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Total lunar eclipse of October 2004 The total lunar eclipse of October 28, 2004 was the last one visible in North America until 2007. It was also the night of game 4 of the World Series, so I watched St. Louis collapse miserably and then went up to the roof to watch the eclipse, from which I got a number of good shots that I put together in Photoshop to create this montage of sorts. It's not perfect, but it's all I have for now - until 2007, certainly.

The Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco The tallest building - or at least, the most prominent building - in San Francisco is the Transamerica Pyramid, which although it isn't very tall compared to structures like the Sears Tower, dominates the San Francisco skyline. That's obviously because since San Fran is built on one side of a major faultline, earthquakes here are quite common - as if you didn't already know that.

Three sailboats in the marina area This was luck: I was taking pictures of Alcatraz Island and the marina when about 20 sailboats came out of nowhere. These three caught my attention for their parallel aspect to each other, and for the sailors' red coats in contrast to the blue water. I had only a few seconds to shoot this, and then the symmetry changed. This was luck.

Pelicans flying by a sailboatMore luck: As I'm standing there watching this, four pelicans arrive and fly across my sightline. The approached and passed this particular sailboat, with me snapping away to catch the whole event hoping for one picture to come out really well. I think this is the one.

Grapes at Ledson VineyardWhat would a trip to San Francisco be without a trip to Sonoma County for wine tasting? So we spent saturday afternoon up there, and went to three wineries: Cline, Ledson, and Kaz. The latter two are not nationally known as they only sell locally. But Cline is to be found all over the country. I'm a big fan, and so some is being shipped to me as I write this!

Pink Daisies, #3460-07 This is a shot I took in Central Park one November day. The daisies pictured here live on the shore of the Pond, which is in the southeast corner of the park. Nothing special about them except I thought the color was fantastic. And the fact that they were blooming in November was a surprise.

f/5.6, 1/125th sec., Kodak Max 400 film.

Gateway Arch in St. Louis, 11092-04 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is quite a sight, and on this particular day I got a great color out of the sky. This was actually shot with a Minolta X-700 that belonged to my girlfriend at the time, which was the bug that bit my behind to take pictures. This was one stop on a trip Paige and I took to a number of cities that had NHL teams, seeing hockey games as we went. Of the pictures I took, the St. Louis ones came out best.

Sears Tower, ChicagoFrom my trip to Chicago. This is actually an impossible view of the Sears Tower; in reality, it is so surrounded by other tall buildings that there is no way to get a clear shot of JUST the tower. But through digital processing by Ilya, who has been developing my photos in Hartford, we made a pretty convincing shot of this muscular edifice, no?

Facade of the Grace Building, #2772-27 I have always thought that the Grace Building is so cool. Once I started to learn about architecture, I discovered that it's actually a fairly efficient design so far as weight bearing is concerned, being that the bottom is wider than the top. I have simply liked it for its design, and looking up at it from underneath is a neat perspective.

Santa Barbara County Courthouse, #1262-31 This is the clock tower of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, which is probably Santa Barbara's primary tourist attraction, though others might name the Mission for that distinction. The archway leading to the gardens is just right of center in this photo. The Courthouse is one of the city's taller buildings, as there aren't many of those in SB.

Little girls feeding pigeons, #1079-25 This was taken just outside the Plaza de las Palomitas, in Old San Juan, PR. For me, the shot is made by the look on the right-side girl. She's obviously delighted at the pigeons eating from her hand, but seems to be wondering what kind of mess she's gotten herself into with the one standing on her head. It's hard to see the expression with the 72dpi resolution of the Web, but take it from me, it's priceless. Her friend has the situation much more under control.

Statue of Liberty, #3063-23 A close-up of the Statue of Liberty, taken from the Staten Island Ferry. I don't really feel it requires any further explanation.

f/9.5, 1/750th sec., Kodak Gold 200 film.

Dead Pelican on Isla Vista Beach, #3530-16This is a fascinating scene, in my opinion. The pelican is dead, probably recently. The sea continues to lap at it and move it about the sand, and I am guessing that at some point it will either remain entirely on the beach or will float out to the water. Either way, its interface with the water will be brief before its fate is finally decided by the ocean - much like life itself. Proving that nature has greater power over all of us, in life and in death, than we really recognize.

Empire State Building at sunsetThis is a shot I took from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, late in the afternoon one day in November. The Intrepid Air and Sea Museum can be seen in the low center of the picture, on the bank of the river. I am unable to identify anything else in the picture, except of course for the Empitre State building.

Hydrant near the Connecticut riverThis struck me for its contrasting colors and serenity. Located on the banks of the Connecticut river in downtown Hartford, it is a vaguely rural scene locked into what is ostensibly part of the project that will bring downtown Hartford back to prominence. Sure it will. But I like this picture anyway.

Reflection of my building in a small lakeSpeaking of Hartford, here's my apartment building and its large reflection from one afternoon when a small lake had erupted in our parking lot. We tend to have that problem just about every time it rains, and it rains a lot in Hartford in the winter and spring. No, I'm not a fan.

I once read a book that claimed that, among New Yorkers, the least-popular skyscraper in the city is the MetLife Building, formerly the Pan Am building. When I was a kid, I always thought it was cool to see the Pan Am building, and maybe it was because it sounded better as Pan Am. Certainly the corporate logo was cooler than the lame MetLife logo. But over the years I've come to agree; it's really a useless building. But the views from upstairs are breathtaking.

In 2002, the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league affiliate of the New York Mets began playing at Coney Island at Keyspan Park, the construction of which I spent most of the summer of 2001 watching. It's a small park, but the games are very hokey; between every inning is some contest, or show, and it really got on my nerves. But I took a picture as we left because of this interesting play of the light and fog, with the silhouetted back of the scoreboard.

Another great sunrise in Hartford. I took this the morning of my birthday at 520am because I happened to wake up for some reason. I really don't know why, because usually the sunrise does not wake me up; this morning it did. It's not much of a sunrise, but I liked it and here it is!

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