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Lombard Street

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Lombard Street light painted.
Lombard Street is known for one of its sections, which has eight sharp, consecutive turns, making this street the most winding street in the world. The street’s design arose from the idea (dated 1922), to make hill’s natural grade of 27% less challenging for vehicles and pedestrians.

Centro Habana

[Havana, Cuba]
Hard to believe that this picture was taken in 21st century.

Laval

[Quebec City, Quebec, Canada]
Laval’s University courtyard.
Canon 5D + M42 Pentacon 30 f/3,5.

Pink scarf

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Wedding’s frontman: photographer.

Passageway

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Montreal’s subway station passageway – somewhere under Place Bonaventure.

Salut Gilles

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Tribute to Gilles Villeneuve at Montreal’s circuit start line (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve).
Gilles Villeneuve was F1 driver in years 1977-82. He died in crash during 1982 Belgium GP qualifying session – see more at wikipedia.

New bright idea

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Message of this picture can be described by one word: contrast.

Bay Bridge

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Night photo session on jet-lag, once again: this time under the bridge.

1941 Packard 110 Special

[Holbrook, Arizona, USA]
1941 Packard 110 Special pictured in Wigwam Village#6 (more info on Wigwam motels: wikipedia).

Rusty number

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
This is definitely not the most representative picture of Montreal – which is nice city for sure. Anyway, such details make memories from your journeys more lively.
This picture was taken few blocks from Montreal’s old town.

The Wall of Champions

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Turn #12 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: first of two narrow turns in the final chicane just before the Wall of Champions (in background).
Wall of Champions became famous after 1999 Canada F1 GP, when Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve ended their races on that wall.
The curbs of the depicted chicane were modified in 2005, by making them higher and less visible, what has further increased difficulty in those turns. Looking at the picture, those curbs look definitely more challenging that you might get impression after watching F1 GP in TV.

Hotel’s bride

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Just before checking out, I’ve spotted this last minute photo session in hotel’s corridor.
Canon gear in use: 5D + 24-70 + 580EX.

Clown’s number

[Quebec City, Quebec, Canada]
Found in Quartier Petit Champlain in Quebec City.

Forest Canyon Overlook

[Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA]
On the Train Ridge Road (US34) – experiencing alpine tundra and waiting for more stormy clouds. Stop #5 – Forest Canyon Overlook.
For sure Train Ridge Road is one of the most scenic America’s roads and the highest continuous highway in USA. It was not possible to get much further, as the road was still closed for winter season (picture taken in May).
Quite unusual to get at this elevation (11716 feet, which is over 3,5km) with such comfortable road.

Autopista Nacional

[Cuba]
During short break on Havana – Trinidad route: Eco-romantic version of highway.

Yellow hope

[Death Valley National Park, California, USA]
Death Valley – saline, cracked shell. It is the hottest and driest of the national parks in USA, with temperatures reaching 50°C. The only water you can find here is very salty and not drinkable, of course. Even thought, some plants have adapted to this environment – impressing determination to survive.

Yellow bar

[Trinidad, Cuba]
One of bars in historical part of Trinidad – waiting for tourists and their Dollar’s.

Wild, Wild West is dead

[Benton, California, USA]
Somewhere on the road during crazy road-trip from San Francisco,CA to Denver,CO. Refuel before heading to Death Valley’s deserts. Guy riding a horse is slowly approaching bar at the petrol station. Do I have sun-stroke already? It was something mystic,unreal. Wild, Wild West is dead.

Giant(s) pitcher

[San Francisco, California, USA]
San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies: Giants’ pitcher to defeat Rockies’ batter.

Street life

[Trinidad, Cuba]
Brick street in historical part of Trinidad, just before dusk.
Simple life in colorful houses goes very slowly.

el Malecón parada

[Havana, Cuba]
Going for a wedding in such car in any country would be something unusual and most probably quite expensive.
That’s not the case in Fidel’s country – thousand of those beautiful oldtimers are running on daily basis there (not all of them in such a good shape as the one depicted).
One day, Cuba will be a dreamland for oldtimer collectors from whole world – maybe it is already..

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Wedding parade in oldtimer at Malecon

Hotel@night

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Night photo session after exhausting day is (usually) very relaxing – try it.
The Westin St. Francis hotel at Union Square treated by long exposure.

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Westin St. Francis hotel at Union Square

Fuel clock

[Los Angeles, California, USA]
Petersen Automotive Museum – LA must see for all moto maniacs.
They have very nice petrol pumps collection – sounds boring but actually it isn’t. One of the most interesting pumps looks like a wall clock. After a while you realize, that it is scaled not up to 12, but from 1 to 0 and the arrows indicate gallons and tenths.
Time is money – fuel is money.

For more, check out museum’s webpage: Petersen Automotive Museum

fuel pump clock collection

Fuel pump collection in Petersen museum

Navajo’s portrait

[Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, USA]
When you enter Navajo Indians area, there are some DO’s and DON’Ts you should respect. One of them is not to take pictures of people without asking permission.
This Navaho mother was happy to grant me a permission, especially after selling me some souvenirs from her stand, located next to one of canyon’s vista points.

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Navajo family portrait