Friday, May 30, 2014

River Week: The Chama

Finishing up river week is the Chama River in northern New Mexico. This shot was taken in the fall, north of Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

River Week: The Missouri

This is the Missouri River in South Dakota, as seen from the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, southeast of Pierre.

Friday, May 23, 2014

River Week: The Niagara

Another very famous river today, or at least a river with famous falls. This is a view of the Niagara River, and Niagara Falls, taken from the Skylon Tower on the Canadian side. This photo is from 1981, and so of course was shot on film.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

River Week: The Seine

The photo above is obviously Paris, taken on the Seine. I was seven years old when I took this with my first real camera, an old Kodak box camera that shot 120 film. The year was 1965, and we were living in Paris on the Quai d'Orsay right on the bank of the Seine. The boat we were on when I took this photo was one of the Bateaux Mouches, the sightseeing boats that ply the Seine to this day. The boats dock right across the river from where we lived. If you plan a trip to Paris, a sightseeing tour on the Bateaux Mouches is well worth your time.

Monday, May 19, 2014

River Week: Rio Grande

I've loved driving various highways, but rivers have always been important to me as well. I spent most of my early life living in close proximity to a major river. I've lived close to the Mississippi in two different states, and spent a year of my childhood living right next to the Seine in Paris. Looking through my photos, I'm not surprised that I have quite a few pictures of rivers.

Above is the Rio Grande gorge just west of Taos New Mexico.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Highway Driving Project: US 136

US 136 is a strange road, in that it's a fairly nondescript Midwestern route that doesn't seem to connect much of anything to anything. It runs parallel to, and between, US 34 and US 36, beginning at US 34 in south central Nebraska, and ending in Indianapolis just a few miles north of US 36. Along its route it crosses southern Nebraska, northern Missouri, and central Illinois and Indiana.

I drove most of it returning from a winter visit to Denver, in Colorado, during which there had been an ice storm. That provided me with the interesting shot above, taken in north central Missouri.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Highway Driving Project: US 52

US 52 runs from the Canadian border at Portal, North Dakota, all the way down to the harbor in Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way it crosses the upper Midwest, through Minnesota, Illinois and Indiana, and at Cincinnati starts following the Ohio river all the way into West Virginia. From there it heads south across Virginia and North and South Carolina.

US 52 was the first highway I completed end to end, and was one of the most scenic. This interesting view shows US 52 crossing under I-77 south of Wytheville in western Virginia. Both highways are crossing the valley of the New River, but obviously I-77 is taking the high road, and US 52 the low road.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Highway Driving Project: US 163

US 163 is certainly the shortest federal highway I've driven end to end, and may be one of the shortest federal highways overall. Just 65 miles in length, it goes through some truly spectacular scenery, mostly through the Navajo Nation, and is the road that gets closest to Monument Valley. Above is US 163 with mesas southwest of Bluff, Utah.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Highway Driving Project: US 20

US 20 is the longest of the federal highways. It starts in downtown Boston, crosses the entire nation, and ends at the Pacific Ocean in Newport, Oregon. Along the way it provides an unparalleled view of the amazing diversity of America, from cities like Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago; to some of the emptiest parts of the great plains, in northern Nebraska; to the mountains and vistas of the West.

This view is heading east on US 20 just east of the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and west of Cody, Wyoming.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Highway Driving Project: US 151

US 151 is a relatively short highway that runs diagonally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, down through Madison, across the Mississippi into Iowa at Dubuque, and then ends at Interstate 80, southwest of Cedar Rapids near the Amana Colonies.

Driving on 151 through Madison gives you a beautiful view of the impressive Wisconsin State Capitol Building.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Highway Driving Project: US 34

For a number of years now I have been trying to drive some of the old two lane federal highways from end to end. I've only completed 12 so far, but it's taken me from coast to coast and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It's been a great way to see America. This week I'll have some views from those highway drives.

Today is a scene from Rocky Mountain National Park. That's US 34 on the right, wending its way a few miles west of Granby Colorado where it ends at the intersection with US 40. I have driven both of those highways end to end. The other end of US 34 is in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Illinois. From there it makes it's way across Illinois, then across southern Iowa and southern Nebraska, into Colorado.

Friday, May 2, 2014

November Vista

The Smoky Mountains are beautiful any time of year. Even in late November, with most of the trees brown and bare, there can be an amazing amount of beauty.