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!

 

 

Honoring Veterans

Memorial Day – A day to remember our veterans, service members and emergency responders.

A photo at the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in Washington, DC, a few years ago.

Successful agate/rock trip

We drove to northern Minnesota for the weekend and found some “spring” agates and other rocks along the shore of Lake Superior.

The weather was a bit chilly, but we still drove the Jeep with the top off.

#buildscharacter #agate

Mom with a Cub in Tow (2 photos)

Our Polar Bear mom walking on the ice with one of her cubs right next to her.

#PolarBear #cub

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An Antsy Little Cub (4 photos)

The little Polar Bear on the right waited so patiently, while its mom rested on the ice (with another cub snuggled up to her).

Finally, the little cub was so antsy it stood up. The moment that little cub stood up, mom lifted her head!

The little cub started to walk away, but then turned to wait for mom and sibling to follow…

#polarbear #cubs

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Snuggling with Mom (4 photos)

Our Polar Bear mom finally found a resting spot on the ice. One of the little cubs snuggled right up to its mom, while the other found a cozy spot several feet away.

We were still a good distance away from the polar bears, but were able to get some close up photos. Check those out at the bottom.

#polarbear #cubs

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Finding a Place to Rest (video)

Here is a video of our Polar Bear mom with her two cubs finding a place to rest on the ice along the Hudson Bay on Polar Bear Point just outside of Churchill, Canada.

Listen carefully and you can hear our Tundra Buggy Driver/guide talking about the cubs and how old they are at birth and more.

Mom Staying Alert (3 photos)

In the first photo, the Polar Bear mom is sniffing in the air… it’s her way of smelling for danger that may be near.

She definitely smelled something she didn’t like and immediately turned her two cubs around backtracking to a safer area.

#polarbear #cubs

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Mom and Cubs Slowly Getting Closer (3 photos)

The polar bear mom is slowly making her way while walking on newly formed ice toward our Tundra Buggy.

In the photo at the bottom, mom is yawning as she slowly walks while her two cubs trail behind her. And, the two cubs blend right in with the rocks around them.

#polarbear #cubs

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Mom and Her Cubs Coming Our Way (2 photos)

I’m back this week posting more Polar Bear photos from a recent trip to the tundra just outside Churchill, Canada!

In these two photos, can you find the mom with her two cubs?

They’ll get a lot closer!

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