Sep. 8, 2021: About 150 volunteers installed The Waves of Flags 9/11 Memorial at Pepperdine University Thursday afternoon in Malibu, California. The placement of almost 3,000 flags began about 4:30 in the afternoon and took about 90 minutes. Each American or foreign flag represents the life of one of the 2,977 people killed during the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Pepperdine University students began this memorial in 2008.
Sep. 4, 2021: A visitor to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library takes a photo of Air Force One. The modified Boeing 707 entered service in 1972 and served presidents until being retired in 2001. The pavilion displaying the aircraft opened in 2005.
Aug. 16, 2021: Infrared image taken at the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks, California. The Gardens of the World park was given to the City of Thousand Oaks in 2001 by Ed and Lynn Hogan, owners of Pleasant Holidays.
Aug. 15, 2021: Canadian Geese flying into Rancho Simi Community Park Duck Pond this morning in Simi Valley, California.
Aug. 8, 2021: Image of pigeons at the Rancho Simi Community Park, aka "Duck Pond," in Simi Valley, California, taken with a slow shutter speed of one-fifth a second.
June 17, 2021: The 60-foot tall Ames Monument sits at the summit of the First Transcontinental Railroad at 8,247 feet, 20 miles east of Laramie, Wyoming. Brothers Oakes Ames and Oliver Ames, Jr., are credited for completing the Union Pacific portion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
American architect H.H. Richardson designed the pyramid, which included two nine-foot-tall bas-relief portraits of the Ames brothers. When completed in 1882, U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes attended the dedication ceremonies.
July 27, 2021: Bronze sculpture "Three Generations" in front of the Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks. The 1992 Norman Rockwell-style sculpture by Ann LaRose sits in deep shade underneath a couple of trees. The heavily backlit location makes photographing the sculpture a challenge. To get this image, I took advantage of this morning's heavy cloud clover and the Pro Camera app's HDR function to get this iPhone capture. I like this sculpture, but not the green bird waste. Time for cleaning!
June 11, 2021: A family visits Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. Creator Jim Reinder built Carhenge in 1987 during a week-long family reunion. After living in England for seven years, Reinder was familiar with Stonehenge. So after deciding to create a "Stonehenge West," he turned a new art medium - used readily available cars.
Back on June 8, I visited the extensive Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah. The exhibit features displays showing life on earth from the earliest single cell organism thru the dinosaurs to the recent rise of humanity. After dozens of dinosaur exhibits, I thought I was near the exit. I turned a corner and came face to face with this megalodon shark. After waiting for a child for scale, I had my favorite photo of the museum.
From this morning: the T-Rex, left, on Blackwood Street in Newbury Park, I found guarding a sizeable American Flag. "Tessie," right, the Newbury Park giraffe statue at Borchard Rd. and Theresa St. sports her patriotic best to celebrate Independence Day. Have a Happy July 4th!
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