United States (2010) 0010_DSC_0574The main building of the University of Texas at Austin, better known as the Tower.0020_DSC_0609A fountain on the UT campus.0030_DSC_0618The same fountain, now seen from the side.0040_DSC_0623The tower, seen down University Avenue.Texas State Capitol1.6s, f/3.5, ISO 1000060_DSC_0635The Austin Folk House Bed & Breakfast, where I stayed during my visit to UT.0070_DSC_0636The Tower.0080_DSC_0639View from the building that houses UT's astronomy department. The dome of the State Capitol is visible just to the left of the center.0090_DSC_0641The Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, home to UT's football team, the Texas Longhorns. With a capacity of 100,119 seats, it is the fourth largest football stadium in the US.0100_DSC_0642The telescope doom on the roof of the astronomy department.0110_DSC_0644Memorial Stadium.0120_DSC_0645Memorial Stadium.0130_DSC_0649Memorial Stadium.0140_DSC_0650Memorial Stadium.0150_DSC_0656The Santa Rita no. 1 rig, used to drill the first major oil well in Texas. The rig now stands on the southern end of the UT campus.0160_DSC_0659The State Capitol.0170_DSC_0660The State Capitol.0180_DSC_0662The main entrance to the State Capitol.0190_DSC_0665Close-up of the top of the dome of the State Capitol.0200_DSC_0669The rear side of the State Capitol.0210_DSC_0661View down Congress Avenue from the State Capitol.0230_DSC_06710240_DSC_0672The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.0250_DSC_0673The tower, seen down University Avenue.0260_DSC_0675The fountain and the Tower.0270_DSC_0677The fountain.0280_DSC_0679The suburban ugliness of Bell Road in northern Phoenix.0290_DSC_0680Bell Road.0300_DSC_0683Damage from yesterday's storm, the strongest since at least 1993, with the highest single-day amount of rain ever measured in Phoenix.0310_DSC_0688A typical tree on 21st Avenue.0320_DSC_0691Most of the streets I walked had pavements, but they weren't always well maintained. I had to sidestep trees and bushes on several occasions.0330_DSC_0693Garbage on 20th Avenue.0340_DSC_0694View of the North Mountain Preserve from 20th Avenue.0350_DSC_0696More signs of yesterday's heavy rainfall.0360_DSC_0699A typical saguaro cactus. I don't know whether the struts were erected especially for yesterday's storm, or whether they're a more permanent presence.0370_DSC_0700A cactus.0380_DSC_0702A cactus.0390_DSC_0703A cactus.0400_DSC_0705A flood channel filled with muddy water.0410_DSC_0707A flood channel filled with muddy water.0420_DSC_0708A wealthy neighbourhood on Coral Gables Drive.0430_DSC_0709The North Mountain Preserve from Coral Gables Drive.0440_DSC_0711Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Kodak Theatre.0450_DSC_0712The Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.0460_DSC_0717Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.0470_DSC_0718Hollywood Boulevard.0480_DSC_0725Spider-Man, Michael Jackson and Freddy Krueger on Hollywood Boulevard.0490_DSC_0727Disney's Studio Store and theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.0510_DSC_0735The Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum.0520_DSC_0737Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron and others on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.0530_DSC_0740One of four identical moons honouring the crew of Apollo 11 at the corner of Hollywood and Vine.0540_DSC_07310550_DSC_0741_edit0560_DSC_0746The top deck of Dodger Stadium.0570_DSC_0788Dodger Stadium seen from the top deck.0580_DSC_0755The left-field bleachers and video screen.0590_DSC_0754The right-field bleachers and video screen.0600_DSC_0757The colours of the chairs symbolize the Californian coast. From bottom to top we have dry sand, wet sand, shallow water and deep water.0610_DSC_0764The press box at Dodger Stadium.0620_DSC_0762The organ at Dodger Stadium.0630_DSC_0763The main control room at Dodger Stadium.0640_DSC_0767A luxury suite in Dodger Stadium.0650_DSC_0768The event suite in Dodger Stadium.0660_DSC_0769The event suite in Dodger Stadium.0670_DSC_0770One side of the tunnel leading to the Dodger's club house contains a mural with the names of every Dodger player ever.0680_DSC_0771The other side of the tunnel shows some of the highlights of the Dodger franchise.0690_DSC_0775The Dodger's World Series trophees.0700_DSC_0776More trophees.0720_DSC_0785The field at Dodger Stadium.0730_DSC_0787The Dodger's dugout. It is located along the third-base side (instead of the more common first-base side) so that it receives more shade than the visitor's dugout.0740_DSC_0786The stands along the first-base side.0750_DSC_0748The Los Angeles skyline, seen from the top deck of Dodger Stadium.0760_DSC_0796The 101 Freeway and the L.A. skyline.0770_DSC_0797Griffith Observatory.0780_DSC_0798The Hollywood Sign.0790_DSC_0799A villa in the Hollywood Hills.0800_DSC_0802Western L.A.0810_DSC_0807Mulholland Highway in Malibu Creek State Park.0820_DSC_0808Mulholland Highway in Malibu Creek State Park.0830_DSC_0809My rental car on Mulholland Highway.0840_DSC_0810View from Mulholland Highway in Malibu Creek State Park.0850_DSC_0811View from Mulholland Highway.0860_DSC_0812Mulholland Highway in Malibu Creek State Park.0870_DSC_0813The Pacific Ocean at Leo Carillo State Beach.0880_DSC_0827Three western gulls (Californische meeuwen) on the Pacific Ocean beach.Marbled GodwitJanuary 24, 2010 near Malibu, California. Dutch: marmergrutto; scientific: Limosa fedoa.Brown PelicanJanuary 24, 2010 near Malibu, California. Dutch: bruine pelikaan; scientific: Pelecanus occidentalis.0910_DSC_0860Brown pelican.0920_DSC_0863Brown pelican.0930_DSC_0864The Pacific Coast west of Santa Monica.0940_DSC_0865The Pacific Coast west of Santa Monica.0950_DSC_0868The Pacific Coast west of Santa Monica.0960_DSC_0869Sunset over Venice Beach.0970_DSC_0876The boardwalk at Venice Beach.0980_DSC_0870Venice Beach.0990_DSC_0871Venice Beach.1000_DSC_0875The amusement pier at Venice Beach.1010_DSC_0884The Memorial Church at Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA.1020_DSC_0891The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library at Harvard Yard.1030_DSC_0894The Memorial Hall at Harvard Yard.1040_DSC_0900Harvard Square.1050_DSC_0901Harvard Square.1060_DSC_0902Snow at Washington Dulles Airport, just after arriving there from Boston Logan Airport.1070_DSC_0903Snow at Washington Dulles Airport.1080_DSC_0904Snow at Washington Dulles Airport.1090_DSC_0905Snow at Washington Dulles Airport.1100_DSC_0906Snow at Washington Dulles Airport.1110_DSC_0907Snow at Washington Dulles Airport.1120_DSC_0908Poor road conditions during the bus ride from the airport to downtown DC. An accident involving at least two cars blocked the other side of the road, causing lengthy delays for traffic from downtown to the airport. For us it was slow going, but at least we were able to keep going. The subway was working fine, so I had no real difficulty reaching my hotel.1130_DSC_0909Cars parked outside the subway station next to my hotel.1140_DSC_0914The Washington subway, a.k.a. metro.1150_DSC_0916Lafayette Square, two blocks north of the White House.1160_DSC_0918The north facade of the White House. With a few inches of snow already on the ground, more is still falling. Overall accumulation was four to six inches in DC.1170_DSC_0919I wasn't the only one braving the snow to get a look at the White House.1180_DSC_0920The south facade of the White House.1190_DSC_0922The Washington Monument.1200_DSC_0009A dog burrowing in the snow at Lafayette Square. Following yesterday's four to six inches of snow, today was a gorgeous bright and sunny day.1210_DSC_0010A statue at Lafayette Square.1220_DSC_0014The north facade of the White House.1230_DSC_0015The First Division Monument southwest of the White House.1240_DSC_0016The south facade of the White House.1250_DSC_0018A police officer on patrol on E Street NW, south of the White House, with the Washington Monument in the back.1260_DSC_0025A squirrel near the White House.1270_DSC_0028A group of squirrels near the White House.White House squirrelAn Eastern Gray Squirrel in the garden of the White House in Washington, D.C. Dutch: grijze eekhoorn; scientific: Sciurus carolinensis.1290_DSC_0033A squirrel near the White House.1300_DSC_0036Two squirrels near the White House.1310_DSC_0039The frozen Constitution Gardens Pond, with the Lincoln Memorial just visible in the background.1320_DSC_0042The Washington Monument seen from across the Constitution Gardens Pond.1330_DSC_0045The Vietnam Women's Memorial.1340_DSC_0046The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.1350_DSC_0047The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.1360_DSC_0049The Three Soldiers.1370_DSC_0052The Lincoln Memorial.1380_DSC_0055Abe himself.1390_DSC_0056The Lincoln Memorial.1400_DSC_0058View across the Mall from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.1410_DSC_0059The Lincoln Memorial.1420_DSC_0060The Korean War Veterans Memorial, with the stainless steel statues reflected in the photographic granite wall.1430_DSC_0063The Korean War Veterans Memorial.1440_DSC_0066The National World War II Memorial.1450_DSC_0072The Washington Monument on the National Mall.1460_DSC_0075The National Museum of Natural History.1470_DSC_0076The Smithsonian Institution.1480_DSC_0078The National Air and Space Museum.1490_DSC_0080The National Air and Space Museum.1500_DSC_0081The National Air and Space Museum.1510_DSC_0082The National Air and Space Museum.1520_DSC_0083The National Air and Space Museum.1530_DSC_0088The National Air and Space Museum.1540_DSC_0089The National Air and Space Museum.1550_DSC_0092The National Air and Space Museum.1560_DSC_0093The National Air and Space Museum.1570_DSC_0095The National Air and Space Museum.1580_DSC_0096The National Air and Space Museum.1590_DSC_0097The National Air and Space Museum.1600_DSC_0100The National Air and Space Museum.1610_DSC_0101The National Air and Space Museum.1620_DSC_0108The US Capitol.1630_DSC_0105A little snowman on the edge of the Capitol Reflecting Pool.Winter in D.C.A teddy bear from Leiden University in the Netherlands sits on the edge of the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C.1650_DSC_01411660_DSC_0106The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.1670_DSC_0107The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.1680_DSC_0109The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.1690_DSC_0110The US Capitol.1700_DSC_0112The rear side of the US Capitol.1710_DSC_0115The Supreme Court.1720_DSC_0114The Library of Congress.1730_DSC_0119A group of statues in front of the Library of Congress.1740_DSC_0122The Potomac River promenade in Alexandria.1750_DSC_0126Christ Church in Alexandria.1760_DSC_0127An oddly-named antiquary: "Antiek" is Dutch, "Haus" is German. The proprietor's name (Van Bommel) is Dutch. The window display contains several items of blue-and-white Delft pottery.1770_DSC_0130The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. Shown are old mailboxes from (left to right) an unknown Asian country, India, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and an unknown country.1780_DSC_0134National Postal Museum: Old mailboxes from (left to right) an unknown country, Ireland, Vatican City, Sweden, Taiwan and Denmark.1790_DSC_0132National Postal Museum: a Ford Model T mail truck.1800_DSC_0133National Postal Museum: Introduced in the mid-1980s, this mail truck is still a very common sight.1810_DSC_0135National Postal Museum: A mail car on a train. Mail was sorted while the train drove to its destination.1820_DSC_0136The National Postal Museum from the outside.1830_DSC_0137Union Station in Washington, DC.1840_DSC_0138A statue in front of Union Station.1850_DSC_0143The National Museum of the American Indian in Washingon, DC.1860_DSC_0144A sculpture in the National Museum of the American Indian.1870_DSC_0145The National Museum of the American Indian houses a large collection of native American art.1880_DSC_0146A vehicle used by Indian communities in Alaska for ice-fishing.1890_DSC_0147The National Museum of the American Indian also had a small exhibit on modern art, which I quite enjoyed. This "statue" is made entirely of baseball gloves.1900_DSC_0148Front view from the automated terminal train at Washington Dulles Airport. Given that the train is fully computer-controlled, and doesn't even have a human operator aboard as backup, I don't understand the need for traffic lights such as the red one at the center of this image. Equally puzzling was the presence of speed limit signs along the track.1910_DSC_0150Front view from the Dulles Airport terminal train.