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Photos and text, unless otherwise noted, Copyright 2006 - Alan M. Pavlik

If you use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me

These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

The original large-format raw files are available upon request.

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Thursday, 21 December 2006
Manhattan Lights
Topic: Guest Photography

Manhattan Lights

Just in time for Christmas, our friend the high-powered Wall Street attorney sends along the shot of the season, the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. It is good to be in New York at Christmas.

Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Photo Copyright © 2006 - M. A. Hewitt, all rights reserved


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Updated: Thursday, 21 December 2006 9:19 PM PST
Tuesday, 5 December 2006
Off to Bayonne
Topic: Guest Photography

Off to Bayonne

Our friend the high-powered Wall Street attorney looked out his office window this morning and saw this, the USS Intrepid in the Hudson River. The details of what was going on are below the picture, including - "As the Intrepid passed the World Trade Center site, about 20 former crew members unfurled a 50-feet by 90-feet American flag and stood in a silent salute."

The USS Intrepid being towed to Bayonne, New Jersey, for renovations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Associated Press explanation -

A month after a failed attempt to move the USS Intrepid, the historic aircraft carrier was finally freed Tuesday from the Hudson River anchorage where it had sat for nearly a quarter of a century as a museum.

"This old baby is moving," a joyous Intrepid Foundation President Bill White said aboard the vessel. Some crew members cried and gave each other high-fives and hugs. Onlookers ashore cheered.

"It's like it used to be, only better. There's no bloodshed," said elated passenger Felix Novelli, who served on the Intrepid crew during World War II. "I'm 18 again. And I have my beautiful broad right here, my ship Intrepid."

As the Intrepid passed the World Trade Center site, about 20 former crew members unfurled a 50-feet by 90-feet American flag and stood in a silent salute.

The trip began with considerable effort, the historic aircraft carrier-turned-museum inched haltingly away from its anchorage. Finally, it began moving at about 3 to 4 knots, its pier growing more and more distant.

"Move baby, move baby!" the crew and passengers yelled. Then, "We did it, we did it!"

In the previous attempt, thick mud had proved too strong for six "tractor tugs" exerting some 30,000 horsepower. Another battle occurred this time, too - the blue water was churned dark brown as tugboats strained to budge the giant vessel from its longtime home.

"If she doesn't move, we are going to jump in and push her," a former crew member, 84-year-old Joe Cobert, said on the Intrepid's deck before the behemoth began to move on Tuesday.

Asked later if he was glad he didn't have to push the ship, Cobert said, "We did push. All the crew members. How do you think we got out of there?"

Recalling his years on the ship, Cobert said, "It brings back memories. It was always thrilling when we were under way. We'd yell to everyone onshore, 'See Ya when we get back.'"

The smaller boats moved the ship stern first into the center of the Hudson River, then nudged the bow until it was parallel with the shore and began heading downstream.

The carrier was being towed, still backward, down the river toward New York Harbor for a five-mile trip to a shipyard in Bayonne, N.J., where it will undergo renovations.

A Fire Department boat sailed alongside the Intrepid, shooting red, white and blue colored water from its hoses. River traffic resumed after being halted while the ship was pulling away from the pier.

Three weeks of dredging removed nearly 40,000 cubic yards of muck from under the ship and around its four giant screws. Based on an assessment by military engineers and tugboat operators, officials had said they expected a smooth departure for the 64-year-old World War II hero ship.

In the first attempt on Nov. 6, the 36,000-ton carrier moved only a few feet before the propellers dug into the bottom, the tide dropped, and the mission was scrubbed.

The second effort seemed almost like a stealth version of the first, without the ceremonial trappings. Instead of VIPs, only officials, journalists and ex-crew members were on deck.

"I don't know how moving an aircraft carrier around in New York could ever be low-key, but we had the celebratory event the first time and we are not having that again," White said earlier.

The Intrepid survived five Japanese kamikaze suicide plane attacks and lost 270 crew members in the last two years of the Pacific war. It later served off Korea and Vietnam and as a recovery ship for NASA astronauts.

Decommissioned in the late 1970s, it was destined for the salvage yard when rescued by New York developer Zachary Fisher and transformed into a floating military and space museum that opened in 1982, recently drawing upward of 700,000 visitors a year.

Intrepid officials said the $60 million overhaul, lasting up to two years, would include stem-to-stern "refurbishment and renovation" to repair deterioration and open up long-closed areas to the public. The ship's exhibits were put in storage and most of its 20-plus vintage warplanes shrink-wrapped for protection during the hiatus.
Shrink-wrapped vintage warplanes? Cool.

Photograph Copyright © 2006 - M. A. Hewitt, all rights reserved


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Sunday, 5 November 2006
Fall in Georgia
Topic: Guest Photography
Fall in Georgia
Matching Georgia Porches, our friend from the South sends more photographs.

"The register maple in my front yard may be the brightest tree in the neighborhood. It is affected drastically by the angles of the afternoon sun. In the first shot you can see the difference in chromosomes between the sugar maple limb in the foreground and the register maple." - Phillip Raines

Georgia maples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia maples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos Copyright © 2006 - Phillip Raines

What is a register maple? Where does it fit?

Maple Species Native to the United States
Species
Common Name
Species
Scientific Name
General Geographic Distribution
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Northeast United States and Southern Canada
Black Maple Acer nigrum Northeast United States and Southeast Canada
Red Maple Acer rubrum Eastern United States and Southeast Canada
Silver Maple Acer saccharinum Eastern United States and Southeast Canada
Boxelder Acer negundo Eastern and Central United States and Canada
Mountain Maple Acer spicatum Northeast United States and Southeast Canada
Striped Maple Acer pensylvanicum Northeast United States and Southeast Canada
Bigleaf Maple Acer macrophyllum Pacific Coast United States and Canada
Chalk Maple Acer leucoderme Southeast United States
Canyon Maple Acer grandidentatum U.S. Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountain Maple Acer glabrum Western United States
Vine Maple Acer circinatum Pacific Coast of United States and Canada
Florida Maple Acer barbatum Southeast United States Coastal Plain and Piedmont


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Updated: Sunday, 5 November 2006 7:10 PM PST
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Georgia Porches - Halloween in the South
Topic: Guest Photography
Georgia Porches - Halloween in the South
Two contributors to these pages, Phillips Raines and Rick, the News Guy, are in the Deep South, or, since we're talking the Atlanta area, that may be the New South. The photos below are from Phillips Raines, the writer, master mason and professional musician. You can put those in any order you wish. He's a master at all three, and a photographer. Here are Georgia porches, this Halloween.

"This house has pumpkins on the gable of an arched lattice porch. The sinister cats were props at a Kiss concert but have been put to work every Halloween for at least a decade. Usually little children must wait to trick or treat here because the cats are just too scary." - PR

Georgia porch, Halloween 2006 - This house has pumpkins on the gable of an arched lattice porch.  The sinister cats were props at a Kiss concert but have been put to work every Halloween for at least a decade. Usually little children must wait to trick or treat here because the cats are just too scary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front porch of Rick, the News Guy, as Phillip notes, most likely decorated by his wife, the CNN executive - "Note the balance of caution tape and spider webs juxtaposed by the architecture." There is, however, no scary Wolf Blitzer.

Georgia porch, Halloween 2006 - the CNN folks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A masonry note - "Behind a cats cradle of wires this two story porch rest beneath one of my chimneys built for a neighbor just a few doors up the street."

Phillip Raines - custom chimney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Raines - custom chimney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and comments, Copyright © 2006 - Phillip Raines

Items by Phillip Raines in Just Above Sunset - Phillip Raines' comments on current events can be found scattered throughout Just Above Sunset and the web logs by using the recently revised search function.


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Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2006 5:21 PM PST
Friday, 14 July 2006
Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, 2006
Topic: Guest Photography
It's that day…
Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, was at the Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, with his camera. He sends nine photos, with notes. The full write-up and the shots in higher resolution will be in the new issue of Just Above Sunset this Sunday, the very day Los Angeles celebrates Bastille Day with a big celebration down on Wilshire at the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits (the French counsel in Los Angeles has a sense of humor).
Ric's notes from Friday, July 14, 2006, received at seven in the evening in Hollywood, but just before dawn the next day in Paris -
It seemed as if there were more folks out to see the free show this year. Arriving about forty-five minutes early, the entire place in front of the Ecole Militaire was already full. That meant that there were another 350,000 beyond that structure you see in the photos. Here are "before" photos and the event, and two afters" - new, the little blue lights in some photos, low down, are the blue windows of folks' phones. Looks like blue candles, like we were at a mass.

As usual everybody tried to leave at the same time. For the second time I walked home. Riding the métro to get there was enough. Music was old Mozart this year. Dunno what it was. Really, I would really prefer somebody like Slim Harpo.

And here they are -

Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bastille Day fireworks in Paris, 2006


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos (and text) Copyright © 2006 - Ric Erickson, MetropoleParis


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