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Benchmark Picture "Contest" 2008--Part 1

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Sure Patty,

will do that, but need time about 3 weeks, will take better pictures of it(need to get new camera), and contact with my friend, he got gallery of those marks found by himselft, also need to contact with him cose i dont know anything about this mark, only that this is probably German left(in WWII time), and there is something near it but under the ground, I know it because I got metal detector, there is no signature on the mark from the top of it so I will need to find it, just please tell me where to put this new topic cose your forum is realy huge,

will do everything in time so please be patient

sry for my english I dont know it too good

 

Martin

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Hi, Martin.

 

Hey, be careful digging around old WWII areas where you see things on a metal detector! ;)

 

It's easy to create a new topic on this forum. Go to the main page of this forum. You'll see an icon near the upper right that says "New Topic." Click on that, type a subject in the Topic Title field (you don't need to give a Topic Description unless you want to), then enter your message and click Post New Topic. (Or click Preview Post first.)

 

Your English is just fine! I've seen Internet postings from native English speakers who aren't as understandable as you are! :D

 

Patty

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Found this while visiting Joshua Tree National Park. First to find! This is looking towards Twenty Nine Palms, California. EV3484

 

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The wild flowers were gorgeous through out the park. And there's more than Joshua Trees in the park. Who knew? :ph34r:

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Things are finally turning green around here. I liked this shot especially the demon beagles living under the trestle.

 

JW1826

 

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LX1774 SIDE

 

This is on the east side of the Hudson about 1/2 miles north of the Manitiou Metro North flag stop (weekends only), and a bit over a mile north of the Bear Mountain Bridge.

 

I couldn't find this last fall. Note from the dark color and moss where the tide reaches. I suspect it may have been under or close to under the high tide then.

 

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Here's RM 1 in the foreground. That's a bit lower and definately would have been under water.

 

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Edited by Papa-Bear-NYC

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These are pictures of a mark I just happened to stumble upon while geocaching in Iraq. Nothing special to look at, but I figured the location is what makes it unique.

 

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As you guys can imagine, I was extremely surprised to see one of these, considering the circumstances. Obviously, I cant tell you where without someone yelling and screaming about OPSEC, even though you can see everything and more on Google Earth. <_<

 

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Anyway, just thought I'd share. Got home a few weeks ago and I plan on going on my first all day BM trip tomorrow, so hopefully Ill have some more pics to add. B)

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A very hot and humid day made the hike up Breakneck Ridge, near Beacon NY, very exhausting. But still a few good pictures made it out of the camera.

 

Station LX4388 - BREAKNECK POINT 2 RESET

 

View of the station mark looking north up the Hudson

 

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View of RM 2 looking south down the Hudson

 

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In some ways, not a spectacular view, but I enjoyed finding the cairn that was built over 50 years ago. The original description of RK0590, MULLIGAN, says a pole tower was left standing at the site. I was hoping to find a tower, or at least the remains of it, but as you can see from the photo, nada.

 

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Here is a mark (MX0106) in Dunsmuir California that provided an interesting view up the street to the California Theater.

 

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This one (LU0170) only had the stem but was a fun find anyhow. An abandoned arch bridge along Old Highway 99 in Northern California. Nice hike and stunning views.

 

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Here's one I did in the Grand Canyon in March, edge of the south rim. I was struck by the almost identical elevation reading to the USGS monument.

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While I have photos of the canyon from this spot, not sure I have a landscape including the benchmark.

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Great photos everyone!

 

The NGS is developing a similar photo collection, to support a help file explaining mark types and setting codes. We'd love to consider adding any unique photos you share via mailto: joe.evjen at noaa.gov

 

Our primary aim is photos that help surveyors assess mark location and condition, vs pure artistry, but a great photo can tell a story AND look good. Thanks to everyone who has shared photos already!

 

We are looking specifically for the following mark types and settings:

 

type missing 0 Other mark or intersection sta.

type missing 5 Rock awash

type missing 11 Piling

type missing 12 Dolphin

type missing 15 Range marker

type missing 22 Airway beacon

type missing 24 REN antenna

type missing 43 Radio/TV tower

type missing 63 Stack

type missing 84 Lightning rod

type missing 95 Rooftop blockhouse

type missing A Aluminum marker other than a disk

type missing C Cap of cap-and-bolt pair

type missing DA Astro pier disk

type missing DO Disk unspecified, see description

type missing DP Base line pier disk

type missing DQ Calibration base line disk

type missing I Metal rod

type missing M Ammo shell casing

type missing S Spike

type missing Y Drill hole in brick

 

setting missing 15 Metal rod driven into ground

setting missing 16 Metal rod with base plate buried/screwed into ground

setting missing 21 Set in concrete in a clay tile pipe

setting missing 30 Light structures (other than listed below)

setting missing 33 Piles or poles (e.g. spike in utility pole)

setting missing 34 Footings of small/medium structures

setting missing 36 Massive structures (other than listed below)

setting missing 37 Massive retaining walls

setting missing 38 Abutment or pier of large bridges

setting missing 39 Tunnels

setting missing 41 Large structure with foundations on bedrock

setting missing 45 Unspecified deep unsleeved setting 10 ft

setting missing 46 Copper-clad steel rod without sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 47 Galvanized steel pipe without sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 48 Galvanized steel rod without sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 49 Stainless steel rod without sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 50 Aluminum alloy rod without sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 55 Unspecified pipe/rod in sleeve10 ft

setting missing 56 Copper-clad rod in sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 57 Galvanized steel pipe in sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 58 Galvanized steel rod in sleeve 10 ft

setting missing 60 Aluminum alloy rod in sleeve 10 ft

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Mega Scooter - Nice shot !

 

Here's an interesting one from a quick peek at the gallery:

 

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DC2006 by sandiegoland

 

...so is that the border fence in the foreground? :D

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Here's an interesting one from a quick peek at the gallery:......

 

DC2006 by sandiegoland

 

...so is that the border fence in the foreground? :D

 

I really like this shot from the same collection of photos.

 

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Near the Olympia Airport, OLY AIR AI2208:

 

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My son wanted to take this shot of me with SY0859:

 

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We recently got back from a vacation to very Northern California (with a side trip into Oregon). Here are some of my favorite bench-marky pictures.

 

While in Oregon, we crossed this very interesting bridge. I thought it looked like a good place for a benchmark so I peered at the bridge as my husband sped through. Sure enough! Saw one, stopped, and went on to find three benchmarks on that bridge! (The side trip to Oregon was a fluke, so I hadn't downloaded any Oregon benchmarks - but I got some anyway!) OA0833

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Here's my favorite from my unsuccessful search for High Bluff 1871 LV1079. I call it "View from the disk that isn't LV1079." :(

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I just returned from a family reunion in the Columbia River area of Oregon.

 

This picture is a twofer,

 

RD2197 in the foreground

RD2204 CROWN POINT VISTA HOUSE DOME in the background

 

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RD 2153

Elevation 4,056'

This picture was taken with a bit of acrobatics. To begin with, just a foot from the benchmark is a 500' dropoff, so there is a chainlink fence about a foot before the benchmark. Both pictures were taken through the chainlink fence. I dangled my camera over the top of the fence, stuck my hands through the chain link (lucky I have small hands).

 

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How completely random that we posted two benchmarks within miles of each other. Plus, I have to admit, I am the cache hider of the Crown Jewel cache that people complained that my cache was harder to find than the benchmark :anitongue:

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Okay...this one isn't exactly scenic, but the station itself is rather unique. It's not the oldest one around, but perhaps the one I've recovered that's got the most "character." Not just a standard disk set in concrete.

 

RK0635

 

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RD1682

 

Here is a photo of HOLD RM 2 and part of the quarry that is about to eat it.

 

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Here it is from the other side. Not very scenic I know, but may be worth seeing?

 

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Wow, this thread is really impressive... loved seeing all the pics...

 

I'll add my find from the top of the Riviera Casino in Vegas last week.. this is the Reference Mark Number Two for the Benchmark "Rivieria 1956"....

 

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Circus Circus is in the background...

 

Greg

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Wow, this thread is really impressive... loved seeing all the pics...

 

I'll add my find from the top of the Riviera Casino in Vegas last week.. this is the Reference Mark Number Two for the Benchmark "Rivieria 1956"....

 

Greg

 

Awesome! I've had my eye on RIVIERA for the next time I got into town, but probably would've not gotten up the nerve to ask - did they ask you if you were crazy?! :D

 

PS - I was walking into that place once & held the door open for Elvis! Seriously. Sure looked like him!

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Wow, this thread is really impressive... loved seeing all the pics...

 

I'll add my find from the top of the Riviera Casino in Vegas last week.. this is the Reference Mark Number Two for the Benchmark "Rivieria 1956"....

 

Greg

 

Awesome! I've had my eye on RIVIERA for the next time I got into town, but probably would've not gotten up the nerve to ask - did they ask you if you were crazy?! :D

 

PS - I was walking into that place once & held the door open for Elvis! Seriously. Sure looked like him!

 

---it took me three years to get permission to get up to the roof and about a thousand emails.. and even then I almost didn't find them...

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TR1420 ISLAND COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE. ROSARIO STRAIT WITH DECEPTION PASS BRIDGE IN BACKGROUND. AUGUST 8TH, 2008

 

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Here are a couple that I recovered earlier this week...

 

RL0621: If you're interested in seeing a great example of how different seasons can completely change the appearance of an area, take a look at the "Location" photo posted in Z15's log for this station. the distance to the station is different, but the direction of the photo is almost identical.

 

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RL0605

 

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TR1964 STATION DISK STAMPED "EAGLE NEST" 1939. PHOTO BY SUSAN PALMER JULY 28, 2008. CYPRESS ISLAND, SKAGIT COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE.

 

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Mega Scooter - Nice shot !

 

Here's an interesting one from a quick peek at the gallery:

 

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DC2006 by sandiegoland

 

...so is that the border fence in the foreground? :ph34r:

 

In the foreground is a vehicle barricade to prevent access to the road on the US side. The actual border is within a few feet of the border monument in the "yellow circle". The transmission towers are in Mexico serving the city of Tecate.

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My good friend Ladybug Kids took advantage of a recent sunny fall day to take a couple

of his skijor hounds out for a mountain run, targeting UW7827 HUGH.

His series of photos from above Anchorage at this station are awesome!

 

Looking SE across the mark and Turnagain Arm towards Hope AK:

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:):):):):):):):):):D

 

NOTE: There is a Part 2 to this year's picture contest thread. Please post your great pictures over there. Thanks.

 

:rolleyes::):huh::o:P:P:D:D:):)

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I just HAD to post this fantastic photo taken by "Terza" in CA - PID HT1251

 

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Great shot, possibly the most "artistic" approach to a benchmark photo.

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I just HAD to post this fantastic photo taken by "Terza" in CA - PID HT1251

 

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Great shot, possibly the most "artistic" approach to a benchmark photo.

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