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Grand Canyon Arizona

Grand Canyon Arizona

USA - Grand Canyon Arizona

Grand Canyon Arizona

Grand Canyon Arizona

USA - Grand Canyon Arizona

Desert View Watchtower, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, commands a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This seventy-foot tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

USA - Desert View Watchtower, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Desert View Watchtower, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Desert View Watchtower, constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower, commands a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert to the east and the San Fransico Peaks to the south. This seventy-foot tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The interior walls of the tower feature murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

USA - Desert View Watchtower, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Petrified sand dunes, Canyon De Chelly

Canyon De Chelly National Monument was established in 1931. The valley has been inhabited from promitive peoples 2000 years ago, through the Anasazi civilisation of the twelfth century, which occupied a large area of the South West before suddenly disappearing, to the Navajo who have lived here for the last 300 years.The monument consists of two major canyons- Canyon De Chelly (which is pronounced de shay) and is derived from the Navajo word meaning "rock canyon" and Canyon del Muerto (Spanish for "Canyon of the Dead") plus several smaller canyons. The canyons extend for more than 100 miles, draining the seasonal runoff from the snowmelt of the Chuska Mountains.The North Rim Drive overlooks Canyon del Muerto. From viewpoints you.ll see Ledge Ruin, which was occupied, between AD 1050 and 1275 and nearby a lone kiva that was reached by means of toeholds cut into the soft sandstone wall. Antelope House, once home to 20 to 40 people, takes its name from the Navajo paintings of antelopes on a nearby cliff wall believed to have been done in the 1830s.Further along the drive is Mummy Cave named for two mummies found in burial urns. It is actually a giant amphitheatre consisting of two caves believed to have been occupied from A.D. 300 to 1300.There.s a three-story structure similar to dwellings at Mesa Verde, and altogether there are 80 rooms. The final stop on the North Rim Drive is at Massacre Cave Overlook, where Spanish troops in 1804 killed about 120 Navajo.The best time to see the ruins along the North Rim is in the morning when they.re bathed in sunlight. South Rim Drive climbs slowly and from overlooks you.ll see the junction of Canyon del Muerto and Canyon de Chelly, and the Junction Ruin with 10 rooms and 1 kiva. Also visible is First Ruin perched on a long narrow ledge, with 22 room.s and 2 kivas. The drive ends at the spectacular overlook of Spider Rock where according to legend the Spider Woman lives on top and keeps the bones of her victims there.

USA - Petrified sand dunes, Canyon De Chelly

Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly

Canyon De Chelly National Monument was established in 1931. The valley has been inhabited from promitive peoples 2000 years ago, through the Anasazi civilisation of the twelfth century, which occupied a large area of the South West before suddenly disappearing, to the Navajo who have lived here for the last 300 years.The monument consists of two major canyons- Canyon De Chelly (which is pronounced de shay) and is derived from the Navajo word meaning "rock canyon" and Canyon del Muerto (Spanish for "Canyon of the Dead") plus several smaller canyons. The canyons extend for more than 100 miles, draining the seasonal runoff from the snowmelt of the Chuska Mountains.The North Rim Drive overlooks Canyon del Muerto. From viewpoints you.ll see Ledge Ruin, which was occupied, between AD 1050 and 1275 and nearby a lone kiva that was reached by means of toeholds cut into the soft sandstone wall. Antelope House, once home to 20 to 40 people, takes its name from the Navajo paintings of antelopes on a nearby cliff wall believed to have been done in the 1830s.Further along the drive is Mummy Cave named for two mummies found in burial urns. It is actually a giant amphitheatre consisting of two caves believed to have been occupied from A.D. 300 to 1300.There.s a three-story structure similar to dwellings at Mesa Verde, and altogether there are 80 rooms. The final stop on the North Rim Drive is at Massacre Cave Overlook, where Spanish troops in 1804 killed about 120 Navajo.The best time to see the ruins along the North Rim is in the morning when they.re bathed in sunlight. South Rim Drive climbs slowly and from overlooks you.ll see the junction of Canyon del Muerto and Canyon de Chelly, and the Junction Ruin with 10 rooms and 1 kiva. Also visible is First Ruin perched on a long narrow ledge, with 22 room.s and 2 kivas. The drive ends at the spectacular overlook of Spider Rock where according to legend the Spider Woman lives on top and keeps the bones of her victims there.

USA - Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly

Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly

Canyon De Chelly National Monument was established in 1931. The valley has been inhabited from promitive peoples 2000 years ago, through the Anasazi civilisation of the twelfth century, which occupied a large area of the South West before suddenly disappearing, to the Navajo who have lived here for the last 300 years.The monument consists of two major canyons- Canyon De Chelly (which is pronounced de shay) and is derived from the Navajo word meaning "rock canyon" and Canyon del Muerto (Spanish for "Canyon of the Dead") plus several smaller canyons. The canyons extend for more than 100 miles, draining the seasonal runoff from the snowmelt of the Chuska Mountains.The North Rim Drive overlooks Canyon del Muerto. From viewpoints you.ll see Ledge Ruin, which was occupied, between AD 1050 and 1275 and nearby a lone kiva that was reached by means of toeholds cut into the soft sandstone wall. Antelope House, once home to 20 to 40 people, takes its name from the Navajo paintings of antelopes on a nearby cliff wall believed to have been done in the 1830s.Further along the drive is Mummy Cave named for two mummies found in burial urns. It is actually a giant amphitheatre consisting of two caves believed to have been occupied from A.D. 300 to 1300.There.s a three-story structure similar to dwellings at Mesa Verde, and altogether there are 80 rooms. The final stop on the North Rim Drive is at Massacre Cave Overlook, where Spanish troops in 1804 killed about 120 Navajo.The best time to see the ruins along the North Rim is in the morning when they.re bathed in sunlight. South Rim Drive climbs slowly and from overlooks you.ll see the junction of Canyon del Muerto and Canyon de Chelly, and the Junction Ruin with 10 rooms and 1 kiva. Also visible is First Ruin perched on a long narrow ledge, with 22 room.s and 2 kivas. The drive ends at the spectacular overlook of Spider Rock where according to legend the Spider Woman lives on top and keeps the bones of her victims there.

USA - Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

USA - Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

Stratosphere Hotel,Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere Hotel,Las Vegas, Nevada

USA - Stratosphere Hotel,Las Vegas, Nevada

Rainbow at the Belagio Las Vegas

At the tail end of a Belagio Hotel fountain performance in Las Vegas, the desert sun refracts in the mist forming a rainbow. In the background ar the Paris Hotel and Ceasars Palace.

USA - Rainbow at the Belagio Las Vegas

Cedar Breaks National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument.This natural coliseum is more than 2000 feet deep and over 3 miles across; it.s filled with stone spires, arches and columns. Admission costs $3 and there is a visitor centre. There is a 5-mile road through the monument, which offers easy access to scenic outlooks and trailheads. Allow 35- 45 minutes to make the drive. Start at the visitor centre and nearby Point Supreme for a panoramic view of the amphitheater. Then drive north, past the campground to Sunset View for a closer look of the canyons. From each of these overlooks, you.ll be able to see out across Cedar Valley, over the Antelope and Black Mountains, into the Escalante Desert.Continue north to Chessman Ridge Overlook, then north to Alpine Pond. Finally you.ll reach North View which offers the best look into the amphitheatre. Elevation is 10,000 feet and it was very cold, but beautiful when we were there in September.

USA - Cedar Breaks National Park

View of Downtown Manhattan and New York Skyline

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles. These include the Woolworth Building (1913), an early gothic revival skyscraper built with massively scaled gothic detailing able to be read from street level several hundred feet below. The 1916 Zoning Resolution required setback in new buildings, and restricted towers to a percentage of the lot size, to allow sunlight to reach the streets below. The Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building (1930), with its tapered top and steel spire, reflected the zoning requirements. The building is considered by many historians and architects to be New York's finest building, with its distinctive ornamentation such as replicas at the corners of the 61st floor of the 1928 Chrysler eagle hood ornaments and V-shaped lighting inserts capped by a steel spire at the tower's crown. A highly influential example of the international style in the United States is the Seagram Building (1957), distinctive for its facade using visible bronze-toned I-beams to evoke the building's structure. The Condé Nast Building (2000) is an important example of green design in American skyscrapers.

USA - View of Downtown Manhattan and New York Skyline

Manhattan, New York

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles. These include the Woolworth Building (1913), an early gothic revival skyscraper built with massively scaled gothic detailing able to be read from street level several hundred feet below. The 1916 Zoning Resolution required setback in new buildings, and restricted towers to a percentage of the lot size, to allow sunlight to reach the streets below. The Art Deco design of the Chrysler Building (1930), with its tapered top and steel spire, reflected the zoning requirements. The building is considered by many historians and architects to be New York's finest building, with its distinctive ornamentation such as replicas at the corners of the 61st floor of the 1928 Chrysler eagle hood ornaments and V-shaped lighting inserts capped by a steel spire at the tower's crown. A highly influential example of the international style in the United States is the Seagram Building (1957), distinctive for its facade using visible bronze-toned I-beams to evoke the building's structure. The Condé Nast Building (2000) is an important example of green design in American skyscrapers.

USA - Manhattan, New York

Viewed from the Fulton Ferry Pier, looking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

Brooklyn, a borough founded by the Dutch in the 17th century, was independent until 1898 when it became a borough in New York. By 1867, more than a third of Brooklyn's working population took a ferry to work in Manhattan everyday. The East River froze solid in that year and for many weeks business suffered. The New York Bridge Company was formed with the intention to build a bridge across what was one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. At the time the best engineer for the job was considered to be John A Roebling who had already pioneered the invention of wire rope. In The construction of a bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. He was surveying the foundations for one of the towers in June of that year when a ferry rammed into the pier he was standing on and his right foot was crushed. He died three weeks later and most of the responsibility for building the bridge was now held by his son, Washington. During work in watertight caissons whilst supervising work on the foundations, Washington became ill through what would become known as the bends. He continued on with the work by watching through binoculars from his home and sending instructions to the site through his wife Emily Warren Roebling. The official opening day was May 24th 1883 when various dignitaries made speeches and there was a huge firework display. On the first full day 150,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge. One week after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, on May 31st, 20,000 people were on the walkway when a woman on a staircase tripped and fell. Her screams set off panic in the crowd and as people dashed to get off the bridge 12 people were trampled to death. The Brooklyn Bridge, stretches 5,989 feet across the East River and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in America. On its completion it was the largest suspension bridges in the world and the first one made of steel wire. The bridge's main span over the river is 1595 feet six inches, cost $15 million to build

USA - Viewed from the Fulton Ferry Pier, looking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

Viewed from the Fulton Ferry Pier, looking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

Brooklyn, a borough founded by the Dutch in the 17th century, was independent until 1898 when it became a borough in New York. By 1867, more than a third of Brooklyn's working population took a ferry to work in Manhattan everyday. The East River froze solid in that year and for many weeks business suffered. The New York Bridge Company was formed with the intention to build a bridge across what was one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. At the time the best engineer for the job was considered to be John A Roebling who had already pioneered the invention of wire rope. In The construction of a bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. He was surveying the foundations for one of the towers in June of that year when a ferry rammed into the pier he was standing on and his right foot was crushed. He died three weeks later and most of the responsibility for building the bridge was now held by his son, Washington. During work in watertight caissons whilst supervising work on the foundations, Washington became ill through what would become known as the bends. He continued on with the work by watching through binoculars from his home and sending instructions to the site through his wife Emily Warren Roebling. The official opening day was May 24th 1883 when various dignitaries made speeches and there was a huge firework display. On the first full day 150,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge. One week after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, on May 31st, 20,000 people were on the walkway when a woman on a staircase tripped and fell. Her screams set off panic in the crowd and as people dashed to get off the bridge 12 people were trampled to death. The Brooklyn Bridge, stretches 5,989 feet across the East River and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in America. On its completion it was the largest suspension bridges in the world and the first one made of steel wire. The bridge's main span over the river is 1595 feet six inches, cost $15 million to build

USA - Viewed from the Fulton Ferry Pier, looking across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, New York

Brooklyn, a borough founded by the Dutch in the 17th century, was independent until 1898 when it became a borough in New York. By 1867, more than a third of Brooklyn's working population took a ferry to work in Manhattan everyday. The East River froze solid in that year and for many weeks business suffered. The New York Bridge Company was formed with the intention to build a bridge across what was one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. At the time the best engineer for the job was considered to be John A Roebling who had already pioneered the invention of wire rope. In The construction of a bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. He was surveying the foundations for one of the towers in June of that year when a ferry rammed into the pier he was standing on and his right foot was crushed. He died three weeks later and most of the responsibility for building the bridge was now held by his son, Washington. During work in watertight caissons whilst supervising work on the foundations, Washington became ill through what would become known as the bends. He continued on with the work by watching through binoculars from his home and sending instructions to the site through his wife Emily Warren Roebling. The official opening day was May 24th 1883 when various dignitaries made speeches and there was a huge firework display. On the first full day 150,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge. One week after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, on May 31st, 20,000 people were on the walkway when a woman on a staircase tripped and fell. Her screams set off panic in the crowd and as people dashed to get off the bridge 12 people were trampled to death. The Brooklyn Bridge, stretches 5,989 feet across the East River and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in America. On its completion it was the largest suspension bridges in the world and the first one made of steel wire. The bridge's main span over the river is 1595 feet six inches, cost $15 million to build

USA - Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, New York

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