Wheeler Glacier and Cirque Headwall

Wheeler Glacier and Cirque Headwall

Wheeler Glacier and Cirque Headwall. Great Basin National Park, Nevada. September 26, 2017. © Copyright 2017 G Dan Mitchell – all rights reserved.

Wheeler Glacier and the cirque headwall below Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park

On my recent first-time visit to Nevada’s Great Basin National Park I experienced the challenges and rewards of photographing a brand new (to me!) location. As I have previously noted, I usually avoid doing too much research about a new destination ahead of time, at least beyond what is necessary to successfully get there and back and locate places to stay and eat, along with the most basic known features of the place. (For anyone who hasn’t heard the message already, I’m trying to retain the potential for discovery in new places and to make it more likely that I will form my own orientation to them.) So, what I actually knew about this park in advance of my visit was somewhat limited: it is formed around the Snake Mountains, it is famous for its caves, Wheeler Peak is the second highest point in Nevada, there might be fall color at this time of year, that much of the park is not easily accessible… and there is a glacier!

From this and a few of my other photographs of the high areas of the park you might get the impression that it is largely and alpine place. It isn’t. In fact, the spots that do have that feeling are a small portion of the park and at least partially notable for being exceptions. Yet, once you arrive at such places they become your entire world. (Well, almost your entire world, since views of the surrounding "basin" terrain are rarely far away.) This glacial cirque cuts into the highest ridge, separating the two tallest summits in the park. The view straight into this glacial valley is, indeed, impressively alpine. (As I write this I have a photograph of a Pacific Northwest glacier scene from Mount Shuksan open on my computer, and it shares remarkable parallels with this photograph.) On this visit the effect was enhances by a recent dusting of early autumn snowfall that coats the mountains and the top of the huge rock glacier at the lower edge of the much smaller ice glacier.

G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist. His book, "California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra" is available from Heyday Books and Amazon.
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Tenerife Water Park And Private Boat Trip- Getaways To Thrilling Joy

Tenerife Water Park And Private Boat Trip- Getaways To Thrilling Joy
Tenerife, which is one of the seven Canary Islands offer some exotic locations and sight seeing. The Tenerife water park offers some exciting scenes that you would love to see. You can call Tenerife, the aquatic land that replicates the ancient kingdom that had influenced Thailand. Everyone from young to old will love to indulge in all the water activities in tenerife water park .

Tenerife Water Park offers some exciting rides that are thrilling and equally entertaining. Anyone would be amazed to find the thrilling rides that are more about swaying and twisting your body and finding some invigorating excitement in it. The 28-meter sharp drop of the vertical ride is something that will surely attract any tourist in Tenerife Water Park.

The vertical drop allows a person to slip through a tunnel and no doubt the experience is surely going to find a place with any thrill lover. If you have not heard of the Dragon in the park, then experience one. It is a four-seated ride that follows zero gravity and allows a person to move back and forth in a joyous ride. The best part is the end result that lands you in a pool.

If you have not experienced The Volcano in Tenerife Water Park, then you should experience its thrill. Four members can take up the ride at one go and the experience is like entering a real volcano. The shaft keeps on spinning until you end in a pool. Hence, no doubt the experience is so much fun that anyone from young to old is going to love it.

While you take your trip on the blue stretch, you find schools of dolphins and whales taking dives into water and splashing white spills all over you. While, you may find dolphins quite rare, you will definitely find a number of whales whisking past you in delight. The impressive rock formation in the ocean is something that will steal your eyes.

Private boat ride is an out of the world experience in Tenerife. While the water parks offer you exciting rides that are man-made, private boat touring round the island is something that will leave you with a dream-like experience. Trip in a private boat gives you the insight into natures splendour and wonder.

If Tenerife Water Park is the passage to thrill and excitement, private boat trip is the ultimate definition of real joy.

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University Park Texas: Where College Town Meets Urban Center

University Park Texas: Where College Town Meets Urban Center

Covering just 3.72 acres, University Park, Texas seems to be all but swallowed up by the big city. Bordered on three sides by Highland Park and on the south by Dallas, the suburb is known as a premier residential location for families and singles wanting to buy or lease a property. At its true heart, however, University Park, the home of Southern Methodist University, is one of the most unique college towns in Texas just five miles from downtown Dallas.

SMU, founded in 1911, occupies a  210-acre urban campus. Approximately 6,000 undergraduates and 4,693 post-graduates are taught by 603 full-time faculty members. Together, this population, as well as the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, form the core of an active scholarly, social, and community life.

Seven Degree-Granting Schools

There are seven schools at SMU granting degrees to undergraduates and post-graduates. Of these, the Cox School of Business was ranked first in the nation by The Economist” for its “potential to network,” while the Dedman School of Law placed 46th in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools in 2009. The other SMU schools include the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Meadows School of the Arts, the Perkins School of Theology, the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, and the Lyle School of Engineering.

Center for Research and Scholarship

SMU boasts a total of ten libraries, which collectively comprise the largest privately-held body of research resources in the American Southwest. Among those, the Bridwell Library is recognized as a premier theological collection, while the Central University Libraries, the largest in the system, have a catalog of more than 2 million volumes. Additionally, the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library maintains one of the most extensive cartographic collections in America.

George W. Bush Presidential Library

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and the George W. Bush Policy Institute will be located on the southeast side of the SMU campus and will include a museum open to the public and an archive for researchers. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the 227,000 sq. ft. complex will be held in November 2010 with the approximately $ 250 million project slated for completion in 2013. The design calls for a structure of red brick and Texas limestone with a central tower, all chosen to blend with the Georgian Revival architecture of the surrounding university buildings with landscaping incorporating native Texas grasses and wildflowers.

On-Campus Museums

SMU maintains two museums. The Pollock Gallery serves as a showcase for rotating exhibits of works by faculty and students in a range of media, as well as providing a venue for shows by artists not affiliated with the Meadows School of the Arts. The Meadows Museum is home to a collection of Spanish works spanning the tenth to the 21st centuries and includes sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, and Giacometti, as well as pieces by modern contemporary sculptors.

Performance Venues and Athletic Contests

Throughout the year, the calendar at the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium offers a range of speakers, performers, and touring troupes that have, over the past 80 years, included such widely diverse figures and groups as: Martha Graham, Salvadore Dali, the American Ballet Theatre, Itzak Perlman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elton John, Sir John Gielgud, Vincent Price, Yo-Yo Ma, the Houston Ballet, W.H. Auden, Harry Connick, Jr., Luciano Pavarotti, Barry Manilow, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and Dashboard Confessional.

The SMU Mustangs participate in the NCAA Division I and are a member of Conference USA. Football games are played in the Gerald J. Ford Stadium on campus with the school’s closest rival being neighboring Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Before every home game, students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather on the school’s main street, Bishop Boulevard, for pre-game festivities including food tents and entertainment, with pets and children welcome.

Beautiful Holiday Tradition of Lights

Each December, a candlelight ceremony with music and readings is held on the Main Quad. The University president traditionally reads the Christmas story from the Christian Bible and choirs from the Meadows School of Arts and neighboring high schools lead the crowd in singing carols. At the culmination of the evening, the lights decorating Dallas Hall and the trees surrounding it are lit in a Celebration of Lights that is a well-loved staple of the community.

Residents of University Park have the unique opportunity to live in the third largest city in Texas and in a tiny college town where day-to-day life naturally blends on and off-campus activities. With all the benefits of the the 12th largest metro economy in the world, residents can still enjoy a walk on campus, a student art show or play, and tailgating for a home game. University Parks stands out among all the Dallas suburbs for this very mix: modern and traditional, small and large, urban center and beloved alma mater.

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On 9/11 I was traveling in Xingjiang Province in China, waiting for the night train from Turpan Zhan to Dunhuang. By chance, there was an Internet cafe next to the train station, so I went in and found a computer between some Chinese soldiers and a young Uyghur man chatting online with friends. Most Western news organizations were blocked in China, but Excite.com, where I had an email account, somehow got past the censors. When the page loaded, I saw the news that the WTC had been hit by a plane.

It just so happened that my girlfriend in Japan (now my wife) was online and so she relayed to me the news she was watching on her television. Occasionally, I would look around, only to find that the Chinese world was still unaware of what was happening on the other side of the planet.

When it came time to board my train, I was left in the dark. How many more planes were out there? Who was doing it? What would the world look like when I had a chance to check the Internet the next day. Looking around at the Chinese web surfers, I knew that nobody within hundreds of miles had heard the news. In fact, it would be another day before the Muslim inhabitants of Western China were allowed to hear about the attacks. And so, I had only my dark thoughts on that long, lonely trip.

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The Park, Kolkata – An Urban Hub

The Park, Kolkata – An Urban Hub

The private spaces or rooms are carefully segmented to cater to the discerning tastes and requirements of both business and leisure travelers. 56 Deluxe rooms, with plush, elegant decor and modern facilities reflect the rich history of art and architecture of the city. 40 Luxury Premium rooms and 36 Luxury rooms boast of state-of-the-art luxury and private in-room features like 43″ Plasma TV, DVD players, in-room tea/coffee maker and relaxing rain showers. The Residence, the all suite deluxe floor, has 16 Deluxe suites and 1 Presidential suite. These luxurious designer suites provide special in room facilities like individual fax, DVD players and private jacuzzi. Personal butlers are in attendance all day long as well. Special benefits for all guests include private dining options, complimentary breakfast and happy hours at The Residence Lounge.

The public spaces offer a wide choice of innovative dining venues. From The Atrium Cafe, an all day restaurant, offering a gourmet international menu with a wide selection of teas and coffees to Zen, the contemporary Oriental specialty restaurant, highlighting the Jewels of the Orient with the city’s best selection of Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisines. From Saffron, the Indian specialty restaurant, striking the perfect harmony between regional favourites representing the diverse cuisines of the country to The Street, a bright sunny café cum deli right at the entrance offering a choice of international fast foods, coffees, world wines, cheeses and specialty foods.

The exciting entertainment options range from Aqua, a glamorous al fresco bar and dining experience by the poolside to Someplace Else an English style pub with performances by the city’s best live bands everyday, promising different kinds of music with legendary guest performers. From Tantra, an international quality nightclub, offering the finest club experience with 2 bars and a pulsating dance floor, to Roxy, the cocktail bar that epitomizes the glamour and style of the 60s offering some of the finest cocktails, wines and cigars and innovative music and entertainment acts.

The state-of-the-art Banquet halls, spread over an area of 15,000 sq ft, combine technology and design to offer the latest facilities for prestigious conferencing, elaborate parties and lavish banquets. The newly launched international designer banqueting space,

And finally, Aura, the luxury day spa offers unique signature treatments with natural ingredients. The state of the art gymnasium, a beauty salon, soothing sauna and steam chambers, poolside juice bar and an outdoor all weather swimming pool and jacuzzi completes the innovative, international experience.

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Mermaid Cricket?!?!?!?

Mermaid Cricket?!?!?!?

There was a light dusting of snow on this sculpture. Actually a very detailed piece of art. I’m unsure why it was relegated to this out-of-the-way section of the park

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