Multicolored Buildings Running up a Hill

Color is everywhere in the Caribbean. From the water to the sky and everything in between, including buildings. Pastels are better at reflecting sunlight and keeping them cooler. Old San Juan is on hills that run down to the water, interrupted only by…

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Pedestrian Walkway over the Silver Spring Metro

A pedestrian walkway isn’t exciting. It’s built to serve a purpose. It might not always inspire awe, but it can still be a work of art in the right light. Perhaps in reaction to brutalist architecture, even every day utilitarian structures can be a…

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Totem and First Peoples House at the University of Victoria

The totem looks towards the First Peoples House on the campus of the University of Victoria. The Salish lived in the area before Europeans colonized the peninsula. Now, the university and Victoria, BC, are there. The University blends in with the Pacific Northwest in its…

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Blue Sky Building

Washington, DC, doesn’t have many tall buildings. Many are like this one, brick, with several stories, and accessible in a way that skyscrapers aren’t. This building is in a quiet part of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Because most buildings aren’t…

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Window Shutters on St. Croix

The shadows across the wall and window shutters belie the warmth of the day in Frederiksted on St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Locals offer walking tours of the town. Most of the commercial district is along the…

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Reflected Sunset in New Construction

Sunsets in the Washington, DC, area aren’t bold. But this particular evening, the clouds were just right. The reflected sunset gives a smooth gradient from pink to deep blue in the glass. It was bold enough to make you stop and look.…

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