Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the AirForce one plane from around a mile away.
One evening I hiked Mt McCoy in Simi Valley. From there you can see the Presidential library which around a mile away. I had my Canon EOS-M and an old Sun M42 80-210mm lens which I wanted to test. I had got that lens for around $20! I didn’t have a tripod but used a bench to make my camera steady. I think the camera and the lens did a super job. You can even see some function going on inside.
A waterfall near Whistler on the way from Vancouver, Canada. It is on the scenic route. You will need to park your car and walk around half a mile. There were no people when we visited this place and I was really scared with thoughts of bear or wild life. Very nice place though but would avoid it if traveling alone.
In Taj Mahal and Agra fort, there is very nice work in marble. What you see in picture above is different colored (mostly marble of different type) chipped in to white marble to create beautiful flower patterns. This was done around 350 years ago. The photo above is taken inside Taj Mahal.
The photo below is also taken inside Taj Mahal. Near Mumtaz’s tomb.
Another photo inside Taj Mahal
The photo below is from Agra Fort, near Taj Mahal, India. This fort is also a must-see attraction in Agra.
In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire‘s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:
Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.
Taj Mahal is very symetrical
Taj Mahal is around 225 feet tall. See the people on the platform for comparison
Beautiful carving in marble
Carvings in marble
My son enjoying Taj Mahal
Colored stone work is filled in to make it even more beautiful
Some more art
Lotus is considered a popular, divine flower in India but I have rarely come across them. This is probably as good as a lotus can be.
Photo with a Canon EOS-M and a manual Super Takumar 135mm lens.
Kingfisher on a tree. During a morning walk in Shela village.
Photo with Canon EOS-M and a Super Takumar lens
Very talk gate. You can get an idea about the height by comparing to people who are standing next to it. A must-see attraction in India’s capital city, New Delhi
Photo with Canon EOS-M