The sun sets over the entrance to the Throgs Neck Bridge. The building of the Throgs Neck was planned and managed by Robert Moses and designed by Othmar Ammann (the man behind the George Washington, Bronx-Whitestone, Verrazano and Triborough Bridgs). In order to provide clearance for large ocean-going vessels, Ammann added long, curved approaches to raise the span well above the low-lying shores of Bay Terrace and Throgs Neck before arching up over the water. The span is 1,800 feet long, with an anchorage to anchorage total length of 2910 feet. The bridge officially opened for traffic on January 11th, 1961. Later in the 20th century, the area underneath the Queens approaches, where this photo was shot, became known as Little Bay Park.
Little Bay Park, Queens, New York
Photo by @siddynics
One more sleep before take off ✈️ Where are we going? We are heading on an expedition (NOT A vacation) to Antarctica! 😅 I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to say this. We have had this trip booked since January but I didn’t want to jinx it. It has been a long restless year but as I start talking with friends about what is likely to be the biggest trip of our life, I am being met with a lot of “Why Antarctica”? “What are you going to do there for 2 weeks”? “Oh but isn’t it just all icy”? I am mildly amused by how people “visualize” the less-frequented places.. maybe it’s ignorance? After all, nothing could be farther from the truth about the Antarctic! 😊 What could be more fascinating, humbling and gratifying than being in the most pristine isolated places in the world? Why have we decided to go there now when we still have countless more accessible countries to experience? Well, I for one have never been enthralled by man-made wonders. Yeah, they are cool but it has always been about the natural phenomenon. From the Japanese Cherry Blossoms to the towering mountains in NZ. I want to feel insignificant in front mother nature, only then can we respect it. I am going there to be humbled by the smell of what could possibly be the purest air found anywhere and by the tranquility from being surrounded by nothing but wildlife and big boulders of living breathing ice. I know this trip is going to change my view about travel and help me unlearn everything we think we know 💙 Have you had people surprise you with reactions to places you were visiting? I am curious! 🙂
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📍Katherine Hot Springs, Northern Territory, AUSTRALIA.
We had a great time at this Christmas Tree Farm. Despite the controversy about Real Christmas trees and plastic ones we choose to pick our Christmas tree in a local farm. We voted to don’t fill out the landfill with more plastic. I wish we have more choices and I hope eventually will happen that Christmas tree can be make out of biodegradable material. How awesome will be that?
Maria's Epic Ultimate Antarctic Expedition - The Inspiration and Plan
In 15 days, Dec 26th, I begin my journey that will take me to some awesome far reaching parts of our planet that most of you have not heard of let alone have visited.
There's the map below that shows you where I will be going. Most people ask me WHY these places and HOW did you find out about them? Well, it all goes back to my dear friemd @tomdreamsbig as my source of inspiration. 🙏I've been seeing countless photos and videos he's done over the years of these far off lands that stir my wanderlust something fierce.
And since my expedition cruising started with Hurtigruten, it will continue with Hurtigruten. <3
On December 26 I will begin my long journey south to Buenos Aires, where I will be for 3 nights. I'm hoping to meet up with a couple women I met last year during my travels in Ushuaia. I have a cool airbnb booked there in a great neighborhood and it has a pool on the roof. It is summer in Buenoes Aires and we all know, or you should know if you've been reading my stuff, I'm not good with heat! I'm hoping to use the pool daily.
Monday, December 30th, will see the Hurtgruten travelers board a flight to Ushuaia, where I will board MV Fram. Some of you may remember I sailed Fram in Greenland and enjoyed her very much. Let's hope her propeller fix still holds. ;) My itinerary can be seen in the map I added to this post. I'm looking forward to celebrating NYE at sea. So what is there you ask in these places??? NATURE! Pristine nature and lots of it. I'm REALLY looking forward to South Georgia Island. It's a Nat Geo documentary type of place. Check out my friend @tomdreamsbig videos on his youtube channel to get inspired! Just magnificent wild life I'm so looking forward to seeing!
And finally I'll be back in the utterly breathtaking Antarctic. 💙💜 Can't wait to see that beautiful land again.
I hope to post daily from the jacuzzi but you never know how the wifi will be.
I won't be home until January 21st.
Hope you follow me on this most EPIC adventure yet!
Die Nordwestpassage mit dem #Hybridschiff#MSRoaldAmundsen durchqueren! Ihrem berühmten Namensgeber gelang es 1903-1906 als Erster. Wie gut, dass es heute deutlich komfortabler ist😀⚓ http://ow.ly/Y2eB50xbVYq
The first Catholic church in Zanzibar. Who said honeymoons can't be educational?
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📍Edith Falls, Northern Territory AUSTRALIA👌🏼
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Few more days till Christmas, Have you tick all your List? If you still have a few more need i suggest to buy them a planner or a , its versatile and for sure they can use it the entire 2020. I got this sleek hydro flask and planner from @cbtlph
Choose to #SupportSustainable you can even collecting 18 stamps by purchasing 17 coffee-based or tea based beverages and 1 holiday drink.
***New #NTVBlog Up Now - Robert Moses and the Creation of Jones Beach State Park *** Moses’ love affair with the area began in 1923, when he was still just an unknown city planner. Reports say that he would spend days alone on the grounds putting his vision together through sketches in a notebook. It would take years of career growth and convincing the right politicians, but persistence paid off and he was eventually be able to break ground on the project. Huge dredgers were brought in to work around the clock bringing sand from the bottom of the bay to the ocean front beaches, raising the ground to twelve feet above sea level.
To deal with the wind, landscape architects were commissioned to plant a beach grass called Ammophila arenaria that had successfully stabilized other Long Island beaches. The roots of this European Beachgrass grow sideways in search of water and are very effective at holding dunes in place to form a barrier against the wind. Thousands of men planted this grass by hand throughout the summer of 1928, but the result was a beach ready for throngs of visitors looking to soak up the sun.
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It’s always fun to find an interesting piece of tree root driftwood, like this bit we found on the shores of Rocky Point in Greenport, Long Island. Driftwood is a form of marine debris, or tidewrack, that washes ashore due to the action of wind, tides or waves. It provides shelter and food for birds, fish and other aquatic species as it floats in the ocean before reaching the shore. Small animals such as gribbles, shipworms and bacteria carry out the important work of decomposing the wood in order to turn it into nutrients that other species feed on. The pieces that do eventually make it to shore continue to play an important role in the ecosystem, serving as a source of shelter for birds, plants and many other species or becoming the foundation for sand dunes.
Rocky Point, Greenport, Long Island (December)
Photo by @thenicebrice
Thanks for a great opportunity, its first time for us to be a drama musical actor.
Ternyata tdk semudah yg dibayangkan jadi aktor, tapi kami banyak belajar berkat bimbingan dari sutradara drama musikal Bpk Rama Soeprapto @dramarama666 dan coach terbaik Mas @kameolova yang super sabar dan selalu senyum 😅