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Favorite Friday - Zion National Park

Turns out I didn't start taking pictures this past Tuesday.  In fact I have been capturing images for a long time and with some level of adeptness since a course I took back in high school. 

I have been thinking of a way to weave in these images from the past into the blog narrative of today.  Hence the idea of Favorite Friday is born.

In October of 2011we took my parents in law on vacation with us on the Canyon tour of Utah and Arizona.  Along the way we stopped at Kollob, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyons.  We spent a couple days in Zion, including on one day a hike to the Emerald Pools. 

The Emerald pools are small ponds up the side of the canyon walls that are filled with water tinged by a greenish algae that gives them their names.  As the trail leads you too the pools, you pass by the other outlets for the source that creates the pools, namely water emanating from deep within the rock.
The pools themselves were somewhat over run with other people which somewhat diminished their se…

BMW Museum - 328 Superleggera

I am a big racing fan, IndyCar is my main obsession, followed by doses of Sportscars and F1.  Despite this interest in motorsports as competition, I am not really a "Car Guy".  I tend to geek Architecture and Structural Engineering feats a bit more.  Some evidence can be found in yesterday's post of the BMW headquarters in Munich.

Today, we go inside at the BMW Museum and take a look at one of the cars on display.  The car is a 328 Superleggera.  I did not note the year exactly but some Wikipedia research post hoc suggests it is likely late 30's to 1940 in manufacture.

On the whole, this is a very beautiful car.  But as I shoot a subject, I rarely take images of the Gestalt that is an object.  I tend to break the subject apart into details.  Part of this is to focus on the elements of craftsmanship or design that went into the creation of the larger object and part of it is to let the observer ponder what the rest of the object is and allow their own imagination to for…

BMW Headquarters Abstract

I have been toying with the idea of starting a Photo Blog to more easily share images I have taken and it seems that there is no time like the present.

I thought about doing something fancy or complicated for a first post, but figured that sort of effort might be better timed if a dry spell should present itself down the road.  SO lets get to it.

Today's image comes from a stack of images I recently took while in Europe.  Our travels took us to the BMW Headquarters in Munich.  The headquarters and attached museum were built leading up to the 1972 Olympics and are across the street from the Olympic Park which is still utilized today for various activities.

This image is of the headquarters building which may be of interest to both Architecture fans as well as structural engineers.  The building is composed of 4 large tubes of office floors and space.  All four are attached to a central column that supports the weight of the building.  The side of each tube opposite the side that is at…