Michigan: Mackinaw and “The Bridge”.

Mackinaw Michigan lies on the uppermost tip of Michigan. It is the gateway to the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Light House

The light House makes for a safe journey for ships navigating the treacherous waters off the coast in Lake Huron as water flows into it from Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Mackinac Bridge

A sight not often seen, the undercarriage of the Mackinac Bridge.

Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot bridge (familiarly known as “Big Mac” and “Mighty Mac“)[is the world’s  nineteenth longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere

During summers, the Upper Peninsula and the Mackinac Bridge have become a major tourist destination. In addition to visitors to Mackinac Island, the bridge has attracted interest from a diverse group of tourists including bridge enthusiasts, bird-watchers, and photographers.

The open field adjacent to the bridge is a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the view.

 

Ezekial Solomon was reportedly the first Jewish settler in the state of Michigan.

 

The fur trade played an important part in the early settlement of Michigan.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

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King Cheops Boat

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

 

King Cheops’s boat is displayed in an adjacent building. Along side the buildings is what looks like left over ruble from the building of the pyramids.

photo of the sphinx at sunset

The sunsets behind the Egyptian sphinx

The boat is 143 feet long and 19 1/2 feet wide with an estimated displacement of more than 45 tons, The Cheops Boat is one of the largest ancient boats found to date.

The Viking boats, found in Europe, are not more than 100 feet long.

Discovered in 1954 under limestone blocks and plaster, it was in amazingly good condition with both the wood preserved and also the ropes used for rigging and matting. Taking more than ten years to reassemble, the boat is now displayed in a special building near the pyramid of Cheops(Khufu).

In later years another similar boat has been discovered, possibly belonging to one of his queens, once work is resumed and the new boat is assembled, perhaps more will be known about it. Much is still to be learned of life during this time in ancient Egypt.

Although the boat wasn’t intended for traveling long distances, it is linked to the “wia”, or boat of the sun-god. The Egyptians believed the journey through creation was a boat journey, comparing a journey through the air as traveling up the Nile River.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

The Aboriginal Dream Time

photo of Ayres rock

The aborigines of Australia

The Dream time is very detailed and includes every aspect of the aboriginal life.

The aborigine who has been taught the Dream Time is very intuitive and extremely aware of his surroundings, Crocodile Dundee was all Hollywood, but not very far off on this perspective.

The Dream time has different meanings, sometimes you are just using memory, or if  into the  future it is imagination. Dream time is just anytime past or any experience.

All spiritual beings, instead of settling earth they say they dreamed it, when you go on trip, you dream it up first.

All travel costs in energy, time, and money.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Puerto Rico: El Yunique

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

The only tropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunique, located in Puerto Rico. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here.

Yokahu Tower located in El Yunique, The Yokahú Tower is one of the two observation towers located in the park. Constructed in 1963, it is widely considered the better of the two with regard to the view offered. 

A view from the top of Yokahu Tower

A sign at the visitor center

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

The Vietnam War Memorial

The Vietnam War Memorial, dedicated to the brave men and women who fought for freedom in southeast Asia under extreme conditions.

photo of Vietnam war memorial

The Vietnam War Memorial with the Washington monument in the background

The war became a political football, being run by Washington bureaucrats, instead of the military, it became a hopeless war

In spite of the rhetoric, because of what these brave men and women did, Vietnam is abetter place toady than it was before we became involved there.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is beautiful, with very few small towns and only two or three larger cities, it is a paradise.

A lonely country road along highway 23 north of Alpena

A lone pine stands guard over Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes.

Highway 23 follows Lake Huron all the way to Mackinac Island.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way, he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Egyptian Pharaoh: Ramses 11

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

Ancient Memphis was founded in 2925 BCE by King Menes and was long known as the capital of Egypt and as such was the home to many of the early pharaohs including Ramses II.

Ramses II is generally believed to have been the Pharaoh during the Exodus, and as a consequence, many artifacts from Ramses time still adorn the countryside. Ramses II, powerful and ambitious, was the third ruler of the 19th dynasty.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome