December 24, 2013

ARIZONA : balanced rock - Marble Canyon, AZ



Balanced rock, Vermilion Cliffs, Near Lees Ferry and Marble Canyon, Arizona

The height of adult is as high as one fifth of the bottom of rock.

Balancing rock

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A balancing rock, also called balanced rock or precarious boulder, is a naturally occurring geological formation featuring a large rock or boulder, sometimes of substantial size, resting on other rocks, bedrock or on glacial till. Some formations known by this name only appear to be balancing but are in fact firmly connected to a base rock by a pedestal or stem. There is no single scientific definition of the term, and it has been applied to a variety of rock features that fall into one of four general categories:

A glacial erratic is a boulder that was transported and deposited by glaciers to a resting place on soil, on bedrock or on other boulders. It usually has a different lithology than the other rocks around it. Not all glacial erractics are balancing rocks; some are firmly seated on the ground. Some balancing erractics have come to be known as rocking stones, also known as logan rocks, logan stones or logans, because they are so finely balanced that the application of just a small force may cause them to rock or sway. A good example of a rocking stone is the Logan Rock in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom; another is the Trembling Rock in Brittany, France.

A perched block, also known as a perched boulder or perched rock, is a large, detached rock fragment that most commonly was transported and deposited by a glacier to a resting place on glacial till, often on the side of a hill or slope. Some perched blocks were not produced by glacial action but were the aftermath of a rock fall, landslide or avalanche.

An erosional remnant is a persisting rock formation that remains after extensive wind, water and/or chemical erosion. To the untrained eye it may appear to be visually like a glacial erratic, but instead of being transported and deposited it was carved from the local bedrock. Many good examples of erosional remnants are seen in Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve in the Northern Territory of Australia.

A pedestal rock, also known as a rock pedestal or mushroom rock, is not a true balancing rock but is a single continuous rock form with a very small base leading up to a much larger crown. Some of these formations are called balancing rocks because of their appearance. The undercut base was attributed for many years to simple wind abrasion but is now believed to result from a combination of wind and enhanced chemical weathering at the base where moisture would be retained longest. Some pedestal rocks sitting on taller spire formations are known as hoodoos.


A rock is lying on the road - Roar!Unbalanced Rock, Marble Canyon, Arizona


Marble Canyon
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, USA


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December 17, 2013

NEW YORK : Brooklyn, Pier 17 - Brooklyn


B r o o k l y n
N E W  Y O R K
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B r o o k l y n 

Brooklyn /ˈbrʊklɨn/ is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with about 2.6 million people. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is the most populous county in New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan). With a land area of 71 square miles (180 km2) and water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is the fourth-smallest county in New York State by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among New York City's boroughs. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.


Twilight over Brooklyn New York

Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution), until January 1, 1898, when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs and counties to form the modern "City of New York" surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. It continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture, as befitting the former second or third largest city in America during the later 19th Century. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic and nationality groups and cultures predominate. Brooklyn's official motto is Eendraght Maeckt Maght. Written in the (early modern spelling of the) Dutch language, it is inspired by the motto of the United Dutch Provinces (first Dutch Republic, predecessor of the current Kingdom of the Netherlands), (currently also the official motto of the neighboring Kingdom of Belgium) and translated "In unity, there is strength." The motto is displayed on the Borough seal and flag, which also feature a young robed woman bearing a bundle of bound rods known as a "fasces", a traditional emblem of Republicanism. Brooklyn's official colors are blue and gold.
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He walks alone on the waterfront, Pier 17, the South Street Seaport, New York, New York.

It reminds me like one of the scene in "ANNIE HALL" (1977).




Neighborhoods and Pier 17 from Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York


Pier 17

The South Street Seaport


Roughly bounded by East River, Brooklyn Bridge, Fletcher Alley, Pearl, and South St.,

Manhattan, New York City, New York

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December 10, 2013

ARIZONA : The red sky at Sundown - Safford


S a f f o r d
A R I Z O N A
grand canyon state


a gas station at sunset, Safford, AZ

Safford, Arizona

Safford (Western Apache: Ichʼįʼ Nahiłtį́į́) is a city in Graham County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 9,566.The city is the county seat of Graham County.

Safford is the principal city of the Safford Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Graham and, to the east, Greenlee counties.

Geography
Safford is located at 32°49′24″N 109°42′53″W (32.823266, -109.714613). The Pinaleno Mountains sit prominently to the southwest of town. The Pinalenos have the greatest vertical relief of any mountain range in Arizona.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.6 square miles (22 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.078 km2) of it (0.18%) is water.
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Well. . . . it will take another 3 hours by car
to Tucson at the gas station in Safford, AZ..

I greeted a funky guy looked like working at a copper 
mine and he filled up the gas into the tank of his vehicle 
for the next day.

We were stunned to look up the sky that turned
crimson red at the SUNDOWN.

Breathtaking and peaceful moment. . . . . . .Let's hit the road!

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December 3, 2013

ARIZONA : The White Dove of the Desert - Tucson

"The White Dove of the Desert"


Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona


Mission San Xavier del Bac
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Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino and named for a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order), Francis Xavier. In 1700 construction began on a church at a site nearby the current Mission. It served the community until razed by Apaches in 1770.

Today's Mission was built between 1783-1797 and is the oldest European structure in Arizona. Widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.

The site is also known as the “place where the water appears”, as there were once natural springs in the area. The Santa Cruz River, which now runs only part of the year, is also nearby. The Mission is situated in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Tohono O’odham (formerly known as Papago), located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot and in horseback cabalgatas.



"The White Dove of the Desert", Tucson, Arizona


Tucson, AZ, is located in the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. It takes 10 miles south to the border of Mexico by car from Tucson. You can meet this church alone and forsaken under the influence of Spanish Catholic.


Grotto Hill at Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona


Once a year - every time I visit here, I'm more impressive of this beauty.  White walls, a tiring dog, basking in the sunshine. This is a moment when San Xavier recalls the most fascinating piece of scenery.


1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85746


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