A nice day for a nice day in San Francisco. That’s a tiny view of the Golden Gate Bridge (do you see it?) 🌁 framed through the metal sides of the Bay Bridge! And the tower on the hill is the famous Coit Tower. I took this picture at a high shutter speed while being driven on the Bay Bridge. What do you think?

#sanfrancisco #baybridge #goldengatebridge #sfbayarea

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Recently I got a chance to photograph the ‘Russian Woodpecker’ in Chernobyl with a drone!

In 1976 the world heard for the first time the eerie woodpecker-like repetitive pulse coming from these transmitters in present day Ukraine. Conspiracy theories followed instantly, generating Western media headlines about mind and weather control. Amid growing fears of nuclear war some claimed that the low-frequency "Russian signal" could change human behavior and destroy brain cells. Such wild speculations were further fueled by the Soviet Union's denial of the very existence of the radar -- it was a children's camp after all.

The Duga radar (which translates as "The Arc") was once one of the most powerful military facilities in the Soviet Union's communist empire. It still stands a towering 150 meters (492 feet) high and stretches almost 700 meters in length. But, left to rot in the radioactive winds of Chernobyl, it's now in a sad state of industrial decay.

When it was in operation, the Duga supposedly used short radio waves capable of traveling thousands of kilometers using a technique called "over-the-horizon" radiolocation to detect the exhaust flames of launching missiles.

The random frequency hops disrupted legitimate broadcasts, amateur radio operations, oceanic commercial aviation communications, and utility transmissions, resulting in thousands of complaints by many countries worldwide. The signal became such a nuisance that some receivers such as amateur radios and televisions actually began including 'Woodpecker Blankers' in their circuit designs in an effort to filter out the interference.

#russia #ukraine #chernobyl #coldwar #duga #radar #soviet

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🇺🇸 One of most underrated things to do in San Francisco is hopping on to the ferry from Embarcadero to Jack London Sq in Oakland. You can even enjoy a drink as you take in these awesome views - and yet it’s a commuter ferry so it’s affordable.

The tallest building in this skyline is the Salesforce tower that is now the tallest building on the West Coast. The pyramid shaped building right in the sun near the flag is the Transamerica Pyramid, the former tallest building in San Francisco.

#ferry #sanfrancisco #skyline #water #flag #usa #california

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Sunset in Boston!

On the bottom left is the famous Fenway Park, where the Red Sox play. Operational since 1912, it is the oldest ball park in Major League Baseball (MLB) and is one of the most well known sporting venues in the world.

On the right is one of the meanders of the Charles river that divides Boston from Cambridge.

#boston #cambridge #fenwaypark #baseball #mlb #sunset

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Last month I went to Chernobyl in Ukraine. I had always been very curious about it since I was a kid. This weekend I started and finished the season 1 of the HBO show by the same name. And now I am going back through my pictures and videos with new context. Yes, those are dosimeters around our necks. And we are inside a gas mask factory. It was a fascinating experience!

#chernobyl #ukraine #chernobylexclusionzone #radioactive #apocalypse

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Nicolaus Copernicus was born in the city of Torun, in the Prince-Bishopric of Warmia, northern Poland on February 19, 1473. His name at birth was Mikolaj Kopernik. At university he started calling himself the Latin form of his name, Nicolaus Copernicus. Behind me is a statue of him!

He was a mathematician and astronomer, who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than Earth at the center of the universe. He also derived a quantity theory of money—a key concept in economics. He also formulated an economic principle that later came to be called Gresham's law: "bad money drives out good". For example, if there are two forms of commodity money in circulation, which are accepted by law as having similar face value, the more valuable commodity will gradually disappear from circulation.

#poland #history #science #economics #astronomy

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This weekend we spent sleeping on a mountain in Yosemite at 11,000ft/3,350m at 28F/-2.2C. Between the moonset at 3:30am & the sunrise at 6:10am there was maybe an hour of good darkness to capture this. Was very surprised by the results - these are more stars than I have ever been able to capture in a single 5s exposure! I first thought I got even more lucky, thinking those two trails are meteors (maybe part of Perseids). But I think they are more likely to be ... airplanes! But if we want to believe they are meteors, maybe they are 😛 There’s a third one right inside the thick band of the Milky Way.

#milkyway #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark

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Ephemerisle at dusk - a floating city built and unbuilt on water every year!

#drone #ephemerisle2019 #ephemerisle

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Drone photo of Sunset over Ephemerisle with Mt Diablo!

#ephemerisle2019 #ephemerisle #drone #aerial #sunset

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The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is the world's tallest obelisk standing 554 left (169m) tall!

I had to reluctantly leave as I’d have loved to stay and see the Smithsonian projecting the Apollo 11 onto it’s facade to commemorate the 50yr anniversary of the moon landing!
#washingtondc #washingtonmonument @nationalmallnps

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The Vessel in NYC. Designed by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the elaborate honeycomb-like structure rises 16 stories and consists of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings for visitors to climb. Vessel is the main feature of the 5-acre Hudson Yards Public Square. Its final cost is expected to be $200 million.

#nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #art #public

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Love that most people can readily tell this is #NYC despite there being no actual landmarks visible. There is indeed no place like #newyorkcity and it’s always fun to be back here! Do you see that rooftop bar on the bottom right, next to the #us flags?

#urban #cityscape

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Chernobyl is most famous for the disaster at the nuclear power plant. But lesser known is this secret Soviet military base called Duga-3. It was shrouded in such secrecy during the height of the Cold War that on official maps, it was marked as a children’s summer camp. Like the rest of what would become the Exclusion Zone, it had to be abandoned suddenly in 1986 when the nuclear disaster struck. While it once was at the forefront of Soviet military and scientific technology, classified as top secret, today it rests, mostly forgotten and silent in the woods surrounding Chernobyl. This room pictured here was the gymnasium in the residential quarters of the base, mostly untouched for the last 33 years. I took this pic in passing, spent maybe no more than 15s in this room, but surprised at how well the lighting and texture, the rotting wooden floor, the bluish paint in the stairway etc. all came together.

#chernobyl #ukraine #soviet #military #secret #base #coldwar #duga3 #exclusionzone

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A swing with a view! Those clouds below our feet were actually tightly covering the Pacific Ocean, all the way up to the horizon.

#bigsur #california #camping #outdoors #swing

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McWay Falls is an 80-foot-tall (24 m) waterfall on the coast of Big Sur in central California. It is a tidefall, a waterfall that empties directly into the ocean, and one of only two in California. In 1983, a record rainfall resulted in huge landslides and mudflows, and due to reconstruction and wave activity, this sandy beach was formed beneath the falls. Over time, the beach is expected to go away. The falls are only accessible by boat, one of which we can see approaching in this pic.

#california #waterfall #tidefall #ocean #pacific #water #outdoors

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Toruń is one of the oldest cities in Poland, with the first settlement dated back to the 8th century and later having been expanded in 1233 by the Teutonic Knights. I was walking back from work, taking a shortcut, when this interesting frame came about. Most of Toruń is actually brick red, but in this frame we see the blue / grey cobblestone at the bottom, the red exposed bricks on the sides, the yellow painted walls of the restaurant with its pink roofs and the sharply punctuating man standing in the green doorway in his red shirt!

#torun #poland #medieval

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Looking up at The Shard [309.6 metres, 1,016 ft high] from right below it! Do you see that tiny airplane? #london #theshard #skyline ...

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The Richmond–San Rafael Bridge (also officially named the John F. McCarthy Memorial Bridge) is the northernmost of the east–west crossings of the San Francisco Bay in California, USA. It bridges Interstate 580 from Richmond on the east to San Rafael on the west. It opened in 1956, replacing ferry service by the Richmond–San Rafael Ferry Company. The bridge—including approaches—measures 5.5 miles (29,040 feet / 8,851.39 m / 8.9 km) long. At the time it was built, it was one of the world's longest bridges. The bridge spans two ship channels and has two separate main cantilever spans. Both main cantilever spans are raised to allow ship traffic to pass, and in between, there is a "dip" in the elevation of the center section, giving the bridge a vertical undulation or "roller coaster" appearance and also the nickname "roller coaster span". Because the navigation channels are not parallel to each other, the bridge also does not follow a straight line. This appearance has also been referred to as a "bent coat hanger".
#sanfrancisco #bayarea #bridge

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A very uncommon view of San Francisco! You rarely see these objects line up in a single frame: Angel island, Alcatraz, The Ferry Building, Pier 33/39 and even a cruise ship! I had a very long lens on my camera and got this off the Bay Bridge, thanks to the standstill traffic!
#sanfrancisco #bayarea #cityscape

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View from the iconic View Lounge (39th floor /436ft / 133m) atop the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel. For those who know this place, the unique windows can be easily recognized from anywhere. Towards the right edge in the view is the Salesforce Tower, the newest tallest building in San Francisco (61 floors+ / 1070ft / 326m), it’s top covered by clouds (which is kinda interesting because Salesforce made most of its revenue by putting stuff in the cloud ☁️!) #sanfrancisco #skyline #cityscape #salesforcetower ...

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🌋 🎶 Happy Earth Day!
This is one of the most interesting places I have been to. We spent all night here, under the stars, falling asleep and waking up to the crackling sounds of Tūtū Pele (the goddess of volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands)! #earthday #kīlauea

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The Defenders of the Soviet Arctic during the Great Patriotic War, commonly called Alyosha (Russian: 'Алёша'; Alyosha is an affectionate diminutive form of the name Aleksey) is a monument in Murmansk, Russia to Soviet soldiers, sailors, and airmen of World War II (called, in Russia, the Great Patriotic War). The statue is of a soldier in a greatcoat with a rifle slung over his shoulder. The height of the pedestal is 7 metres (23 ft); the statue is 35.5 metres (116 ft) tall. It is the second-tallest statue in Russia. The soldier faces west, toward the Valley of Glory, where the fiercest fighting of the Arctic Campaign occurred when the German invaders were turned back from the approaches to Murmansk at the Zapadnaya Litsa River in July 1941.

#russia #murmansk

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Seen from San Francisco, Alcatraz island measures 1,675 feet (511 m) by 590 feet (180 m) and is 135 feet (41 m) at highest point during mean tide. It is home to a former famous prison amongst other things.

Beginning on November 20, 1969, a group of Native Americans called United Indians of All Tribes, mostly college students from San Francisco, occupied the island to protest federal policies related to American Indians. Some of them were children of Native Americans who had relocated in the city as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Indian termination policy, which was a series of laws and policies aimed at the assimilation of Native Americans into mainstream American society, particularly by encouraging Native Americans to move away from the Indian reservations and into cities.

The American Indians claimed the island by provisions of the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868) between the US and the Sioux; they said the treaty promised to return all retired, abandoned, or out-of-use federal lands to the native peoples from whom they were acquired. Indians of All Tribes then claimed Alcatraz Island by the "Right of Discovery", as indigenous peoples knew it thousands of years before any Europeans had come to North America. The Native Americans demanded reparation for the many treaties broken by the US government and for the lands that were taken from so many tribes.

During the occupation, President Richard Nixon rescinded the Indian termination policy, designed by earlier administrations to end federal recognition of tribes and their special relationship with the US government. He established a new policy of self-determination, in part as a result of the publicity and awareness created by the occupation. The occupation ended on June 11, 1971.

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I carry my camera on me almost every day. Over time, I have realized that the things I pay attention to depends on the lens I have on my camera. If I have a telephoto lens on, I tend to scan the horizon and rooftops more often. If I have a wide angle lens on, I start looking more closer and take in larger scenes. I had just switched to my wide angle lens when I automatically looked down at the ground beneath me. It’s neither yellow, nor brick, nor even a road - but it felt like I was walking on the yellow brick road ☺️ ...

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Exposed to the golden rays of the setting sun, against a surreal cloudy sky, the tallest 6 buildings in this picture from right to left are:
• 20 Fenchurch Street(‘The Walkie Talkie’),
• ‘The Scalpel’,
• 30 St Mary Ax (‘The Gherkin’),
• 122 Leadenhall (‘The Cheesegrater’),
• 22 Bishopsgate - under construction - (formerly the Pinnacle / ‘Helter Skelter’),
• Tower 42 (‘NatWest Tower’). The foreground in the shadows has the distinctive Southwark Bridge with its green trim over the Thames, and an alternative narrative of the past in the form of the two distinctive towers of the Cannon Street station on the bottom right edge.

#london #skyline #sunset #clouds

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