are 5.00 per person.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Helsinki, Finland

I took this walking under the railroad tracks in Helsinki suburbs. The conctrete elements reminded me of a dinosaur. It also reminded me how closely our architechture is related to the slavik design sense: monolithic concrete structures right in the middle of the woods.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pacific Park, Santa Monica, California, USA

The bright colors of the Ferris Wheel and the roller coaster, stand out against the blue of the ocean and sky at Pacific Park on the pier at Santa Monica, Ca. The beautiful city can be seen in the distance.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The Badlands, home of the Lakota & Dakota became a National Park in 1939. The sedimentary deposits that make up the landscape creates muted hues of colors. Each layer of deposits dates the rock ranging back to 80 million years ago. Also inside the part is untouched prairie land. This area is one of my personal favorites.

Monday, May 02, 2011

San Juan, Puerto Rico

In Old San Juan lies the Fort El Morro, one of the most popular tourist attractions of Puerto Rico. This fort was built during the 16th century and incorporates the standard Spanish architecture of its time.

The sentry box in the upper right is an iconic symbol of the island, and can be found on license plates and other souvenirs.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Alberta, Canada

Along the Icefield Parkway in Alberta, the Canadian Rocky Mountains provide a stunning scenic view. This is Mt. Murcheson, which is showing the many layers of sedimentary rocks it is made of.

After this photo was taken, the camera, tripod, and accessories were rushed into our car after I spotted a very large black bear crossing the highway behind us!