The before picture:
In case you're wondering, the original image was taken in Hong Kong... off the coast of Sai Kung (I had gone junk boating for a day). The sun was just about to set and it created a really cool effect with the mountains in the background.
Until last year, this had been the longest point break I'd ever surfed. By the time you got to the end of your ride, you're legs were so exhausted that you wanted to collapse. In order to take this picture, I climbed to the top of a hill and fully zoomed out my camera... even then, I was not able to capture the entire length of the wave. New Zealand is a beautiful country with amazing surf.
From afar, the downtown area looks pretty massive... but it's actually quite small. The buildings you see in this image make up the entirety of the downtown area (doesn't go any further back or to the side). Nonetheless, the suburbs do extend out rather far.
This used to be the largest and most technically advanced flour mill in the world... sitting along the banks of the Mississippi River. However, in 2003, the mill ceased operations and now sits abandoned (would have been awesome to sneak inside of it!!). A developer recently purchased it with plans to turn the building into a loft-style apartment complex. I hope it works out... and the building keeps its charm.
Bonus video below!
Bonus video below!
The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings in Downtown Minneapolis enabling people to walk in a climate-controlled environment (which is GREAT when it's 15 below during the winter... or 90+ degrees during the summer). The extensive system is renowned as the largest continuous system in the world. It forms a network of pedestrian walkways that link sixty-nine full city blocks over seven miles!!
I have to admit it's pretty rad... you can pretty much get anywhere you want without going outside. It reminded me a bit of Hong Kong's underground MTR network.
Wikipedia Article for more info). It's a pretty cool building. I like the halo effect on top of it.