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[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20050722_sandcastle_597.jpg]00Sand castle on the beach at Longboat Key with the Gulf of Mexico in the background
Longboat Key Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico. Longboat Key, the next barrier island south, is popular with shell hunters along its beaches.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20080201_20080201_winter_stl_466.jpg]20A colorful sunset at Sunset Country Club
Sunset is the daily disappearance of the sun below the horizon as a result of the Earth's rotation. The atmospheric conditions created by the setting of the sun are also commonly referred to as "a sunset". These conditions often appear before and after the precise moment the sun disappears below the horizon, and as a result the term "sunset" in common usage has a substantially looser meaning than in scientific and technical applications.In astronomy the time of sunset is defined as the moment the trailing edge of the sun's disk disappears below the horizon in the west. Due to refraction of light in the atmosphere, the ray path of the setting sun is highly distorted near the horizon making the apparent astronomical sunset occur when the sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon. Sunset should not be confused with dusk, which is the moment at which darkness falls, when the sun is about eighteen degrees below the horizon. The period between the astronomical sunset and dusk is called twilight.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20080629_niki_096.jpg]00Plant from the Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located in St. Louis, Missouri, and is also known informally as "Shaw's Garden" (named for founder Henry Shaw, a botanist and philanthropist).Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education of international repute, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis, with 79 acres (31 hectares) of horticultural display. It includes a 14 acre (5 hectares) Japanese strolling garden named Seiwa-en, the Climatron geodesic dome conservatory, a children's garden including a pioneer village, a playground, a fountain area, and a water locking system, somewhat similar to the locking system at the Panama Canal, and Osage camp, and Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home. It is adjacent to Tower Grove Park, another of Shaw’s legacies.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20090117_cabo_0901-edit.jpg]10Cabo San Lucas, Mexico a ship coming in at sunrise
Sunrise at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cabo San Lucas (popularly known as just 'Los Cabos' - along with San José del Cabo - in Mexico and 'Cabo' in the United States) is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula at 22.88°N 109.90°WCoordinates: 22.88°N 109.90°W, in the municipality of Los Cabos in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. As of the 2005 census, the population was 56,811 people. It is the largest community in Los Cabos municipality, and the second-largest in Baja California Sur, after La Paz.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20100109_mississippi_1_195-edit.jpg]00Winter on the frozen Mississippi River
Tugboat with a barge passing by the gambling boat Argosy on the Mississippi River.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20100609_puerto_rico_0547-edit.jpg]00Stuck on the beach
On the beach under a plam tree in Puerto Rico
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20101012_sunset_gazebo_091-edit.jpg]20Gazebo at Forest Park by the Muny
In front of the Muny in Forest Park sets the gazebo.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110201_forest_park_winter_0012-edit.jpg]20Gazebo in Forest Park by Muny | Stock Photo
Winter scene in Forest Park at the Gazebo by the Muny Opera.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110212_d65_miami_0105-edit.jpg]110Photo of Miami Beach | Photography
Photo of Miami Beach fro the Eden Roc Hotel
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110316_new_orleans_0009-edit.jpg]40Sunset downtown New Orleans | Stock Photo
Sunset in downtown New Orleans
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110317_no_swamp_0087-edit.jpg]10Cypress trees in the swamp | Stock Photo
Cypress trees in the swamp. A swamp is a wetland with some flooding of large areas of land by shallow bodies of water. A swamp generally has a large number of hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodical inundation. The two main types of swamp are "true" or swamp forests and "transitional" or shrub swamps. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater.In North America, swamps are usually regarded as including a large amount of woody vegetation, but elsewhere this may not necessarily apply, such as in African swamps dominated by papyrus. By contrast, a marsh in North America is a wetland without woody vegetation, or elsewhere, a wetland without woody vegetation which is shallower and has less open water surface than a swamp. A mire (or quagmire) is a low-lying wetland of deep, soft soil or mud that sinks underfoot with large algae covering the water's surface.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110619_fathers_day_0272-edit.jpg]30Fireworks at sunset | Stock Photo
Fireworks at sunset from Sunset Country Club with the American Flag waving in the wind.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110813_water_tower_sunset_031-edit.jpg]20ç
Photos from the top of the water tower in St Louis. The Compton Hill tower stands 179 feet high and is the youngest of the three. Dating from 1898, its French-Romanesque design is by one Harvey Ellis, whose credits also include City Hall, in association with George Mann.The Compton tower and its brethren originally served as pressure regulators for the city's water supply, much of which was stored in the reservoir immediately adjacent to the tower. Pressure spikes in the steam-powered pumping system could potentially damage pipes. The solution was a 100-foot-plus standpipe, which the tower was built to conceal.One of only seven surviving such towers in the United States (two others are also in St. Louis), it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972. It sits in Reservoir Park, flanked by a large, classic statue that celebrates the city's newspaper heritage, a lily pond and walking paths. The park is always open to the public, while the Tower itself is frequently open for touring. It is owned by the St. Louis Water Division and maintained through the joint efforts of the Division and the Water Tower & Park Preservation Society.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110815_city_museum_0001-edit.jpg]50City Museum roof at Sunset | Stock Photo
City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis, Missouri. The roof has a small old fashioned Ferris wheel that you can ride on. It also has a slide that goes under a small pond. The pond has stepping stones that go from one side to the other. The roof also has a school bus that had actually worked once, extending past the edge of the building. You can walk in the school bus, and open the door from the driver's seat. Also found on the roof are a giant rope swing contained in a free-standing aluminum dome underneath the roof's centerpiece; a giant metal praying mantis. You can climb a series of enclosed metal ladders inside the dome to an exit at the top.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110826_city_miseum_night_0017-edit.jpg]10City Museum roof ferris wheel | Stock Photo
City Museum ferris wheel on the roof of the building at night. The roof has a small old fashioned Ferris wheel that you can ride on. It also has a slide that goes under a small pond. The pond has stepping stones that go from one side to the other. The roof also has a school bus that had actually worked once, extending past the edge of the building. You can walk in the school bus, and open the door from the driver's seat. Also found on the roof are a giant rope swing contained in a free-standing aluminum dome underneath the roof's centerpiece; a giant metal praying mantis. You can climb a series of enclosed metal ladders inside the dome to an exit at the top.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110826_city_miseum_night_0066-edit.jpg]00City Museum roof ferris wheel | Stock Photo
City Museum ferris wheel on the roof of the building at night. The roof has a small old fashioned Ferris wheel that you can ride on. It also has a slide that goes under a small pond. The pond has stepping stones that go from one side to the other. The roof also has a school bus that had actually worked once, extending past the edge of the building. You can walk in the school bus, and open the door from the driver's seat. Also found on the roof are a giant rope swing contained in a free-standing aluminum dome underneath the roof's centerpiece; a giant metal praying mantis. You can climb a series of enclosed metal ladders inside the dome to an exit at the top.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/horizontal/thumbs/thumbs_20110913_flags_art_museum_0029.jpg]00Art Museum over looks 911 Mevorial | Stock Photo
Over 3000 American Flags where used to honor the Victims of 911 on the 10th Anniversary. Located at Art Hill in front of the Art Museum in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri

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[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20081010_arch_0024-edit-1.jpg]10St Louis Arch "Gateway to the West" at twilight
The Gateway Arch is known as the "Gateway to the West". It was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947 and built between 1963 and 1968. It is the only building in the world based on the catenary arch, making it the iconic image of the city. It stands 630 feet (192.024 m) tall and 630 feet (192.024 m) wide at its base. The legs are 54 feet (16.46 m) wide at the base, narrowing to 17 feet (5.18 m) at the arch. There is a unique tram system to carry passengers to the observation room at the top of the arch.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20081026_day4_012-edit.jpg]00Black and white Boca Grande lighthouse | Stock Photo
Boca Grande lighghouse. Lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire, and used as an aid to navigation for pilots at sea or on inland waterways.Lighthouses are used to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs, and safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20081101_with_liza_009-edit-2.jpg]00Old Courthouse St. Louis, Missouri | Stock Photo
The Old Courthouse (officially called the Old St. Louis County Courthouse) was built as a combination federal and state courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri's tallest habitable building from 1864 to 1894, it is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and operated by the National Park Service used for historical exhibits and events.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20090117_cabo_0907-edit-2.jpg]00A bird fly at Sunrise in Cabo San Lucas
Sunrise at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cabo San Lucas (popularly known as just 'Los Cabos' - along with San José del Cabo - in Mexico and 'Cabo' in the United States) is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula at 22.88°N 109.90°WCoordinates: 22.88°N 109.90°W, in the municipality of Los Cabos in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. As of the 2005 census, the population was 56,811 people. It is the largest community in Los Cabos municipality, and the second-largest in Baja California Sur, after La Paz.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20100611_solstice_0100-edit.jpg]00Sailboat with rainbow | Yacht | Stock Photo
Sailboat going under a rainbow in the Caribbean Sea
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[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20101019_arch_0043-edit.jpg]30Sunrise with clouds at the St. Louis Arch
Sun and clouds back lighting the St. Louis Arch.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20110314_jackson_0009-edit.jpg]10Broken fan in door way
Broken fan in doorway in a abandon store in Jackson Mississippi
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20110317_no_swamp_0094-edit.jpg]00HDR Swamp | Stock HDR Photo
A swamp is a wetland with some flooding of large areas of land by shallow bodies of water. A swamp generally has a large number of hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodical inundation. The two main types of swamp are "true" or swamp forests and "transitional" or shrub swamps. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater.In North America, swamps are usually regarded as including a large amount of woody vegetation, but elsewhere this may not necessarily apply, such as in African swamps dominated by papyrus. By contrast, a marsh in North America is a wetland without woody vegetation, or elsewhere, a wetland without woody vegetation which is shallower and has less open water surface than a swamp. A mire (or quagmire) is a low-lying wetland of deep, soft soil or mud that sinks underfoot with large algae covering the water's surface.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20110504_sscc_golf_0002.jpg]00Fog at Sunset Country Club | Stock Photo
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20110504_sscc_golf_0004-edit.jpg]00Fog at sunrise | Stock Photo
Fog on the first hole at Sunset Country Club.
[img src=http://www.mcgraphics.photography/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/vertical/thumbs/thumbs_20110913_flags_art_museum_0024.jpg]00Police Officer at 911 Memorial | Stock Photo
Art Hill hosts a 911 10th anniveersary Memorial with 3000 American Flags for the ones that died in the tragedy that day.