Blue Birds

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Juvenile Eastern Bluebird – Sullivan County – May 2015

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Elusive Adult – Seven Islands State Birding Park – May 2015

Successful birding trip to Tennessee. ID’ed many new species. Lots of history from the late 1700s and early 1800s as this area opened up to exploration by westerners. Saw some working coal mines, which are odd, because there are 50 or so cars in a parking lot and one small building underneath a coal elevator. At first I was curious where the people were – it was far too remote for a park and ride.

Finally music wise I got to go to the Ralph Stanley museum in Clintwood, Va, something I’ve wanted to do for years.

Ruddy Turnstone

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Ruddy Turnstone – Cocoa Beach – April 2015

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Excuse Me – Cocoa Beach – April 2015

Named turnstone because of it’s habit of turning over stones to look for food. As you may guess he’s not doing that in Florida since we have very few stones. Shells maybe?

I do believe he has a small crab in that first pic.

More Masonic Temple

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Room in the Temple – Philadelphia – April 2015

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Hallway – Philadelphia – April 2015

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Stained Glass – Philadelphia – April 2015

If it were allowed, I’d get my tripod and wide angle lens and spend the day (or 2) there. Unfortunately it was a 1 hour guided tour, snap away. There were seven themed rooms and the halls and stairs were amazing.

Geometric Shapes

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Masonic Temple – Philadelphia – April 2015

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Oriental Hall – Philadelphia – April 2015

From the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. The ceiling in the second picture is made up of thousands of pieces of glass. This building was featured in the movie National Treasure – although our guide assured us there was no treasure there. The decor and architecture is unbelievable.