Habana Bonita

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Contiuning the dichotomy of Havana, there are some decidedly gorgeous revitalized neighborhoods and buildings in Habana Vieja, largely categorized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site area of the city, and the historical civic center of the city. Above, a patio central in a hotel that I did not stay in.
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A street in Havana Vieja.

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I’m a sucker for Painted Ladies and these girls sure look fine. If you ever go to Havana Vieja, these ladies are between Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza Vieja, closer to the latter.

Habana Veija, Habana, Cuba
Jan., 2017

Rainbow

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There is a hot debate as to whether the multicolored trees of New England or the golden aspens of Colorado put on a better fall show. I don’t know. But Rocky Mountain National Park sure looks fine on a sunny October day.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
October, 2016

Grand View

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You may take away a theme from my canyon posts as time goes on: the canyons are lovely in the daytime, but mythical at night. This is Grandview Point in the golden hour, or probably 4:00 PM since this was taken around the winter solstice. We returned with blankets around 10:00 PM that night to look at the Milky Way (Canyonlands are a dark sky park), and Grandview was just luminous. I believe there was a full or nearly-full moon this night, and I felt like I was having a spiritual experience with the canyon. The Anasazi were animistic, and I can understand why. The canyons under moonlight become this ethereal presence that’s hard to describe but very palpable. Canyonlands is a little-visited park, simply because (I believe) it doesn’t have the name-recognition of  nearby Arches, Bryce, and Zion. This means that you will often have hiking trails to yourself or only a few others, particularly during the off-season. Go visit! It’s the most mesmerizing of Utah’s parks.

Grandview Point
Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT
December, 2015

Islands in the Sky

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Canyonlands National Park! The Islands in the Sky were gorgeous the day before Christmas, when most sane people were travelling to or being with their families. Not us! We went to Utah to finally visit the land of Edward Abbey, spires, arches, canyons, domes, etc. The gorgeous grasslands of Moab’s high plateau are pictured here, canyons to follow.

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Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT
December, 2015