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#813630 - Wed Aug 08 2012 07:37 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: ren33]
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Copago, I hope your husband is better soon. Must have been scary, eh?
Christinap, those bears are great. I've always wanted one of those. My parents have a beautiful life-size, realistic looking bear that sits in their front yard. I'll have to see if I have a photo of it somewhere.

This is the Saguaro cactus that is across the road from my house.

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#813640 - Wed Aug 08 2012 09:10 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: ClaraSue]
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Looks like the birds like that saguaro. When it finally dies, it'll leave lots of nice boots...

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#813699 - Wed Aug 08 2012 03:34 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: ertrum]
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A lovely old steam engine


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#813701 - Wed Aug 08 2012 03:36 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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ClaraSue, I love those big Black Forest carved bears you find sometimes. There was one in an auction a few years ago and I thought I would go to around £300 for it and it went for over £5,000, so I think I'll have to stay wanting one of those.

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#813712 - Wed Aug 08 2012 03:47 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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Poor Jack. In days gone by didn't the planes land on the stations?
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#813835 - Thu Aug 09 2012 06:50 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Howie72]
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Originally Posted By: Howie72
Now for a few views looking out over New York City from the Empire State Building though I am not sure what areas they are or exactly certain which direction we are looking. This first photo could be looking in a notheast direction.


You were right, that would be roughly Northeast. The splendid building right of centre is the
Chrysler Building and just behind to the right is the 59th Street bridge (as in the Simon &
Garfunkel song) AKA the Queensboro bridge.

I'd heard that the queues for the Empire State building were often very long so when I was
there last year, I chose to go up to the top of the Rockefeller building instead. If we'd been
there at the same time, I could have waved to you. smile

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#813861 - Thu Aug 09 2012 09:27 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: martin_cube]
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Christinap, I agree, those bears can cost a lot. That's why I don't have one, laugh

Martin, I've seen the Empire State Building from a distance many times; one of these days I'd love to be up close and personal.

This is the alligator named Charlie (left) and his "girlfriend". Charlie is a well known fixture at the Charleston, South Carolina Naval Weapons Station. He's estimated to be about 50 years old.

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#813895 - Thu Aug 09 2012 02:15 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: ClaraSue]
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Thank you Martin for the confirmation of the last view from the Empire Sate Building. This time it may be looking in a northwest direction towards the Hudson River and New Jersey,more confirmation is needed.


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#813913 - Thu Aug 09 2012 03:21 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Howie72]
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Love those alligators.

Due to the bad weather we've had very few butterflies in the garden this year, but some sunshine did bring this one out


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#813955 - Thu Aug 09 2012 05:28 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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From what I (and Streetview) can see it's looking north with Central Park in the middle and the east side by the river overlooking Union City with George Washington Bridge crossing above.

One of my straight roads in Tyringham north of Milton Keynes



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#813957 - Thu Aug 09 2012 05:31 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: satguru]
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Satguru - out of interest, are the straight roads here usually based on old Roman Roads?

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#813970 - Thu Aug 09 2012 07:49 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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Yes and no- if you look on a large scale map the main roads going for miles are all Roman with no known exception, although when you use them they are not straight for long without some kinks unlike modern ones. The local residential roads are not, occasionally a developer bought enough land and built a small grid system particularly in the industrial revolution, but the shape of the plots normally meant fitting as many houses in as possible and then adding the roads to connect them, no regard was given to the shape at all. I don't know exactly how they worked out how to cram as many houses as possible into an area but equations do allow a general idea at least.

It is now against the law to build new through roads in housing developments without special permission, otherwise only one way in and out. I presume this is to save residents having extra cars using the roads but the downside means they can't go out in any other direction than provided and then have to cut back the other way.
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#813981 - Thu Aug 09 2012 09:40 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: satguru]
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Here's another photo from my recent trip to Massachusetts. This is the view as you walk along the path from the Norman Rockwell Museum, near Stockbridge, to the present site of Rockwell's studio.


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#814023 - Fri Aug 10 2012 12:48 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: spanishliz]
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I dusted the cobwebs off the camera for a recent family visit to the zoo. This brown bear was good enough to look at the camera:

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#814034 - Fri Aug 10 2012 01:51 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: tellywellies]
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Looks like he's thinking - "I see food".

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#814080 - Fri Aug 10 2012 10:01 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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Looks like bear has done more than "see" food. He's a big one alright. LOL

This is an interesting looking bench located in the river walk area of Boise, Idaho.

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#814118 - Fri Aug 10 2012 11:41 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: ClaraSue]
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Haha very cool bench, ClaraSue, and that bear is a real cutie TW!
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#814180 - Fri Aug 10 2012 04:59 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Santana2002]
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This is made from solid granite - it's meant as a garden ornament but I think I'd have it indoors myself.


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#814192 - Fri Aug 10 2012 05:36 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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The view by yesterday's road

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#814194 - Fri Aug 10 2012 05:39 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Santana2002]
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Howie. Satguru is quite right about Central Park and the George Washington Bridge on your
photo. The other thing of note is the building on the right. That's the Rockefeller tower where
my photo was taken from.

In Bristol this weekend, we have our annual balloon festival where hot air balloonists from all
around the world gather to show off their craft. Sadly we won't have the usual visit from the
Red Arrows this year as they have a prior engagement (in Russia I believe). But tonight they had
some aircraft doing stunts while dropping fireworks. I took this photo from home, about 3 miles
from the festival site:

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#814282 - Sat Aug 11 2012 01:14 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: martin_cube]
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Now we are looking south towards lower Manhattan.


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#814359 - Sat Aug 11 2012 08:36 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Howie72]
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We stopped for lunch on our way to Llandudno on Thursday. This is right by the A5, the bridge is the A5 going over the Llangollen canal.


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#814376 - Sat Aug 11 2012 11:04 AM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Dotb]
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That's so pretty Dot. Lovely photo

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#814412 - Sat Aug 11 2012 12:28 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Christinap]
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Thank you Christina, I got some lovely photos on Thursday and will no doubt bore you with them all over the next few weeks. laugh

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#814471 - Sat Aug 11 2012 04:33 PM Re: Welcome to the August Photo Thread! [Re: Dotb]
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Never boring Dot. I love seeing where other people have been. Due to health problems with my husband we don't travel much so I love seeing other people's pictures of various places.

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