July 4th – Liberty’s Symbols (15 photos)

From her toes to her crown to her torch, Lady Liberty has many messages of freedom. And what better day to celebrate freedom than July 4.

During our recent trip to New York City, we snagged “crown” tickets to the top of Statue of Liberty. (Trip tips: You need to purchase those tickets early, at least six months in advance since they only let about 100 people go to the crown each day. Go early in the day to beat the crowds!) There are 377 steps (equal to 20 stories) to the top… with the very last steps winding through a very tiny spiral staircase that has one side going up, the other going down.

The messages of freedom from the Statue of Liberty ring true for today:

  • Broken shackles at her feet signifying escape from tyranny
  • A tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776
  • Crown’s of seven rays represent a sunburst spreading enlightenment and reason throughout the world
  • And, of course, the most significance of all, her torch and flame symbolizing truth and justice enlightening the world

Enjoy the photos!

Statue of Liberty Sunrise Starburst
The morning sun creates a starburst on the Statue of Liberty, New York City.
To the Crown
Looking down from the first staircase before we begin the tiny spiral staircase to the Statue of Liberty crown. In the lower middle is a group of people looking up toward me.
The Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase leading up to the Statue of Liberty crown on Liberty Island, New York City.
Crown View
View from the crown looking toward lower Manhattan, New York City.
Tablet View
The Statue of Liberty’s tablet of law in her left arm bearing in Roman numerals the date of the American Declaration of independence – July 4, 1776, New York City.
View from Lady Liberty
View of Manhattan, One World Trade Center and Ellis Island from Lady Liberty, New York City.
Crown View
View from the crown looking toward Brooklyn Bridge in the distance, New York City.
Crown to the Ground
View from the Statue of Liberty crown to the ground where people are walking along the path below on Liberty Island, New York City.
Crown Torch
View of the Torch and ray from the Statue of Liberty Crown, New York City.
Inside the Crown
View inside the Statue of Liberty crown showing the waves of her hair, Liberty Island, New York City.
Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase from the top, showing the staircase going up and down Liberty Island, New York City.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty in the morning sun, New York City.
Lady Liberty
A view from below. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, New York City.
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View of Manhattan, One World Trade Center from Lady Liberty, New York City.
Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts Paddle Wheel in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, New York City.

Happy and safe July 4th everyone!

 

 

Following Mom

Baby Pronghorn following its mom to find a new location under a sage brush until its next feeding and diaper change – and, until it is old enough to outrun predators in Yellowstone National Park.

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Stretching Legs

The baby Pronghorn stretches its legs in these photos by walking around its mom, while mom keeps a lookout for predators.

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Pronghorn… Feeding, Diaper Change

Photos of a Pronghorn mom feeding and just before mom “changes diapers” in Yellowstone National Park this last spring.

While a baby Pronghorn hides under brush laying motionless, its mom stays nearby so she can nurse and “change diapers” every 3-3.5 hours.

Feeding baby
A baby pronghorn hidden as it feeds on mom’s udder.
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A Pronghorn just before she changes the “diaper” of her baby.

 

Did You Know?

Even though the Pronghorn is the fastest animal in North America (close to 60 mph), baby Pronghorn aren’t so fast and it takes them about a day before they can even walk.

And, to further complicate things, they don’t have a “flight” response, so most of what they do during the first month of their little lives is hide under brush and lay motionless.

In the meantime, its mom – who stays close enough to see her baby – visits every 3-3.5 hours to nurse, “change its diapers” and hide the baby Pronghorn under the brush again.

Given the odds were stacked against us to even find, let alone see a baby Pronghorn, we were super excited when we found this one during the feeding and diaper changing time!

A series of 4 photos of this baby Pronghorn keeping up with its mom in Yellowstone National Park this last spring.

Pronghorn baby jumping 1

Pronghorn baby jumping 2

Pronghorn baby jumping 3

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Looking for Baby Pronghorn

Whenever we saw a female Pronghorn standing by herself in the sage brush in Yellowstone National Park this past spring, we pulled over and watched for a bit. We were hoping to see if she had a baby with her…

After numerous stops, we finally found a Pronghorn mom with a baby.

Do you see the baby in this photo?

Pronghorn mom

Pearly… Not So Whites

Marmots have orange teeth that grow throughout their life since they are rodents – and cute rodents they are.

This is a photo of a marmot outside the entrance of its home in the morning on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Pearly... Not So White

Yawn… Is This Work Week Over Yet?

A marmot yawning outside the entrance of its home in the morning on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Yawning Marmot

Monday Morning Stretch!

A marmot stretching outside the entrance of its home in the morning on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Morning Stretch

Getting a Better Look

After hiding behind its mom, this young Big Horn Sheep decided to hop up on mom to get a better look.

Photo was taken on top of Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Getting a Better Look

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