Bridge Shadow Award

May 9th, 2005

And the nominees for this year’s Google Sightseeing ‘Coolest Looking Bridge Shadow’ Award are as follows…

Ironcladlou for the wallet-burning Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, New York.

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Punk floyd, Greg Small, Duane Homick, PegO and TZ for the fantastic Ambassador Bridge which links Windsor, Ontario with Detroit, Michigan. (Windsor is on the south and Detroit is on the north side of the river.)

Ambassador Bridge

Steve Hale for the the world’s tallest suspension bridge, the Fred Hartman bridge in Baytown, Texas.

Fred Hartman Bridge

But the winners are… (Drum-roll please!)

Tim, Dave Isaacs and khendron for the 1.6-mile-long Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland!

Francis Scott Key Bridge

Congratulations guys! ;-)

Fort McHenry, Baltimore

May 9th, 2005

This is Fort McHenry in Baltimore. It was during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14th 1814, that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which was later renamed “The Star Spangled Banner” and adopted as the national anthem of the United States.

Fort McHenry

Thanks: Ross Hendry

Crazy Horse Memorial

May 8th, 2005

A few miles from Mount Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Memorial which Korczak Ziolkowski started carving singlehandedly in 1948 and it’s not expected to be finished any time soon. The main part that is carved so far is Crazy Horse’s 87 foot head and the beginnings of his arm (which I think is the flat area extending North-West). It’s not the best shot, perhaps when the memorial is finished we’ll be able to make out more from this unique sightseeing point?

Crazy Horse

Thanks: Stephen Johnson & many others

Churchill Downs

May 7th, 2005

Churchill Downs race track hosts the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May each year, which means that the 131st Kentucky Derby should be starting in a few hours.

The record for Derby attendance is 163,628 in 1974 and a forecast of 78 degrees and sunny for later today is expected to help draw about 150,000 fans (including Michael Jordan and Usher).

Churchill Downs

Thanks: LaptopHeaven, Drew & others.

Bullfighting Stadium, Playa Tijuana

May 6th, 2005

The bullfighting stadium in Playa Tijuana, Mexico. Just to the north of it is the US border fence which stretches across the beach into the ocean.

Bullfight

Thanks: Mike

Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, Fayetteville

May 6th, 2005

Another Stadium with Large Type in the end zone is the Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. The south end reads “Razorbacks” as this is the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks but the north end seems to read “SAS” - anyone know why?

Razorbacks

Thanks: Weyrleader Zor

Carowinds theme park

May 5th, 2005

Paramount’s Carowinds theme park is on the border of North and South Carolina. Some of the rides look great from up here - check out the giant rollercoaster at the North-West corner, which looks like it might be the wooden ‘Hurler‘. Apparently rollercoaster junkies say that wooden ‘coasters are the best…

Carowinds

Thanks to Adrian Likins for this one.

IMAX Theater, Little Rock

May 5th, 2005

The IMAX Theater at the Aero Space Education Center in Little Rock, Arkansas is right next door to the runway of Little Rock National Airport so it’s obvious why they put the “IMAX” logo on the roof but I wonder how much soundproofing that place needs? (The airport is just to the north - spot the blue plane!)

Imax

Thanks: caknuck

Stealthy

May 4th, 2005

Here is a $2.1 billion B-2 stealth bomber at Edward’s Air Force Base, and here is its sister the $122 million F-117 stealth fighter.

Thanks: Lurch, Ryan Ferster, Frank, Mark, Emil, Rob & Robert

Reliant Astrodome, Houston

May 4th, 2005

Built in 1965 and once home to the Houston Astros and the Houston Oilers, the Reliant Astrodome is now part of Reliant Park and sits next to the new Reliant Stadium (to the left, still under construction in this photo), the Reliant Arena (that triangular thing below the Astrodome), and the Reliant Center (North of the Astrodome). The Astrodome is also famous for Astroturf, the artificial grass first used in the stadium and now found almost everywhere.

Astrodome

Thanks: Eliot Landrum