Salt Lake City – September 2022 – Random Views

Some random views of an evening in downtown Salt Lake City.

Trolley Square was once a trolley barn for the original streetcars of the city. For 50 years it has been a trendy shopping district (and somewhere with a patio restaurant open for lunch!). The water tower is a highlight of the skyline.

Another in a long line of stupid arena names in the pursuit of a few more dollars – the Vivint Arena. The streetcars however, are a great (re)addition to the city.

While we are going on strange names – the Utah Jazz. The franchise was founded in New Orleans in 1974, playing just 5 seasons there before relocating to Salt Lake City, but keeping the Jazz name, apparently because they switched cities so close to the start of the season they never had time to get new uniforms and advertising completed.

A few murals…

Our hotel for the night had a nice view of downtown for both sunset…

And sunrise….

Virtual Travel – Georgia

We make our way north from Florida for the next stop on the Virtual Tour to Georgia. As with most states the cities are very different from the rest of the state, but nowhere is this more pronounced than Georgia. During our time living there we would say we didn’t live in Georgia, we live in Atlanta.

Still there is much to the state outside of Atlanta. With the Piedmont in the north and the beaches in the south, there is plenty to see and do in Georgia.

The oldest map in the collection is from 1949.

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1953 – The Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta is featured on the cover. This building was completed in 1889, having been built to support the move of the state government from Milledgeville after the war.

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The reverse side contains city maps, including downtown Atlanta. Note the first portion of the Downtown Connector has been completed, with plans for the Northwest and Northeast Expressways.

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Downtown Connector – 1955 & 2019. That’s what happens when the metro population goes from 1 million to 6 million in a little over 60 years.

Atlanta, Georgia - 1955    Atlanta, Georgia, ranks No. 4 for most aggressive drivers - Curbed ...



Sailing has been featured a couple of times. Left 1966, Right 1982

Government State Georgia 1966        Government State Georgia 1982



Atlanta Skyline on the maps – 1968 & 2009. In 1968 there were 3 buildings in Atlanta over 400′ tall. Today there are 39.

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1968 Skyline

Skyline 1968


2019 Skyline (photo by Curbed Atlanta)




1970 – Unidentified country scene

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1972 – Forsyth Fountain in Savannah

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The same fountain in 2020 (photos – Visit Savannah Tourist Website)


Savannah is a historic city with beautiful parks and antebellum architecture.

Travel Guide: Things to Do in Savannah, GA - Rachael Ray In Season



1976 – Bicentennial Map.

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The backside of the 1976 map details Georgia’s role during the revolution. Note the state encompassed the area that is now Alabama and Mississippi.

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1980 – View from the top of Amicalola Falls. These watefalls are the highest in Georgia, with a drop of over 700′.

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Same view 40 years later (photos from Wikipedia)


Main cascade




1983 – Road construction in the colonial times.

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1984 – State Route 2 in far northeastern Georgia. While much of the state has had dramatic growth, Northeastern Georgia looks much the same.

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1989 – Celebrating Georgia’s most famous crop – peanuts.

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Believe it or not they now do ‘Peanut Tours’





For 1993 and 1993 the map was produced by Southern Living Magazine, resulting in nondescript scenes.

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The Georgia coast, while short, has a number of highlights including Tybee Island (photo from visittybee website)

Visit Tybee Island | The Official Guide to Tybee Island, GA


Jekyll Island was once the winter home to the very rich. Today many of the ‘cottages’ remain.

Jekyll Island Club Resort | Jekyll Island – Georgia's Vacation ...




2002 and 2003 highlighted Georgia’s other famous crop – peaches. Ironically despite being the Peach State Georgia ranks #4 in peach production behind, amazingly, New Jersey!

California grows more peaches than the rest of the country combined.

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2007 – Not happy kids at a Horticultural Center.

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2008 – Lake Lanier. This massive lake is a result of the damming of the Chattahoochee River in 1956. The lake provides water for Atlanta, although the downriver states (Florida and Alabama) are constantly arguing with Georgia about the water rights.

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With suburbia having reached the shores, there is also a constant battle to preserve the undeveloped areas.

Lake Lanier | Official Georgia Tourism & Travel Website | Explore ...




2011 – Blackstock Vineyards and Winery in Dahlonega

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Dahlonega is a cool little town in the mountains of North Georgia. Originally a center for a gold rush, the town has relied on tourism for 100 years. (photo from Pintrest).

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2013 – A $6 million dollar bridge to Fort Benning, complete with a fountain that can turn itself off if it is too windy. Fort Benning has the population of a medium sized city, with over 100,000 people.

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For 2015 & 2016 rural scenes returned.

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Chicago – February 2020 – Incognito Photography

While most of the photos on this blog were taken with a Canon DSLR camera there are times where a large camera doesn’t work, like when you are trying not to be noticed on the streets of a city like Chicago.

The previous ‘point and click’ camera has too many issue, so it was time for a new one – a Canon G5X. This is the first attempt at seeing how it performs in the field. As it is new most photos were taking on ‘Auto’ while learning the additional functions.

And now for the tougher test – night time.

It does not perform like a SLR, but with some learning it will do the job.

Buenos Aires – August 2019 – Various Views of the City

Some random views of the city.

Sunrise over the port.

A walk through the historic financial district.

The view of a school out from my 6th floor office window.

Where out of nowhere the window washer dropped down from above on this sketchy looking seat.

The Argentina relief on the Torre Monument.

The plaza in front of the Torre Monument.

Views from the top of the aforementioned monument.

Subway Art.

The Hall of Lost Steps at the Law School of The University of Buenos Aires.

The Floralisa Generica – a giant metal flower that opens and closes throughout the day.

Views from the 31st floor.

Sunrise on my last day in town for this trip. The more time I spend here the more I want to come back.

New York City – August 2019 – Circling Manhattan

With a trip for work to New York City I had little time for sightseeing, but my wife didn’t! This is her photo blog of a 4 hour New York Architectural Society (almost) circumnavigation of Manhattan. I say almost, since there was a bridge on the Harlem River in a down position so they had to backtrack back around.

They set sail from a pier in Chelsea.

And headed for the harbor…

Passing by Jersey City…

The trip was actually offered for college credit, so there was an instructor on board whom reportedly spoke ‘constantly’. The trip took them past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which I wouldn’t think would need any dialog to explain.


It was time to head up the East River…

This carousel in a park in Brooklyn came from a defunct amusement park in my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

Nearby was a jet ski school!

As you make you way up the East River you go past many areas that are undergoing gentrification.

An interesting view of Roosevelt Island, and the 59th Street (Queensboro) Bridge.

The United Nations Building

Roosevelt Island was once home to a Tuberculosis Hospital, but now is home to thousands in new apartment buildings.

A great view of the bridge and the Roosevelt Island Tram.

A series of bridges on the far end of the East River, where they ended up turning around.

If you have plenty of money ($850 one way for a 30 minute plane ride) you can get from Manhattan to the Hamptons in a hurry on a seaplane.

Or a helicopter…

The cruise continued back down the East River

The late afternoon sun made a interesting view of the Staten Island Ferry with the statue in the background.

The World Trade Center from the Hudson River

One of the many New York Waterway ferries.

Finally some interesting new architecture along the Hudson.

I think you will agree her photos were great – I am so jealous I had to work, it looks like it was a great cruise 🙂

Montreal – July 2019 – Olympic Park

The city of Montreal was the host of the 1976 Summer Olympics. The area that most events were held still exist in the east side Olympic Park.

A number of the venues are still used for sporting events.

While it has recently been remodeled, the pool complex dates from the 1976 games. It is used for competitive events, with seating for 3,000, but is also used as the neighborhood pool when not in competitive use.

The Montreal Olympics are the poster child for cost overruns often associated with hosting the games. It is estimated it cost 720% (not a typo) more than originally planned.

Much of the cost overruns was due to the construction of Olympic Stadium.

Today there is a small museum dedicated to the games and the construction of the stadium.

The stadium looks like a 1970s sci-fi movie space ship. The large tower on the left was originally built to remove what was to be the first retractable stadium roof in history. Unfortunately it was not completed in time for the games, and when it was eventually completed it didn’t work.

So for the first 12 years or so of the stadium it was open air, and after that a permanently closed dome.

Walking around the large concrete plaza on this day with very few people gives one the feel of desolation in the middle of a large city.

Many North American stadiums used to sit in the middle of large concrete plazas like this – the newer generation of stadium more integrated into the cities are far nice, even if one can question the cost for holding so few events a year.

After the Olympics the stadium became home of the Montreal Expos baseball team. Unfortunately in 2004 they left town, moving to Washington DC. leaving the stadium largely quiet, except for a few concerts and other events like monster truck racing.

The cavernous domes stadium echos with the smallest noises. I did have the opportunity to attend a couple of baseball games here (one with the open stadium, the other with the roof in place). It was a great experience, baseball in French, with passionate fans using their own unique to Montreal style of cheering on their team.

Hopefully some day major league baseball returns to Montreal (but to a more appropriate venue).

The tower is now a tourist attraction. The inclined elevator is billed as the longest in the world.

The top of the tower offers panoramic views of Montreal.

The view of the Olympic Pool, and other venues in the park.

The Olympic Village apartments are still used. The soccer stadium is a recent addition.

The day was a bit hazy, but made the views towards downtown interesting.

Montreal’s east side is a working class neighborhood with numerous row houses.

The view of the islands in the middle of the St Lawrence River, as well as some of the bridges crossing the river.

Because much of Europe is fairly far north, the port of Montreal is the shortest route between a European port and North America.

Olympic Stadium cost the city of Montreal and all of Canada significant money, but as with most things Canadian, they have made the most of it.