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I make my living as a professional photographer.  Here are some photos I took recently during the quarantine.  Don't give me crap about not staying home.   I'm out walking around for exercise by mysel

some more shots I took this past weekend.  Seeing the streets so empty is strange but it's great being able to shoot from the middle of the streets without worrying about getting hit or blocking traff

That very cold morning after the steam plant boiler exploded....

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I never cared for this building until I started taking pictures downtown. Now I have a new appreciation for it.

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larger version on Flickr.

PS - Nice pictures photoman, I didn't notice them before I posted, I took some pictures at the Ford Museum this weekend. They have the fountain on now so the views aren't exactly the same.

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PS - Nice pictures photoman, I didn't notice them before I posted, I took some pictures at the Ford Museum this weekend. They have the fountain on now so the views aren't exactly the same.

Yeah, I was excited to be able to walk out in the middle of the fountain and get those reflection shots. I image they'd frown upon that now, plus, the water probably isn't as smooth.

Also, the Flickr Grand Rapids group just reached 20,000 photos in the group photostream. Someone posted a link to a Flickr Toy that shows all of the "Photos of the Day" as chosen by the group moderators.

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/%22GRPickOfTheDay%22/

There are some pretty great photos in there.

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http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/%22GRPickOfTheDay%22/

There are some pretty great photos in there.

That's for sure, looking at that collection makes me want to give up because my pictures will never look that good :)

Beautiful shot of the Natonal City Bank building. I've never seen it look so good. From somewhere in Mc Kay Tower?

Actually the Ellis parking ramp across the street. On Saturday and Sunday I climbed the stairs of the majority of the cities parking structures. It really showed me how out of shape I was too. All the better reason to take the stairs I guess.

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I don't really consider myself too out-of-shape but those stairs can get to me, as well.

:offtopic: But my favorite stairs are the ones from Division up the Belknap Hill. Just climbed them tonight carrying my bike. Nice shortcut from the north near-westside to my house in Midtown.

They lead right up to Trowbridge:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&...&iwloc=addr

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Here's a picture, so it's not off topic now:

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These stairs are a shortcut between my apartment on College and my office in North Monroe. Without them the walking route would be twice the distance.

The picture doesn't really convey how much of a workout it is just walking up them.

I wish the city would refurbish them a bit, many of the stairs are cracked or broken and what hand railing is left is mostly covered in rust. I know there is a second set of stairs on that hill that is completely blocked off. I don't know if they just became too dangerous or what.

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:offtopic: But my favorite stairs are the ones from Division up the Belknap Hill. Just climbed them tonight carrying my bike. Nice shortcut from the north near-westside to my house in Midtown.

They lead right up to Trowbridge:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&...&iwloc=addr

Sorry - staying :offtopic: I loved those in the 60's but they were in bad shape - redone? is there still a walking - tunnel under division in that area

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I've not known of a tunnel under Division, where was that located at? The other set of stairs is in very bad shape. Unmaintained, so bushes and trees are growing out over it, broken beer bottles and bums' clothes all over the place, and sections where the stairs have completely disappeared and the ground eroded away. Near the top I had to climb from dirt back up onto concrete about waist-high, and sections of railing are few and far between.

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I've not known of a tunnel under Division, where was that located at? The other set of stairs is in very bad shape. Unmaintained, so bushes and trees are growing out over it, broken beer bottles and bums' clothes all over the place, and sections where the stairs have completely disappeared and the ground eroded away. Near the top I had to climb from dirt back up onto concrete about waist-high, and sections of railing are few and far between.

The tunnel was pretty close to those old stairs and, if I remember correctly, there was a school for difficult to teach young children across division from the area of the stairs and the tunnel. My memory would say it was Coldbrook School but, I could not find anything on the net. I was pretty old back in the 1960's, though still operating. I suspect it has long since been torn down. I wonder if the tunnel was filled in / blocked off or something. It would probably be dangerous to use it if it was still there.

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Pics from Tulip Time today. Went to Windmill Island (Gardens).

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This is my sweetie, met on the website plentyoffish.com

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Riding around downtown, the ONLY way to enjoy all the tulips!

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Known this guy since Easter, and finally got him out on the bike!

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I rode by bike around last night and here are a few photos I took downtown.

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This one's my favorite. I love the perspective and the location. It kind of looks like you're floating above the interstate.

We're just going to miss going by your new restaurant on my PedalGR route tonight ( http://www.amyandjosh.net/pedalgr ). You should join us! 6:15 at Founder's. We'll be going by that hole in the ground (I assume it's still a hole in the ground, haven't been by there for a couple of weeks)...I mean the Electric Cheetah, though. :)

Precip looks like it's all past and the sun should be peaking out around ride time.

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