Photo of the day (updated monthly) ((sometimes))

Manhattan Beach Pier – December 2010

Photo taken near my mom’s house in MB.  This is an HDR, a composite of three different images with different ISO settings and shutter speeds, put together in photomatix pro.

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“Beach Cottages” in Newport, RI

Sunset on Newport
Sunset on Newport

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I was in Newport, Rhode Island a few years back and I took this photo from the front yard of “the Breakers” mansion.  Newport is well known for its annual jazz festival and has hosted the America’s Cup a few times.  But what really brings tourists to Newport are the “beach cottages.”

Before there was a federal income tax, robber barons amassed large fortunes (often at the expense of other’s livelihoods) from unregulated capitalism.  New York financiers, Pennsylvania steel captains and Western railroad tycoons all built their summer retreats in Newport.  It was called the gilded age. This is one of the most fascinating periods in American history, and if you’re interested in catching up on it, I recommend reading an excellent and classic novel: Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.

Anyway, the Newport Mansions are beautiful and almost all are perched right on the shoreline overlooking the Rhode Island Sound.  I’ve posted a few more photos below.

The Breakers
The Breakers
Exterior Wall
Exterior Wall
Interior of the Receiving Area
Interior of the Receiving Area
Chandelier
Chandelier
My friends Xan and Kevin

This mansion is called the “Breakers” (named for the breakingwaves right out front of the property) and was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Cornelius Vanderbilt.  The home is designed in the Beaux Arts style.  Keep in mind this home was built for one family.

Check out the waves out front!

The Breakers the home is named after
The Breakers the home is named after
The Driveway and Port-Cochere in the Distance
The Driveway and Port-Cochere in the Distance

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Monument at Manzanar
Monument at Manzanar

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I took this photo in August of 2005 at the Manzanar national historic site.  This monument is dedicated to the Japanese-Americans that died while staying at Manzanar.  The mountains in the background are the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

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I’ve started a photo section and I’ll will (try) to post a new photo each day.  The photos are one that I have taken and accumulated over the last 3-4 years.  Here is the first photo.

Kids and Bridge
Kids and Bridge

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In 2005 the MCHS model UN team traveled to New York City and then to Montreal for a 3 day debate at McGill University.  This was my first time to the New York and that trip probably is the reason I have an affinity for the city.  I took this photo while standing on a bench at the South Street Seaport.  The Brooklyn Bridge is in the background.

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Eye in the Sky
Eye in the Sky

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I took this photo in April of 2006 while on a trip to London and Paris.  This is the London Eye, Europe’s biggest ferris wheel.  Check out the photo in full size and you can see the people in each pod.

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