Detroit Art

I loved this graffiti spot near the Eastern Market in Detroit.  When I was scanning my photos for something to post tonight, I couldn’t believe this one wasn’t already shared with the world.  I took this photo last March during our Motown Urbex weekend. 

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Ocean and Lagoon

It was chilly in my area this weekend, which makes we wish for either warmer weather or a trip to a warm weather spot.  As I scrolled through photos looking for something to post, I had that in my head.  Therefore, you’re getting this photo I took from the Bahamas.  This was a great spot to spend the day, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and a beautiful lagoon on the other. 

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Change Boring Walls

During our time on Bonaire, we passed this abandoned hotel a number of times.  So on the last morning, Blair and I ran off to explore this beauty.  When we arrived, this wonderful mural was awaiting us at the entrance. 

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Cam

The Panthers didn’t have a very good showing last night against the Steelers, but it was still fun seeing Cam Newton play in person.  He’s a big dude when you’re standing next to him.  I can see why Carolina is excited about him as their quarterback.  Unfortunately for him, the Steelers sacked him 5 times last night and embarrassed his entire team.

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Pripyat Gym

I couldn’t tell you which building this was in, we explored so many and I saw numerous gyms.  But I can tell you this is in the town of Pripyat, just outside the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  Wow, what an experience!!! 

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Bonaire Dreaming

I’m always continually amazed at how quickly time flies by.  With that in mind, it’s hard to believe it has been over a month since we were in Bonaire.  I want to go back.  I loved this country.  Just outstanding from every perspective. I’ve been dreaming about going back since the moment we left.

I don’t think I’ve ever shared a cell phone photo before, so this is a first.  We went on a kayaking excursion towards the end of the week, so I didn’t take my camera.  When we arrived at the kayaking launch spot, I found this massive drift wood.  There was no way to pass this up without taking a photo, so I did with my phone.  It’s not the best quality photo in the world, but I like it.

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Big Guy

This guy blocked the road for probably 10 minutes forcing us to wait while he completed his business.  Our driver tried to get him to move, but he wasn’t taking the hint.  So we just waited, took a ton of photos and enjoyed the show.  It’s hard to believe South Africa was a year ago…..how did that happen??

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Colosseum

This wonderful place is also called Flavian Amphitheatre.  Rome has so many historical locations and sites, its impossible to see them all in a single visit.  I really enjoyed our stop at the Colosseum, but I wish we could have stayed longer and without the other thousand tourist.  They claim it could hold between 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, but I have my doubts.  I’ve been in massive modern stadiums that only hold 40,000.  I don’t see any way this place could hold as many people as they claim.  Anyway….its a great location and worth checking out.

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Lombard Street

I’ve loved my past trips to San Francisco.  What a great city!  The last time I was there, I went to Lombard Street on two difference occasions.  This specific time, it was late at night.  I was basically the only person there.  The other time was during daylight and it was packed with cars and tourist.  I liked having it to myself the best.

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Matt Ryan

I’m so far behind in my photo editing.  Last night I edited some photos from the Steelers vs. Falcons on October 7th.  I was looking through them for a good Matt Ryan photo for a friend of mine.  In my opinion, this isn’t the typical “good” sports photo, but I liked it.  So here he is….. As you can tell from his dirty uniform, the Steelers got to him a bunch on this day.

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City Nights

I’m starting to work through my Chernobyl photos.  It’s going to take me a very long time, but I like what I’m seeing so far.  But I need to mix it up and not give you too many Ukraine photos in a row. 

Tonight, I have a Big Apple sunset photo for you.  MJ was extremely good that night waiting for me to get the perfect photo.

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Hospital Nursery

Here is another photo from inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  I took this photo inside the hospital nursery located in the city of Pripyat.  There are a few rooms inside the hospital like this.  I have no idea how many babies were born there per year, but based on the nursery, it had to be a few hundred… I think.  This room is an iconic Chernobyl spot…..

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Pripyat Cultural Center

I took this photo inside the cultural center, which is in the City Center of the abandoned city of Pripyat Ukraine.  This town was founded in February 1970 as the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union.  It was built to serve and support the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  Of course, after the nuclear disaster, the city and the entire surrounding area was evacuated. 

In this room, you can see a former boxing ring that was set up.  Note how the sun rays are highlighted in this photo…. That’s not from photo software editing magic….  Simon flew a drone around the room, which kicked up all this dust helping to create this affect (Great idea of Robert’s) 

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Chernobyl Cooling Tower

I’ve just started to look at and edit a few photos from our trip to Ukraine to visit Chernobyl and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  It’ll probably take me years at the pace I work and the current back log of photos I have to edit.  Regardless, here is a photo I took inside the cooling tower, which is near nuclear reactor #4, #5 and #6.  I loved this mural someone painted on the wall.

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Olympiyskiy

I’ve been absent from the digital world for the last 10 days, while Blair and I traveled to the Ukraine.  We spent some time in Kiev (beginning and end of the trip), Chernobyl, and a few small villages.  We spent most of our time within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, so you can imagine the number of future posts I’ll have from Chernobyl.  I took this photo from our hotel window at the beginning of the trip in Kiev.  This is their Olympic Stadium, used primarily as a football (soccer) venue.    

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Weird

This beauty is from our Motown Urbex trip earlier this year.  This was the second time I’d been to this site.  I don’t remember this orange chair in the past, but it made for a nice focal point in this photo. I love the graffiti on the back wall as well.

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Bonaire Historic Site

We had a wonderful time exploring the entire island.  On the southern end of the island, there are two historic sites with around 8 to 12 of these tiny huts.  One set is painted white and the other is yellow.  These are former huts for the slaves that were used in the Salt Flats way back in history.  Unfortunately, even this beautiful country has a negative mark on their history due to the use of slaves.  I can’t imagine how terrible the working and living conditions were for these poor souls. 

This specific location is also one of the numerous designated scuba diving sites around the island, all marked with a stone painted yellow and the dive site name on it.  As you can see, this dive site is called “white slave”. 

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Strip Sack

It was an extremely hot day on the sideline yesterday during the Steelers vs. Falcons game.  I’d rather have that then the freezing weather that comes with games later in the season, but it was a little to hot for football, if you ask me.  The Steelers had a good game in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, and special teams) regardless of the heat. 

I took this photo of T.J. Watt’s strip-sack of Matt Ryan towards the end of the game, which ended with the Steelers recovering the fumble in the End Zone for a defensive touchdown. 

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Sneakers

This photo is from our Detroit Urbex trip last spring.  We visited a ton of sites while we were there.  This is from Bradley Elementary School.  This was one of those old style gyms that they also used as the cafeteria.  You know the type, where the tables and benches fold up into the walls to clear the space for gym class.

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Conner

How was your week?  Mine flew by very quickly and I can’t believe it’s Friday night already.  I took this photo last Sunday night at the Steelers vs. Ravens game.  I captured this photo pregame of James Conner, while he was getting himself ready to play.  He didn’t have a great game against the Ravens, but he has a promising future ahead.

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