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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    We'll spot you some points for good intentions, Donna. You have to be pretty quick to beat George to the click, especially when you figure he has a two hour head start with his time zone advantage. Since that was over with so quickly, I'll give everyone another chance: Different church, different city, different surrounding neighborhood, but this time I'll start you out with several EXTRA CLUES! (Woo hoo!)

    Start with the church:



    The church is unique, so if anyone out there has seen it before (and remembers where it was), game over. Otherwise, I'll layer in two random pictures from the surrounding neighborhood:





    If you're not already familiar with this particular city, I haven't given you much to work with, so here are four views of a bridge near the downtown area (note that the bridge is not particularly close to the church, but it should help you identify the city):









    ...and one last picture taken from the bridge, looking back toward the downtown:



    That should help narrow down the possibilities. Can anyone answer that burning question that's on everyone's mind, and tell us all, if you please: Where am I?

    Name the city!

    For bonus points: Name the church!

    For double bonus points: Name the bridge!

    Rick
    I had the last one last night by google but wanted to give people a chance. Today I'm taking it. This one was fast and easy with the clues and google ;)

    St. Louis, Missouri
    Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
    Eads Bridge over Mississippi River

    Utahtea

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    I wanted to go back to the bird theme. I'm not going to give any clues except the pictures because this should be a very easy one.





    Where am I?

    The kind of bird should be easy, but let's name it.

    Bonus points for any other info on the bird in these pictures.

    Utahtea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post
    I wanted to go back to the bird theme. I'm not going to give any clues except the pictures because this should be a very easy one.





    Where am I?

    The kind of bird should be easy, but let's name it.

    Bonus points for any other info on the bird in these pictures.

    Utahtea
    The birds are California Condors. The location might be any of several places where these highly endangered birds have been re-introduced to the wild. This is strictly a guess, but I'll say somewhere near Vermilion Cliffs?

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post
    I had the last one last night by google but wanted to give people a chance. Today I'm taking it. This one was fast and easy with the clues and google ;)

    St. Louis, Missouri
    Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
    Eads Bridge over Mississippi River

    Utahtea
    Yes, yes, and yes--I guess the old Switzer's Candy factory was too much of a giveaway! I spent about a year living in a fancy apartment on the top floor of the hotel with the purple sign (in the last picture), which was actually called the WS Hotel, since closed. The bridge pictures were taken from my bedroom window, from which I had a fantastic view of the sunrise over the Mississippi every morning. Later, I moved to the Central West End, across the street from the Basilica. Overall, I really enjoyed the three years I spent in St. Louis; not the city, so much, and certainly not the weather. What I liked about the place was the people; some of the nicest folks I've ever met. And the food! Dang.

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    Yes, yes, and yes--I guess the old Switzer's Candy factory was too much of a giveaway! I spent about a year living in a fancy apartment on the top floor of the hotel with the purple sign (in the last picture), which was actually called the WS Hotel, since closed. The bridge pictures were taken from my bedroom window, from which I had a fantastic view of the sunrise over the Mississippi every morning. Later, I moved to the Central West End, across the street from the Basilica. Overall, I really enjoyed the three years I spent in St. Louis; not the city, so much, and certainly not the weather. What I liked about the place was the people; some of the nicest folks I've ever met. And the food! Dang.

    Rick
    Yes the Switzer’s Candy mural was the key in finding out the city and the rest was a piece of cake!

    We’ve spent a little time in Saint Louis on two occasions. First was my niece’s wedding and we went for that unique elevator ride at the Gateway Arch and the second time was to spend time with our niece and her family several years later.

    Utahtea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    The birds are California Condors. The location might be any of several places where these highly endangered birds have been re-introduced to the wild. This is strictly a guess, but I'll say somewhere near Vermilion Cliffs?

    Rick
    Yes it is a California Condor but not Vermillion Cliffs. Any more information is going to make it pretty easy to find. So here are some more clues. This is actually a California Condor Fledging! We saw it last October right after it had taken its first flight. We saw his Mom flying and feeding the fledgling who was almost full grown at the time. We did not see the fledgling fly. The fledgling was given a name that represents something significant. While this picture isn’t from the Vermillion Cliffs it’s where his parents were released.

    So where am I?
    What is the nick name of the fledgling?

    Utahtea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahtea View Post

    So where am I?
    What is the nick name of the fledgling?

    Utahtea
    Condor 1000, Zion National Park?

    Rick

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    Default Long ago and far away

    This is a picture that I took about 45 years ago, a very lucky snapshot of an Andean Condor in flight. By weight (up to 33 pounds) and wingspan (close to 11 feet), these are the world's largest birds that are capable of flight.



    It is extremely rare to see them in this particular location, even way back then. You'll note that there is a city at the base of these mountains. Although it's not visible in the picture, the blue haze on the horizon is the sea.

    This will be a challenge, a true test of your investigative abilities, but in truth, there is only one place in the world that this could be.

    Where am I?

    Name the city!

    And here's a real trick question: What mountains are these?

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Quinn View Post
    Condor 1000, Zion National Park?

    Rick
    Yes, the fledglings nick name is 1K. We were so excited to be able to see him shortly after he left the nest while we were visiting Zion National Park in Utah in mid October 2019. We did not see the fledgling fly but we did see Mom feeding him and saw her flying around. My husband took those pictures of 1K with his camera that had a better zoom lens. We visited the condors twice during our visit in Zion at the Big Bend turnout. 1K has since been seen flying in Springdale, UT.

    You can read all about 1K at the Zion National Park website or on their Facebook Page - LINK

    Utahtea

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    That was a great opportunity, for sure; the young ones of just about every species are cute to watch--even condors! The grown-up birds are so darned ugly, you can almost forgive them their lack of table manners.

    A thousand condors is a whale of a milestone. It's pretty great to see a program like that making such wonderful progress!

    Rick

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