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Abraham Lincoln statue at Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Prospect Park Lincoln HDR

I loved this statue of Abraham Lincoln when I came across it few years while walking through Prospect Park.

I recently edited this shot with Tonality, using the app’s HDR filter.

Hoboken Terminal Photos

During one of my recent trips to NYC I took quick trip over to Hoboken so I could snap a few shots of Manhattan’s West Side from the Jersey side of the Hudson. I took the Path train over to NJ and took a stroll through the historic Hoboken Terminal, one of my all-time favorite train stations. It was a Saturday when I visited so the station was largely vacant because the vast majority of the NJ Transit trains it serves only run Monday to Friday.

The Beaux-Arts style Rail and Ferry Terminal buildings were built in 1907. The building was designed by architect Kenneth M Murchison. A lot of work has been put in over the course of the last decade or so to restore this building. I remember what the terminal was like back in the 80’s and 90’s and was no where near as nice as it is now.

Here are a few the pictures I took at the Terminal that day. All photos were taken with my iPhone SE.


Visit to Mt. Soledad


I biked to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla on July 4th. Mount Soledad’s summit is at height of 822 ft and biking up or hiking up to the top is a serious physical challenge. I had not done any serious biking in a while and I had to walk up a few steep sections of the route up from the Pacific Beach side of the mountain, but the 360 degree views of the San Diego area and the Pacific Ocean were well worth the effort, as was the opportunity to see the historic National Veterans Memorial again. I highly recommend a visit to Mt. Soledad for those of with plans to visit San Diego. Of course, you don’t have to hike or bike up there if you don’t want to. Driving up to the summit is a bit easier and there is ample parking near the memorial.

Soledad Nat Vet Mem

Medieval Times

Medieval Times.

Visit to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor

I visited San Francisco for a few days back in February and one of the highlights of my trip was my visit to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, which more commonly known as the Legion of Honor (LOH). I visited SF to explore a job opportunity and my time was limited, but I did have about half a day free for sight seeing and I used that time to visit the Ocean Beach section of San Francisco, as well as the Lands End Trail and the nearby Legion of Honor. I had visited San Francisco 5 or 6 times prior to this trip, but I had never visited that part of the city previously. The LOH is located on the northwest tip of SF. The museum itself and the works of art within it are very impressive and the setting the LOH is in is spectacular.

A reader asked what the museum honors. The answer is the 3,600 men from California who died on the battlefields of France during World War I.

Here is some background from the museum’s website:

“Alma Spreckels persuaded her husband, sugar magnate Adolph B. Spreckels, to recapture the beauty of the pavilion as a new art museum for San Francisco. At the close of the 1915 exposition, the French government granted them permission to construct a permanent replica, but World War I delayed the groundbreaking for this ambitious project until 1921. Constructed on a remote site known as Land’s End—one of the most beautiful settings imaginable for any museum—the California Palace of the Legion of Honor was completed in 1924, and on Armistice Day of that year the doors opened to the public. In keeping with the wishes of the donors, to “honor the dead while serving the living,” it was accepted by the city of San Francisco as a museum of fine arts dedicated to the memory of the 3,600 California men who had lost their lives on the battlefields of France during World War I.”

The Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor

The entrance to the LOH

The entrance to the LOH

El Cid

El Cid

LOH The Thinker

Fountain at the LOH

This is the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Lands End Trail.

Golden Gate Bridge from LET

A walk along the High Line in New York

On my recent trip to New York I made a point of visiting the High Line park on Manhattan’s lower westside. The High Line park is built upon an elevated railway platform that was built in the early 1930’s and was opened in 1934 for freight trains so that they could ferry goods to the rail yards at West 34th street from the warehouses and factories that existed in lower Manhattan many decades ago. The last train ran down the High Line in 1980 and the platform remained abandoned for over 20 years. The High Line was facing demolition by the city until a private group proposed converting the High Line into unique urban park and walkway.

The entrance at Ganesvoort Street

Click the link below to see my High Line slideshow. I took these pictures very early, on a Saturday morning, just after the park opened.

The High Line From End To End

Ronald Reagan at Normandy, June 6th, 1984

Our last great President.

George M. Fattell.

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