December 29, 2016

YOKOHAMA: 横浜ベイブリッジ - Bay Bridge

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Yokohama Bay Bridge


Yokohama Bay Bridge at Sunset, Honmoku and Daikoku Pier, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa


横浜ベイブリッジ

横浜ベイブリッジ(よこはまベイブリッジ)は、1989年(平成元年)9月27日に開通した神奈川県横浜市にある長さ860m(中央支間長460m)の斜張橋(吊り橋)である。東京港方面と横浜港を結ぶ港湾物流の一端を担うことにより、都市部の渋滞を緩和する重要な輸送路である。

本牧埠頭A突堤(中区)と大黒埠頭(鶴見区)とを結んでおり、上層部は首都高速湾岸線で、下層部は国道357号となっている。下層部も含めて125cc以下の自動二輪車は通行できない。また、歩道が無いため徒歩で渡ることもできない。大黒ふ頭側には橋脚の道路下にある展望台までの遊歩道「横浜スカイウォーク」(有料)があり、大型客船の通過時などは迫力のある風景を見学することができたが、2010年(平成22年)9月に閉鎖された。上層部の制限速度は、開通当初は70km/hだったが現在は80km/hになっている。
建設の目的は、高度経済成長期によって悪化した横浜市街地における渋滞の解消である。設計は名港西大橋のデザイン案を、名称はサンフランシスコ・オークランド・ベイブリッジを参考にしたとされる。横浜市が、当時の建設省(現、国土交通省)に橋の建設を積極的に働きかけ、難工事の末に開通した。 完成時において日本最長の斜張橋(橋脚間の距離460mにおいて)であったことから、開通当初は故障以外の駐停車は禁じられている都市高速道路であるにもかかわらず、夜景見物目的の駐車車両が多く問題とされたこともあったが、現在はほとんど見かけることはない。また、故障以外の駐停車を防止するためのアナウンスが常に流れている。
上層部の開通後も高速通行料金の関係から、本牧 - 大黒間の移動においてもベイブリッジを避けて市内中心部の一般道へ迂回するコンテナ車両などが多かったため、地元住民や港湾関係者などから一般道建設の要望があり、2004年(平成16年)に下層部を通行するための一般道を開通させ、横浜港内における港湾関係車両の重要な移動経路としても用いられている。

Yokohama Bay Bridge

The Yokohama Bay Bridge (横浜ベイブリッジ Yokohama Bei Buridji?) is an 860-metre-long cable stayed bridge in Yokohama, Japan. Opened September 27, 1989, it crosses Tokyo Bay with a span of 460 metres (1,510 feet). The toll is ¥600. The bridge is part of the Bayshore Route of the Shuto Expressway.
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December 27, 2016

ENGLAND: The Queen's Walk

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The Queen's Walk on Sunday near London Eye, Lambeth, London



The Queen's Walk (South Bank)

The Queen's Walk is a promenade located on the southern bank of the River Thames in London, England, between Lambeth Bridge and Tower Bridge.

The creation of pedestrian access along the south bank of the Thames was seen as an integral part of the creation of the Jubilee Walkway to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977. However, the last section was not established until the completion of construction of London Bridge City c.1990

In 1996, the Walk was recognised as a foundation for establishing the Thames Path national trail through London.

This is a convenient route of several miles for tourists to walk from the London Eye Ferris wheel past numerous attractions to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.




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December 18, 2016

ARIZONA: Sandstone Rock formations - NAVAJO NATION

Hazdistazi or "spiral rock arches"
Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

砂岩の岩石形成
Red sandstone interior of Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona, worn smooth by erosion
 from flash flooding over thousands of years.


Sandstone Rock formations

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock.

Flooding in the canyon still occurs. A flood occurred on October 30, 2006, that lasted 36 hours, and caused the Tribal Park Authorities to close Lower Antelope Canyon for five months.
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December 10, 2016

ARIZONA: Hazdistazi - NAVAJO NATION

Lower Antelope Canyon
Hazdistazi or "spiral rock arches" 


Sandstone Rock formations, Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona - 砂岩の岩石形成



アンテロープ・キャニオン [Antelope Canyon]
アンテロープ・キャニオン(英名:Antelope Canyon)は、アメリカ合衆国アリゾナ州ページ(Page, Arizona)近郊の、ナバホ族の土地に位置する渓谷。アメリカ南西部では、最も写真撮影され多くの人々が訪れるスロット・キャニオン(幅の狭い渓谷)である。アンテロープ・キャニオンは2つの岩層から成り、個々にアッパー・アンテロープ・キャニオンとロウワー・アンテロープ・キャニオンと名づけられている。

アンテロープ・キャニオンは他のスロット・キャニオンと同じく、周囲の砂岩(ここではナバホ砂岩)の侵食によりできた何百年にも及ぶ地層を形成しており、これは主として鉄砲水のほか、風成の侵食によるものである。特にモンスーンの時期に降る雨水はアンテロープ・キャニオンの一部である谷間を流れ、より狭い通路を流れるにつれ水は加速して砂を拾いあげる。その後長い時間をかけて通路が侵食されると、狭い通路は更に広くなり岩の鋭さはより滑らかにされて、岩の「流れる」ような特徴を形作る。こうして独特の岩の通路が、長い時間をかけ完成された。

ロウワー・アンテロープ・キャニオン [Lower Antelope Canyon]
ナバホの言葉で「螺旋の岩石アーチ」という意味である、ハスデトワジ(Hasdeztwazi)の別名もあるロウワー・アンテロープ・キャニオンは、アッパー・アンテロープ・キャニオンから数キロ離れた場所に位置する。鉄製の階段が取り付けられる以前は、キャニオンを訪れるために一定の場所をロープやはしごで登らなくてはならなかった。階段が設置されている現在も、長く狭い場所も多い上、全体を通して足場が悪いなどアッパー・アンテロープ・キャニオンと比べて散策が困難である。こうした制限された状態にあるものの、ロウアー・アンテロープ・キャニオンはかなりの数の写真家を惹きつけているが、アッパー・アンテロープ・キャニオンより単なる観光目的で訪れる旅行者は少ない。

Antelope Canyon  [アンテロープ・キャニオン]
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as "Upper Antelope Canyon" or "The Crack"; and "Antelope Canyon" or "The Corkscrew".
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (advertised as "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or "spiral rock arches." Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Lower Antelope Canyon  [ロウワー・アンテロープ・キャニオン]
Lower Antelope Canyon, called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo Indians, are located a few miles away. Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon required climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even following the installation of stairways, it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope. It is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs.
Despite these limitations, Lower Antelope Canyon draws a considerable number of photographers, though casual sightseers are much less common there than in Upper.
The lower canyon is in the shape of a "V" and shallower than the Upper Antelope. Lighting is better in the early hours and late morning.




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December 1, 2016

ARIZONA: Slot Canyon - Lower Antelope Canyon

Hazdistazí or "spiral rock arches"


Colors of Lower Antelope Canyon, Navajo Tribal Park, Page, Arizona



Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon, called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo Indians, are located a few miles away. Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon required climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even following the installation of stairways, it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope. It is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs.

Despite these limitations, Lower Antelope Canyon draws a considerable number of photographers, though casual sightseers are much less common there than in Upper.

The lower canyon is in the shape of a "V" and shallower than the Upper Antelope. Lighting is better in the early hours and late morning.

Flash flood danger

Inside Lower Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is visited exclusively through guided tours, in part because rains during monsoon season can quickly flood the canyon. Rain does not have to fall on or near the Antelope Canyon slots for flash floods to whip through, as rain falling dozens of miles away 'upstream' of the canyons can funnel into them with little prior notice. On August 12, 1997, eleven tourists, including seven from France, one from the United Kingdom, one from Sweden and two from the United States, were killed in Lower Antelope Canyon by a flash flood. Very little rain fell at the site that day, but an earlier thunderstorm had dumped a large amount of water into the canyon basin, 7 miles (11 km) upstream. The lone survivor of the flood was tour guide Francisco "Pancho" Quintana, who had prior swift-water training. At the time, the ladder system consisted of amateur-built wood ladders that were swept away by the flash flood. Today, ladder systems have been bolted in place, and deployable cargo nets are installed at the top of the canyon. At the fee booth, a NOAA Weather Radio from the National Weather Service and an alarm horn are stationed.

Despite improved warning and safety systems, the risks of injuries from flash floods still exist. On July 30, 2010, several tourists were stranded on a ledge when two flash floods occurred at the Upper Antelope Canyon. Some of them were rescued and some had to wait for the flood waters to recede. There were reports that a woman and her 9-year-old son were injured as they were washed away downstream, but no fatalities were reported.



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November 19, 2016

NAVAJO NATION: Northern View of Monument Valley

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Sunset over King on his Throne, Stagecoach, Bear and Rabbit and Castle Rock formations 
Oljato-Monument Valley, Navajo Nation (Arizona - Utah)



Monument Valley
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Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border (around 36°59′N 110°6′WCoordinates: 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West."




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November 13, 2016

ENGLAND: Queen Elizabeth II Great Court - British Museum

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Pharaoh Amenhotep III, the Ancient Egyptian galleries, British Museum, UK


Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan

The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum houses an extensive collection of objects which illustrate the cultures of the Nile Valley, from the Neolithic period (about 10,000 BC) until the present day. The Department also houses an important archive relating to Egyptology and Nubian Studies, and one of the leading research libraries in this subject area.

Alongside the permanent display, the collection, archive and library is made accessible through touring exhibitions, loans, by appointment and through Collection Online. The Department’s research staff develop exhibitions on aspects of the cultures of Egypt and Sudan, while also leading research on particular themes related to the collection, resulting in publications for both scholarly and other audiences. Fieldwork in Egypt and Sudan, often in collaboration with UK and international institutions, forms part of this research. The Department also provides training programmes and research scholarships for scholars, curators and archaeologists from Egypt and Sudan.




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November 6, 2016

NAVAJO NATION: Hogan Frame - Oljato-Monument Valley

Navajo Hogan


Hogan Frame and Three Sisters far in the distance, Oljato-Monument Valley, Navajo Nation


Hogan

Navajo Hogan, Oljato-Monument Valley
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The hogan is a sacred dwelling. It is the shelter of the people of the earth, a protection, a home, and a refuge. Because of the harmony in which the hogan is built, the family can be together to endure hardships and grow as part of the harmony between the sacred mountains, under the care of “Mother Earth” and “Father Sky”.

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October 31, 2016

ARIZONA: サワロ国立公園 - ツーソン・AZ

SAGUARO SUNSET

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Silhouetted Saguaro Cactus at Sunset, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona




サワロ国立公園 Saguaro National Park


サワロ国立公園(さわろこくりつこうえん、Saguaro National Park)は、アリゾナ州にある米国の国立公園である。サワルオとも呼ばれる。 サワロ国立公園は2つの地区に分かれており、1つはツーソン市の中心から東へおよそ32 km(20 マイル)にあり、もう1つは西へ24 km(15 マイル)にある。総面積は、370 km²(91,327 エーカー)(143 平方マイル)で、そのうち289 km²(111 平方マイル)はウィルダネスに指定されている。それぞれの地区にビジター・センターがある。どちらもツーソンから車で簡単に行けるが、公共交通機関で行くことはできない。西側はツーソン山脈、東側はリンコン山脈 (Rincon Mountains) という大きな山脈を含むソノラ砂漠の素晴らしい地域を保護している。公園は、地域原産のサワロサボテン (ハシラサボテンの一種)からその名がある。その他の多くの種類のサボテン、タマサボテン (barrel cactus)、チョーヤカクタス、ウチワサボテン (prickly pear)も、公園内でよく見られる。レッサーハナナガコウモリ (Lesser Long-nosed Bat) という絶滅が危惧されている動物が一種、渡りの時期に公園に住む。また、準絶滅危惧種のニシアメリカフクロウもいる。公園への年間訪問者数は、およそ600,000人(2006年は、619,983人)である。

公園は、1933年5月1日、サワロ国定史跡 (Saguaro National Monument) として設立され、1994年10月14日、国立公園となった。園内には、はっきり識別できる手入れの行き届いた240 km(150 マイル)のハイキング道とそれより短い解説付きの自然歩道もある。暑い夏季のハイキングはお勧めできない。
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October 26, 2016

ARIZONA: Picacho Peak - near Tucson

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View of Picacho Peak from the southwest, Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho, Arizona



Picacho Peak State Park

Picacho Peak State Park is a state park surrounding Picacho Peak in Picacho, Arizona. The park is located between Casa Grande and Tucson near Interstate 10 in Pinal County. Its centerpiece spire is visible from downtown Tucson, a distance of 45 miles (72 km). The summit rises to 3,374 feet (1,028 m) above mean sea level. Though appearing to be the remnant of a volcanic neck, it is now believed to be a tilted and eroded piece of rock overlain by a lava flow. The place name is redundant: "picacho" means "big peak" in Spanish.

The park is celebrated for wildflowers that appear mid-March to early April following good winter rain. Though set next to an interstate highway, the park's west face possesses an unspoiled Sonoran Desert setting. A small flat space on top of the spire can be reached via two trail heads. Portions of the trails are precarious, and hikers are aided by cables and catwalks, making the routes some of the few via ferrata in the United States. From the top, there is a view south to the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, northwest to Tabletop Mountain near Casa Grande, north to the many mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix, and west to where the north-running Santa Cruz River runs underground supporting farms in a quaint desert valley.

The park recommends that hikers wear boots and carry two liters of water per person. Gloves are commonly used to help grip the cables.
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October 19, 2016

WYOMING: the Fishing Cone - Yellowstone National Park

West Thumb Geyser Basin : Fishing Cone


The Fishing Cone at the West Thumb of  Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


Fishing Cone Geyser - Yellowstone Lake
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Fishing Cone is a geyser in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

In the earlier part of the 20th century, this cone had eruptions as high as 40 feet (12 m). As the water level in Yellowstone Lake has increased, the cone is now inundated during the spring and the temperatures in the cone have cooled enough that it no longer erupts and is now considered a hot spring.

The name Fishing Cone can be traced back to tales told by mountain men of a lake where you could catch a fish then immediately dunk it into hot spring and cook it on the hook. A member of the 1870 Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition popularized this feat.




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October 15, 2016

VERMONT: Pumpkins - Autumn Fall

A Fall Favorite : Pumpkins


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Pumpkin

A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant, most commonly of Cucurbita pepo, that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Some exceptionally large cultivars of squash with similar appearance have also been derived from Cucurbita maxima. Specific cultivars of winter squash derived from other species, including C. argyrosperma, and C. moschata, are also sometimes called "pumpkin". In New Zealand and Australian English, the term pumpkin generally refers to the broader category called winter squash elsewhere.

Native to North America, pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use and are used both in food and recreation. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in Canada and the United States, although commercially canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie fillings are usually made from different kinds of winter squash than the pumpkins frequently carved as jack-o'-lanterns for decoration around Halloween.

Pumpkins, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was found in Mexico.

Since some squash share the same botanical classifications as pumpkins, the names are frequently used interchangeably. One often-used botanical classification relies on the characteristics of the stems: pumpkin stems are more rigid, prickly, and angular (with an approximate five-degree angle) than squash stems, which are generally softer, more rounded, and more flared where joined to the fruit.

Traditional C. pepo pumpkins generally weigh between 6 and 18 pounds (2.7 and 8.2 kg), though the largest cultivars (of the species C. maxima) regularly reach weights of over 75 pounds (34 kg).

The color of pumpkins derives from orange carotenoid pigments, including beta-cryptoxanthin, alpha and beta carotene, all of which are provitamin A compounds converted to vitamin A in the body.

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October 7, 2016

VERMONT: INDIAN CORN - FLINT CORN

Indian Corn: Fall Favorite


Close up of a selection of Indian corn in beautiful autumn hues, Waterbury Center, Vermont



Flint corn / Indian corn


Flint corn (Zea mays indurata; also known as Indian corn or sometimes calico corn) is a variant of maize (var. Linnaeus), the same species as common corn.[1] Because each kernel has a hard outer layer to protect the soft endosperm, it is likened to being hard as flint; hence the name.

History
With less soft starch than dent corn (Zea mays indentata), flint corn does not have the dents in each kernel from which dent corn gets its name. This is one of the three types of corn cultivated by Native Americans, both in New England and across the northern tier, including by tribes such as the Pawnee on the Great Plains. Archeologists have found evidence of such corn cultivation by the Pawnee and others before 1000 BC. Cultivation of corn occurred hundreds of years earlier among the Mississippian culture people, whose civilization arose based on population density and trade because of surplus corn crops.

Distinctive traits
When fully ripe, dent corn has a pronounced depression or dent at the crown of each kernel. Flint corn kernels lack these depressions.
Because flint corn has a very low water content it is more resistant to freezing than other vegetables. It was the only Vermont crop to survive New England's infamous "Year Without a Summer" of 1816.

Coloration
The coloration of flint corn is often different from white and yellow dent corns, many of which were bred later. Most flint corn is multi-colored. Like the Linnaeus variant of maize, any kernel may contain the yellow pigment zeaxanthin but at more varying concentrations.

Uses
Popcorn (Zea mays everta, "corn turned inside out") is considered a variant of this type. It has a hard, slightly translucent kernel.

Flint corn is also the type of corn preferred for making hominy, a staple food in the Americas since pre-Columbian times.

The flint corn cultivars that have large proportions of kernels with hues outside the yellow range are primarily used ornamentally, notably as part of Thanksgiving decorations in the United States. They are often called either "ornamental corn" or "Indian corn", although each of those names has other meanings as well.
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October 2, 2016

NAVAJO NATION : the Rainbow Room - Lake Powell AZ

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas


Lake Powell Sunset, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page, Arizona


Dining with World-Class Views

Start your day in Lake Powell Resort's Rainbow Room with a bountiful breakfast buffet filled with fresh fruit, pastries, pancakes and eggs - to fuel up for the adventures ahead. After a fun-filled day, join us again as our chef tempts you with entrées ranging from fresh fish to flame-broiled beef and a delightful selection of vegetarian fare. We welcome our guests to come as they are and enjoy the casual spirit of the West at our resort.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
100 Lakeshore Drive, Page, AZ 86040

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September 22, 2016

ARIZONA : Grand Canyon National Park - Yaki Point

Desert View Drive


Grand Canyon background at Sunset, seen from Yaki point, South rim, Arizona



Desert View Drive is a scenic route to the east of Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which follows the rim for 25 miles (40 km) out to the Desert View Watchtower and East Entrance. Along the way:

* Six developed canyon viewpoints
* Four picnic areas
* Five unmarked pullouts
* Are all accessible with private vehicles
* in addition to the Tusayan Museum and ruin site

The Desert View services area includes the historic Watchtower, which is now the Desert View Visitor Center and bookstore, the trading post and snack bar, marketplace/general store, service station, seasonal campground, and restrooms.

Yaki Point
(Elevation: 7262 feet / 2213 meters)

Yaki Point is the only viewpoint on Desert View Drive that is not accessible with a private vehicle. It can be reached using the free Kaibab Rim Route (Orange) Shuttle Bus departing from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

Yaki Point is a quiet place from which to enjoy sunset or sunrise.

Restrooms are located here.

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Grand Canyon National Park


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