50 States/50 Countries – World’s Best Museums

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I love art. We have been fortunate to visit some of the greatest museums in the world…Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Le Louvre, and Musée D’Orsay, Paris, France. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece. State Hermitage Museum and Palace, St. Petersburg,  The British Museum, London, England. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.Farmer (2)The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, and The Uffizi Gallery, Italy. The Art Institute of Chicago and many more. Here are but a few of the original masterpieces we have spent hours admiring…

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50 States/50 Countries – Today’s Photo

Sorry, I’ve been away for awhile. My computer crashed and I almost lost all my photos. Fortunately, the geeks at Best Buy were able to download my hard drive and I am back in business.

IMG_4617 (4)The American bison or buffalo is a magnificent creature and I have been fortunate to get close to these animals in the wild (my wife says too close because they can be very dangerous)… and capture some images that to me represent the wild west and the natural beauty of this country.IMG_4942 (3)These photos were shot in both Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.IMG_4601 (3)DSC01759 (2)

 

50 States – 50 Countries – Hawaii

Many folks have been lucky enough to visit our 50th state, but we were even luckier to live there for two years on the island of Oahu. Here are a few favorite shots we took and wanted to share of this island(s) paradise. We have so many great shots, I may do more later. (Featured Image is just outside Lahaina on Maui).hawaii Tahiti (3)Tahitian Dancers in the Polynesian Cultural Center show…

DSC00185 (2)Diamond Head on Oahu…

DSC00210 (3)Iolani Palace on Oahu…

DSC01419 (2)Wild peacock and a banana tree in our backyard, Kailua, HI.

DSC00230 (2)Aloha Tower, Honolulu, HI…

DSC00197 (2)State Capitol Building, Honolulu. DSC01469 (2)Byodo-In Temple, Waimea, Oahu…

DSC01552 (2)King Kamehameha Highway headed toward the North Shore, Oahu…

DSC01524 (2)My daughter at Waimea Falls, Oahu…

DSC00225 (2)Early sailing ship, Oahu…

DSC00203 (2)Large banyan tree behind Iolani Palace, Oahu.

DSC02103 (2)Haleiwa Joe’s Haiku Gardens in Kaneohe, Oahu…

More later…ALOHA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 States – 50 Countries – California (Part 1)

The “Golden State” is big. Not Texas or Alaska big, but it takes up almost half of the “Left Coast.” Home to movie stars, Hollywood, several national parks, a wide variety of climates, a lot of liberal Democrats, Beach Boys, surfing, Spanish Mission, wineries, and a mix of many cultures and races. So many places, animals and people to see, I decided to break this post up into multiple parts.  Enjoy!

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State Capitol Building in Sacremento…

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Governor’s Mansion, Sacremento…

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San Diego…

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Coronado Hotel in San Diego. The site of the movie “Some Like it Hot.”

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Balboa Park in San Diego…

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Bodega Bay, film site for “The Birds.”

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Napa Valley home to many wineries…

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California wildlife…

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Wild Turkeys

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Roosevelt Elk

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Rare white pelicans

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Sea Lions

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Queen Mary, Long Beach

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Great Heron, Long Beach

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Sierra Mountains…

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Capistrano Mission…

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Many Victorian homes and hotels…

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Lava Beds National Monument…

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Hollywood Bowl, site of many famous concerts, including the Beatles in 1964 and 1965.

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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, site of many Hollywood premieres…

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More of our photographs later!!

Lily on the Road…

17855485_10154481614242361_6459862634199131569_oOn National Pet Day, I thought I’d share a series of photos of Lily exploring her environment both at home and on the road…

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Lily in the Woods…17880148_10154481694252361_548944557105595474_o

Lily at the Stream…17807622_10154481620042361_1348490303979703056_o

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Lily on the Beach…17880409_10154481678727361_4220166575969186386_o

Lily at the Football Field….

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Lily in the Mountains…

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Lily at the Lake

Wildlife

I love photographing animals. They almost always take a good picture, unlike a few humans I know…and they hardly ever sue you for an invasion of privacy. Anyway, since many of you enjoyed my blog & photos on Yellowstone, I thought I’d share some random favorites from over the years.

— Richard Allan Jones, traveler, actor, musician, & author of “Drafted” and “Identity Check.”

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Road Trip 2015: Yellowstone

IMG_4586 (2)One of this countries greatest national parks & the first, Yellowstone has been a 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness protected area in Wyoming (and parts of Montana & Idaho) since 1872. The park sits on a volcanic hot spot symbolized by the famous spouting geyser, “Old Faithful.”IMG_4650 (2)

This was our second visit, so we spent a couple of days going to parts we hadn’t seen before. Even in September, the park is crowded and you might have trouble finding a parking spot in the most popular attractions. We stayed in West Yellowstone, just outside the west entrance and a much easier drive into the park that if you stay in Cody and come in the mountainous east entrance.IMG_4621 (2)

Our favorite part of visiting Yellowstone is the animals. Buffalo are everywhere,DSC01750 (2) sometimes in a distant meadow, sometime right next to the road, sometimes strolling right down the road at a leisurely pace, with a long line of cars right behind.IMG_4617 (2) IMG_4601

Elk are a little harder to spot, IMG_4670 (2)although they normally travel in herds, with one or two bulls, a female harem & little ones here and there.IMG_4589 (2)

You almost never see grizzlies or wolves in the populated areas or campgrounds, but just in case, they sell bear spray in the stores and have posted signs to stay at least 100 feet away from any wildlife.IMG_4553 (2)DSC01718 (2)

Bull Buffalo and elk can weight up to 2000 pounds.IMG_4576 (2)

Lots of hot springs in Yellowstone and the smell of sulfur from the deep underground magma that causes all the activity.IMG_4666 (2)DSC01729 (2)DSC01732 (2)

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Also many beautiful waterfalls. DSC01745

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Richard Allan Jones is the author of “Drafted,” a comic adventure of a college student drafted into the Army during Vietnam.