Berger Bytes Photos – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER

TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites.

These photos were taken of the ground from the air; the air from the ground and many places in-between. All of them are a result of pushing down on the camera-shutter with my right-hand index finger. As you might imagine, most are related to sports – primarily the Toronto Maple Leafs. But, you may also be surprised at the general variety of subjects.

Part 1 of a series encompasses June-November 2011. Enjoy.

SUMMER MOON ABOVE THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY OF LOS ANGELES.

REUTERS/Eric Miller

AT THE 2011 NHL DRAFT IN ST. PAUL, MINN., TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS NO. 1 PICK TYLER BIGGS PULLS ON JERSEY BESIDE GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN BURKE.

UNINTENTIONALLY, ONE OF MY BEST PHOTOS (ABOVE): RYAN HOWARD OF THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SWINGING AT A PITCH AGAINST TORONTO BLUE JAYS IN THE ROGERS CENTRE, JULY 3, 2011. WHERE ARE HIS ARMS AND WHERE IS THE BAT?

PHILLIES at BLUE JAYS: JULY 3, 2011.

COLORFUL CALIFORNIA

THE SUN IS ALWAYS SHINING IN LOS ANGELES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS; FLOWERS BLOOM AND THRIVE IN THE MID-DAY RADIANCE.

A MOTH ON A CALIFORNIA DAFFODIL.

THE FORUM IN INGLEWOOD, CALIF. – SOUTHWEST OF L.A. – WAS HOME TO THE LOS ANGELES KINGS AND LOS ANGELES LAKERS FROM 1967 TO 1998.

BEAUTIFUL HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM: HOME OF THE NHL DUCKS.

EMPTY DODGER STADIUM IN L.A. FROM THE RIGHT-FIELD STANDS. 

THE WAVES ARE ALWAYS ROLLING AT ZUMA BEACH IN MALIBU, CALIF.

SUNSET SKY AND NIGHT BASEBALL AT DODGER STADIUM.

INSIDE THE BELL CENTRE IN MONTREAL ?? – HOME OF LES CANADIENS.

CANADIENS’ STORIED HISTORY IN RAFTERS OF THE BELL CENTRE.

FROM THE BELL CENTRE PRESS BOX: HABS vs. LEAFS: OCT. 22, 2011.

A HAPPY LEAFS FAN TRIES TO ESCAPE THE WRATH OF UNHAPPY MONTREAL SUPPORTERS AFTER EX-LEAF MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (GLEEFULLY MUGGING FOR MY CAMERA, RIGHT) SCORED THE OVERTIME WINNING GOAL AT BELL CENTRE.

ON FINAL APPROACH TO PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE CITY’S PROFESSIONAL SPORTS COMPLEX (ABOVE). IN FOREGROUND (WHITE STRUCTURE AT LEFT): WELLS-FARGO CENTER, HOME OF THE FLYERS AND 76ers. TO THE RIGHT: LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD, HOME OF THE NFL EAGLES. IN BACKGROUND (UPPER-RIGHT OF PHOTO): CITIZEN’S BANK PARK, HOME OF THE BASEBALL PHILLIES.

IN NOVEMBER 2011, DURING LEAFS MORNING SKATE AT WELLS-FARGO CENTER, DEFENSEMAN LUKE SCHENN (LEFT) HAD NO IDEA HE’D EVENTUALLY BE TRADED TO PHILADELPHIA WHILE JAMES REIMER (RIGHT) WAS ALWAYS READY WITH A SMILE.

EMPTY WELLS-FARGO CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA FROM ZAMBONI GATE.

FACE-OFF: MAPLE LEAFS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, OCT. 24, 2011.

FLYERS CELEBRATE GOAL (LEFT) IN 4-2 VICTORY AND JAROMIR JAGR DESCRIBES BREAKAWAY GAME-WINNER IN PHILADELPHIA DRESSING ROOM AFTERWARD.

ON APPROACH TO LaGUARDIA AIRPORT, CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK.

THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING BATHED IN LATE-AFTERNOON SUN.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK IS ACTUALLY ROUND.

TORONTO HOCKEY FANATICS CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE, EVEN OUTSIDE NATIONWIDE ARENA IN COLUMBUS PRIOR TO LEAFS-BLUE JACKETS GAME OF NOV. 3, 2011.

FROM NATIONWIDE ARENA PRESS BOX, PRE-GAME LIGHTS AND LEAFS vs. JACKETS.

FORMER LEAFS GOALIE BEN SCRIVENS (LEFT), NOW PLAYING FOR EDMONTON, POSES WITH JOFFREY LUPUL AFTER BEATING COLUMBUS, 4-1, FOR HIS FIRST NHL WIN.

THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER IN NEWARK, HOME OF THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS.

LEATHER SEATS WITH DEVILS’ LOGO INSIDE PRUDENTIAL CENTER AND GOALIE MARTIN BRODEUR IN ACTION AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS, NOV. 4, 2011.

LEGENDARY LEAFS GOALIE JOHNNY BOWER WITH A YOUNG ADMIRER.

ON METROLINK TRAIN FROM LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN: SCOTTRADE CENTER, HOME OF THE ST. LOUIS BLUES.

IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS, SETTING SUN REFLECTS OFF ALUMINUM SKIN OF THE GATEWAY ARCH WHILE A JET PASSES FULL MOON ON WAY TO LAMBERT AIRPORT.

SYMBOL OF ST. LOUIS – THE GATEWAY ARCH.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX AT SCOTTRADE CENTER IN ST. LOUIS.

FACE-OFF: MAPLE LEAFS at ST. LOUIS BLUES, NOV. 9, 2011.

2011 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME WEEKEND

          

2011 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (LEFT-TO-RIGHT) JOE NIEUWENDYK, DOUG GILMOUR, ED BELFOUR AND MARK HOWE STAND DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM OF NOV. 12 MAPLE LEAFS-OTTAWA GAME AT THE AIR CANADA CENTRE.

CAPTAINS DANIEL ALFREDSSON OF OTTAWA AND DION PHANEUF OF THE LEAFS CONGRATULATE INDUCTEES PRIOR TO CEREMONIAL FACE-OFF.

YOU HEAR THEM BUT YOU DON’T OFTEN SEE THEM: HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA’S NO. 1 BROADCAST TANDEM OF JIM HUGHSON (SEATED) AND CRAIG SIMPSON – THEN, IN 2011, AT AIR CANADA CENTRE BOOTH; NOW FRESHLY BACK FROM CALLING GOLD MEDAL GAME AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOCHI.

          

TV SET-UP AT HALL OF FAME AND TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GREAT DEFENSEMAN BORJE SALMING (OR IS IT ROGER DALTRY OF THE WHO?).

SALMING’S LEAF TEAMMATE FROM THE 1970’s, LANNY McDONALD.

          

TWO MORE EX-LEAFS: CURTIS JOSEPH (LEFT) AND MIKE GARTNER.

THE BIG IRISHMAN – PAT QUINN – ABOUT TO BE INTERVIEWED LIVE ON TSN BY GINO REDA (LEFT) AND BOB McKENZIE. QUINN IS MEMBER OF HALL’S SELECTION COMMITTEE.

QUINN JOKES AROUND WITH ONE OF HIS FORMER LEAF PLAYERS, GARY ROBERTS.

          

NEW YORK RANGERS GENERAL MANAGER GLEN SATHER (LEFT) – BEST KNOWN FOR COACHING WAYNE GRETZKY AND EDMONTON OILERS TO FOUR STANLEY CUP TITLES IN FIVE YEARS FROM 1984-88. BOBBY CLARKE (RIGHT), CAPTAIN OF THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS STANLEY CUP TEAMS IN 1974 AND 1975.

          

PETER STASTNY (LEFT), THE GREAT QUEBEC NORDIQUES STAR FROM THE FORMER CZECHOSLOVAKIA. AND, A PENSIVE GARY ROBERTS (RIGHT).

TEAMMATES ON THE DETROIT STANLEY CUP TEAMS OF THE 1950’s: RED KELLY (LEFT) AND TED LINDSAY. KELLY WAS COACH OF THE MAPLE LEAFS FROM 1973-77.

BRYAN TROTTIER (LEFT) – STAR CENTER OF THE NEW YORK ISLANDER TEAMS THAT WON FOUR CONSECUTIVE STANLEY CUPS BEGINNING IN 1980. AND FORMER CALGARY AND LEAFS GENERAL MANAGER CLIFF FLETCHER, BEING INTERVIEWED BY KEVIN McGRAN OF THE TORONTO STAR.

          

HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA LEGENDS BOB COLE (LEFT) AND BRIAN McFARLANE.

BEAUTIFUL MORNING IN NASHVILLE – NOV. 16, 2011.

          

INSIDE BRIDGESTONE ARENA, HOME OF THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS.

          

BARRY TROTZ (LEFT), COACH OF THE PREDATORS SINCE THEIR INCEPTION IN 1998-99. EX-LEAFS GM BRIAN BURKE (WITH “MOVEMBER” MUSTACHE) BEING INTERVIEWED IN NASHVILLE BY TORONTO STAR COLUMNIST ROSIE DiMANNO.

ACROSS THE CUMBERLAND RIVER FROM DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE IS L-P FIELD, HOME OF THE NFL’s TENNESSEE TITANS.

PREDATORS vs. MAPLE LEAFS FROM BRIDGESTONE ARENA PRESS BOX.

BRIDGESTONE ARENA FUNNEL-CAKE (DELICIOUS, BUT WAS I SICK AFTER DOWNING IT) AND PREDATORS AT THEIR BENCH LATE IN WIN OVER MAPLE LEAFS.

          

LEAFS DEFENSEMAN CODY FRANSON (LEFT) AND EX-COACH RON WILSON.

          

SCORING ACE ALEX OVECHKIN OF THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS BEING INTERVIEWED (LEFT) AT AIR CANADA CENTRE, AND THEN LEAVING THE ARENA.

FLYING PAST DOWNTOWN TAMPA ON APPROACH TO TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM – HOME OF THE LIGHTNING – IS BIG WHITE STRUCTURE.

          

AT TAMPA MARRIOTT-WATERSIDE, EX-LEAF TIM CONNOLLY IS INTERVIEWED BY TORONTO REPORTERS, AND THEN MAKES PLANS WITH TEAMMATE LUKE SCHENN.

          

LEAFS JOFFREY LUPUL WITH MEDIA HORDE IN TAMPA.

          

DEFENSEMAN CARL GUNNARSSON (LEFT) AND CENTER TYLER BOZAK.

GLASS-WALLED EXTERIOR OF TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM.

NEARLY 10 YEARS SINCE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WON STANLEY CUP.

          

GIANT VIDEO SCORE-CLOCK AT TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM – PHOTO TAKEN FROM VISITORS’ BENCH. INJURED LEAFS GOALIE JAMES REIMER CHATS WITH MEDIA.

REFEREES AND LINESMEN STAND UNDER A SPOTLIGHT AT TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM DURING PLAYING OF CANADIAN AND AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEMS.

FROM PRESS BOX: MAPLE LEAFS at TAMPA BAY: NOV. 22, 2011.

          

IN TAMPA: FORMER MAPLE LEAFS GENERAL MANAGER JOHN FERGUSON (LEFT), NOW SCOUTING FOR SAN JOSE SHARKS. AND HALL-OF-FAME CENTER PHIL ESPOSITO – SCORING STAR AND TWO-TIME STANLEY CUP WINNER WITH BOBBY ORR AND THE BOSTON BRUINS (1970 AND 1972), AND WITH THE LEGENDARY TEAM CANADA OF 1972. ESPOSITO DOES RADIO COLOR-COMMENTARY FOR THE LIGHTNING.

SCOTTY BOWMAN (RIGHT) IS A REGULAR IN THE TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM PRESS BOX.

MAPLE LEAFS POURED ICE-WATER ON THE LIGHTNING, 7-1.

CLOSING IN ON DALLAS-FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

          

MY FAVORITE DALLAS HOTEL (LEFT) THE RENAISSANCE MARKET-CENTER TOWERING INTO CLEAR SKY. AND PHOTO OF “BURNING BUILDING” FROM MY HOTEL WINDOW (ACTUALLY THE LATE-DAY SUN SHINING OFF WINDOWS).

THE BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER – HOME OF THE DALLAS STARS AND NBA MAVERICKS – FROM ACROSS THE STEMMONS FREEWAY.

          

INSIDE EMPTY AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS.

THE BALLPARK IN ARLINGTON, HOME OF BASEBALL TEXAS RANGERS.

          

ACROSS FROM BASEBALL PARK IS GIANT AT&T STADIUM, HOME OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS SINCE 2009. MORE THAN 90,000 ATTENDED THANKSGIVING DAY GAME AGAINST MIAMI DOLPHINS (ABOVE AND BELOW) ON NOV. 24, 2011. FANS LEFT STADIUM HAPPY AT NIGHT AFTER COWBOYS WON ON LAST-PLAY FIELD GOAL.

          

MAPLE LEAFS at 1999-CHAMPION DALLAS STARS ?? – NOV. 25, 2011.

          

FLYING OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ON APPROACH TO JOHN WAYNE-ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT, SOUTH OF LOS ANGELES, NOV. 26, 2011.

DRIVING NORTH ON COSTA MESA FREEWAY (55) TO ANAHEIM.

          

HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM (HOME OF THE DUCKS) WAS THE STANDARD BEARER FOR OPULENCE WHEN IT OPENED IN 1993, WITH MARBLE TILING (LEFT) AND GREEN-LEATHER SEATS IN PRIVATE BOXES.

FROM MY HOTEL BALCONY IN ANAHEIM: ANGELS (BASEBALL) STADIUM.

DRIVING ON KATELLA AVE. TO HONDA CENTER FOR LEAFS-DUCKS.

CRESCENT MOON OVER HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM.

FROM HONDA CENTER PRESS BOX: LEAFS AND ANAHEIM DUCKS IN PRE-GAME WARM-UP, NOV. 27, 2011. LEAFS WON, 5-2, AND RANDY CARLYLE WAS FIRED AS ANAHEIM COACH THE NEXT DAY. HE BECAME LEAFS COACH THREE MONTHS LATER.

          

BRIAN BURKE (LEFT) AND RON WILSON, IN ANAHEIM, WITH “MOVEMBER” MUSTACHES.

GOLDEN SUNRISE IN ANAHEIM, NOV. 28, 2011, WITH MAGIC MOUNTAIN OF DISNEYLAND UP THE SANTA ANA FREEWAY (RIGHT) FROM MY HOTEL BALCONY.

FALL COLORS EMERGE LATER IN LOS ANGELES THAN IN TORONTO.

        

TAKING OFF OVER PLAYA DEL RAY BEACH AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NOV. 29, 2011, FOR FOUR-HOUR FLIGHT HOME.

MOMENTS AFTER TAKE OFF, THE CITY OF LONG BEACH, CALIF. ROUND STRUCTURE AT TOP IS LONG BEACH ARENA, WHERE LOS ANGELES KINGS PLAYED THEIR FIRST NHL GAME, vs. PHILADELPHIA, OCT. 14, 1967. THE FAMOUS QUEEN MARY OCEAN-LINER IS DOCKED AT BOTTOM-LEFT OF PHOTO.

          

THE RUNWAYS OF LONG BEACH AIRPORT (LEFT) ALONGSIDE INTERSTATE-405 (SAN DIEGO FREEWAY) AND MOUNTAINOUS REGION IN NEVADA, 40 MINUTES INTO FLIGHT.

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