Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the power to fly like Superman? I have. And I would definitely experience the wonders of nature in their full magnificence.
One of the first things I would do is to fly through a storm and see the sunrise from above the clouds. That’s a view to remember, and you can see some more great scenes above the clouds here in these amazing images taken by some great photographers. You should really check more of their pictures simply by clicking each picture. They’ll very much appreciate it. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Up, up and away! Cheers. 😉
Pennsylvania Station – New York, New York
Richard Nickel, a heroic architectural photographer and historian lost his life recording Chicago’s grand design legacy before it succumbed to the devastating destruction of private developers making way for — in their eyes — progress and a new way of life. As he famously said, “great architecture has only two natural enemies: water and stupid men.”
What we destroy often says more about our society than what we create, and in the middle of the last century, after the end of WWII, we were a nation desperately needing to move on. These days what’s old is new again and thanks to a decidedly different approach to urban renewal, we now cherish all things salvaged, reclaimed and re-purposed. From New York City’s original Penn Station to Louis Sullivan’s landmark theater in Chicago that was tragically replaced by a parking structure, click through to remember some of our nation’s great lost buildings.
On July 14, 1966, under the headline, “A Vision of Rome Dies: Shorn of Its Proud Eagles, Last Facade of Penn Station Yielding to Modernity,” the great Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable wrote the following “obituary” in The New York Times: “Pennsylvania Station succumbed to progress this week at the age of 56, after a lingering decline. The building’s one remaining facade was shorn of eagles and ornament yesterday, preparatory to leveling the last wall. It went not with a bang, or a whimper, but to the rustle of real estate stock shares. The passing of Penn Station is more than the end of a landmark. It makes the priority of real estate values over preservation conclusively clear. It confirms the demise of an age of opulent elegance, of conspicuous, magnificent spaces, rich and enduring materials, the monumental civic gesture, and extravagant expenditure for esthetic ends.”
Garrick Theater, formerly the Schiller Theatre Building – Chicago, Illinois
The story of Adler & Sullivan’s landmark Garrick Theater is the sad tale of the architectural preservation movement in Chicago in the middle of the 20th century. After a hard fought battle, the building was demolished in 1960 — a mere 68 years after it was built — and replaced with a parking structure.
Pruitt-Igoe Public Housing Complex – St. Louis, Missouri
Designed by George Hellmuth and World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, St. Louis’ 33-building Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex opened in 1954, and was demolished less than 20 years later. The project was seen as a massive Modernist failure, but many viewed “the death of Pruitt-Igoe as the death of Modernism.” Director Chad Freidrichs challenges the housing development’s failure in a fascinating documentary The Pruitt-Igoe Myth that explores the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and ’60s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries.
US Post Office – Boston, Massachusetts
This grand post office was erected in 1870 and demolished half a decade later in 1935. The big question being: why?
Biltmore Hotel – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
One of the largest buildings to fall during the Urban Renewal era, the explosion that took down the 26-story, 600-room Biltmore Hotel in 1977 was televised across the country and often credited for playing a significant role in souring public support for the Urban Renewal program, which stalled out a few years later.
The Wabash Terminal – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The demolition of the Wabash Terminal began in October, 1953. The Pittsburgh Press wrote, “With roof off, the workmen swarmed in and out of offices. Using crowbars and sledge hammers they pried and smashed.” A flatiron train station built in 1904, the Wabash was part of robber baron Jay Gould’s attempt to build a transcontinental railroad empire. It was torn down to make way for a Gateway Center office building. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the city’s urban redevelopment policy “swallowed more than 1,000 acres of land, razed more than 3,700 buildings, relocated more than 1,500 businesses, and uprooted more than 5,000 families.”
The Walker Art Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Louise Walker McCannel, granddaughter of Walker founder Thomas Barlow Walker, films the 1969 demolition of the Walker Art Center building, which made way for the 1971 building designed by Edward Larabee Barnes.
Tank Building – New York, New York
At one time owned by Aaron Burr, this tank building — as reported by The New York Times in 1887 — allowed the famed politician to secure a multimillion dollar charter to provide the city with clean water.
Astor House – New York, New York
Built in 1836, Astor House was at one time the most famous hotel in America, frequented by, among others, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Abraham Lincoln. It was demolished in 1926 after being deemed old-fashioned to make way for the towering art deco Transportation Building.
The Portland Public Market – Portland, Oregon
Designed by William G. Holford, the Portland Public Market was built for a reported cost of $1 million in 1933, and then demolished in 1969. Apparently the “novelty” building was unable to retain many tenants, but it was home to The Oregon Journal for 13 years.
City Hall – Detroit, Michigan
Built mostly in stone, Detroit’s Old City Hall took Alexander Chapoton a decade to complete. It was demolished 100 years later, in 1961.
Earlier this year we featured the work of pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel and his incredible shots of dogs fetching balls and other toys underwater. Now, Casteel has authored Underwater Dogs, a hardcover book of these (and new) photos, along with a 2013 calendar. The book is available to purchase at Amazon and the 2013 calendar is available to purchase at Willow Creek Press. Casteel was recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Take a look at that segment which gives insight on Casteel’s process and the inspiration behind his work.
In more than eighty portraits by award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel capture new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
Sadhus are sanyasi, or renunciates, who have left behind all material and sexual attachments and live in caves, forests and temples all over India and Nepal. A Sadhu is usually referred to as Baba by common people. The word baba also means father, grandfather, or uncle in many Indian languages. Sometimes the respectful suffix -ji may also be added after baba, to give greater respect to the renunciate.
THE FLUTE PLAYER AND HIS FAN
Midwest menace: A massive anvil cloud appears above a thunderstorm in August. The photo was taken while en route from New York to Chicago, likely over Ohio.
Golden sunset: The sun sets behind San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in May.
Space shot: Clouds billow above the Earth as seen from about 32,000 feet, while banking above the Houston area in May.
Mammoth storm: Towering storm clouds bring much-needed snow to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California in January.
Southwest strike: Lightning hits a rock formation in the Colorado River canyon area near Moab, Utah, in September.
Grand Canyon snow: Snow from a recent storm coats the ground around the Grand Canyon earlier this year. The photo was taken from about 30,000 feet.
Washington wonder: A pile of lenticular clouds hover in the sky near Mount Rainier in Washington State in 2011. These “lens-shaped” clouds often form downwind of mountains.
Stormy Sierra: This cloud layer over the Sierra Nevada near Auburn, Calif., in February is an example of a new variety of cloud, known as “undulatus asperatus.”
Great balls of fire: Small cirrus clouds catch the fiery rays of the setting sun above Woodland Hills, Calif., in late September.
Western wonder: Clouds gather over Monument Valley, Utah, as a spring storm approaches in 2011.
Rolling thunder: A roll cloud appears in the sky above Magnolia Harbor, Mass., in August, just before a thunderstorm came through. Roll clouds are long, low, tube-shaped clouds that are relatively rare.
Southwest cirrus: Ethereal cirrus clouds dance in the skies above Scottsdale, Ariz., in June. Cirrus are the highest of the primary cloud varieties and are composed entirely of ice crystals.
San Diego sky: A layer of altocumulus clouds cover the sky on a late spring afternoon. Altocumulus are mid-level clouds, which usually form at heights of 6,500 to 20,000 feet above the ground.
UFO over Louisiana? A massive cloud casts a shadow onto a lower cloud layer in June. The cloud could be a developing (or dissapating) anvil cloud from a thunderstorm. The photo was taken over Louisiana from a height of about 30,000 feet.
A thunderstorm moves offshore over the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Fla., in August 2011.
Lightning crackles over Little Traverse Bay in July. The photo was taken from Petoskey, Mich.
Thunderstorm clouds gather at sunset over Clarks Summit, Pa., in July.
Cotton ball clouds: A layer of altocumulus clouds fills the sky above Reno, Nev., in August.
Isaac sunset over Michigan: Clouds from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac streamed as far north as Michigan on Labor Day weekend.
A massive thunderstorm cloud rolls across New Mexico in May.
A nice weather day to float past the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse!
A September sunset in Lubbock, Texas.
Virga — rain that falls from a cloud but doesn’t reach the ground — appears during a lightning storm near Denver in July.
Dramatic thunderstorm clouds roll in from Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Mich., in July.
Crepuscular rays spread across the morning sky at sunrise in Broken Arrow, Okla., in July. Crepuscular rays are parallel columns of sunlit air that stream through gaps in clouds.
A massive thunderstorm anvil cloud hovers above North Carolina in July. Photo taken while on board an airplane near Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Orange cloud bands cover the sky at sunset in September in Chipley, Fla., after Hurricane Isaac left the Florida Panhandle.
A funnel cloud spins above Colorado’s Mount Evans in July. The funnel cloud later touched down, allowing it to be called a tornado. At an elevation of 11,900 feet, it was the USA’s 2nd-highest tornado on record.
Rainclouds dump torrential downpours over the Bahamas in August. The photo taken while en route from Port Au Prince, Haiti, to Newark, N.J., at an altitude of 35,000 feet.
Clouds billow above the Red Rocks of Sedona, Ariz., in July.
Dark, puffy cumulus clouds float in front of an orange sky at sunset in Carmel, Calif., in February 2011.
A bright rainbow appears near the Galapagos Islands following a rainshower in April.
The leading edge of a huge thunderstorm rolls over Watertown, S.D., in August.
Dawn breaks over Broad Creek on Hilton Head Island, S.C., in July.
A shaft of rain falls from a cloud above Cibola National Forest, N.M., in July.
Mammatus clouds appear above Wakefield, Mich., following a storm in July. Mammatus are pouch-like clouds and tend to hang underneath larger thunderstorm clouds.
Sunbeams glow just after sunset above Longs Peak northwest of Denver, Colo., in June.
Wildflowers bloom near the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Rainer in Washington State in August.
An unusual summer thunderstorm forms near Laguna Beach, Calif., on Aug. 11, as severe weather hit Orange County in southern California.
HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range. Essentially HDR is a photographic technique in which you combine a series of images into one photograph that wouldn’t be possible to create using nothing but traditional photography techniques.
The basic process requires you to take a series of at least three images at various exposures to capture the full range of highlights and shadows of the scene. You can create the images after the fact from a single raw file, or if you are really ambitious, you can use up to 9 different images to create a single HDR image. Take a look at these fantasy movie art inspirations.
You can find out more about HDR Photography on this amazing website called DailyHdr
Salt Piles on Shoreline, Senegal
Salt piles line the shoreline of Lake Retba, Senegal. The high salinity content of the lake provides a livelihood for salt collectors.
Biplane Over Monomoy Shoals, Massachusetts
A biplane flies above Monomoy Island, Massachusetts.
Sand Dunes, Rub al Khali
The borders of four nations—Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates—blur beneath the shifting sands of the Rub al Khali, or Empty Quarter, desert.
Drying Fronds, Kenya
Fronds dry in neat lines around a tree in Kenya.
Cave Dwellings, Turkey
Cavelike dwellings built into soft rock dot the Cappadocia region of Turkey.
Fairy Circles, Namib Desert
Fairy circles, or grassless patches, spot the Namib Desert in Namibia, seen here from an airplane.
Bacteria, New Zealand
Photosynthesizing bacteria in a New Zealand thermal pool absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
Beads of dew cling to the florets that spiral inside a sunflower head.
Lichens grow on a granite gravestone in Lake Champlain, New York.
The characteristic spikes of a banksia flower are common across Australia. This one was photographed on a farm in Mount Barker.
Water Reflection, Utah
Reflecting off water, light paints peacock-feather patterns onto a rock wall in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah.
Giant Clam Mantle
Iridescent spots surround the mantle of a giant clam in Palau, Micronesia. The mantle is a fleshy outer layer that secretes the clam’s shell.
Cactus, Manzanillo, Mexico
Bursts of yellow punctuate a cactus in Manzanillo, Mexico.
Exhibiting its main defense mechanism, a millipede curls into a tight spiral. In this fashion it protects its legs—on average between 100 and 300, not the thousand its name suggests—inside its body.
The scales of an Atlantic salmon, such as these on a fish in Quebec, Canada, can help biologists determine the fish’s age.
Seen here 400 times their true size, diatoms are a type of algae found in oceans, fresh water, and soil.
Basket Sea Star, Cuba
The complexly branched arms of the basket sea star, or starfish, catch plankton for the echinoderm.
Sunlight radiates through the Xpacay cenote in the Mexican Yucatán. Cenotes are freshwater sinkholes usually found on the Yucatán peninsula.
Snapping Turtle Shell
The bony plates of a snapping turtle’s carapace protect it from predators. Snappers are freshwater turtles found in much of North America.
Mammatus clouds roil in the Nebraska sky, identifiable by their sagging, pouch-like shape. The name comes from the Latin word for “breast.”
Spending time in a big city can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re traveling the urban streets amidst a saturated crowd, but what would it look like if you took a few seconds to stop and observe? Photographer Brian Yen, aka briyen, captures the truly busy nature of a populated metropolis through his series of long exposure photography, revealing the dizzying paths of pedestrians and automobiles alike.
The photographer’s One Year in Hong Kong series originally intended to be a year-long project to turn into a book of sorts, but Yen has been continuously snapping shots for the last six years. The series documents the bright, cultural, and festive scenes that makes up Hong Kong; however, it’s these blurred moments of commuting that have caught our attention.
By choosing to take a step back in the bustling streets of this nonstop region, rich with life, Yen captures the endless stream of movement within several still images, each one encapsulating about five seconds of time. It’s as though you can hear a buzzing sound as everybody zips back and forth in every direction.