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Benchmark Picture "Contest" 2008--Part 1

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Time to start off the new year with pictures! Here are a few Yosemite pix from me, resized so as not to make you scroll all day to see them. :-)

 

The first one is HR0537, a little north of White Wolf Lodge.

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Next is HR0847, on the northeast side of Aspen Valley. The mark is at the highest point of the whale-shaped rock.

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Finally, HR0853, along the offset Diablo Baseline southwest of Aspen Valley. (I'm still trying to get a handle on the offset, but it had something to do with the original survey crew not being able to bushwhack through the Tuolumne River canyon.) The mark is on a flat rock near that pile of rocks.

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Enjoy!

 

Patty

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A USGS BM on Mt Liberty in NH. I think,but I'm not sure that the drillhole in the foreground is a RM. The figure in the background near the station is my hiking partner, Mr. Brigham.

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A USGS BM on Mt Liberty in NH. I think,but I'm not sure that the drillhole in the foreground is a RM. The figure in the background near the station is my hiking partner, Mr. Brigham.

 

That is so awesome.

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Here is a shot I took in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California last week. Yes, that is the official name of the city, although often it is just referred to as Cardiff. The disc pictured is a US Army Corps of Engineers benchmark. The nearby NGS database disc is DX1159, across the road from this disc. Strectching the thread rules a bit, but it's such a nice picture, and with temperatures in the mid-US below zero I thought you folks could use a cheery west coast picture. Surf not great that day, but there were guys & gals out there trying. Temperature was around 70 or so.

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The disc pictured is a US Army Corps of Engineers benchmark. The nearby NGS database disc is DX1159, across the road from this disc. Strectching the thread rules a bit, but it's such a nice picture, and with temperatures in the mid-US below zero I thought you folks could use a cheery west coast picture.

Hmm, maybe I haven't read the "rules" of the previous years' "contests" thoroughly. I always thought that the only two requirements were that the photo (1) contain a survey mark and (2) be pretty. Your photo does both, so it seems fine to me!

 

Patty

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Well, I guess the "rules" are pretty loose around here, but I usually try to include an NGS database mark (or at least an RM of one). But thanks! Glad you liked the pic. I was watching the NFC Championship Football Game in Green Bay, and the temp was -5°F, so I figured a nice California picture would be a good idea.

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I was watching the NFC Championship Football Game in Green Bay, and the temp was -5°F, so I figured a nice California picture would be a good idea.

Either that, or the folks back east will hate us for reminding them of what it's like out here. :unsure:

 

Patty

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That is very pretty and original!

 

Patty

 

Very pretty but not original I have some from way back like this.

Both vertical and horizontal.

Here is one in Yellowstone.

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Here is another right by it.

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Here is one recently.

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New Mexico.

DT0594 V 372

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Here is a not found found.

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That's a few.

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Some of us are still out and about. In yesterday's 4°, I recovered three marks. Here's

 

Yep count me as one of the less sane persons. It was 8 degrees & I headed out before daybreak for a hillclimb.

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Some of us are still out and about. In yesterday's 4°, I recovered three marks.

 

..so I wasn't the only one nuts enough to be out on Sunday! (how about that wind chill?!)

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KV1920 - an urban disk from NE Philadelphia

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Good place to ask. First you have to post (upload) the picture somewhere else on the internet. Usually, the ones you see here are uploaded onto the benchmark page. Then, on the benchmark page, on the largest picture you can get, copy the location (URL) from the box at the top of your browser (control-c or use the browser's menu function). Come back here, create your reply, write some words if you want, then click on the icon above the reply box that looks like a green tree. Paste (control-v) the address of the picture into the box provided. It should end in ".jpg". OK it, and finish the reply. Voila!

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I was benchmarking along the Delaware River, but my prettiest picture of the day is this one:

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For KV1384.

 

Along the Delaware at Prallsville Mills, I did see some FEMA surveying stakes...

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but they don't count. :)

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Things were kind of gloomy here yesterday and I was fighting ice and frozen gravel but this picture came out nice:

 

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JX0100

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Here is a picture of the benchmark "Bend" after I found it using a metal detector.It is located about 15 miles north of Helena,Mt. on the top of a steep mountain overlooking the Missouri River.bendbenchmarkandviewloomj2.jpg

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Looking West over U.S. General Land Office Survey - ASA 1593 - Tombstone, AZ

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The mark is on top of the little white post in the lower center of the photograph.

 

More info can be found here: WM1Y4P

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Very nice, everyone! Thanks to VagabondsWV for reminding us that there are some beautiful photos to be had in closeups as well as scenic shots. Keep 'em comin'!

 

Patty

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... and a few more:

 

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USGS TT 3 TX 1931 by Cardinal

 

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Pillar Point Breakwater (West): 35+ by begneiss

 

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SOUPY by begneiss

 

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LITTLE by NorthWes

 

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SMELTZER by satanmar

 

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GETTYSBURG RM1 by Ernmark

 

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H 102 by AD0OR

 

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FBN BOBBITT by wuja

 

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USGS MARK NEAR TUSCA 1935 by Ernmark

 

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Shoshone Falls Benchmark by Chooch 72

(the mark is in the blue lanyard loop)

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I got a close-up yesterday that was colorful:

 

JW0885

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It has an interesting history. It's marked with a question mark because it was reported by the USGS as not recovered and probably destroyed in 1956. Then the NGS reported it good in 1983. It's on an abandoned rail line that is now a rail trail.

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I was in an area with lots of old buildings yesterday but always forget to shoot scenic pictures until I come back and see this thread. This is my best of the day:

 

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A couple from today:

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DX2174 in Orange County CA, looking northwest.

View includes the 91 Freeway, much of northern Orange County, and the western San Gabriel Mountains.

 

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Also DX2174, looking south.

The mountains are some of the northern portion of the Santa Ana Mountains. Nice and green this time of year, for a change.

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Here is a two for one special...

The pipe (the cap has long since been removed)

is the benchmark "Confederate"

and the small benchmark to the

left of Confederate is the benchmark "Don"

 

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This is another picture of "Confederate" looking the opposite direction of the first picture

 

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These two benchmarks are located just east of Canyon Ferry Lake,which is located about 20 miles east of Helena,Mt.

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NV1189 (tilted) and RM1 on a beautiful March day. Looking toward the Bennett Mountains in southwest Idaho.

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OK, two of my pics I just took in Hawaii:

 

TU0960

 

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The vog and mist kind of destroy the view, but the steaming bluffs are the edge of Kilaeua caldera.

 

Second: TU2340

 

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Looking northward toward the coastal pali and an older pahoehoe flow.

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Finally some good weather around here. I got this one a long time ago but was in the area today and got some better pictures.

 

JX0068

 

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It was such a beautiful day 70 degree spring day here in Southern California, had to share. DY0926 is on the sidewalk of the bridge over Anaheim Bay (no, it's not near Disneyland). The red arrows on the pic show the rather round about path that private boats have to take through the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station harbor, to get out of Huntington Harbor, through Anaheim Bay, and out to the Pacific. I've taken it many times in our boat. You don't want to deviate outside the bouys, or M16 armed Marines will be at your side shortly. Off in the distance on the horizon is the old Howard Hughes Spruce Goose Dome, next to the Queen Mary. It's now used as a waiting room for the cruise terminal there. Of course, the Spruce Goose is up in Oregon somewhere :laughing:

 

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No sun here today and it was starting to sleet when I took this picture. It's an interesting lopsided looking steel bridge with what's left of JX0178 in front of it:

 

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RM for GRAVE (EA2667)

 

I found the main station on 1/29/08 and just went back on 3/21/08 to find this RM - thanks to some help from Paul.

This RM is actually one of those neat flat disks from 1917 that I've been hearing about lately.

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Springer (LY2725) Moosic, Pa.

 

Not so much of a great view, or interesting location. I first searched for this one 6 months ago and could not find the last RM. So after the long winter I found it after another 4 hrs of searching.

 

Now granted I have not found many but this is the first one that the rock was chisled so the mark would have a flat surface.

 

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Tuff to walk around in or even find a benchmark 1' below the surface.

 

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Greetz, that is an interesting survey mark. Perhaps you'll open a new thread (so that you can use a title that will let everyone spot the topic) and tell us more about it, and about benchmark hunting in Poland in general?

 

Patty

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