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State & Lake Station, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago. 2016


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The Michigan State Capitol, built in 1872, is a Neoclassical Design (Italianate/Renaissance Revival). The architect was Elijah E. Myers.


There is heavy construction underway (2019) to upgrade the utility systems, making them more efficient with a "green design".




US Historic Place

Michigan Historic Place

US National Register of Historic Places


“Your state of consciousness defines your state of mind and your state of happiness.”

Quote ― Debasish Mridha

Heute mal wieder ein Bild welches meine Eltern letztes Jahr von Ihrer Canada/Alaska Reise mitgebracht haben. Aufgenommen im Denali Nationalpark Alaska.


Today again a picture that my parents brought back from their Canada / Alaska trip last year. Taken in Denali State Park Alaska.


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A closer-up of the Empire State building with the Freedom Tower (1 World Trade Center) in the background, at dusk.


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Alnwick was very much a farming community and there are lovely farms and farm buildings scattered around the town, stone-built like the town itself.


This is part of Greensfield Farm Steading and all the buildings are much in need of renovation. Being still very much a newcomer to the town, I'm not sure if these are going to be renovated and 'improved' into housing or going to be swallowed up by the inexorable creep of the large Willowburn development, which has reached the far side of the barns on the left of the shot.

The nearby Greensfield Farm House and associated dwellings were sold to a local builder by Northumbrian Estates (The Duke owns/owned pretty much all the land around the town and much way beyond too!) and building work is slowly progressing on these.


It was a flat grey and fairly lifeless morning so I've converted this using SilverEfex.

Paddle boarders and fly fishers take advantage of the mighty Colorado river as the UP's M-NYRO lead by two UP patched Souther Pacific locomotives snakes along side near State Bridge, CO.

Letchworth State Park is a New York state park located 35 miles southwest of Rochester and 60 miles southeast of Buffalo in Livingston and Wyoming counties. The park is roughly 17 miles long, covering 14,350 acres of land along the Genesee River.


Imagine this shot in the fall - another month later - apparently photographers flock to this spot - I can imagine them queuing up although it is a huge park so plenty of viewpoints for everyone!

Douglas County-Washington State

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In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird?


According to the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources, the Mockingbird "is a superb songbird and mimic. Its own song has a pleasant lilting sound and is, at times, both varied and repetitive." The bird was put in place in 1927 under Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3. The bird won over the Legislature in part because "the melody of its music has delighted the heart of residents and visitors to Florida from the days of the rugged pioneer to the present comer."


Someone else once wrote. "I am finishing this post the next day because I had to go buy a new computer after I threw my last one out the window when I read that Florida's state bird was the northern mockingbird. I cannot think of a more pathetic choice for one of the most bird-rich states in the nation. What's their state beverage, a half-glass of warm tap water?"


"The fact stands that four other states have the same official bird; Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. It's as overused as the northern cardinal (five states) and the western meadowlark (six states), and some make the convincing argument that every state should have its own bird."


Who would have ever "thunk" the Mockingbird could stir up so much controversy. The debate still "rages"!


I found this controversial little one along Joe Overstreet Road in Osceola County, Florida preparing to share its pleasant lifting sound to the world.

🎧 Music Inspiration

Donna Summer ~State of Independence (an amazing favourite song <3)


'Sounds like a signal from you

Bring me to meet your sound

And I will bring you to my heart


Love, like a signal you call

Touching my body, my soul

Bring to me, you to meet me here


Home, be the temple of your heart

Home, be the body of your love

Just like holy water to my lips

(hey, hey)


Yes, I do know how I survive

Yes, I do know why I'm alive

To love and be with you

Day by day by day by day...'


Early morning light, Chatfield State Park, Colorado

"The whole value of solitude depends upon one's self; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it."

Quote - John Lubbock


"Happiness Is a State of Mind. It's Just According to the Way You Look at Things."

Quote - Walt Disney


Somewhere in Ghent, Belgium.


Madison, Wisconsin

Lory State Park, near Fort Collins, Colorado.

Auf dem Dach des Rockefeller Centers - On the roof of Rockefeller Center


Über den Dächern New Yorks - Over the rooftops of New York


Stark bewölkter, aber auch sehr warmer Tag in New York.

Very cloudy but also very warm day in New York.


Manhattan - New York

Amerika - America

September 2012


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- No ReShade

- Taken with Black Dragon viewer

- The frame added with taraFAB Cinema Screen HUD



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213 races across the SC/GA state line at sunset with a 40 on point.

A glorious sunset over the 27th state of the USA.

Passing Grant Lake the last lake on the June Lake Loop.

Arizona State Bird - Cactus Wren - Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus -


From 50 States:


Although there is some belief that the cactus wren became the state bird of Arizona in 1973, it was actually adopted in 1931, 19 years after Arizona became a state. There are a few stories surrounding this debate, but according to the 1932 edition of Nature Magazine and the 1931 edition of Arizona Wildlife, a campaign was launched in 1931 to decide on the state bird. This was because the General Federation of Women’s Clubs wanted to have a state bird designated before their Biennial Council in Phoenix that year. This outgoing and attention grabbing bird won hands down.


This majestic Gothic Revival schoolhouse was designed and built by W.W. Eldridge in 1889. It served the community until 1986 when the school was relocated to a modern building. Renovations were carried out and it was converted into Council Chambers until the Town Council was amalgamated with the larger Northern Midlands Council in 1993.


But the building still serves the community as a tourism information hub, and importantly continues to house Evandale's valuable historical archival material.

The common mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a superb songbird and mimic. Its own song has a pleasant lilting sound and is, at times, both varied and repetitive. Often, the mockingbird sings all night long, especially under bright springtime moonlight.


Mockingbirds are usually about ten inches in length, with a fifteen-inch wingspan, grayish upper portions, white undersides, and white patches on the tail and wings. The female has slightly less whiteness in its feathers than the male.


The mockingbird is helpful to humans because it usually feeds on insects and weed seeds. In the summer and fall, it also eats ripe berries.


The nest, a joint project of the male and female mockingbird, is a bulky, open cup of grass, twigs, and rootlets carelessly arranged in a dense tree or bush. The three to six eggs per nest are a pale blue-green with brown spots. This year-round Florida resident is known for its fierce defense of the family nest.


Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3 of the 1927 legislative session designated the mockingbird as the state bird. Not only a Florida favorite, it is also the state bird of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.


Found this one along Joe Overstreet Road in Osceola County, Florida.

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