Because of its orbit, it's not always visible from Bismarck. This month, however, it will be. It only takes a few minutes at most to pass from horizon to horizon.
You can track the ISS overhead by clicking here.
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I'm going to have a hard time justifying a new lens if I can be walking down the sidewalk and point up at the moon and bring home a handheld shot like this one. Some days it's better to be lucky than good, I guess! Bright moonlight skies make it really hard to watch for auroras...
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Who hasn't seen this wood carving next to the Stage Stop in Mandan? It's been a landmark since I was a kid. Part of it may be due to its location, or despite its location. Obscured by a power pole and a streetlight in the parking lot of a bar, that's hardly glamorous. But thousands of people have probably "turned left at the statue" over the past 20 years or so.
I remember riding my bike past this statue when the guy was carving it. His name is Peter Toth, and at the time he claimed he was going to make one of those statues in each of the fifty states. He calls them his "Trail of Tears" series if I remember correctly. Well, he's made a lot of them. Google "Peter Toth carving" and you'll get a lot of hits from the states and Canada.
Sadly, no other information popped up on a quick search. Toth was born in Hungary and obviously traveled all over the country making these things, but there's nothing recent mentioned about him. Did he make all fifty? If you ever find out, let us know.
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In the 1980s I worked in this building, the Pinehurst office building at 1424 West Century Avenue. Who cares, right? Well, the oddity about this building is that it wasn't even near Century Avenue at the time. West Century Avenue continued straight westward from Washington, eventually intersecting with Tyler Parkway. Clydesdale Drive, the street that the Pinehurst building actually sat on, continued due south to intersect behind Country West Conoco (at that time the Truck Plaza 35 truck stop).
A call to the City of Bismarck's engineering department confirmed that the plan for Century Avenue was to divert it south around the water tower hill; yet it followed the section line to the north of the hill until such time as city growth warranted the new road, which now curves south of the water tower hill. It turns out their planning was very wise, because that's where the bulk of the new "big box" stores have popped up recently. Can you imagine if all that traffic had to go up that hill and back around through the neighborhoods in the Tyler Parkway area? What a mess!
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The water's pretty high at Fox Island. And frozen too.
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