Today Bora Bora is world famous as a luxury holiday resort and the island's economy is almost solely driven by tourism. This wasn't always the case as this huge World War II cannon over looking Pofai Bay and the main town of Vaitape. The United States used the island as a military supply base for the South Pacific. There were originally seven artilery guns like this one dotted around the island to protect the base from attack. Over sixty years later much has changed for Bora Bora.
Flying into this French Polynesia island I wasn't sat in a good seat on the plane. On my way back I asked the flight attendant for a good window seat. The window was pretty dirty but the lagoon and barrier reef from the air is stunning. In this photograph we see the luxury five star overwater villas of the InterContinental Resort. Here we can see the wonderful colour and clarity of the lagoon water.
The most reflective sculpture in Chicago was always going to make for a good photographic challenge. After speaking with friends who had been (no pun intended) before I knew it was a popular spot for tourists. So much so that anytime of the day or evening Millennium Park was packed with people. Looking for a more abstract view of Cloud Gate, focusing on the refections of the skyscrapers around it, I got up before dawn to get the place to myself. This photograph was taken from the north side of the Bean to show reflections of the biggest buildings along Randolph Street.
Staying three blocks north, I walked past this building a couple of times a day while in San Francisco. The Transamercia Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the city, built in 1972 with 48 floors. This was taken one evening on a walk around the China Town area. I was stood on the cross roads Broadway Street looking down Columbus Avenue.
Looking down the length of bridges not only gives a new perspective but also a better idea of the size and scale. An example of this is that it's difficult to imagine 227 metre high towers but most of us are more familiar with the size of cars. The Golden Gate Bridge is six lanes wide and carries an average of 110,000 vehicles per day. I came across this view while exploring the western end of the Presidio towards Fort Point Rock. From here we look north along the length of the bridge to Lime Point in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The East River is a tidal straight in New York City that separates Brooklyn from the island of Manhattan. A friend suggested visiting the Skipper's Pierside Cafe down by Pier 15 on the north (Manhattan) side of the river. Unfortunately not only was the cafe closed for referbishment but the security guard on duty wouldn't let me shoot from the deck in front of the cafe. Fortunately just a bit further back from the Brooklyn Bridge is the Pier 15. The above photograph was taken from the end of Pier 15 looking east. Behind the Brooklyn Bridge is the Manhattan Bridge and in the far distance is the Williamsburg Bridge