Flanked and shaded by skyscrapers and office buildings, traffic on 42 St. in Midtown Manhattan rarely sees the sunlight. 42nd St. is home to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. New York is only one of Madame Tussauds’ 20 locations around the world.
The skyline of Lower Manhattan is dominated by the One World Trade Center aka Freedom Tower. Completed in 2013, the tower is the 4th largest building in the world. Its height in feet (1,776 ft or 541 m) was deliberately chosen as a reference to the year when the American Declaration of Independence was signed.
Glistening in the setting sun, the graceful stature of the Art Deco style Chrysler Building (right of center) in Midtown Manhattan in New York is still considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. At a height of 319 m (1,046 ft), the Chrysler Building managed to occupy the title of tallest building in the world for only 11 months. It was surpassed in height by the Empire State Building in April of 1931.
World Trade Center Complex in New York
Bordered by Vesey St. to the north, the One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan partially occupies the site of the former Twin Towers, which were taken down by terrorists on Sep 11, 2001. In the foreground is the 3 World Financial Center.
Statue of Liberty
Positioned at the entrance to the harbors of New York and Jersey City at the mouth of the Hudson River, the 93 m (305 ft) tall Statue of Liberty is seen as a welcoming symbol of freedom and democracy for countless immigrants from all over the world. Visitors who wish to climb into the crown of the statue can do so by climbing 154 steps to the top. Reservations are required and only 240 visitors are allowed to visit the top of the statue per day.
Winds are ferocious at the top of Mt. Mauna Kea - up to 160 km/h. Traffic signs have holes to keep them from falling over.
Silver Sword Fern
A rare and endangered silversword fern on Mt. Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii.
Mt. Rainier, Seattle, Washington
On a beautiful July Saturday afternoon in Seattle's harbor, a yellow monstrosity awaits transport to the Alaskan arctic. The "Polar Pioneer", Shell Oil's newest drilling platform, was evidence of the company's latest ambitions to find and pump oil in the fragile arctic environment. I use past tense because, in the meantime, Shell has abandoned it's attempts to drill in the Beaufort Sea AND President Obama has prohibited any further oil exploration in Alaska. Sometimes, there are good news in the news!