The Money Museum – Free Samples… Sort of

Denver, Colorado.

On our tour of downtown Denver in mid-November, we were walking back toward Union Station along 16th Street when I happened to notice a banner identifying the Money Museum in front of a large official-looking office building. That building, we discovered, houses the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Denver offices. Continue reading

Museum of Nature and Science – Africa Dioramas

Denver, Colorado.

Last week’s Travel Tuesday found us at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The large collection of animal species are documented in 89 dioramas. Not being much of a world traveler, I have chosen to focus mostly upon the many places to visit in the United States. Since becoming a blogger, however, I’ve met many online friends who have shared their particular view of the world. One such blogging site takes me to Africa every week. de Wets Wild is an award winning travel blog focusing on the Mother Continent’s abundant wildlife. I will probably never go on an African photo safari, but I have been living that dream through the de Wets blog. You can read about their adventures here. Continue reading

Denver Nature and Science Museum – Over a Century of Learning

Denver, Colorado.

On a mid-November day, Lynn and I found us visiting the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with our friend Fred Mast. There is so much to see and do at the museum, you could easily spend an entire day. We wandered the museum’s exhibit halls including presentations focusing on health, Russian gem carvings, an exhibit on the lifestyles on the island of Cuba. Our main attraction for the day, however, focused on the 89 dioramas of wildlife from around the world. The opening image features a panorama so large, I couldn’t fit it all into a multiple shot panorama without resorting to an unusual perspective view and even then, the left edge of the image cut off the complete display. Continue reading

Downtown Denver – The 16th Street Mall

Denver, Colorado.

In last week’s Travel Tuesday, we visited the Colorado State Capitol with our photographer friend, Fred Mast. As I noted in last week’s post, we used the city’s mass transit rail system to go from Littleton area to downtown. At the southern end of the mall, the Denver City and County Office Building and the Capitol Building anchor the Civic Center Park. Our train stopped, though, near the northern end of the mall a short distance from Union Station. Continue reading

Colorado State Capitol Building – The Mile High Capitol

Denver, Colorado.

On a cold but beautiful mid-November day, Lynn and I found ourselves with fellow photographer, Fred Mast, on the commuter rail headed for downtown Denver. In an upcoming Travel Tuesday, we’ll feature more views of the downtown area and the 16th Street Mall. Today’s Travel Tuesday, however, features a visit to the State Capitol Building, Colorado’s seat of government. The photo above features a view of the building that sits almost exactly one mile above sea level. An official marker placed on the 13th step indicates the exact one-mile point. Continue reading

Denver Botanic Garden – A Natural Work of Art

Denver, Colorado.

“You’ve just taken a photo of an optical illusion,” I heard just after snapping the shutter on my camera. I turned to look for the speaker. It was a gentleman volunteer from the Botanic Garden. He commented that the design of the landscape is meant to make it look longer than it really is. The walkway and green areas all taper toward the distance and the trees bordering the garden area are shorter at the far end from where this photo was captured. The walk down the path didn’t take nearly as long as one might think. It is a great illusion you have to experience to really feel the effect. Continue reading

Wings Over the Rockies – Walk Among the Warbirds

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Lowry, Colorado.

Continuing our visit to Colorado, our photographer friend, Fred Mast, recommended a stop at the Wings Over the Rockies Air Museum. Knowing my interest in aviation, Fred hit a bullseye on a great place to visit for aircraft afficionados. What better place for an aviation museum than on the grounds of the former Lowry Air Force Bace. From the late 1930’s to the early 1990’s, the airbase was a technical training center where among other skills, they trained photographers. Continue reading