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The Booth Western Art Musuem

If you enjoy museums, art and the West and want to learn about the history of the United States, well the Booth is a must stop. Great museum, superb staff and a tasty cafe, what's not to like? Also, next door in downtown Catersville are quaint shops and several tasty restaurants.

Austria, Czechia and Hungary

Now is not the time to be timid. Let's kick in the door and see what lies behind. Perhaps it will take us on a photographic journey to some wonderful and interesting places like Austria, Czechia and Hungary. We could and should visit their capital cities like Vienna, Prague and Budapest.

 

Truly great places to visit and I hope you enjoy my photographic presentation from April of 2000! Just click on the door for more.

New Zealand

Three weeks in New Zealand were not enough! 

 

Early in the year of 1999, I set off for a trip of a lifetime to one of the most incredible spots on the planet.  

 

I landed in Auckland after spending 23+ hours on the plane and barely able to see straight due to the time change.  You talk about jet lag!

 

I enjoyed every minute of the trip to both Islands in the Pacific and would go back in a minute.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Let's reach for the stars in Huntsville, Alabama at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  This is a large complex with lots to see and loads of walking but if you want to get up and close with our space program and NASA - this is the place to be.

 

Most of the displays are interactive and if you fit inside, climb in. My favorite place was the Saturn V Hall.  Incredibly large and interesting - that was one big rocket with amazing thrust.

 

Time to head for the stars at One Tranquilty Base in Huntsville.  For more information visit their website at https://www.rocketcenter.com/

 

Just click the rocket to the right for liftoff to more images.

The Barber Motorsports Museum

Located in Birmingham, Alabama is the worlds largest and finest motorcycle museum - The Barber Motorsports Musuem.  I wish I had the words or the photographic skills to give you even a 5% taste of this place but it is something you need to see for yourself.

 

Each of the 1,500 plus motorcycles are restored to perfection and shown in compelling and well lit displays.  You can spend hours on each floor.  

 

Yes this is worth a trip to Birmingham to see this world-class museum and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.  To entice you, I have included 80 images that will give you a small taste of the place.  Just click the image to the right for more.

 

Thanks for visiting my site.

Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge

It was July 6th, 2019.  The tripods were in place, cameras pointed in the air for the annual Fireworks Show at Lake Blue Ridge!  And everything went to plan, not!  But in the end, I would like to think that I got a few shots of the explosions worthy of your view pleasure. Click the image for more.

 

You found it, the place where I will post selected shots from my travels.  I will be adding locations over time, so I hope you check back often to see what is new.  And as always enjoy the photos.

Ocoee

Sunrise over the Ocoee, click for more

Early one November morning Chris Hefferen and I went on a hunt for the light.  We were not disappointed, the Taccoa/Ocoee River Valley in SE Tennessee is just spectacular for image making. 

The Fall Colors of the Woods of North Georgia

Click to take a trip through North Georgia

This year, 2018 was exceptional and Mother Nature did not disappoint with spectacular hues and sweeping vista's of colors.  There is nothing like seeing it in situ but I tried my best to capture what it felt like to me standing there.  All shots were taken in Union County, Georgia.

The North Georgia Zoo

I hear you don't like my hair do, well click me to change the view

And you thought that you were having a bad hair day?  Well not so for this creature, he/she was quite pleased with the plume.  Well welcome to my site, by clicking on my friend to the right, you'll be wisked away to The North Georgia Zoo where you meet many new friends and if your are lucky, the guard dogs will give you a good lick.

The Florida Panhandle

Mexico Beach and the Panhandle of Florida

Hats off to Mary who organized a spectaculair trip to the Gulf of Mexico, specifically - Mexico Beach.  Incredible white sands, cool breezes and warm and inviting waters.  This photo was taken in Panama City and with a click will take to some photos of this incredible trip.

Wheels Through Time | A museum that Runs!

Hats off to the staff of Wheels Through Time

Steve, Chris and I have been talking about taking the trek to Maggie Valley, NC to see the world's finest American Made Motorcycle Museum - well we did and here for your tantilizing enjoyment are a few of the photographs I took of the place.  Well worth the trip and Dale and the staff could not be nicer or more knowledgable about motorcycles.  Hope you make the trip one day as well.

The World Famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

Give the image above a click for more cars and motorcycles

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The Oval Office of Ronald Reagan

Richard Nixon Library

The library grounds.

Arizona-Sonoma Desert Museum

A place where looking where you are going is critical

Located ijust west of Tucson AZ is this wonderful desert museum.  Filled with sharp plants and wildlife that will kill you there is no need to tell people to stay on the paths.  I would recomend an early start, lots of sun block, sunglasses, hat and loads of water.  That said, this is a "not-miss" if you are in Arizona - a tremendous park with loads to see.

Kennebec, SD

OK, be honest here, how many of you have been to Kennebec, SD?  I thought so. Well if you find yourself in West River on your way to the Hills, look to your right as you pass by and you just might see one incredible grain handling plant.  The size of it boggles the mind and requres a 15mm lens or some serious distance just to photograph it. In fact, the image below is five shots stiched together as a panoramic in Photoshop, yeah, it's that big! 

Give me a click for more images!

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Ever have a wow moment that just happens on a trip?

 

I was in Balboa Park in San Diego to visit the world famous San Diego Zoo.  I was tired of walking and getting hungry so I headed to a building that contained a restaurant, a place to rest my tired feet and the Musuem of Photographic Arts. I saw a sign for the Model Railroad Musuem and was about to skip it when someone came out and said' "Hey buddy, do yourself a favor and take this in, it is just incredible." I thought, I'm here, so why not. So I paid my fee and went in and that was the best suggestion of the trip, the place is spectacular.

The Iberian Peninsula

National Palace

Come join me and visit Spain, Portugal and the Island of Madeira. Incredible places to visit and enjoy. The photograph of the Sintra National Palace is your gateway to more exciting pictures, by simply clicking on the image you will be transported to the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital of Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by its dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for its whimsical design and sweeping views.

Big Sky

The family strolling through Big Sky Country

Happenstance, we were just driving out of Glacier National Park, salivating at its natural beauty and wondered how nature can improve on its many splendors when along side of the road we saw this, moma moose and her little caboose. Well honestly, neither were small but they sure were majestic.

Tucson, AZ

Cactus in Bloom

Welcome to a peek at Tucson, AZ from 2012.  Just click on the image for more photos.

 

Tucson is a city in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert surrounded by multiple mountain ranges, including the Santa Catalinas. Reflecting its 19th-century beginnings are the restored mansions of its El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of Barrio Historico. Home to the University of Arizona, Tuscon has many student-friendly vintage shops, nightclubs and restaurants on Fourth Avenue near the campus.

What's New?

Booth Western Art Museum

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Barber Motorsport Museum

Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge

The views were spectacular in Tennessee looking over the Taccoa/Ocoee River!

Time to click for the sky and the leafs, they were incredible in 2018.

The Florida Panhandle! Click the image for more.

 

"Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, NC! Click the image for more.

Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Just click the image for more.

Thank you very much for taking the time to look at my website. It is an expression of my creativity and interest in photography.

 

While it is not my intent to sell images, if you see something that strikes your fancy contact me and we can discuss your use. I do copyright my work and ask that you do not clip or use it without written permission.

 

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