The Sky Above The Earth Below

TORONTO (Dec. 25) — I launched this website back in June 2011 to show people that I am able to put together English sentences. Those same people have forever–been more enthralled with the photos I’ve taken while hauling around a simple, point–and–shoot camera (NIKON Coolpix P–500). So, I thought today — on a quiet Christmas — I would go back in time and assemble a random collection of pictures I have snapped while traveling about North America to cover hockey. These photos originate from thousands of feet in the air… to a press box here and there… and at ground–level, on both coasts of the continent.

I hope you’ve had a pleasant Christmas Day. Please enjoy.

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FLYING TORONTO TO WASHINGTON IN THE EARLY EVE, ACCOMPANIED BY A FULL MOON. AND THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL IN DECEMBER… PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS.

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TAKING OFF FROM RONALD REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT IN WASHINGTON AND FLYING PAST THE PENTAGON — FULLY REPAIRED AND RENOVATED AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACK.

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TURNING NORTH PAST MANHATTAN AND GOVERNOR’S ISLAND TO LAND AT LaGUARDIA AIRPORT.

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THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN NEW YORK FROM 5TH AVE. BATHED IN LATE–AFTERNOON SUN.

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MOMENTS AFTER TAKING OFF FROM LaGUARDIA: CITI FIELD, HOME OF THE NEW YORK METS.

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FROM MY HOTEL WINDOW IN ST. LOUIS AFTER AN EARLY–SPRING THUNDERSTORM. LOOKING OUT AT BUSCH STADIUM, HOME OF THE BASEBALL CARDINALS.

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FROM 37,000 FEET WHILE FLYING VANCOUVER TO LOS ANGELES: THE CRATERED MOUNT ST. HELENS, 96 MILES SOUTH OF SEATTLE, FAMOUS FOR ITS COLOSSAL ERUPTION IN MAY 1980.

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FLYING PAST THE GIANT LOS ANGELES COLISEUM (AND THE OVAL L.A. SPORTS ARENA) BEFORE TURNING WEST TO LAND AT L–A–X. THE HARBOR FREEWAY LEADS NORTH INTO DOWNTOWN.

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AFTER LANDING IN LOS ANGELES, A JAPAN AIRLINES BOEING–777 DEPARTS OUT AIRPLANE WINDOW.

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WATCHING A GORGEOUS SUNSET ON SANTA MONICA BEACH IN L.A. THAT MORPHED FROM SHADES OF BROWN AND GOLD (ABOVE) TO A FIERY RED (BELOW) IN THE DECEMBER, LATE–DAY MIST.

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FROM A HOTEL BALCONY JUST SOUTH OF LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, A JET DEPARTS DURING A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE (ABOVE AND BELOW) IN MAY 2012.

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UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM IN GLENDALE, ARIZ. — HOME OF THE NFL CARDINALS.

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AN EARLY–EVENING BLIZZARD IN DOWNTOWN BUFFALO. AND SNOW FALLING NEAR THE PEACE TOWER AND CENTENNIAL FLAME ON PARLIAMENT HILL IN OTTAWA.

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LATE–AFTERNOON SUN REFLECTING OFF THE GATEWAY ARCH IN ST. LOUIS.

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THE AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS — HOME OF THE NHL STARS AND NBA MAVERICKS. FROM THE STEMMONS FREEWAY (ABOVE) AND THE MORNING SEATS (BELOW).

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LOTS OF HISTORY IN THE RAFTERS OF THE BELL CENTRE IN MONTREAL, HOME OF LES CANADIENS.

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THE TD GARDEN IN BOSTON — HOME OF THE BRUINS. FROM THE ZAMBONI GATE.

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CENTER–ICE AT THE TD GARDEN, FROM THE HOCKEY PRESS BOX.

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FACE–OFF: COYOTES vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS. GLENDALE, ARIZ. 2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS.

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PRE–GAME LIGHT SHOW AT THE STAPLES CENTER IN LOS ANGELES DURING 2012 STANLEY CUP.

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WIDE SHOT OF THE ICE FROM PRESS BOX AT THE MTS CENTRE IN WINNIPEG, HOME OF THE JETS.

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WATCHING THE DALLAS COWBOYS AND MIAMI DOPLHINS AT AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINTON, TEXAS.

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MAIN STREET, NASHVILLE, TENN. AND CRESCENT MOON OVER THE HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM.

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FLYING PAST DOWNTOWN TORONTO… AND ARRIVING IN FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA.

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PASSING OVER–TOP CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK BEFORE LANDING AT LaGUARDIA AIRPORT.

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SUNSET. WHERE ELSE? SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

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2 comments on “The Sky Above The Earth Below

  1. The reason Howard that people love your pictures is the same reason we love those stories of yours. It’s because there is a sports fan/Leaf fan/hockey fan within in you that informs your perspective. There’s just too many Arash Madani’s in your field who take such an antiseptic, soulless approach that anything they say or do instantly becomes white noise to the viewer or reader. Fairly or unfairly, anything they do or say will be defaulted to the junk mail folder in our minds. You’d be waiting until the sun goes supernova to hear guys like that tell a story about stinking up Cliff Fletcher’s bathroom to the dismay of Ron Wilson. THAT is why you’re interesting Howard!! Keep working on that book idea and Merry Christmas buddy!!!

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