Aug. 22, 2017: Fifteen-foot tall busts of Presidents John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush sit alongside a highway near Hermosa, South Dakota. These three sculptures by artist David Adickes were once part of an outdoor park museum in Lead, South Dakota. The park closed and the heads scattered. Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt reportedly are in North Dakota. A similar park with 43 Presidential busts in Virginia failed in 2010. I took these portraits with the iPhone Hipstamatic app.
May 13, 2017: Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska, is a boardwalk sitting on wooden stilts on the city's Eastside. From 1903-1954 Creek Street was Ketchikan's red-light district. Today it's a mixture of gift shops and museums. In 2014, Creek Street became listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
April 30, 1983: Rain forces members of the Valley View Junior High School's drill team to seek shelter under their banner before the Conejo Valley Days Parade in Thousand Oaks, California. Conejo Valley Days for 2020 has been canceled.
Aug. 19, 2015: Remains of an abandoned zoo at Two Guns, Arizona. In the background is the Canyon Diablo Bridge that was part of the old Route 66. Versions of the zoo date back to the 1920s. The current zoo remains date from the late 1960s
May 15, 2017: Waterdrops on leaves in Victoria, British Columbia, during misty rain. Victoria annually receives about 23 inches of rain, which is low by Pacific Northwest standards. Seattle averages 37 inches a year. Mountains to the west of Victoria block a lot of weather. The village of Port Renfrew, about a two-hour drive west of Victoria, averages 80 inches a year.
March 1982: Robert Nelson, the "Butterfly Man," eats fire during a performance on Pier 39 in San Francisco. Nelson went on to win Lead Street Act in a 1982 contest sponsored by Pier 39. In the 1990's I found Nelson performing at the Universal City Street Walk. He passed away on August 27, 2012.
July 15, 2017: Marquee of the locally owned Fox Movie Theater in Sidney, Nebraska. In 2017, the theater celebrated thirty years of ownership by John and Kim Phillips. Once a 950-seat single-screen facility, a 1970s conversion changed the theater into a twin-screen location with 200 seats per side.
June 24, 2017: History Day at Strathearn Historical Park in Simi Valley. The circa 1810 Simi Adobe is the oldest building in Simi Valley. Attached to the adobe on the right is the 1892 Victorian style Strathearn House.
May 13, 2017: Bald Eagle couple sitting on an island outside of Ketchikan, Alaska. I had taken a 300 mm lens on this Alaskan cruise but quickly found it was too short. But I had also brought along a Canon Powershot SX 530 with a 50x zoom. It's 1200 mm 35mm equivalent telephoto got this image and several others. The Powershot SX 530 is excellent during daylight, but terrible in low light situations.
May 28, 2017: Artist at work during the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at Santa Barbara Mission. The three-day festival this year runs from May 23-25. If you want to see the artists at work, go on the second day—the artists create 150 large scale images. The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a non-profit arts program in Santa Barbara County.
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