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from the Sky Deck of the Peak, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Hong Kong iconic skyline from the Peak Galleria..

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This picture was shot on a tripod with three exposures (-2..0..+2.. EV). Digital Blending in Photoshop CS6. I increased the overall saturation with Hue/Saturation in Photoshop. 1 layer mask to enhance the clouds in the sky. Curve adjustment to increase the overall contrast.1 layer mask in soft light mode at 50% gray, using brush tool to lighten and darken some areas of the image, to bring out details. Noise reduction using Topaz DeNoise. Increase color and contrast using Topaz Clarity.

 

Hong Kong Cityscape During Sunset from Sky Terrace 428 at Victoria Peak.

 

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Late evening light on the Mount Cheam Range (Knight, Lady and Cheam Peaks) and the beach front condominiums at Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

 

©2014 Michael Russell

Sky Deck of the Peak, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Beachgoers enjoy the waning daylight on the soft, white sands of Siesta Key Beach, near Sarasota, Florida.

 

ABOUT SARASOTA & SIESTA KEY:

 

Located about an hour south of Tampa along Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is also where my wife and I went for our honeymoon in 2001. Though home to less than 60,000 residents with a metro population of 700,000+ (according to Wikipedia), Sarasota boasts an impressive skyline of eclectic modern towers stretching around the eastern and northern shores of a sparkling blue bay speckled with sailboats and yachts. Just southwest of the city, Siesta Key routinely appears on "best beaches" lists thanks to sand that feels incredibly soft under one's feet. Of course, Siesta Key is also a great place to enjoy the sunset.

 

WHY WE NEED JESUS, AND HOW TO FIND HIM:

 

We sure live in an amazing world, full of natural wonders, diverse creatures, and reliable scientific forces that all reflect the glory and splendor of Almighty God. From the brilliant reefs to the high-altitude peaks, God's handiwork has inspired generations of travelers to see the far corners of this magnificent planet He created. That said, man is the most special of all God's creations, as it is mankind with whom He seeks a personal relationship. One need not look far, whether in the big cities or remote rural outposts, to see that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or even religious background, all people need a Savior. Though some people strive for perfection, all will always fall short. Fortunately, our Father has seen to it that we don't need to be perfect; we need Jesus. While religion is about man trying to reach God, Christ is God reaching man. Christ died on a cross with all the weight of the past, present, and future sins of humanity on His sinless shoulders. Then, He rose from the dead, conquering death for all eternity. All men and women are broken, but if anyone confesses this brokenness, repents of all that makes him unworthy, and sincerely accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, then the gifts of salvation and eternal life will be his. Too often people find themselves playing games, hiding their true selves, or going through the motions of performing ritualistic "religious" behaviors with apathetic hearts. That said, Jesus already knows everything about every one of us. He created us. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our temptations, and our insecurities. He sees us for who we really are, regardless of the masks we wear. No amount of money, no respectable status, no fancy clothing, and not even any kind of good works can fool Him. Don't try to be a better version of yourself than you really are. Jesus loves YOU and will meet you exactly where you are. Just be sincere, and if you truly submit yourself to Him, He will help change whatever needs to be changed from the inside out. Trust Jesus! He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Accept Him into your heart, and He will free you from bondage to sin, and the guilt associated with it. If you don't know how to ask Him into your heart, then try saying the following prayer. The exact wording is not important, but the attitude and intentions of your heart are very important. Do it today!

 

Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I need you in my life.

Thank you for accepting me just as I am.

I seek You and want to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior.

Please come into my heart, and forgive me for all my sins.

I am Yours.

Thank you, Jesus!

Amen!

 

ABOUT "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST":

 

The notion of "Humbly Serving Christ" is something that the Lord has really placed on my heart over the past couple years. The profile picture I have chosen, a close-up of my own bare feet with the words "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST," is symbolic. I like being barefoot, as it not only allows me to feel very free, but it also somewhat humbles me. Similarly, since accepting Christ into my heart over a decade ago, I have found great freedom in being able to humble myself before my loving Creator. You see, being humble doesn't mean being a weakling or having low self-esteem, or any of the other misinterpretations that often come to mind. Being humble involves knowing who you are in your relationship with Christ, and having the freedom to be open, honest, and vulnerable before the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. While I have always struggled with pride and shyness issues, I am trying, with the Lord's help, to take what can be a prideful hobby of mine (photography) and make it something that will bring Him glory. It is also my hope that the Scriptures seen on my photos may serve as some kind of needed encouragement or well-timed "sign" to that person (perhaps you) who needs just one more nudge to seek Jesus. I pray that my photography stays true to this mission.

Late evening light on the Mount Cheam Range (from L to R: Stewart, Baby Munday, Knight, Lady and Cheam Peaks and Mount Archibald) and the beach front condominiums at Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

 

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The sands of Neptune Beach stretch southward toward the skyline of neighboring Jacksonville Beach. Neptune Beach is a small seaside community located across the Intracoastal Waterway from Jacksonville.

 

ABOUT JACKSONVILLE & ITS BEACHES:

 

I am a native resident of the unique coastal metropolis of Jacksonville. With more than 850,000 residents living within its limits, Jacksonville is Florida’s largest city and the 12th largest city in the United States. In many ways defined by its aquatic setting, Jacksonville is bisected by the curving, north-flowing St. Johns River and flanked by a beautiful string of islands and beaches including the idyllic towns of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach, lively Jacksonville Beach, exclusive Ponte Vedra Beach, and an array of preserved city and state park beaches. Between the river and the ocean, scenic expanses of coastal wetlands and oak hammocks provide pretty settings for nature trails and residential neighborhoods alike. Jacksonville is the hub of Florida’s First Coast region, a metropolitan area home to more than 1.5 million residents that has seen European visitors reach its shores since the 1500’s. Jacksonville has been getting increased attention as a destination for its beaches, the arts, sports, dining, and ecotourism.

 

WHY WE NEED JESUS, AND HOW TO FIND HIM:

 

We sure live in an amazing world, full of natural wonders, diverse creatures, and reliable scientific forces that all reflect the glory and splendor of Almighty God. From the brilliant reefs to the high-altitude peaks, God's handiwork has inspired generations of travelers to see the far corners of this magnificent planet He created. That said, man is the most special of all God's creations, as it is mankind with whom He seeks a personal relationship. One need not look far, whether in the big cities or remote rural outposts, to see that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or even religious background, all people need a Savior. Though some people strive for perfection, all will always fall short. Fortunately, our Father has seen to it that we don't need to be perfect; we need Jesus. While religion is about man trying to reach God, Christ is God reaching man. Christ died on a cross with all the weight of the past, present, and future sins of humanity on His sinless shoulders. Then, He rose from the dead, conquering death for all eternity. All men and women are broken, but if anyone confesses this brokenness, repents of all that makes him unworthy, and sincerely accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, then the gifts of salvation and eternal life will be his. Too often people find themselves playing games, hiding their true selves, or going through the motions of performing ritualistic "religious" behaviors with apathetic hearts. That said, Jesus already knows everything about every one of us. He created us. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our temptations, and our insecurities. He sees us for who we really are, regardless of the masks we wear. No amount of money, no respectable status, no fancy clothing, and not even any kind of good works can fool Him. Don't try to be a better version of yourself than you really are. Jesus loves YOU and will meet you exactly where you are. Just be sincere, and if you truly submit yourself to Him, He will help change whatever needs to be changed from the inside out. Trust Jesus! He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Accept Him into your heart, and He will free you from bondage to sin, and the guilt associated with it. If you don't know how to ask Him into your heart, then try saying the following prayer. The exact wording is not important, but the attitude and intentions of your heart are very important. Do it today!

 

Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I need you in my life.

Thank you for accepting me just as I am.

I seek You and want to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior.

Please come into my heart, and forgive me for all my sins.

I am Yours.

Thank you, Jesus!

Amen!

 

ABOUT "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST":

 

The notion of "Humbly Serving Christ" is something that the Lord has really placed on my heart over the past couple years. The profile picture I have chosen, a close-up of my own bare feet with the words "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST," is symbolic. I love the freedom that I feel when walking barefoot, but with that freedom I also get a sense of vulnerability and humility. Similarly, since accepting Christ into my heart over a decade ago, I have found great freedom in being able to humble myself before my loving Creator. You see, being humble doesn't mean being a weakling or having low self-esteem, or any of the other misinterpretations that often come to mind. Being humble involves knowing who you are in your relationship with Christ, and having the freedom to be open, honest, and vulnerable before the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. While I have always struggled with pride and shyness issues, I am trying, with the Lord's help, to take what can be a prideful hobby of mine (photography) and make it something that will bring Him glory. It is also my hope that the Scriptures seen on my photos may serve as some kind of needed encouragement or well-timed "sign" to that person (perhaps you) who needs just one more nudge to seek Jesus. I pray that my photography stays true to this mission.

A crosswalk marks the path across the intersection of S. Gulfview Blvd. and S. Hamden Dr. in an area of Clearwater Beach lined with condos.

 

ABOUT CLEARWATER:

 

With a residential population exceeding 100,000, Clearwater is actually a major anchor of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, yet it is primarily known to most people as a popular beach resort destination. Clearwater Beach attracts many locals and tourists alike to its white sand strand along the Gulf of Mexico and its focal point pier. The city is also home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, made famous by the Dolphin Tale movies.

 

WHY WE NEED JESUS, AND HOW TO FIND HIM:

 

We sure live in an amazing world, full of natural wonders, diverse creatures, and reliable scientific forces that all reflect the glory and splendor of Almighty God. From the brilliant reefs to the high-altitude peaks, God's handiwork has inspired generations of travelers to see the far corners of this magnificent planet He created. That said, man is the most special of all God's creations, as it is mankind with whom He seeks a personal relationship. One need not look far, whether in the big cities or remote rural outposts, to see that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or even religious background, all people need a Savior. Though some people strive for perfection, all will always fall short. Fortunately, our Father has seen to it that we don't need to be perfect; we need Jesus. While religion is about man trying to reach God, Christ is God reaching man. Christ died on a cross with all the weight of the past, present, and future sins of humanity on His sinless shoulders. Then, He rose from the dead, conquering death for all eternity. All men and women are broken, but if anyone confesses this brokenness, repents of all that makes him unworthy, and sincerely accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, then the gifts of salvation and eternal life will be his. Too often people find themselves playing games, hiding their true selves, or going through the motions of performing ritualistic "religious" behaviors with apathetic hearts. That said, Jesus already knows everything about every one of us. He created us. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our temptations, and our insecurities. He sees us for who we really are, regardless of the masks we wear. No amount of money, no respectable status, no fancy clothing, and not even any kind of good works can fool Him. Don't try to be a better version of yourself than you really are. Jesus loves YOU and will meet you exactly where you are. Just be sincere, and if you truly submit yourself to Him, He will help change whatever needs to be changed from the inside out. Trust Jesus! He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Accept Him into your heart, and He will free you from bondage to sin, and the guilt associated with it. If you don't know how to ask Him into your heart, then try saying the following prayer. The exact wording is not important, but the attitude and intentions of your heart are very important. Do it today!

 

Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I need you in my life.

Thank you for accepting me just as I am.

I seek You and want to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior.

Please come into my heart, and forgive me for all my sins.

I am Yours.

Thank you, Jesus!

Amen!

 

ABOUT "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST":

 

The notion of "Humbly Serving Christ" is something that the Lord has really placed on my heart over the past couple years. The profile picture I have chosen, a close-up of my own bare feet with the words "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST," is symbolic. I like being barefoot, as it not only allows me to feel very free, but it also somewhat humbles me. Similarly, since accepting Christ into my heart over a decade ago, I have found great freedom in being able to humble myself before my loving Creator. You see, being humble doesn't mean being a weakling or having low self-esteem, or any of the other misinterpretations that often come to mind. Being humble involves knowing who you are in your relationship with Christ, and having the freedom to be open, honest, and vulnerable before the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. While I have always struggled with pride and shyness issues, I am trying, with the Lord's help, to take what can be a prideful hobby of mine (photography) and make it something that will bring Him glory. It is also my hope that the Scriptures seen on my photos may serve as some kind of needed encouragement or well-timed "sign" to that person (perhaps you) who needs just one more nudge to seek Jesus. I pray that my photography stays true to this mission.

  

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On a day trip to Squamish and Brakendale we checked out the view of the Stawamus Chief from downtown Squamish BC.

 

Because of the Chief and several other high-quality climbing areas in the vicinity, Squamish has become a world-class rock climbing destination. Squamish is sometimes referred to as "Yosemite North". In terms of structure, composition, and quality of the granitic rock, the Chief reportedly resembles Half Dome in the Yosemite Valley.

 

Kevin McLane, longtime rock climber and Squamish guidebook author, describes climbing at the Chief thus: "immense vertical walls, long cool slabs, sinuous dykes, and beautiful cracks offer a variety of climbing that is hard to match anywhere." Almost every style of rock climbing at almost every possible skill level can be practiced here, including Traditional climbing, sport climbing, aid climbing, and bouldering.

 

Stawamus Chief - From Wikipedia:

The Stawamus Chief (often referred to as simply The Chief, or erroneously as the Squamish Chief) is a granite dome located adjacent to the town of Squamish, British Columbia. It towers over 700 m (2,297 ft) above the waters of nearby Howe Sound. It is often claimed to be the "second largest granite monolith in the world.” The Squamesh, indigenous people from this area consider the Chief to be a place of spiritual significance. The mountain gets its name from their village near its foot, St'a7mes (Stawamus).

  

The Stawarmus Provincial Park

 

In 1997, the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park was established by the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment. The park is over 5 square kilometres in area and encompasses not only the Chief but also the Stawamus Squaw, a slightly smaller granitic dome located a short distance to the north-east. This was renamed Slhanay in 2009 due to the derogatory implications of the word "Squaw". Also featured in the park are a walk-in campground and a number of maintained hiking trails which lead through the forest of the Chief's "backside" to several summit areas.

 

The Geology

 

The Chief is part of a medium-sized pluton of a granitic rock (granodiorite) that was initially formed in the early Cretaceous (approximately 100 million years ago) by the slow cooling and solidification of molten magma deep below the surface of the Earth. Exhumation of the granite body probably occurred mostly by erosion of overlying rocks over tens of millions of years, with glacial erosion processes dominating exhumation over the last 2.5 million years. Once exposed at the surface, the original granite body was shaped by glacial erosion, which is responsible for the tall steep walls that define the Chief, as well as the excavation of Howe Sound, a fjord. Classic hallmarks of glacial erosion are ubiquitous, especially polished, striated surfaces. Polish and striations observable at the very summit of the formation require that, at the peak of glaciation, the entire formation was buried under a substantial thickness of ice.

 

The striking gullies that separate and define the three summits of the Chief are the result of fracturing and mass-wasting of large blocks along a series of vertical, and roughly north-south oriented deep seated fracture sets (joints).

 

The Chief may be the root of an extinct volcano because no volcanic activity has occurred in the Squamish area from about 86 million years ago to the beginning of Garibaldi Volcanic Belt volcanism about 2-3 million years ago. In the Squamish area, Garibaldi Volcanic Belt volcanism ceased during or shorty after the end of the last ice age.

 

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Hi, Ted,

 

I'm Joanne, working for Mabuhay , the in-flight travel + lifestyle magazine of Philippine Airlines. We have a feature on Canada where we wanted to use your photo.

 

We'll pay $50 for every photo that makes it to the layout. I have attached the layout containing your photo.

 

Hope to hear from you soon. We can pay via Paypal, bank transfer, or mail. Let me know which works for you.

 

Thanks very much!

 

Talk soon,

JOANNEVILLANUEVA

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F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center

Pasig City 1605 Philippines

 

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The Peak at Toa Payoh was once known as DBSS at Toa Payoh, and is located at Toa Payoh Lorong 1A.

 

It is closed to Thomson Medical Center and MacRitchie Reservoir.

 

It has condo facilities at the Peak @ Toa Payoh. Facilities include BBQ pits, fitness station and playground.

 

Numerous feeder bus services are available near The Peak @ Toa Payoh. Schools are mostly a short drive away, such as the prestigious Raffles Institution, Anglo-Chinese School, and the Curtin University of Technology.

 

The Peak @ Toa Payoh is also close to Toa Payoh Town Centre, where there is a myriad of amenities such as bus depot, supermarkets, restaurants and eating establishments, banks, cinema, and library. In addition, the PH Bro Driving Range is within reasonable driving distance.

 

In October, 1992 I made a short three day visit to the Cascade Mountains of northwest Washington state, lodging three nights in a condominium unit at Glacier in the Nooksack River valley quite close to Mount Baker. Road 542 (just south of the Canadian border) leads to 4632 ft. Austin Pass between Mount Baker to the west and the North Cascades National Park to the east.

 

I took this photo in mid-morning from Austin Pass looking north toward Canada. This is Mount Sefrit, elevation 7,191 feet, which is within the national park to the north of Mount Shuksan (seen in my image below).

 

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Hong Kong Quintessential

 

This is the classic, world renown view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak (or simply "The Peak", as coined by the residents).

 

This photograph was taken less than 24 hours after arriving in Hong Kong. Needless to say, falling in love with this city was not difficult. HK had enraptured me ten minutes after arrival at the airport. This was the first of three visits to the Peak. I am saving the best images for a later date.

 

For my friends and contacts in America and Canada, have a very enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

 

For my other friends, enjoy the weekend and take plenty of photos! ;o)

 

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A blustery day in Vero Beach, Florida, is captured from the city's oceanfront boardwalk.

 

ABOUT VERO BEACH:

 

The largest city and seat of Indian River County, Vero Beach straddles the Intracoastal Waterway south of Florida's Space Coast area on the Atlantic Ocean. While Disney operates a beach resort near the city, Vero's character is more akin to the Palm Beaches than to Orlando. Some might make the argument that here is where South Florida begins.

 

WHY WE NEED JESUS, AND HOW TO FIND HIM:

 

We sure live in an amazing world, full of natural wonders, diverse creatures, and reliable scientific forces that all reflect the glory and splendor of Almighty God. From the brilliant reefs to the high-altitude peaks, God's handiwork has inspired generations of travelers to see the far corners of this magnificent planet He created. That said, man is the most special of all God's creations, as it is mankind with whom He seeks a personal relationship. One need not look far, whether in the big cities or remote rural outposts, to see that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or even religious background, all people need a Savior. Though some people strive for perfection, all will always fall short. Fortunately, our Father has seen to it that we don't need to be perfect; we need Jesus. While religion is about man trying to reach God, Christ is God reaching man. Christ died on a cross with all the weight of the past, present, and future sins of humanity on His sinless shoulders. Then, He rose from the dead, conquering death for all eternity. All men and women are broken, but if anyone confesses this brokenness, repents of all that makes him unworthy, and sincerely accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, then the gifts of salvation and eternal life will be his. Too often people find themselves playing games, hiding their true selves, or going through the motions of performing ritualistic "religious" behaviors with apathetic hearts. That said, Jesus already knows everything about every one of us. He created us. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our temptations, and our insecurities. He sees us for who we really are, regardless of the masks we wear. No amount of money, no respectable status, no fancy clothing, and not even any kind of good works can fool Him. Don't try to be a better version of yourself than you really are. Jesus loves YOU and will meet you exactly where you are. Just be sincere, and if you truly submit yourself to Him, He will help change whatever needs to be changed from the inside out. Trust Jesus! He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Accept Him into your heart, and He will free you from bondage to sin, and the guilt associated with it. If you don't know how to ask Him into your heart, then try saying the following prayer. The exact wording is not important, but the attitude and intentions of your heart are very important. Do it today!

 

Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I need you in my life.

Thank you for accepting me just as I am.

I seek You and want to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior.

Please come into my heart, and forgive me for all my sins.

I am Yours.

Thank you, Jesus!

Amen!

 

ABOUT "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST":

 

The notion of "Humbly Serving Christ" is something that the Lord has really placed on my heart over the past couple years. The profile picture I have chosen, a close-up of my own bare feet with the words "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST," is symbolic. I love the freedom that I feel when walking barefoot, but with that freedom I also get a sense of vulnerability and humility. Similarly, since accepting Christ into my heart over a decade ago, I have found great freedom in being able to humble myself before my loving Creator. You see, being humble doesn't mean being a weakling or having low self-esteem, or any of the other misinterpretations that often come to mind. Being humble involves knowing who you are in your relationship with Christ, and having the freedom to be open, honest, and vulnerable before the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. While I have always struggled with pride and shyness issues, I am trying, with the Lord's help, to take what can be a prideful hobby of mine (photography) and make it something that will bring Him glory. It is also my hope that the Scriptures seen on my photos may serve as some kind of needed encouragement or well-timed "sign" to that person (perhaps you) who needs just one more nudge to seek Jesus. I pray that my photography stays true to this mission.

:copyright: 2010 Steve Kelley

 

Miami, Florida shot on Brickell Key along the Miami river with the full moon peaking between the condominium towers.

 

HDR - 7 exposures (photomatix 3.3, cs 3.0) Used newest version of Photomatix and like the results a bit better. Seems to get rid of the original exif data though - shot with a Nikon D300.

 

Please view on black and large:

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Madison Square is formed by the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The square was named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States.

On the left you see One Madison, a luxury residential condominium tower. When the building was originally announced, it was to be 47 stories and called The Saya; the name was changed to One Madison Park around the time that construction began in 2006 and then to One Madison after it was taken over by the Related Companies. The building as constructed has 60 stories. The building was designed by the architectural firm Cetra/Ruddy. In 2014, the building received the Architizer A+ Jury Award for Residential High Rise, and since 2013, it has been part of the "Sky High & the Logic of Luxury" exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City.

On the right is the famous Flatiron Building. Originally the Fuller Building, is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building sits on a triangular island-block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. It was was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham as a vertical Renaissance palazzo with Beaux-Arts styling. Unlike New York's early skyscrapers, which took the form of towers arising from a lower, blockier mass, the Flatiron Building epitomizes the Chicago school conception: like a classical Greek column, its facade – limestone at the bottom changing to glazed terra-cotta from the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company in Tottenville, Staten Island as the floors rise – is divided into a base, shaft and capital. When construction on the building began, locals took an immediate interest, placing bets on how far the debris would spread when the wind knocked it down. This presumed susceptibility to damage had also given it the nickname Burnham's Folly.

The cast-iron sidewalk clock (outside the Toys Center) was built by Hecla Iron Works in 1909 and was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1981. (from wikipedia)

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Traffic on Burnhamthorpe Rd., looking west toward City Center, Mississauga, Ontario.

 

Mississauga, Canada? Anyone not from Canada has probably never heard of it. That's possibly because it didn't exist prior to 1968, when it began as an amalgamation of several small towns. What you see in this photo, at that time, was mostly rural farmland lying just west of the present City of Toronto border. Mississauga became a city in 1974, when the population really took off, growing at a rate of about 70,000-80,000 per year at its peak in the 1980s-1990s.

 

Today, with a population of almost 800,000, Mississauga is the third most populous city on the Great Lakes after Chicago and Toronto, surpassing the cities proper of Detroit, Milwaukee and Cleveland over the last two decades.

 

Camera: Nikon D7000

Lens: AF 80-200 f/2.8D @160mm

Exposure: 1/60 sec @ f/22

ISO: 100

Processing: Adobe DNG converter, Photoshop CS3, Nik Color Efex Pro 3

 

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Through this excursion of the marvelous city of Hong Kong, I have shared with you my take of the view from Victoria Peak on a cloudy day ("H.K.Q.") and on one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen in my life ("Where Heaven Greets Earth").

 

Here is that same magnificent view at night. Enjoy!

 

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From Victoria Peak, you can see a view of the two skylines that, together, create the city we recognize as Hong Kong. In the foreground is Hong Kong proper, situated on Hong Kong Island. Across Victoria Harbour is Kowloon Peninsula, which borders the Chinese mainland 20 miles (32 km) to the north.

 

In this photo, you can also see Hong Kong's two tallest buildings, the International Finance Center 2 (IFC2) in the foreground to the extreme right of the frame. On the Kowloon side, you can see the International Commerce Center (ICC), the city's tallest. It is not unusual to misname the two buildings given the similarities of their acronyms, in addition to their appearances in design and height.

 

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Currently feeling some nostalgia for my visit to Hong Kong last summer. It’s such an extraordinary region of the world. Enjoy another enticing view from Victoria Peak facing east.

 

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A boat is docked behind the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, just off the main causeway that links Downtown to Clearwater Beach.

 

ABOUT CLEARWATER:

 

With a residential population exceeding 100,000, Clearwater is actually a major anchor of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, yet it is primarily known to most people as a popular beach resort destination. Clearwater Beach attracts many locals and tourists alike to its white sand strand along the Gulf of Mexico and its focal point pier. The city is also home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, made famous by the Dolphin Tale movies.

 

WHY WE NEED JESUS, AND HOW TO FIND HIM:

 

We sure live in an amazing world, full of natural wonders, diverse creatures, and reliable scientific forces that all reflect the glory and splendor of Almighty God. From the brilliant reefs to the high-altitude peaks, God's handiwork has inspired generations of travelers to see the far corners of this magnificent planet He created. That said, man is the most special of all God's creations, as it is mankind with whom He seeks a personal relationship. One need not look far, whether in the big cities or remote rural outposts, to see that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or even religious background, all people need a Savior. Though some people strive for perfection, all will always fall short. Fortunately, our Father has seen to it that we don't need to be perfect; we need Jesus. While religion is about man trying to reach God, Christ is God reaching man. Christ died on a cross with all the weight of the past, present, and future sins of humanity on His sinless shoulders. Then, He rose from the dead, conquering death for all eternity. All men and women are broken, but if anyone confesses this brokenness, repents of all that makes him unworthy, and sincerely accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, then the gifts of salvation and eternal life will be his. Too often people find themselves playing games, hiding their true selves, or going through the motions of performing ritualistic "religious" behaviors with apathetic hearts. That said, Jesus already knows everything about every one of us. He created us. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our temptations, and our insecurities. He sees us for who we really are, regardless of the masks we wear. No amount of money, no respectable status, no fancy clothing, and not even any kind of good works can fool Him. Don't try to be a better version of yourself than you really are. Jesus loves YOU and will meet you exactly where you are. Just be sincere, and if you truly submit yourself to Him, He will help change whatever needs to be changed from the inside out. Trust Jesus! He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Accept Him into your heart, and He will free you from bondage to sin, and the guilt associated with it. If you don't know how to ask Him into your heart, then try saying the following prayer. The exact wording is not important, but the attitude and intentions of your heart are very important. Do it today!

 

Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I need you in my life.

Thank you for accepting me just as I am.

I seek You and want to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior.

Please come into my heart, and forgive me for all my sins.

I am Yours.

Thank you, Jesus!

Amen!

 

ABOUT "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST":

 

The notion of "Humbly Serving Christ" is something that the Lord has really placed on my heart over the past couple years. The profile picture I have chosen, a close-up of my own bare feet with the words "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST," is symbolic. I like being barefoot, as it not only allows me to feel very free, but it also somewhat humbles me. Similarly, since accepting Christ into my heart over a decade ago, I have found great freedom in being able to humble myself before my loving Creator. You see, being humble doesn't mean being a weakling or having low self-esteem, or any of the other misinterpretations that often come to mind. Being humble involves knowing who you are in your relationship with Christ, and having the freedom to be open, honest, and vulnerable before the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. While I have always struggled with pride and shyness issues, I am trying, with the Lord's help, to take what can be a prideful hobby of mine (photography) and make it something that will bring Him glory. It is also my hope that the Scriptures seen on my photos may serve as some kind of needed encouragement or well-timed "sign" to that person (perhaps you) who needs just one more nudge to seek Jesus. I pray that my photography stays true to this mission.

  

For people whom is inside my Facebook will know that i had recently bought a puppy.Being a puppy and shetland sheepdog, it had the hyper-active nature and drained away my time away from photography...

No worries because i had never ever forgotten about photography...

Even though i am not able to be out there to capture the latest event and moments , i will dig into my archive library of photos taken previously to work on it...

 

Same spot same location same photo...different time...different feeling = different work being generated.....

 

Click here to view all my Singapore Flyer's images .

 

Lady luck finally fall on my sick as the long awaited dramatic sunset that i had been waiting for during a Singapore flyer ride. I did my part of being patient and doing my homework of multiple trial run to predict the blue sunset hour upon reaching the peak for the best composition. The process of trial and error and capturing multiple shots also allow me to understand the optimum exposure to obtain in certain situation as listed below:

1) The moving singapore flyer which need a reasonable shutter speed to prevent motion blur.

2)A reasonable aperture to be used such that the photo will have a reasonable depth of field.

3) The optimum iso to use

to achieve a reasonable shutter speed and noise.Higher iso also help to capture the vibrance of the sky when used properly.

4) Positioning within the cabin and also the camera to have minimum distortion and best composition.

 

If not for the reflection on the right side of the photo , it will be perfect for me.

 

I'm awaiting for joseph to upload his photo. Hope he get some shot. A pity that kenny didnt manage to join me for the exciting journey.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:...

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:.

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel,[2] it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on 11 February 2008 and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008.[1] Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$8,888 (US$6,271), an auspicious number in Chinese culture.[2] The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.[3]

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes.[4] Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.[5]

 

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Looking down on Hong Kong towers...

I wish and pray and hope that one of these days that i planned on my photography day... I would be blessed with this type of magnificient sunset.....

 

A pity to say...it happened to me....The closest natural sunset tone i get to this is as followed

www.flickr.com/photos/gwwang/6888971644/

 

About this photo

 

A second visit to the Singapore flyer in 2 consective day...

Today with Kenny and Joseph for this great ride and the oporturnities for capturing the singapore landscape on a different perspective..

 

The rain threathen our visit but we still persists on it.Having boarding the ride too early(6:45pm) on my prior visit, we decided to board it 7pm. The skyline greet us warmly once we descend from the peak of the ride...The sky was pretty dark and it was a technical challenge to take a good shot...The technical challenge are listed but not limted as below...

1)The challenge of getting a correct exposure (ISO/Shutter speed/Aperture) with reasonable noise and clear shot as the flyers rotate.

2)The irratating light reflection within the cabin that will appear so often in the photos

3)The water droplet left by the rain.

4)The search of composition of photo in the limited space and different angle while flyer being rotated

 

Overall , it was a good experience as 3 crazy photography enthusiast running around the small cabin while being raised to 165m above the ground.I also learnt to accept my D7000 noise level;too used to shooting at iso 100 and having clean image.Most importantly , the skills to adapt and knowing what to do to trigger the shutter

in the weirdest kind of siutation.

 

Cheers and enjoy !

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:...

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:.

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel,[2] it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on 11 February 2008 and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008.[1] Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$8,888 (US$6,271), an auspicious number in Chinese culture.[2] The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.[3]

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes.[4] Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.[5]

 

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For people whom is inside my Facebook will know that i had recently bought a puppy.Being a puppy and shetland sheepdog, it had the hyper-active nature and drained away my time away from photography...

No worries because i had never ever forgotten about photography...

Even though i am not able to be out there to capture the latest event and moments , i will dig into my archive library of photos taken previously to work on it...

 

Same spot same location same photo...different time...different feeling = different work being generated.....

 

Click here to view all my Singapore Flyer's images .

 

Lady luck finally fall on my sick as the long awaited dramatic sunset that i had been waiting for during a Singapore flyer ride. I did my part of being patient and doing my homework of multiple trial run to predict the blue sunset hour upon reaching the peak for the best composition. The process of trial and error and capturing multiple shots also allow me to understand the optimum exposure to obtain in certain situation as listed below:

1) The moving singapore flyer which need a reasonable shutter speed to prevent motion blur.

2)A reasonable aperture to be used such that the photo will have a reasonable depth of field.

3) The optimum iso to use

to achieve a reasonable shutter speed and noise.Higher iso also help to capture the vibrance of the sky when used properly.

4) Positioning within the cabin and also the camera to have minimum distortion and best composition.

 

If not for the reflection on the right side of the photo , it will be perfect for me.

 

I'm awaiting for joseph to upload his photo. Hope he get some shot. A pity that kenny didnt manage to join me for the exciting journey.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:...

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:.

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel,[2] it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on 11 February 2008 and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008.[1] Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$8,888 (US$6,271), an auspicious number in Chinese culture.[2] The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.[3]

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes.[4] Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.[5]

 

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Click here to view all my Singapore Flyer's images .

 

Lady luck finally fall on my sick as the long awaited dramatic sunset that i had been waiting for during a Singapore flyer ride. I did my part of being patient and doing my homework of multiple trial run to predict the blue sunset hour upon reaching the peak for the best composition. The process of trial and error and capturing multiple shots also allow me to understand the optimum exposure to obtain in certain situation as listed below:

1) The moving singapore flyer which need a reasonable shutter speed to prevent motion blur.

2)A reasonable aperture to be used such that the photo will have a reasonable depth of field.

3) The optimum iso to use

to achieve a reasonable shutter speed and noise.Higher iso also help to capture the vibrance of the sky when used properly.

4) Positioning within the cabin and also the camera to have minimum distortion and best composition.

 

If not for the reflection on the right side of the photo , it will be perfect for me.

 

I'm awaiting for joseph to upload his photo. Hope he get some shot. A pity that kenny didnt manage to join me for the exciting journey.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:...

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:.

The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel,[2] it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on 11 February 2008 and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008.[1] Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$8,888 (US$6,271), an auspicious number in Chinese culture.[2] The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.[3]

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes.[4] Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.[5]

 

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The sun sets behind the skyline of Clearwater Beach, as seen from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

 

ABOUT CLEARWATER:

 

With a residential population exceeding 100,000, Clearwater is actually a major anchor of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, yet it is primarily known to most people as a popular beach resort destination. Clearwater Beach attracts many locals and tourists alike to its white sand strand along the Gulf of Mexico and its focal point pier. The city is also home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, made famous by the Dolphin Tale movies.

 

WHY WE NEED JESUS, AND HOW TO FIND HIM:

 

We sure live in an amazing world, full of natural wonders, diverse creatures, and reliable scientific forces that all reflect the glory and splendor of Almighty God. From the brilliant reefs to the high-altitude peaks, God's handiwork has inspired generations of travelers to see the far corners of this magnificent planet He created. That said, man is the most special of all God's creations, as it is mankind with whom He seeks a personal relationship. One need not look far, whether in the big cities or remote rural outposts, to see that regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, economic status, or even religious background, all people need a Savior. Though some people strive for perfection, all will always fall short. Fortunately, our Father has seen to it that we don't need to be perfect; we need Jesus. While religion is about man trying to reach God, Christ is God reaching man. Christ died on a cross with all the weight of the past, present, and future sins of humanity on His sinless shoulders. Then, He rose from the dead, conquering death for all eternity. All men and women are broken, but if anyone confesses this brokenness, repents of all that makes him unworthy, and sincerely accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, then the gifts of salvation and eternal life will be his. Too often people find themselves playing games, hiding their true selves, or going through the motions of performing ritualistic "religious" behaviors with apathetic hearts. That said, Jesus already knows everything about every one of us. He created us. He knows our weaknesses, our failures, our temptations, and our insecurities. He sees us for who we really are, regardless of the masks we wear. No amount of money, no respectable status, no fancy clothing, and not even any kind of good works can fool Him. Don't try to be a better version of yourself than you really are. Jesus loves YOU and will meet you exactly where you are. Just be sincere, and if you truly submit yourself to Him, He will help change whatever needs to be changed from the inside out. Trust Jesus! He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Accept Him into your heart, and He will free you from bondage to sin, and the guilt associated with it. If you don't know how to ask Him into your heart, then try saying the following prayer. The exact wording is not important, but the attitude and intentions of your heart are very important. Do it today!

 

Lord Jesus,

I recognize that I need you in my life.

Thank you for accepting me just as I am.

I seek You and want to receive You as my personal Lord and Savior.

Please come into my heart, and forgive me for all my sins.

I am Yours.

Thank you, Jesus!

Amen!

 

ABOUT "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST":

 

The notion of "Humbly Serving Christ" is something that the Lord has really placed on my heart over the past couple years. The profile picture I have chosen, a close-up of my own bare feet with the words "HUMBLY SERVING CHRIST," is symbolic. I like being barefoot, as it not only allows me to feel very free, but it also somewhat humbles me. Similarly, since accepting Christ into my heart over a decade ago, I have found great freedom in being able to humble myself before my loving Creator. You see, being humble doesn't mean being a weakling or having low self-esteem, or any of the other misinterpretations that often come to mind. Being humble involves knowing who you are in your relationship with Christ, and having the freedom to be open, honest, and vulnerable before the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. While I have always struggled with pride and shyness issues, I am trying, with the Lord's help, to take what can be a prideful hobby of mine (photography) and make it something that will bring Him glory. It is also my hope that the Scriptures seen on my photos may serve as some kind of needed encouragement or well-timed "sign" to that person (perhaps you) who needs just one more nudge to seek Jesus. I pray that my photography stays true to this mission.

  

Click here to view all my Singapore Flyer's images .

 

Lady luck finally fall on my sick as the long awaited dramatic sunset that i had been waiting for during a Singapore flyer ride. I did my part of being patient and doing my homework of multiple trial run to predict the blue sunset hour upon reaching the peak for the best composition. The process of trial and error and capturing multiple shots also allow me to understand the optimum exposure to obtain in certain situation as listed below:

1) The moving singapore flyer which need a reasonable shutter speed to prevent motion blur.

2)A reasonable aperture to be used such that the photo will have a reasonable depth of field.

3) The optimum iso to use

to achieve a reasonable shutter speed and noise.Higher iso also help to capture the vibrance of the sky when used properly.

4) Positioning within the cabin and also the camera to have minimum distortion and best composition.

 

If not for the reflection on the right side of the photo , it will be perfect for me.

 

I'm awaiting for joseph to upload his photo. Hope he get some shot. A pity that kenny didnt manage to join me for the exciting journey.

 

...:Taken from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:...

 

Marina Bay Sands (traditional Chinese: 濱海灣金沙; simplified Chinese: 滨海湾金沙) is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.[1][2]

With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000-square-foot (120,000 m2) convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000-square-foot (74,000 m2) The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.[3][4] The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was Ssangyong Engineering and Construction.[5]

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort.[6] Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties (comprising three of the seven main structures) being sold off.[7][8]

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010.[9] The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011.[10] The last portion of the Marina Bay Sands, the floating pavilions, were finally opened to the public when the two tenants (Louis Vuitton and Pangaea Club) opened on 18 September 2011 and 22 September 2011 respectively.

 

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The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel located in Singapore, constructed in 2005–2008. Described by its operators as an observation wheel,[2] it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), making it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.

Situated on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.

The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on 11 February 2008 and it officially opened to the public on 1 March 2008.[1] Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$8,888 (US$6,271), an auspicious number in Chinese culture.[2] The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.[3]

Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes about 30 minutes.[4] Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.[5]

 

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In October, 1992 I made a short three day visit to the Cascade Mountains of northwest Washington state, lodging in a resort condominium unit at Glacier in the Nooksack River valley quite close to Mount Baker. Road 542 (just south of the Canadian border) leads to 4632 ft. Austin Pass between Mount Baker to the west and the North Cascades National Park to the east. This view is into the national park from the heights of Austin Pass.

 

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Since posting my previous shot of the Ozarks, several have asked about the fall colors. It was just past the peak when we arrived, but there was still plenty of color abounding in spots.

 

This was our view from the porch of a timeshare at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Our condominum, #169 at "The Pines at the Treetops," was part of the Villiage of the Four Seasons, located in the beautiful Horseshoe Bend area. The resort seemed to have made every effort over the years to not disturb the growth of trees, but this high vantage point still provided a nice view (part of which can be seen here). This is obviously a daytime shot... I also took many night-time shots around the lake area.

 

The Lake of the Ozarks, created in 1931 when the Osage River was dammed, has over 1,150 miles of shoreline and is a favorite resort destination in the Midwest part of the United States.

Series: Transatlantic

Cameras: Zero 2000 Pinhole

Film: Fuji Across 100

Location: Seattle, USA and Norwich, UK

 

One roll of film exposed twice in two cities located in different countries separated by roughly 7700 kilometers or 4800 miles and one gigantic ocean. The Transatlantic Series is a pinhole film swap collaboration with felllow Flickrite The Old Penfold. We both exposed a roll of Fuji Across 100 re-rolled it and sent it across the Atlantic Ocean to be exposed again. The overlaying theme of the series is the relationship between natural and urban landscapes. This was not a planned outcome, just the result of two creative minds working together in a blind fashion.

 

The eighth of twelve images, shot from a rooftop deck on the Seattle side of the Atlantic with the trees of Norwich peaking through. I am particularly fond of the way the large tree on the right frames up perfectly with the highrise condominium.

 

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Situated right at the peak of Mount Sophia, Sophia Hills condominium is an exciting new launch by Hoi Hup Sunway Mount Sophia Pte Ltd, in Prime District 9. Sophia Hills is the first and only development with 3 conservation buildings that will be converted into a restaurant, kindergarten and clubhouse. This legacy of rich architectural heritage provides both charm and convenience to the residents here.

 

An icon of Mount Sophia, it is the largest condominium in the highly sought-after Sophia area and is built on a rare sprawling land size of 255,866 sqft. Choose from a good unit mix with 493 exclusive units of 1 / 1+S / 2 / 2DK / 2+S / 3 and 4 bedrooms, the development enjoys extensive facilities with 50m lap pool, mirror pool, jacuzzi, jogging path and many more. Come home to a paradise of lush landscapes of mountain terraces, steps cascades, water walls and reflective pools.

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Enjoy another scene of Canada's third largest metropolitan area as it gradually transitions from day to night.

 

In the distance towards the background, you can see the residential lights of the suburbs of West Vancouver (to the left of the frame) and North Vancouver (top center of frame) as both areas ascend the front range elevation of the Coast Mountains.

 

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A shot of the Pantages tower lit by a warm sunset.

Top: January 1979 - Kodak X-15 instamatic, 200 speed Film.

Bottom: March 8, 2013 - Pentax K20D (digital).

 

Very little has changed looking west on the 3800 block of west 95th Street in Evergreen Park. On the left the former Clark Gas Station was torn down and a new Marathon was built in its place.

 

The Apratment building on the right in 1979 housed Doctor's Offices and Evergreen Park Drugs. The neon sign is long gone. Up the street was Anne K Beauty Parlor. It was demolished long after a few other tennants rented the place for a while. Evergreen Community Bank resides there now. The round apartment building is still two blocks futher west on the right.

 

The building on the left just beyond the gas station sign has had some exterior wall work and a peak roof was added at some point in the 80's.

 

The double yellow line replaced the corrugated concreted dividers that ran down the center of the street in the 70's.

This home is an example of the Victorian mansions found in the Brush Park neighborhood. The owner, Mr. Fiske, was a prosperous merchant. The home, featuring a two-story octagonal tower and an octagonal cupola, was built in 1876. Developed as an upper class subdivision by members of the city's elite, the area peaked in the 1880s and underwent a long decline that was not reversed until the 1990s. The area today boasts new condominiums and restored homes like this one. Its proximity to downtown and the Cultural Center makes Brush Park desirable once more.

Rain bearing clouds over Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu. Photographed from a boat at sea, off Pulau Gaya.

 

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This is the southern view of Hong Kong from the observation deck of the International Finance Centre (IFC2), located on the 55th floor. On this same level, there is a very fascinating exhibit from which visitors can learn about the monetary history of Hong Kong in relationship with world events.

 

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Miami est. 1896, pop. 2.6MM • Coral Gables est. 1925, pop. 50K

 

• Italian Village consists of seventeen homes inspired by Italian farm houses & country villas • Tile roofs, painted stucco • closest in design to era's predominant mediterranean revival style • architects were Alfred L. Klingbeil (1888-1964), John & Coulton Skinner, R. F. Ware, Robert Law Weed • residences later added to neighborhood often designed to blend in with originals • designated Italian Village Historic District by Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board

 

• Weed (1897-1961), better known for his work in Tropical Deco style • born in PA, moved to Miami, 1919 • designed Burdines Miami Beach, Dadeland Mall, master plan for the U of Miami, • career successfully transitioned from Mediterranean Revival style to Art Deco/Moderne to International Style

 

Skinners — Coulton (1891-1963) & John Llewellyn (1893-1972) — moved to Miami from Detroit, 1923 • identified with Art Deco style, e.g., Bentley & Barbizon hotels on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive • later designed 36th St Miami International Airport Terminal, Miami Public Library in Bayfront Park (demolished), Miami Seaquarium, Dade County Auditorium • John Skinner launched U of Miami's architecture program, 1928

 

• city of Coral Gables (1925) created by Duxbury, MA transplant George E. Merrick (1886–1942) on family's 3K acre plantation • Merrick's vision of a "Riviera of the Tropics" influenced by City Beautiful Movement • ~$100MM spent on development • one of the 1st planned communities in US

 

• unifying theme was "castles in Spain made real," expressed in "Mediterranean Revival" architecture, a term said to have been coined by Merrick cousin, architect H. George Fink (1891-1975) • the French/Italian inspired architecture was, “a combination of what seemed best in each, with an added touch of gaiety to suit

the Florida mood.” -George Merrick

 

• Merrick's team: architects, landscape planner, artistic advisor, real estate officer, engineers • Supervisor of Color Phineas Paist (1873-1937) became supervising architect, responsible for ensuring aethetic consistency through codes, established Board of Architects Review Panel that still functions • Paist bioPhineas Paist & the Architecture of Coral Gables (pdf)

 

• opened with strong sales, Merrick invested profits in expansion, founded U. of Miami • for unknown reasons, Merrick decided to diverge from consistent Mediterranean aesthetic at peak of land boom in 1925 • sold former OH governor Meyers Y. Cooper (1873-1958) hundreds of acres for express purpose of building houses/villages in traditional designs of other states, nations • goal was authenticity, not imitation, each of 14 planned villages to be designed by architect familiar with chosen style

 

• "Seven Miami architects and five New York architects are uniting in working out the details of the great planning of house construction. Thirteen styles are being used, drawn from various regions and nations which harmonize with the Mediterranean style now in use." -Meyers Y. Cooper • before 1926 Great Miami Hurricane & land bust ended construction, 7 villages completed: Dutch South African, Chinese, French Normandy, Florida Pioneer/Colonial, French Country, French City, Italian • fewer than 80 of the 1000 planned residences built

 

Florida Land Bust broke Merrick, removed from Coral Gables commission, moved to Matacumbe Key, to run wife's resort • returned to Gables to be county postmaster 2 yrs. before death

 

• 1926 photo -Bittrex • Villages of Coral Gables -The Devoted Classicist • Remnants of a Dream in Coral Gables -Global Site Plans • George Merrick Villages -Bittrex

Miami est. 1896, pop. 2.6MM • Coral Gables est. 1925, pop. 50K

 

• native oolite (oolitic limestone) chimney detail

 

• Italian Village consists of seventeen homes inspired by Italian farm houses & country villas • Tile roofs, painted stucco • closest in design to era's predominant mediterranean revival style • architects were Alfred L. Klingbeil (1888-1964), John & Coulton Skinner, R. F. Ware, Robert Law Weed • residences later added to neighborhood often designed to blend in with originals • designated Italian Village Historic District by Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board

 

• Weed (1897-1961), better known for his work in Tropical Deco style • born in PA, moved to Miami, 1919 • designed Burdines Miami Beach, Dadeland Mall, master plan for the U of Miami, • career successfully transitioned from Mediterranean Revival style to Art Deco/Moderne to International Style

 

Skinners — Coulton (1891-1963) & John Llewellyn (1893-1972) — moved to Miami from Detroit, 1923 • identified with Art Deco style, e.g., Bentley & Barbizon hotels on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive • later designed 36th St Miami International Airport Terminal, Miami Public Library in Bayfront Park (demolished), Miami Seaquarium, Dade County Auditorium • John Skinner launched U of Miami's architecture program, 1928

 

• city of Coral Gables (1925) created by Duxbury, MA transplant George E. Merrick (1886–1942) on family's 3K acre plantation • Merrick's vision of a "Riviera of the Tropics" influenced by City Beautiful Movement • ~$100MM spent on development • one of the 1st planned communities in US

 

• unifying theme was "castles in Spain made real," expressed in "Mediterranean Revival" architecture, a term said to have been coined by Merrick cousin, architect H. George Fink (1891-1975) • the French/Italian inspired architecture was, “a combination of what seemed best in each, with an added touch of gaiety to suit

the Florida mood.” -George Merrick

 

• Merrick's team: architects, landscape planner, artistic advisor, real estate officer, engineers • Supervisor of Color Phineas Paist (1873-1937) became supervising architect, responsible for ensuring aethetic consistency through codes, established Board of Architects Review Panel that still functions • Paist bioPhineas Paist & the Architecture of Coral Gables (pdf)

 

• opened with strong sales, Merrick invested profits in expansion, founded U. of Miami • for unknown reasons, Merrick decided to diverge from consistent Mediterranean aesthetic at peak of land boom in 1925 • sold former OH governor Meyers Y. Cooper (1873-1958) hundreds of acres for express purpose of building houses/villages in traditional designs of other states, nations • goal was authenticity, not imitation, each of 14 planned villages to be designed by architect familiar with chosen style

 

• "Seven Miami architects and five New York architects are uniting in working out the details of the great planning of house construction. Thirteen styles are being used, drawn from various regions and nations which harmonize with the Mediterranean style now in use." -Meyers Y. Cooper • before 1926 Great Miami Hurricane & land bust ended construction, 7 villages completed: Dutch South African, Chinese, French Normandy, Florida Pioneer/Colonial, French Country, French City, Italian • fewer than 80 of the 1000 planned residences built

 

Florida Land Bust broke Merrick, removed from Coral Gables commission, moved to Matacumbe Key, to run wife's resort • returned to Gables to be county postmaster 2 yrs. before death

 

• 1926 photo -Bittrex • Villages of Coral Gables -The Devoted Classicist • Remnants of a Dream in Coral Gables -Global Site Plans • George Merrick Villages -Bittrex

Madison Square is formed by the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The square was named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States.

On the left you see One Madison, a luxury residential condominium tower. When the building was originally announced, it was to be 47 stories and called The Saya; the name was changed to One Madison Park around the time that construction began in 2006 and then to One Madison after it was taken over by the Related Companies. The building as constructed has 60 stories. The building was designed by the architectural firm Cetra/Ruddy. In 2014, the building received the Architizer A+ Jury Award for Residential High Rise, and since 2013, it has been part of the "Sky High & the Logic of Luxury" exhibition at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City.

On the right is the famous Flatiron Building. Originally the Fuller Building, is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building sits on a triangular island-block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. It was was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. The Flatiron Building was designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham as a vertical Renaissance palazzo with Beaux-Arts styling. Unlike New York's early skyscrapers, which took the form of towers arising from a lower, blockier mass, the Flatiron Building epitomizes the Chicago school conception: like a classical Greek column, its facade – limestone at the bottom changing to glazed terra-cotta from the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company in Tottenville, Staten Island as the floors rise – is divided into a base, shaft and capital. When construction on the building began, locals took an immediate interest, placing bets on how far the debris would spread when the wind knocked it down. This presumed susceptibility to damage had also given it the nickname Burnham's Folly.

The cast-iron sidewalk clock (outside the Toys Center) was built by Hecla Iron Works in 1909 and was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1981. (from wikipedia) (AAA_2011)

Peaks Island in Casco Bay, Maine USA • Seen from the 5th Maine Regiment Museum, looking south to Cushing Island. This is the White Head Look Out on the eastern edge of the island. These look outs were part of Fort Levett.

 

Fort Levett was named for English explorer Captain Christopher Levett, an early explorer of the New England coast and the first European to settle what is today Portland, Maine. King Charles I of England granted Levett 6,000 acres (24 km2) to found a city the explorer proposed to call York, after his English birthplace. (Today's York County, Maine carries the name of Levett's birthplace.) Levett made his plantation in 1623, leaving a group of Yorkshiremen behind, and he returned to England. The settlement subsequently failed, and the colonists were never heard from again. Levett never returned to Maine.

 

The fort was last used for coastal defense in World War II, and subsequently the obsolete base was sold by the government, which asked $177,000 for the property. It was bought by a group of Cushing Island residents after it was decommissioned. Forts Levett and McKinley ultimately became private condominium associations. – From Wikipedia.

This is the entire skyline of Denver from southeast to northwest, taken from Thornton, a suburb located 10 miles northeast of the city. On a very clear day, one can see the expanse of the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range. The snowcapped mountain in the background is Pikes Peak, roughly 60 miles southwest of Denver. With this view, one can truly see how flat the city is, which makes Denver an excellent place for commuting by bicycle as I used to do while attending graduate school at the University of Denver. (Go Pioneers!)

 

Pikes Peak virtually neighbors Colorado Springs, the second largest city in the state. As tall as Pikes Peak is (14,115 feet / 4,302 meters), it is actually the 30th tallest mountain in Colorado!

 

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Peaks Island in Casco Bay, Maine USA • Seen from the 5th Maine Regiment Museum, looking south to Cushing Island. This is the White Head Look Out on the eastern edge of the island. These look outs were part of Fort Levett.

 

Fort Levett was named for English explorer Captain Christopher Levett, an early explorer of the New England coast and the first European to settle what is today Portland, Maine. King Charles I of England granted Levett 6,000 acres (24 km2) to found a city the explorer proposed to call York, after his English birthplace. (Today's York County, Maine carries the name of Levett's birthplace.) Levett made his plantation in 1623, leaving a group of Yorkshiremen behind, and he returned to England. The settlement subsequently failed, and the colonists were never heard from again. Levett never returned to Maine.

 

The fort was last used for coastal defense in World War II, and subsequently the obsolete base was sold by the government, which asked $177,000 for the property. It was bought by a group of Cushing Island residents after it was decommissioned. Forts Levett and McKinley ultimately became private condominium associations. – From Wikipedia.

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