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Court of the Patriarchs at Zion in Utah
Court of the Patriarchs in Utah’s Zion National Park 

 

 

Those of you who have followed this photoblog know how impressed I was when I visited Utah during my 28-day cross-country trip in September.  This photo is from Zion National Park.  The Court of the Patriarchs is very easy to reach—maybe a 1-2 minutes very easy hike from the road.  

Nikon D200, 18 mm (27 equiv), f 8, 1/250,  1/3 stop overexposed, ISO 400

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Moonrise at Arches

Moonrise at Arches

 

I arrived at Utah’s Arches National Park later than I planned on September 14 this past year.  Still, I was fortunate to get a lovely moonrise and some gorgeous colors (deepened a bit on Picassa).  I hope to show some daytime shots of Arches, Bryce, and Zion soon.  Utah was fantastic.  I had no idea!

Panasonic Lumix TZ5   f3.4   focal length 30 mm

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The Hope and Promise of President Barack Obama

The Hope and Promise of President Barack Obama

 

This photograph represents, for me, not only the hope and promise which is inherent in the Presidency of Barack Obama, but also the hopes, dreams, and optimism of the American people and people from around the world.

In Barack Obama, I feel that we have a dynamic, compassionate individual whose wisdom, intelligence, and willingness to listen to others will be essential in confronting the enormous problems that confront America and the entire world. With the support, sacrifice, and work of the American people, it is my hope that President Obama will lead us into a brighter future, one in which people of all colors, races, religions, ethnic origins, and life choices, live in mutual respect. I look to a more peaceful world, one in which the greatness of America is manifest by the elimination of poverty and by the establishment of equal opportunity for all.

The photograph, then, looks toward the future in a very optimistic way, and, therefore, represents the fulfillment of all the hope and promise which is embodied in our new President, Barack Obama.

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In Remembrance of Those Who Gave Their Lives

In Remembrance of Those Who Gave Their Lives

 

These men, dressed as Confederate soldiers, were at the dedication of the Gettysburg Visitors Center.  The photo was taken in color (Panasonic Lumix TZ5, f 8.0, 1/250) but converted to Sepia in Picassa 2.0, and edited in Photoshop Elements 6.0.  Though this was a posed shot, at my request, it seemed–nevetheless–that the expression on their faces says a great deal.

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In Remembrance of Those Who Gave Their Lives

In Remembrance of Those Who Gave Their Lives

 

These men gathered, in authentic Civil War Union attire, at the new Gettysburg Memorial Visitor’s Center in Pennsylvania.  They demonstrated military formations and mock-firing of weapons.  Gettysburg was amazing—the brand-new museum (visitor’s center) as well as the battlefield tour, which I did with the aid of an audio CD and a map.  I posted this in honor of all of our veterans and all those who died so that our country and freedom might live.  Thanks to Nick Boren  http://www.flickr.com/photos/cougars/  for inspiring me to post my photos on this theme, by viewing his extraordinary images on his photoblog.

(Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, f4.7, 1/160, iso 400)

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In Remembrance of Those Who Gave Their Lives

In Remembrance of Those Who Gave Their Lives

 

I like the juxtaposition here of the cannon and the cemetery—cause and effect.  This is the cemetery in which Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address:  “…that these dead shall not have died in vain, and that Government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”

(Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, f 4.2. 1/250, iso 400)

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Mt. Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains

Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

Another photo from last weekend’s trip to Mt. Washington.  We planned to climb the mountain via the auto road and earn a “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker, but–alas–the road was closed two weeks earlier because of snow near the summit.  Still, I got several nice shots just from the scenic outlook.   For non-New Englanders, Mt. Washington is the tallest mountain in the East.  As you can see, it’s the pride of New Hampshire (one of many).   (Nikon D200, f 9.0, iso 320, polarizing filter)

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