Thursday, October 24, 2013

Officials from USA

Officials from NY, Arizona, California and Maine. 

 Photo by Maureen Moore
US-2364527, sent by Maureen.
The picture of this bald eagle was taken my Maureen in Cornwall, NY.
The Bald Eagle  is a bird of prey found in North America. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. 
The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. The Bald Eagle appears on most official seals of the U.S. government, including the Seal of the President of the United States and the Presidential Flag, and in many U.S. federal agency logos. - in: wikipédia

 US-2411727, sent by Tilly.
Superstition Mountain is located immediately east of the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona. Although its precise origin is debated by geologists, many believe that the mountain was formed from volcanic activity as far back as 25 million years ago. The ash and basalt composed mountain was eroded by the elements to give it the unique form it has today, creating the prominent landmark and popular recreation destination in the region. - in: wikipedia

 Photo by © Abigail 
US-2413262, sent by Marylou & Greg.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego was erected in November of 1855. For 36 years, the tower was a beacon at the entrance of the San Diego Bay. At 422 feet above sea level, the location initially seemed to be good for ships entering the area. It was soon recognized, however, that the light was often hidden by low-hanging clouds and dense fog. The site was abandoned shortly thereafter for a new location closer to the water and at the tip of the Peninsula (1891). It's often called the Old Point Loma Lighthouse for that reason.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse is the centerpiece of the Cabrillo National Monument, which honors Portuguese navigational explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who first discovered San Diego Bay and charted the coast of California. - in:
 It is no longer in operation as a lighthouse but is open to the public as a museum.

Photo © Courtney Thompson
US-2367047, sent by Liz.
Eagle Island Light is a lighthouse on Eagle Island in Penobscot Bay. The tower was first lit in 1838 but had to be torn down because of physical defects. It was rebuilt in 1858 and operated by several families over the next century. In 1959 the light was automated, and five years later, over vehement local protests, the keeper's house was torn down and the bell was removed. The crew that removed the bell lost control of it, and it fell into the Bay. A lobsterman salvaged it some years later and it is on exhibit on Great Spruce Head Island.
Today Eagle Light is owned by a nonprofit which provides public access and has restored both the light itself and the square pyramidal bell tower. Along with several other lights in Maine, the growth of trees around the light has made its future problematic. in: wikipedia

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