Friday, July 27, 2012

Name That City!

     I don't get it.  Over the last few years I have become a person who enjoys exploring big cities. I would never have predicted that twenty years ago.  Nowadays, I find big cities to be full of energy, fascinating people, impressive architecture and artworks,  and just packed with cool things to see.  I am not compelled to experience the nightlife, although I am more than willing to go listen to music or see a movie or play.  I don't want to live in a big city; I simply want to spend a few days exploring it.  I go with an open mind, an adventurous attitude, and a lightness that makes all days good, no matter what.

    One of my favorite activities is to photograph everything.  CIties have their unique essence but they also can blend together.  Just for  fun, I am presenting you with the following photographs.  They were taken in Washington DC, New York City, Honolulu, San Francisco, Boston, Portland, and Los Angeles.  It seems to me that any of these photos could have been taken in any of the cities - they are mostly about art, architecture, and visual interest.  There are two photos per city.  See if you can match the photos with the city.


   Now the photos are repeated with the identities below each photo.  How did you do?  Any surprises for you?

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
in Washington DC

Bricks on the ground at Monticello (T Jefferson's home)
near Washington DC

Artwork in San Francisco

A well hidden walking path on Telegraph HIll in San Francisco.
If you ever saw the awesome documentary The Wild Parrots of Telegraph HIll
then you saw this walking path.

Blend of new and old

Reflections in Boston


Honolulu from Diamond Head

Store window in Portland

Colors in Portland

Union Station in Los Angeles

Sculpture in Los Angles

Reflections in NYC

Alternative view of the Empire State Building
New York City

                         This was fun!  Might have to do it again someday!


  1. I am so glad you matched the pics with their city! You are an awesome photographer!

    1. Why thank you, Judy! I do like to look at things from different angles, that's for sure.

  2. I guessed three pics correctly, though I have been in or on the periphery of six of the seven cities, Boston being my only gap. Nice post; I am going to have to acquire a camera...I don't even know how to use my phone camera...

    1. Markie, Markie, Markie - I can teach you. You will be surprised how often that little phone camera comes in handy.

  3. I haven’t been to many “big” cities. But, I have been to NYC, SF, DC, Portland and LA. Ross knows his way around NYC and loves it. I have to say out of the ones you mentioned, I like NYC the least and probably Portland the best. As far as residing, I’ll stick with the burbs.
    Your photos are outstanding and so very cool. I love them!

    1. Lynda, you've been to at least five big cities then - that's a lot of big cities in my book. I will say that NYC is still my favorite on the big cities but Washington DC is also high on my list - Boston too! Portland is beautiful and the gray is off putting for me. SF is quirky and beautiful in it;s magical way. LA? not my favorite. I am hoping to get to CHicago next summer and soon I would like to get to Raleigh, Savannah, or Atlanta.
      I too will stick to my small town for the living part!
      I'm glad you liked my photos - they are so much fun to take.

  4. JT, great fun! O & I have been to all of the cities in question, but we were only successful in guessing about half of the photos......nice photography and good eye. We are just finishing a road tour of Ca. and we have seen some very awesome sights and have captured some on our new Cannon. Mammoth Lakes was the most exotic spot.......thanks for the read.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos - maybe you'll create a post around your recent travels?

  5. Well, I didn't do very well. I recognized the two LA photos, because I was with you, but got nearly all the others wrong, except the SF photo, seeing the GG bridge in the wall mural.....thanks for putting them up! I was very surprised by the Honolulu photo, with all the buildings. I thought that was NY! thanks

  6. Due to both circumstances and natural inclination, I've been in very few big cities. Boston, Pittsburgh and DC are really the three biggest. I'm intrigued but also intimidated by them. Love your photos, as always.