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
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Oh Beautiful, for Spacious Skies
For Amber Waves of Grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good,
to Shining Sea
May we celebrate this day as we enjoy our freedom and our liberty…..
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.
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!!
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.
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.
I really get a kick out of this town. They have a Starship Enterprise statue, murals on the walls with Star Trek stars, etc.
If not a planet, about a Star? Brightstar, Louisiana
Then there are the town names that may conjure up an inappropriate thought:
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.
Here are few more quick ones:
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)
Want more strange town names for your upcoming trips? Here are a few sites for you: