Friday, August 29, 2008

Photo Hunt #5: Beautiful

Photo Hunt #5: Beautiful, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Fourth Ward School--now a community center. It was a school from its construction in 1876 to 1936.

This is my entry for this week's Photo Hunt. This is not my first choice for this week, but I thought I would go with something from the series Virginia City to keep the series moving.

I find old buildings, both preserved and restored, simply beautiful. This one specifically. It must have been a joy to come here to learn. How lucky those many children who learned under this magnificent building. It is an eye catcher without a doubt.

In addition, I find the presence of the bikers adding to the substance and overall beauty of this image. [I initially wanted to post this for SWF].

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sky Watch #10

IMG_0050, originally uploaded by airam94564.

This is St. Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church, the first Catholic church in Nevada, built in 1876 and holds services and is open to the public. Photography is allowed inside the church.

Taken before the rain came down hard for a few minutes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Preserved Beauties

IMG_0079, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Silver Queen Inn. This historic hotel is located in the center of Virginia City. You’ll stay in nicely appointed rooms, some with brass beds, and views of over 100 miles, suites available. Main level features an authentic 1870”s saloon and wedding chapel; restaurants and Casinos nearby, pets allowed, and smoking in designated areas only.

Rates: $45.00 - $125.00

Above info from VC website.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Piper's Opera House

Piper's Opera House, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Here's one eye-catching structure, the Piper's Opera House. Unfortunately, there was no time to visit/tour any of the fascinating buildings and museums.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

McKay Mansion

McKay Mansion, originally uploaded by airam94564.

The Mckay Mansion was built in 1859 by George Hearst and the former residence of Comstock king John Mckay. It is now a National Historic Landmark. Tours are available, so are weddings and parties for up to 500 people.

For history of this mansion, click here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Photo Hunt #4: Wrinkled

Photo Hunt #4: Wrinkle, originally uploaded by airam94564.

I have a difficult time finding a photo that fits this week's theme. But here's my entry for this week, the old fashioned glove at AT&T Park, the home of the Giants. It is wrinkled. It has wrinkles---that's where it fits the theme :=)

Since the opening of the park on March 31, 2000, fans have been waiting for major leaguers to hit the glove, which has a distance of 518 feet from the home plate to the pocket of the glove. No one has hit a ball that far yet.

Will continue Virginia City series after this post.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sky Watch #9

Sky Watch #9, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Rainclouds hover over the historic town of Virgina City, Nevada.

Virginia City, Nevada is roughly 20 miles from Reno and is one of major tourist destinations in the area receiving about 2+ million visitors yearly.

It was a boomtown during the Comstock Lode silver strike. Now the whole town is like a huge museum. The entire Virginia City was declared a historic landmark in 1961. Stroll and enjoy the well preserved buildings, play slots, peek into the many interesting shops, say a prayer or two at the first Catholic church in Nevada (St. Mary in the Mountains, see the belltower?), eat scone and sip latte at the cafes housed inside beautiful old buildings, sample crazy flavors of salt water taffy. Two things you wont see here: fastfood restaurants and chain stores. Yay!

As a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper, Samuel Clemens first used his popular pen name: MARK TWAIN. So some say this is the birthplace of Mark Twain.

This will be the first in the series of Virginia City, which I visited during our Memorial Day road trip.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Artists (seen @ North Beach Street Fair)

Chalk Art is becoming widely popular in fairs and festivals. Artists put in long hours for their creation. I take my hats off to these talented individuals.
Now this is my kind of artist. Don't you agree that creating/cooking the perfect bbq rib or chicken is an art form? Plus, the ones who practice this art form are the friendliest kind. I have proof to show.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Solitary Walk

IMG_0205, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Walking in solitude is a form of meditation.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Photo Hunt #3: Colorful

Photo Hunt #3: Colorful, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Bangladeshi women in their colorful saris (sarees).

I remember the first time I donned a saree, I put it the wrong way. As you can see the flap should go to the left shoulder. I did not know that.

The woman in the left is my husband's aunt (wife of his mother's youngest brother) and the one on the right is a family friend and has become my friend too, Nisha.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sky Watch #8

Sky Watch #8, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Most of my sky watching activity is done while on a moving vehicle. This is why most of the entries on this photo meme will be coming from this activity.

Here's the big beautiful sky before the downpour. This is the second day of our 3-day road trip along the scenic Highway 395 along the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Let's Walk Some More

IMG_0108, originally uploaded by airam94564.

One of my favorite places to walk in the city is by the waterfront. Sure, it does have a lot of tourists and you have to fight for pavement space, but the views are simply spectacular.

Taken while on a moving vehicle.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Walk This

IMG_0170, originally uploaded by airam94564.

On a recent survey, San Francisco was named one of the most walkable city in the US. Now walk this....

Friday, August 08, 2008

Photo Hunt #2: Dark

Photo Hunt #2 --Dark, originally uploaded by airam94564.

It was dark by the time we entered the Bay Area from Yosemite one day and the sky was beautiful so I could not resist taking a shot.

I know my photo hunt includes clouds again. Well I love clouds, what can I do?

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sky Watch #7

Beautiful skies grace the dog days of summer at the ballpark. Taken 8.06.08 @ AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Home team defeated the visiting Atlanta Braves 3-2.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Hah! It's my 500th post. Yay!!!!!

Photo is taken at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska, May 2007

Monday, August 04, 2008

Oooh and Aaah

IMG_0159, originally uploaded by airam94564.

That's what comes out of my mouth each time I look at a view like this one.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Another Beauty

IMG_0057, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Photo Hunt #1: Cloud (s)

Photo Hunt #1: Cloud (s), originally uploaded by airam94564.

What do you know, it's clouds for my first photo hunt meme. One subject I love, that's why I entered the Sky watch meme, and here it is for my first photo hunt. I can never be tired of clouds and cloudscapes.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Helichrysum 3

IMG_0001, originally uploaded by airam94564.

I love this color, well I love it any color it comes in, but this one is truly eye catching.

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And for more everlasting, click here.