Sunsets Across America Part II

Sunsets Across America Part II

Part I of Sunsets Across America showed photographs of sunsets east of the Mississippi River. Part II presents sunsets west of the Mighty Missisip.
Special attention is directed to the Lunar Eclipse Photograph in Imperial Beach, CA. I was fortunate to be at the end of the Imperial Beach Pier, which extends 1,419 ft. out into the Pacific Ocean, when the eclipse occurred late one afternoon. The sky was partly cloudy which made for interesting images. This is just two of several Lunar photographs I captured that day.

002 Laguna Madre, Corpus Christi, TX
Laguna Madre – Corpus Christi, TX
 Laguna Madre - Corpus Christi, TX
Laguna Madre – Corpus Christi, TX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Padre Island
Padre Island
White Sands National Monument, NM
White Sands National Monument, NM
Saguaro National Park, Tuscon, AZ
Saguaro National Park, Tuscon, AZ
Tuscon, AZ
Tuscon, AZ
Alaska
Alaska
Lunar Eclipse - Imperial Beach Pier, CA
Lunar Eclipse – Imperial Beach Pier, CA
Lunar Eclipse - Imperial Beach Pier - CA
Lunar Eclipse – Imperial Beach Pier – CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North To Alaska

These are some random photographs that I shot while on a cruise in 2009.

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Alaska
Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glacier Bay - Margerie Glacier Calving
Glacier Bay – Margerie Glacier Calving

 

Glacier Bay - Black-legged Kittiwake Gulls
Glacier Bay – Black-legged Kittiwake Gulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juneau - Capitol Bldg. with the US flag in front
Juneau – Capitol Bldg. with the US flag in front

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Juneau
Downtown Juneau

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juneau - Botanical Gardens
Juneau – Botanical Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juneau - Mendenhall Glacier
Juneau – Mendenhall Glacier

 

Float planes are a major form of transportation due to lack of roads
Float planes are a major form of transportation due to lack of roads
Sitka - Sea Otters
Sitka – Sea Otters

 

Sitka - Humpback Whale
Sitka – Humpback Whale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ketchikan
Ketchikan

 

Ketchikan - Salmon swimming up stream to spawn
Ketchikan – Salmon swimming up stream to spawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ketchikan - Bald Eagle
Ketchikan – Bald Eagle

 

Black Bear and cubs
Black Bear and cubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independence Day

Independence Day

 Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Second Continental Congress in the assembly room in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA.

In the mist of the American Revolution, the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution of independence, which had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, declaring the United Stated independent from Great Britain. The congress then turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, which had been prepared by a committee of five. The committee members were Thomas Jefferson, the principal author, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman.

John Adams wrote the following letter to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.          It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams prediction was off by two days.

Tradition indicates there was a chime on July 8, 1776 with the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

These photographs take a peek into the past and present .

Replica of the Old North Bridge - Concord, MA Where the "shot heard round the world" was fired
Replica of the Old North Bridge – Concord, MA
Where the “shot heard round the world” was fired
Independence Hall - Philadelphia, PA
Independence Hall – Philadelphia, PA

 

Thomas Jefferson principal author of the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson principal author of the Declaration of Independence
The Assembly Room where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed.
The Assembly Room where the Declaration of Independence was debated and approved.
The liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution - Philadelphia, PA
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution – Philadelphia, PA
U. S. Capitol - Washington, D.C.
U. S. Capitol – Washington, D.C.
Stars and Stripes Forever
Stars and Stripes Forever