Air Force One–Ronald Reagan

Regardless of what you might think of Ronald Reagan, his Presidential Library is really very special. Located in Simi Valley California it commands beautiful views of the valley.

In addition to the historical perspective of Reagan of which I had little interest, it also contained a magnificent Genghis Khan exhibit. Part of the exhibit also has the Air Force One plane used by Reagan which was very interesting and full of surprises.

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Air Force One

Air Force One

Air Force One

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Venice Beach California

The first time I visited Venice Beach was in 1967. It was a funky hippie community by a beautiful beach. Jim Morrison lived in Venice Beach. Muscle Beach was more informal and weed was available but not legal. People lived on the beach they were hippies or vagabonds, the class homeless had not yet been invented.

Time changes everything. Sure there are still the panhandlers and beach people. The area is now upscale and expensive, Dominated by million dollar and luxury hotels, a small area of panhandlers and souvenir peddlers still exists and of course a lot of pot stores doing a brisk business.

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Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Mountain Textures

<a href="http://https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon”>Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The texture of the different rocks and the structure of the mountains make this a truly interesting wild west terrain. I wonder if the shallow cave has been used for shelter for man or beast.

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Mountain Textures

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

<a href="http://https://www.blm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/nevada/red-rock-canyon”>Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area and managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is not a National Park so like Bears Ears National Monument to the east it can easily be unprotected by arrogant and greedy politicians.

However In this snapshot of time it is still beautiful and pristine. It looks like the real west at every turn. There is a 14 mile scenic drive and many hikes and rock climbing opportunities.

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Red Rocks Canyon

Red Rocks Canyon

Purple Haze

I have visited Las Vegas many times but usually on business and never made it very far from the strip. This time we finally made it to Red Rocks National Conservation Area.

Considering the greed and corruption of our current government I suggest you go quickly before they start, fracking, digging or otherwise destroy this beautiful wilderness. It is truly a magnificent area for climbing or hiking and if your not in the mood the 14 mile scenic drive will provide an easier way to explore the beauty of the area. This purple bush caught my eye. A splash of color in the wilderness.

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Purple Haze

Windows on Market Square

A few weeks ago I published The Birdman of Pittsburgh which was taken in the 1970″s. The picture received a few comments and people asked me where that picture was taken in relationship to the current Market Square.

I am not sure but think I was probably standing in what is now part of PPG Place. I believe I was standing off 4th Avenue near Stanwix. The windows and reflections from PPG Place are truly amazing.

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Windows on Market Square

Solace at The Phipps

Another week and spring is three weeks old with freezing temperatures and snow once again on the way. There is only one place in Pittsburgh you can really see Spring today and that is at the Phipps Conservatory Spring Flower Show.

This plant has always amazed me because of its texture and the way it refracts light waves. At certain times of day it is almost as if you can see into the leaf structure. So if like me you find the current Spring weather depressing head over to the Phipps to take shelter from the storm.

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Fan Palm at The Phipps