America the Beautiful: The Song in Photos for the 4th of July

Nicholson, Pennsylvania
Nicholson, Pennsylvania

I have traveled the broad expanses of this beautiful nation we call America and have seen and enjoyed this country that I call home.  On this July 4th birthday,  I would like to celebrate by adding photos to the words of the song “America the Beautiful“, which was written by American Poet Katharine Lee Bates. All photography by David “Sumoflam” Kravetz

Katharine Lee Bates
Katharine Lee Bates

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

Sunrise over Keller, Texas
Sunrise over Keller, Texas
Badlands of South Dakota
Badlands of South Dakota

Oh Beautiful, for Spacious Skies

Spacious Skies over South Dakota
Spacious Skies over South Dakota
Spacious Skies over the Grand Canyon in Arizona
Spacious Skies over the Grand Canyon in Arizona

For Amber Waves of Grain

Amber Waves of Grain near Shelby, Montana
Amber Waves of Grain near Shelby, Montana
Amber Waves of Grain near Bloomington, Illinois
Amber Waves of Grain near Bloomington, Illinois

For purple mountain majesties

Purple Mountain Majesties - Sawtooth range in Central Idaho
Purple Mountain Majesties – Sawtooth range in Central Idaho
Purple Mountain Majesties - near Glacier Bay, Alaska
Purple Mountain Majesties – near Glacier Bay, Alaska

Above the fruited plain

Above the Fruited Plain - Central Idaho
Above the Fruited Plain – Central Idaho

America!

Monument Valley, Utah
Monument Valley, Utah
Wisconsin Farmland
Wisconsin Farmland
Empire State Building - New York
Empire State Building – New York

America!

Buffalo in southern Montana
Buffalo in southern Montana
St. Louis Arch
St. Louis Arch
Multnomah Falls in Oregon
Multnomah Falls in Oregon

God shed His grace on thee,

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rexburg, Idaho
Rexburg, Idaho
Somewhere in Kansas
Somewhere in Kansas

And crown thy good,

Cincinnati at night
Cincinnati at night
Agave in Sedona, Arizona
Agave in Sedona, Arizona
Old Schoolhouse near Havre, Montana
Old Schoolhouse near Havre, Montana

With Brotherhood

Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Independence Hall, Philadelphia
National Cemetery, Lebanon, Kentucky
National Cemetery, Lebanon, Kentucky
Pioneer brotherhood - Pioneer Memorial, Omaha, Nebraska
Pioneer brotherhood – Pioneer Memorial, Omaha, Nebraska
Mt. Rushmore
Mt. Rushmore – South Dakota
Brotherhood - Lexington, KY July 4, 2009
Brotherhood – Lexington, KY July 4, 2009

From Sea

Atlantic Ocean at Hilton Head, South Carolina
Atlantic Ocean at Hilton Head, South Carolina

to Shining Sea

Pacific Ocean near Reedsport, Oregon
Pacific Ocean near Reedsport, Oregon

May we celebrate this day as we enjoy our freedom and our liberty…..

Freedom

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Flag of Freedom
Flag of Freedom
Western Ohio
Western Ohio

LIBERTY

Statue of Liberty and Twin Towers, Dec. 1990
Statue of Liberty and Twin Towers, Dec. 1990
Flag Bench, Kadoka, SD
Flag Bench, Kadoka, SD
Liberty Bell - Philadelphia - Let Freedom Ring
Liberty Bell – Philadelphia – Let Freedom Ring

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

America the Beautiful - Glacier National Park
America the Beautiful – Glacier National Park

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Sumoflam is Everywhere – A Photo Gallery

Following is a gallery of over 300 photos of my travels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan and the Philippines, covering a span of nearly 40 years.  The unique thing about all of these is that I am in the photos.

Sumoflam and Thunderbirds in Bismarck, ND
Sumoflam and Thunderbirds in Bismarck, ND

Over the years I have taken nearly 30,000 photos of my travels and in most cases I have not been in the photos.  Over the coming months I will add new galleries that are thematic. this is the first one.  Enjoy!!

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I’ve Been Everywhere – Part IV: Just a few more fun signs

The last couple of weeks I have focused on town name signs. On my last post I left off at Earth, Texas.  But there are a few more planets out there…real and fictional.

Welcome to Mars
Welcome to Mars

Perhaps Mars, Pennsylvania is the most famous of our planet named towns in the US. No one is sure how the name “Mars” came into being. Some say it was Samuel Park’s wife,  who enjoyed astronomy, and others aver that it might be shortened from Samuel Marshall’s name.  In any case, on March 6, 1895, Mars was incorporated as a borough.  Residents of Mars are often called “Martians”, or “Planets” because of the high school team name, The Fighting Planets.

There are a number of other places in the U.S. named after planets.  SenseList.com has a nice list of the many town names and place names.  Of all of those on that list, perhaps the most well known would include Jupiter, FL, and Blue Earth, MN, which is home to the Jolly Green Giant statue. But, there are other “planets” as well.  How about Romulus in Detroit (I have yet to get a photo of the town sign near the airport!!).  Then, try out Vulcan, Alberta.

Vulcan, Alberta
Vulcan, Alberta
Welcome to Vulcan
Welcome to Vulcan

I really get a kick out of this town.  They have a Starship Enterprise statue, murals on the walls with Star Trek stars, etc.

Welcome to Vulcan (in Vulcan)
Welcome to Vulcan (in Vulcan) — They also have one in Klingon!!

If not a planet, about a Star?  Brightstar, Louisiana

Brightstar, Louisiana

Then there are the town names that may conjure up an inappropriate thought:

Intercourse, PA
Intercourse, PA
Climax, North Carolina

There was actually not a Climax sign for the town, nor is there one for Climax, Kentucky.  But, if you are on Interstate 73 in North Carolina, you will see an Exit sign for Climax and High Point.

Climax and High Point, NC
Climax and High Point, NC

Here are few more quick ones:

Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Braggadocio, Missouri
Braggadocio, Missouri

And, where’s Waldo?  Well, in Arkansas of course (though Waldo is also in Kansas, Maine, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico and Wisconsin — see more here)

Waldo, Arkansas
Waldo, Arkansas

Want more strange town names for your upcoming trips?  Here are a few sites for you:

Weird U.S. Town Names

Funny Town Names

24 of the Funniest Town Names in America (Reader’s Digest)

America’s Funniest Small Town Names (AARP)

Towns with the Most Unusual Names (Travel Channel)

 

 

 

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