Sunrise in Monument Valley

Monument Valley, Arizona, Navajo Nation

In 2006 I finally made the trip to Monument Valley. I have wanted to visit for years.
It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I arrived early and captured a sunrise image
of my son and daughter surrounded by the incredible beauty of the Valley.

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Water Fountain

Water Fountain, Victory Garden, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

A young woman sitting by a water fountain in the Victory Garden adjacent
to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

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Cape Cod Motel

Provincetown, Cape Cod, motel

My first visit to  Cape Cod was in August 1966. I was 10. I stayed at the Vista Del Mar motel in North Truro. The motel was owned by an Aunt and Uncle. In 1980 I returned to Provincetown with the woman who would become my wife. Many visits were made over the next 10 years only slowing when kids and a house came along. A few years ago we decided it was time to return. It has been wonderful.
But one “lack of action” annoys the heck out of me. It wasn’t until a visit in 2015 when I finally asked a local about my Aunt and Uncle’s motel. He told me that it had been abandoned for years and torn down in 2014. He provided directions where I could see where it was.
The reason I am annoyed is that I could have seen the place if I only asked earlier. I had many years to do it, but I didn’t.

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Star Trek Experience

Star Trek

I have been a Star Trek fan since the beginning. Or almost the beginning. I started watching at the 3rd episode in 1966 and haven’t stopped. I, along with some friends, were at the first, and I do mean the FIRST, Star Trek convention in New York City at the Statler Hilton Hotel in 1972. (The hotel has since changed hands and is across from Penn Station.) 500 fans were expected to show up. Over 3000 did, along with Gene Roddenberry and other notable guests.

As the years passed, I have watched hours of Trek reruns, the new spinoff shows, the movies, etc. In my heart, the original Star Trek with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy  is (and always will be) my favorite.

The photograph above was made in 2006 in the Las Vegas Hilton. For several years the “Star Trek Experience” was on display there. There were gift shops, several restaurants, two Star Trek adventures (sort of a ride), actors dressed up as characters and plenty of props and a history of Star Trek. And hanging from the ceiling were several ships. Very BIG ships. Above, on the left, is “Voyager” from the show of the same name, and the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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on an Iceland Cliff

Iceland Cliff, Skogafoss, waterfall, atlantic ocean

With Skogafoss to my right and out of view, I stand on an Iceland cliff.
In the distance is the Atlantic Ocean.
Skogafoss is a waterfall on the southern coast of Iceland and a popular tourist attraction.

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London Eatery

London Eatery

I believe this is a London Eatery.
A place to eat and not buy a souvenir. I’m not sure.
Is it just me or is the title “EAT” ambiguous.
Are we sure they mean to “EAT”? Or is it something else?

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High Atop Reykjavik in Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

From high in the sky, a view of downtown Reykjavik where most of the tourists probably are. (Well, I was.)
Iceland is a nation of 338,000 people and Reykjavik is around 120,000. I am looking north in the photograph.

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Alien Visitors

alien visitors

Alien visitors. Are they amongst us?
Are they shopping at Walmart?
Online at Amazon?
What do you believe?
(You can find these guys in Roswell, New Mexico.)

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Commercial Street at Night

Commercial Street, provincetown, cape cod, night, nighttime

 A misty night on Commercial Street in Provincetown in October 1987.

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Apartment Building Fire Escape

Apartment Building Fire Escape, Fire Escape, Apartment Building, New York, Manhattan

Walking in New York, an apartment building fire escape is ubiquitous in older areas of the city like
Little Italy and Chinatown in lower Manhattan. When I was a child I lived in an
apartment building that had them but I lived on the first floor which provided an escape nearby.
And, of course, heroes always climb these in their pursuit of the villain.

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