I was very fortunate to be on a team of photographers at Sun Angel Stadium for Arizona Disabled Sports shooting paralympians from all over the world as they broke World Records and qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this Fall following the regular Olympic Games. A couple of these photos were taken as World Records were being broken.
Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock....a single, ginormous, solid rock abruptly protruding 1686 feet out of the ground in the forest just outside of Atlanta. It's 5 miles in circumference. Even though it looks small, the carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson on the North face of the rock is the larges bas-relief in the world, even larger than Mt Rushmore. It is large enough that two school buses can be parked end-to-end in Jefferson Davis' horse's ear. While it may be larger than Mt Rushmore, it was created by the same artist, Gutzon Borglum.
The Manhattan Project was a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers; physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos, NM National Laboratory that designed the actual bombs. These statues of Oppenheimer & Groves stand outside the Fuller Lodge, in Los Alamos, NM just around the corner from the National Lab. The Fuller Lodge housed many of the visiting scientists and consultants who also participated in the Manhattan Project research.
Founded in 1690 as San Francisco de los Tejas, this was the first mission in Texas. It was renamed Mission San Francisco de la Espada in 1731.
Franciscan missionaries sought to make life within mission communities closely resemble that of Spanish villages and Spanish culture. Native Americans learned vocational skills. As plows, farm implements, and gear for horses, oxen, and mules fell into disrepair, blacksmithing skills soon became indispensable. Weaving skills were needed to help clothe the inhabitants. As buildings became more elaborate, mission occupants learned masonry and carpentry skills under the direction of craftsmen contracted by the missionaries.