Cardboard Construction

This is a look at the ceiling of what has been affectionately called the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. Christchurch was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2011 that damaged a nearby 150-year-old Anglican church. It was decided to put up this temporary facility, the roof of which consists of cardboard concrete tubes sitting on…

Frontier Life

This is one of many mining cabins found along the “road” to Como Lake in Colorado. This is the most dangerous “road” in Colorado. You have to have a high clearance 4×4 to even attempt this drive and even then you had better be right with God because roll overs happen. These cabins were home to…

Modern Pueblo

This Modern Pueblo building is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It houses the gift shop and museum at the Manitou cliff dwellings. According to visitcos.com, the building was originally built in 1904 and designed to mimic the Ancestral Puebloan Native American style. It has been renovated and added to over the last century.

Lama Temple

Yonghe Lamasery, often refered to as the Lama Temple, is located on the northeast side of Beijing, China. According to travelchinaguide.com, the temple was initially built during the Qing Dynasty in 1694 and was the home of Prince Yongzheng. In 1744 the palace became a lamasery. Today it is still an active lamasery and can be visited for a…

Mining Ruin

During the last great Colorado gold rush of the late 1800s, the landscape surrounding Cripple Creek, Victor, and Goldfield, Colorado were covered by mining operations. This is the ruins of the Theresa Mine. Today, it is apart of what is now known as the Vindicator Valley Trail. This relatively flat and easy 2-mile trail passes amongst several old…

Tetons

The early morning clouds part to reveal the majestic, jagged peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain range in Wyoming. The Tetons gained National Park status in 1929, but the park as we know it today wasn’t whole until 1950, after almost 50 years of fighting between the locals and the National Park Service. It is an interesting story…

Boulder Dam

Today, this 726′ high concrete behemoth is better known as Hoover Dam. When construction started in 1931, it was initially called Boulder Dam—being that it was to hold back the mighty Colorado River in Boulder Canyon. Instead, it was built-in the Black Canyon and renamed Hoover Dam 17 years after it was opened. It was so named because of President…