Chicago from Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is an upscale neighborhood of Chicago and has a strong German heritage and European feel. From a rooftop you can get a feel of how spread out the City is. Even at two miles from downtown Chicago with an 18mm Wide Angle lens it is difficult to capture the entire skyline. This is Chicago from a rooftop terrace.

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Chicago from :Lincoln Park Rooftop

Chicago from :Lincoln Park Rooftop

The Palmer House Hotel–Chicago

Last weekend we visited Chicago to search for venues for my daughter’s wedding. The tour of the Palmer House came with a history tour that was very enlightening. The first hotel was built as a wedding present from Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honoré. It opened on September 26, 1871, but 13 days later it burned in the Chicago Fire. Palmer hired architect John M. Van Osdel to rebuild it. The hotel was rebuilt again in 1925 and in 1945 was purchased by Conrad Hilton for $20 million.

Palmer House Lobby

Palmer House Lobby

Many famous visitors have stayed there including Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, William Jennings Bryan,William McKinley, Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum, and Oscar Wilde. Next year it will host my daughter’s wedding in awesome style.

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ballroom

Rock Striations

I always thought that striations on rock faces were evidence of glacial movement and maybe that is always true. However this cliff face was photographed in Indian Canyons in Palm Springs California and I am not sure if the glacier came that far south. It is an attractive an interesting pattern.

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Rock Striations.

Rock Striations.

Joshua Tree California

Joshua Tree National Park is located north and east from Palm Springs California. It is a rustic and beautiful high desert spot with a very diverse horticulture. It is named after the unusual and plentiful Joshua Trees that are all through the park. The terrain is rugged high desert so bring your real hiking shoes.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Autumn Sunset

Winter comes quickly to the mountains. 40 miles away, the leaves have not yet hit peak color but here in the mountains the leaves are on the ground. You can see the shifting color and angle of the morning sun. The evening sunsets are cooler in color temperature but still brilliant to behold.

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Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset

Ressica Falls–Cradle of Liberty

The Bushkill Creek in Pennsylvania is responsible for a lot of waterfalls in the state. It is most famous for Bushkill Falls which is really a a series of four waterfalls and refereed to as the Niagara of Pennsylvania. Lesser known is Ressica Falls which is located in the Cradle of Liberty Boyscout encampment. This is Ressica Falls located just off Route 402 in Pike County.

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Ressica Falls

Ressica Falls