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Wall Street Subway Station

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Wall Street Subway Station
Last year my son and I took a trip to New York, hoping to see the fall colors.
We waited until the end of October since that is when we read the fall colors came on, turns out last year was a late year for fall colors, plus we got there right in the middle of a hurricane.
We never had to stay indoors, but we got rained on every day, and the sun never shined, cloudy, and overcast when it wasn't raining. and the light was way to flat for good photography.
We took the subway everywhere we went, then walked to the various locations we wanted to see. The subway system is very efficient in New York, almost as good as the system in WashingtonDC. The only complaint I had about the subway is in Queens, where we stayed someone had made the elevator to one of the stops their private restroom.
Even though the weather was bad, the light was bad, and the elevator restroom experience was bad, I loved New York, it was a trip I wouldn't want to have not taken, the …

Calm Waters

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Calm Waters

On the last day of our Washington trip, my wife and I stayed at a hotel in Seattle so we could be near the airport for our flight home, we decided to take a drive along the Alki  Avenue to Alki beach, the avenue, runs along the south side of Elliott bay, from this highway you can get a decent view of the Seattle skyline.
Once we got to the beach, and found a place to park the car, we got out and started to walk, and check out the beach, and surrounding territory. It is a nice beach, with cement steps that lead to the bay, I would imagine so people can go wading, or perhaps swimming, there was neither of those things going on because it was a little cold, we had gotten to Washington in the middle of a drought, but with the exception of a couple of days it rained the entire week that we were there.
The wind was blowing, and the water was a little choppy, I set up the camera, and waited for the light to start changing, as I was waiting a local came by and talked with me for j…

Timp First Light

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Timp First Light

Mount Timpanogos, considered by many to be the "jewel of the Wasatch" looms large over the cities of Alpine, and Highland on the Wasatch front, and the beautiful Heber valley on the Wasatch back.
Part of the Wasatch mountain range of the Rockies as they run through Utah,  Mount Timpanogos raises to a height of 11,752 feet, it has several peeks, North Timpanogos, South Timpanogos, Forgotten peak, and Razorback Ridge, it is truly a majestic mountain, it even sports it's own glacier, the only one in Utah!
Timpanogos has several hiking trails, and can be accessed from several different locations in Utah, along the Alpine loop, if you are ever in the area in the summer months you owe it to yourself to take a drive along the Alpine loop, you can either access the loop from Provo canyon just above Sundance ski area, or from the American fork side of the mountain.
I have taken several photographs of  "Timp" but this is my favorite, there is an 8' p…

Three of a Kind - American White Pelican

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Three of a Kind - American White Pelican
Three American White Pelicans (Pelicanus erythrorhynchos) drift silently by on a secluded pond in the river bottoms near Midway, Utah.
I watch and followed a large pod of these beautiful birds for several days as they took up residence in the valley for the spring.
Finally I was able to catch a colony of them on this secluded pond, I thought it was interesting that they had landed on a pond that was not very deep, and as far as I know, contains no fish, but here they were, thinking they were hidden from the world. I watch them for several minutes, then decided I had to get closer to them to get a decent shot.
As I crawled, in full camo, through the muck of the surrounding swamp, trying to keep my camera gear from getting wet, and muddy, I noticed that a small group of them had separated from the main colony and were drifting lazily on the far side of this small pond.
As I got closer the colony began to break up and these three became separated…