Capital building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

When visiting my daughter in Harrisburg, PA area we stopped at the state capital building to take a little tour. Dedicated in 1906 by then President Teddy Roosevelt, he stated that it was ” the most beautiful state capital in the nation”. It is designed in classic Renaissance style with the exterior made of Vermont granite and the roof is of green glazed tile. The interior of the dome is based on St. Peters Basilica in Rome.

PA Capital Bldg.

PA Capital Dome 2

PA Capital

PA Harrisburg
View from Capital steps.

New York City

A few New York City buildings I took pictures of a few years ago on Upper West Side and Central Park South. Love the many pre war buildings in that area.

Trump Parc Condominiums overlooking south part of Central Park with it’s beautiful golden dome.

Essex House on left and San Remo between buildings with George Washington bridge in distance.

San Remo Apartments. Built in 1930 and home of many stars this building sits on Central Park West.

Central Park West at sunrise.

A walk in the Spring

With April coming soon I was reflecting back a few years ago when walking through Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. There is a great restaurant in the park called the New Leaf which is a good place to stop for coffee or lunch. Also in the park is the Cloisters which is a must see. Ended the stroll with an underbelly view of the George Washington bridge.

New Leaf0127_3_4_5_6

303_0156

303_0152

Cloisters0276_2_3_4_5

Steps_0398

Path0301_297_298_299_300

Bridge_0317

Upper Peninsula

Just a few shots I took a few years ago on a trip in the UP of Michigan. I liked the old abandoned cottages. Many years ago you would see these kind of places along the two lane roadways. The sunset is at Marquette, the waterfall is one of many in the UP. This one is named Scott Falls. The Mackinaw Bridge is in the distance in a shot from a location on Lake Michigan in UP.

Cottages 666_2_3_4_5

HDR Scot Falls596_

Bridge266_67_68_69_70

Park 366_2_3_4_5

Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle Conservatory</a

The Belle Isle conservatory was built in 1904. In April 1953, Anna Scripps Whitcomb, who was daughter of Detroit News founder James E. Scripps, gave her 600 orchids collection to the conservatory. Many of these exotic orchids had been saved from Britain throughout World War II. The conservatory became one of the largest governments owned orchid collections in the United States because of her contribution. Unfortunately in recent years, as a result of a shortage of maintenance and budget cuts, most of orchids have died. When it was first built the 85 feet tall dome was wooden, until the early 1950’s when the wooden frame was replaced by one made of iron and aluminum. It is currently the oldest continually running conservatory in the United States.

I took this photo a couple years ago and submitted it to a Detroit News photo contest and was happy to receive an honorable mention. The conservatory and garden is located on Belle Isle which is a city owned park on an island on the Detroit River. The park has seen better days. Sad.