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Thanks for visiting. Here you can see my recent INTERACTIVE 360Around VR Panoramic Photography. Just look for the images that say "Click for 360around" on the side. CLICKING on it will OPEN up the interactive version if there is only one panorama for that subject or it will take you to a page with multiple panoramas to choose from. Then CLICK AND DRAG IN THE IMAGE to rotate around the viewpoint. Panoramas are best viewed FULL SCREEN, be sure to click on the full screen button in the menu bar that is in the lower left corner of the panorama. To see some of my older panoramas or special projects click on the various links below.

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Sequoia National Park, Moro Rock, Kaweah River v2

On the trail to the summit of Moro Rock

This tour contains panos that I have previously published on my website a couple years ago. The difference is that this time the panos are all “packaged” in the same tour where before they were all individual panos spread out over a couple different places. I have also included a couple new pano views that were previously un-published and several detail photos along with a couple historic photos that are also included in the tour. I have improved the resolution and compression so the panos look better and this tour now should work on most iDevices.

 

Moro Rock is something like a small version of Half Dome in Yosemite. It is the same kind of granite rock formation. The access road to the parking lot at the base of Moro Rock was still closed due to snow so I walked the two miles or so to get there. Then there are 400 steps to climb to get to the top. The exhilarating climb and the view from the top makes any effort to get there worth it. In fact it is a great rock for climbers. There was a major thunder storm going on across the canyon on Castle Rock Spire which made me hasten my efforts so I could get off the top of the rock to avoid any danger from lightning. Also, the interesting and somewhat rare phenomena of the rainbow like effect called a Circumhorizontal Arc and the passing bird (swift) make for an interesting panorama. Next we drop down about 4000 feet to the banks of the Kaweah River, spectacular in the spring.

4 sequoias guarding the roadway

4 sequoias guarding the roadway

Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan

Warren Dunes famous for Hang Gliding

The Warren Dunes State Park along the shores of Lake Michigan provide 1952 acres of recreational opportunities. The Tower Hill dunes rise up 260 above the shore and is notable for hang gliding. We happened by there on a cold day in November and were surprised to find even on a day of marginal weather that there was someone trying to get some flying time in.

2012 St. Leon Pole Raising

2012 Pole Raising

This virtual tour has 3 pano views showing different stages of the 2012 St. Leon Pole Raising. Other than the weather being a bit more gloomy, the St. Leon Pole Raising was about the same as I described it in the pano tour I did of the 2008 Pole Raising:

“Every 4 years, on the 2nd Saturday before the presidential election, the community of St. Leon, Indiana continues the tradition of the Pole Raising to commemorate the presidency of Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. Once a common occurrence, St. Leon is believed to be the only place where you can see the pole raising today. The locals head to the woods in the morning to cut down a tall hickory tree. Then drag it back to town for a short parade featuring a steam powered tractor hauling the tree behind. Next some political speeches and rallying followed by the raising.”

I especially enjoyed the parade this year, which included some old tractors, old cars and trucks, the East Central High School band, the old steam engine tractor that pulls the pole through town, and a surprise visit from President Obama!!!

President Obama made a surprise showing in the parade!

The whole event is rather quaint and a unique slice of “Americana.” Be sure to click on all the detail shot “hot-spots” in the panos to see a few pics from the parade. The organizers used a picture that I had posted on my entry from the 2008 pole-raising for their poster for the 2012 event:

Poster with sign picture

Loome Theological Booksellers

Rose Window at Loome

This bookstore in Stillwater, Minnesota specializes in “providing discerning readers with hard-to-find scholarly and classic Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and related books…” The panotour you see here will be serving as a memorial of sorts to the bookstore housed in an old church. The owners are moving the business to a new location in the late fall of 2012. The church building is located in the quaint town of Stillwater in the St. Croix River Valley just east of St. Paul, Minnesota. I feel very fortunate to have come across this bookstore before they moved. Quite a unique place. Hopefully, some day I will make it to their new location also.

The Church of St. Agnes

The Church of Saint Agnes

This very beautiful church in the “FrogTown” area of Saint Paul, Minnesota is the home of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale. It is one of only a handful of Churches dedicated to maintaining the Catholic Church’s tradition of musical excellence in the context of the Sacred Liturgy. The Chorale presents a full season of choral Masses with orchestra by such composers as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Herzogenberg. This church was founded by Austrian and Bavarian immigrants and is modeled on Kloster Schlaegel, a monastery church in Austria.

American Sign Museum

The American Sign Museum

I should say, the “new” American Sign Museum. Just recently moved into this larger space, they are better suited to grow and also to host special events. Several years ago I did a couple panos from the old space and I thought it would be appropriate to get a more comprehensive tour of  the beautiful facility that they now have. This is a larger tour with 11 panoramic views and a few detail shots mixed in for good measure. I kept the panoramas at a higher resolution so that it is possible to zoom in bit to see more detail. This could cause the views to take a little longer to load depending on the connection speed you have. This is a very colorful place with lots of things to look at no matter which way you are facing.

Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

This mini tour has 2 pano views, one from the top of each tower of the Roebling Suspension Bridge that connects Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. The bridge was formally opened in 1867 and was the first bridge to cross the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky. This bridge was the “prototype” for the famous Brooklyn Bridge that John Roebling also designed.

North Tower Little Planet

South Tower Little Planet

Western and Southern Open, Tennis 2012

Serena Williams 2nd round match, 2012 Western and Southern Open

Here are some panoramas from the tennis action on Tuesday, August 14. This match featured Serena Williams defeating Eleni Daniilidou.  Take the tour to see the world-class facilities of the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge is the only bridge of it’s kind along the Mississippi River. Having 23 arches, it is 2100 feet long and contains 100,000 tons of limestone and granite. It was built by railroad baron James J. Hill and completed in 1883. It was originally used as a railroad bridge and carried as many as 48 passenger trains into Minneapolis everyday. Now it is part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail and used as a walking and bike path. It is significant historical landmark that forms an integral part of  the redeveloped Minneapolis Riverfront. The bridge is just below St. Anthony Falls which is the birthplace of Minneapolis and was the only true waterfall on the Mississippi River.

Western And Southern Open, Tennis 2011

Western and Southern Open, 2011 Tennis Tournament

As the 2012 version of this event is rapidly approaching, I thought I would post a mini-tour of the Lindner Family Tennis Center during the 2011 version of the Western and Southern Open. This  prestigious event is one of only 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments held annually throughout the world. This tournament first started in 1899 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the United States played in it’s original city. It is also the biggest summer tennis event in the USA.

HHS Mandate Protest, Cincinnati June 8, 2012

HHS-Mandate Protest

Cincinnati was one of 146 different US cities to host a rally to protest the Obama administration mandate forcing religious universities, charities, and other groups to pay for abortifacient drugs and other birth control for students and employees.

Beaver Bill Forging Works

Beaver Bill at the Anvil

Here is another “Pano-Portrait” featuring Beaver Bill in his workshop. Bill makes very nice reproduction edge weapons, specifically tomahawks. These are museum quality and fine pieces of art as well as functional tools. He also makes throwing hawks that are in high demand for those who enjoy the sport of tossing tomahawks. I personally have a few of his throwing hawks and highly recommend them to anyone interested in this sport.  I really like this pano-portrait, there is so much to look at here. Be sure to explore both panorama views and all the detail shots that are scattered among them, oh and try to find the 3 hidden “fly-out” tomahawks.

St. Anthony Shrine, Cincinnati, Ohio

St. Anthony Shrine, historic photo

The historic Chapel of the National Shrine of St. Anthony in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio was consecrated on Thanksgiving Day 1889, a little more than a year after the cornerstone was laid. This tour has several high resolution panoramas with numerous feature detail photos. There are also some historic photos showing the chapel with the paint decorating as applied by the artist Johann Schmitt. He was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis for over 35 years. Having an obvious devotion to St. Francis, Schmitt left a legacy of interesting paintings of St. Francis in several American churches. All the murals were painted over or removed in 1978.

Originally serving as a monastery and a house for novitiates, today the Shrine serves as the candidate house for those considering entering the Franciscan Order.

A special thanks to the staff of the Franciscan archives for allowing me to select some old photos to include in this tour.

Schoenstatt Retreat Center

The Schoenstatt Shrine, Waukesha, Wisconsin

The International Schoenstatt Retreat Center in Waukesha is also home to a Schoenstatt Shrine and The Province House of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. This tour features the facility in a lovely mantel of winter weather. I have several detail views included so be sure to explore all the “hot spots.” Give the panoramas time to load as this tour is optimized for fast connections and big monitors. Click here or the picture above to start your visit.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Playhouse in the Park lobby

The Playhouse, located in Eden Park, is dedicated to providing the finest in professional theater. It is one of America’s first regional theaters started in 1959 with the dream of Gerald Covell, a college student. In 2004 the Playhouse won the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza / Palm Court

Palm Court at The Hilton Cincinnati

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel is a nice example of French Art-Deco architecture. Much of the decorative work was created in France several years before construction of the building and exhibited at the 1925 Exhibition of Decorative Art in Paris. The three panoramas included in this tour feature the Palm Court area which contain Orchids Restaurant and a Bar. Also the Grand Staircase featuring the Apollo Gallery and a beautiful chandelier. Painted on the ceiling is a compass-rose pointing due north an is surrounded by 24 gazelles representing the hours of the day.

Cincinnati City Hall

Cincinnati City Hall, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Plum Street Temple

Cincinnati City Hall, the government seat for the City of Cincinnati, is across 8th St. from St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, the spiritual seat for the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and that is across the street from the Plum Street Temple, one of the oldest synagogue buildings in the United States

2012 Business Courier Book of Lists – Virtual Tour of Cincinnati Landmarks

Book of Lists

Carew Tower Observation Deck - Click image for virtual tour

For the 2012 Cincinnati Business Courier Book of Lists cover photo, I needed to create a high resolution photograph from the Carew Tower Observation Deck. This was a close approximation of the viewpoint I used for an earlier “tower pano” that I produced for my website. A higher resolution image was needed to accommodate the large format layout of the book. This year’s Book of Lists includes the top 25 Cincinnati Landmarks as determined from a survey the Business Courier conducted. The original panorama I produced from the observation deck is used here as a starting point to experience panoramas from some of those landmarks. These are from existing panoramas I had earlier created or from new ones made just for this tour. I do not have all the landmarks represented here, but will add to this tour as conditions and time allows. So check back on occasion to see new tours as they are added.

Procter and Gamble World Headquarters

Procter and Gamble Headquarters

The Procter and Gamble Company, founded in 1837, was ranked by “Fortune” magazine in 2011 at 5th place in the “World’s Most Admired Companies” list. It manufactures a wide range of consumer goods in facilities around the world.

Chicago, Pioneer Court, Marilyn Monroe

Pioneer Court

During a whirlwind 2 hours in downtown Chi-town, I managed to grab a couple of pano views including Pioneer Court and the much maligned and vandalized Marilyn Monroe statue.