International Spy Museum Micro Camera

At the International Spy Museum located in Washington D.C. there are many interesting things that can be found.  Here is a graphic depicting a micro camera.

The United States National Archives

Went to the United States National Archives to see the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.  I wanted to take a photo of the Constitution, however when I got there they had signs up stating no photography.  After inquiring why they informed me it is because the light affects the actual document and the ink on the document.  They also informed that previously to get into the building you would have to walk through the front door, however you don’t enter that way anymore because the sunlight that would come into the building every time the door was opened would fade the ink.  The room lighting is dim, the documents are kept at a specific temperature range, they are stored in an inert gas, and the light is strictly controlled in order to preserve the documents.  Even after learning about all that it was still an awesome experience to be able to see first-hand the most important documents in the United States.

A Coronavirus Wedding

The Viking Lander at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space located in Washington D.C. is the host to many free exhibits that are the culmination of different major events throughout history for both flight and space travel.  The Viking Lander shown here is one of those exhibits.  The Viking Lander is best known for being the first U.S. spacecraft to reach the surface of Mars in 1976.

Universal Studios Hollywood Jaws Movie Set Tour

While at Universal Studios Hollywood it was a wonderful experience to take the movie set tour to see where all the movie magic was made.  Here are some photos of the Jaws movie set tour.  You might notice some familiar things from the movie.

International Spy Museum Army Cipher Device

At the International Spy Museum located in Washington D.C. there are many interesting things that can be found.  Here is a graphic depicting an Army cipher device.

Cesium Frequency Standard Atomic Clock

Rubidium Frequency Standard Atomic Clock

The Wright Brothers at the Smithsonian

At the Smithsonian museum of air and space is an exhibit featuring the Orville and Wilbur Wright.  The Wright brothers exhibit features the aircraft in which they first flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and the vertical four-cylinder engine that powered their aircraft.

International Spy Museum Hidden Shoe Compartment

At the International Spy Museum located in Washington D.C. there are many interesting things that can be found.  Here is a graphic depicting a hidden compartment in the heal of a shoe.

Irish Flu Shot

Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona

Winslow, Arizona is the home to a gigantic hole in the earth called Meteor Crater. This hole is so big it could fit downtown San Francisco in it.  Here are a couple photos that I took with different camera equipment.  The second photo I had to stitch multiple photos together to fit the whole crater in it and then I applied some filters to enhance it so more area within the crater was visible and it added a little more drama to the image.

Funny How Nature Made the Earth Flat

For all the flat earth believers, it is crazy how the earth is the only thing that isn’t round.

Directions on Capitol Hill

Doc Holliday’s Room in Tombstone

Doc Holliday, friend of Wyatt Earp, room here in Fly’s Boarding House and Photography Gallery.  Big Nose Kate, Doc’s girlfriend, had come for a visit.  On October 26, 1881 five cowboys gathered outside of Doc’s room in the vacant lot next door, probably waiting to confront Doc.  Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Virgil and Morgan Earp, and Doc Holliday entered the lot to disarm the cowboys.  As Kate watched horrified from her window, over 25 shots were fired.  Thirty seconds later, three men were dying and three men were wounded.

Although Big Nose Kate witnessed the O.K. corral gunfight, she was never called to testify at the murder inquest of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.  Instead, she Tombstone forever, shortly after the gunfight.

The United States Supreme Court

Waterworld Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

While at Universal Studios Hollywood I was able to attend the Waterworld show.  This was fun and exciting with lots of action.  It is definitely a fun thing to do.

Funny Fishing Photos

Posters of Geronimo

Geronimo was an Apache Indian who was born in New Mexico 1829 and died in Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1909.  He was popular in the south west and is a prominent figure of Native American history in the United States.  These posters can be found and purchased in Tombstone, Arizona.

Back to the Future Movie Set and Memorabilia

While taking the Universal Studios movie set tour we passed by the Back to the Future clock tower that was struck by lightening.

At the conclusion of the tour there were some items from the Back to the Future II movie that was autographed by Michael J. Fox for sale.

Global Warming is Real

Ryukyu Island Lacquer Tray Gift to the State Department

Diego tree wood, lacquer Okinawa, Ryukyu, Japan.

Arching above the choppy waves, the dragon on this tray emerges from his home, the ocean depths near the Ryukyu Islands. He seems fierce as he extends his three-clawed tiger paws at his side, but unlike the fire breathing terrors of European lore, this Asian dragon is benevolent and intelligent.

He is a symbol of identity for East Asian people, changing the number of claws (three for Japan, four for Korea, five for China) depending on his origins. In Japanese tradition, the dragon is a symbol of mystery and power.

Trade in lacquer ware dates back to the 1400s in Okinawa, where the climate is excellent for producing these valued articles.

United States Capital Building

Walking around the Capital Building in Washington D.C. I was able to take one of my favorite photos.

The Great Seal of the United States

Man and the Expanding Universe

In the south courtyard of the Harry S. Truman building, which is the headquarters of the United States Department of State, is a sculpture that was created by Marshall Fredericks entitled “Man and the Expanding Universe.”

Andrew Jackson Downing Urn

Worcestershire Sauce

The Older You Get the More You Appreciate

Smack the T.V.

Like a Blackjack Dealer

Shopping on Empty Stomach