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Winter Storm Athena. What’s in a Name?


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The Winter Storm Team of The Weather Channel has named the current nor’easter “Winter Storm Athena” – first named winter storm! However, shortly after The Weather Channel announced the name Athena this morning, the National Weather Service office in Bohemia, N.Y., circulated an internal direction to its forecasters not to use The Weather Channel’s name for the Nor’easter storm.

Forecasters predict up to six inches of snowfall combined with winds gusting over 35 mph at times Wednesday afternoon through Thursday mid-morning across portions of Eastern Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia Metro Area, New Jersey, southeastern New York, Connecticut and interior New England, still undergoing extensive recovery efforts from Sandy.

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Some Images of the U.S. East Coast Pounded by Hurricane Sandy


Hurricane Sandy, a.k.a., The Perfect Storm, The Super Storm, The Monster Storm, Frankenstorm and by various other names bore down on the U.S. East
Coast, on Monday, October 29, 2012.

As hurricane Sandy loomed in on the U.S. East Coast’s largest cities, forecasters warned that 60 million people in those regions could face threatening high winds, huge rainfall and sea water surging up to a height of 11 feet. This forced the government to impose mandatory evacuation from some coastal zones. Hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground leaving their homes.

The public transport system shut down, and a number of bridges closed. Many financial and business establishments put down their shutters. The U.S. stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years.

Millions of people in the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to flooded homes, fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm Sandy, which swamped New York City’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.The monster storm caused more than two-thirds of the East Coast’s refining capacity to shut down and fuel pipelines to idle. Early assessments show the region’s biggest plants may have escaped damage.

The monster storm caused more than two-thirds of the East Coast’s refining capacity to shut down and fuel pipelines to idle. Early assessments show the region’s biggest plants may have escaped damage.

Bracing for high winds
Bracing for high winds. (Reuters: Randall Hill)

Bracing for high winds: The winds of Hurricane Sandy pound waves onto the east side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, October 27, 2012.

Shopping for the storm
Shopping for the storm. (AP Photo: Louis Lanzano)

Shopping for the storm: Customers stock up on bread at a Manhattan grocery store, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in New York.

NYSE shuts down
NYSE shuts down. (AP Photo: Richard Drew)

NYSE shuts down: The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Trading has rarely stopped for weather since the Great Blizzard of 1888.  All major U.S. stock and options exchanges remained closed Monday and Tuesday, the first time that the weather caused a two-day market shuts down. A blizzard led to a late start and an early close on Jan. 8, 1996, according to the exchange’s parent company, NYSE Euronext. The NYSE shut down on Sept. 27, 1985 for Hurricane Gloria.

Morning commute in the rain
Morning commute in the rain. (Photo: Rex Features)

Morning commute in the rain: People walk on an empty street in New York as the massive storm Sandy, described by forecasters as one of the largest ever that hit the United States, makes its way towards the population-dense East Coast. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, has asked the public to stay at home when Sandy slams the city. Nearly 10,000 flights have been canceled for Monday and Tuesday by airlines bracing for Hurricane Sandy.

Spooky gray NYC skyline
Spooky gray NYC skyline. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

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Spooky gray NYC skyline: This view from Exchange Place shows the skyline of lower Manhattan in darkness after a preventive power outage caused by the giant storm Sandy in New York on October 29, 2012.

Shopping in the rain
Shopping in the rain. (Photo: The Washington Post: Linda Davidson)

Shopping in the rain: Photo taken from the window of a grocery store of a woman shopper hurrying in the windblown rain of Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.

Cover from the rain
Cover from the rain. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Cover from the rain: Hurricane Sandy brought inclement weather, high winds, and huge waves to the East coast.  A woman tries to take cover from rain in Hoboken while Hurricane Sandy approaches New Jersey, October 29, 2012.

Walking through flooded streets
Walking through flooded streets. (AP Photo: Alex Brandon)

Walking through flooded streets: A walk through the flood waters on Monday, Oct.ober 29, in Fenwick Island, Delaware,

The President in the rain
The President in the rain. (AP Photo: Jacquelyn Martin)

The President in the rain: After canceling his appearance at a morning campaign rally in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama walks toward the White House in a driving rain after returning to Washington to monitor preparations for early response to Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Fallen tree on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey
Fallen tree on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Reuters: Gary Hershorn)

Fallen tree on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey: A workman cuts a tree in pieces after it fell on top of a car in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 29, 2012.

A crane dangles
A crane dangles. (Photo: Rex Features)

A crane dangles: A crane dangles over the Manhattan skyline at 157 West 57th Street after the winds from Hurricane Sandy cause it to collapse.

Waves crash on Scituate.
Waves crash on Scituate. (AP Photo: Elise Amendola)

Waves crash on Scituate: Ocean waves kick up near homes along Peggoty Beach in Scituate, Mass. Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

High Water signs
High Water signs. (AP Photo: Alex Brandon)

High Water signs: A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md.

Governors of North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Subway floods

Subway floods. ( (Photo: Reuters: NY, NJ Port Authority)

Subway floods: This video frame grab from the NY/NJ Port Authority twitter feed October 29, 2012 shows floodwaters rush through an elevator shaft into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson’s (PATH) Hoboken, New Jersey station.

Collapsed facade of a four-story building on 14th
Collapsed facade of a four-story building on 14th. (AP Images: John Minchillo)

The collapsed facade of a four-story building: The facade of a four-story building on 14th Street and 8th Avenue collapsed onto the sidewalk, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane

Lower Manhattan goes dark

Lower Manhattan goes dark. (AP Images: Bebeto Matthews)

Lower Manhattan goes dark: Lower Manhattan goes dark during hurricane Sandy, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as seen from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Taxis under water
Taxis under water. (Photo: Rex Features)

Taxis under water: Hurricane Sandy brought inclement weather, high winds, and huge waves to the East coast. Taxi cabs line a flooded street in Queens on October 29, 2012.

Submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn
Submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn. (AP Images: Bebeto Matthews)

Submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn: As the East River overflows during hurricane Sandy, on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, a submerged car in the Dumbo section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Authorities warned that New York City and Long Island could get the worst of the storm surge: an 11-foot onslaught of seawater that could swamp lower  areas of the city.

Floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jerse
Floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Reuters: Gary Hershorn)

Floodwaters in Hoboken, New Jersey: Floodwaters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey October 29, 2012.

Building full with debris
Building full with debris. (Reuters: Eduardo Muno)

Building full with debris: The front of a building full of debris after the passing of giant storm Sandy at Exchange Place, New Jersey October 30, 2012.

Exchange Place debris
Exchange Place debris. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Exchange Place debris: Following Hurricane Sandy, debris litters the floor of Exchange Place in New Jersey, October 30, 2012.

Devastated homes after the storm
Devastated homes after the storm. (Reuters: Shannon Stapleton)

Devastated homes after the storm: Homes that are devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy are seen at the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation’s most densely populated region, swamped New York’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.

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Sandy, “There’s nothin’ left for me …”


Spooky gray NYC skyline
Spooky gray NYC skyline. (Reuters: Eduardo Munoz)

Now that Sandy has passed my way, a song from the olden days has come to haunt me.

Stranded at the drive in,
Branded a fool,
What will they say
Monday at school?

Sandy, can’t you see,
I’m in misery?
We made a start, now we’re apart,
There’s nothin’ left for me

Love has flown all alone,
I sit and wonder why-y-y oh
Why you left me,
Oh Sandy

Oh Sandy, maybe someday,
When highschool is done
Somehow, someway,
Our two worlds will be one

In heaven forever
And ever we will be,
oh please say you’ll stay,
Oh Sandy

Sandy my darlin’, you hurt me real bad,
You know it’s true
But baby, you gotta believe me when I say,
I’m helpless without you

Love has flown all alone,
I sit, I wonder why-y-y oh
Why you left me, oh Sandy
Sandy, Sandy, why-y-y-y, oh Sandy

From the musical movie “Grease” – one of my all time favorites.

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Monster storm leaves U.S. East Coast crippled; 30 dead


By Anna Louie Sussman and Michael Erman | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and a wide swathe of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and massive power outages. The death toll climbed to at least 30.

Sandy, which crashed ashore with hurricane-force winds in New Jersey overnight as the biggest storm to hit the country in generations, swamped parts of New York’s subway system and Manhattan’s Wall Street district, closing financial markets for a second day.

As the weakened but still sprawling storm system continued its trek inland, more than 1 million people in a dozen states along its path were still under orders to evacuate. Sandy left behind a trail of damage – homes underwater, trees toppled and power lines downed – up and down the Atlantic coast.

The storm interrupted the presidential campaign a week before Election Day, giving President Barack Obama an opportunity to look presidential as he oversees the government response. He drew praise from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been a strong supporter of Obama’s opponent.

“I want everyone leaning forward on this,” an aide quoted Obama as telling his disaster-response team in the White House Situation Room. “I don’t want to hear that we didn’t do something because bureaucracy got in the way.”

Houses and businesses on the New Jersey shore sustained extensive damage from the storm’s onslaught. “The devastation is unthinkable,” Christie told reporters after seeing aerial pictures of the area.

In the storm’s wake, Obama issued federal emergency decrees for New York and New Jersey, declaring that “major disasters” existed in both states. One disaster-forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion (12.4 billion pounds), only half insured.

“Make no mistake about it. This was a devastating storm, maybe the worst we have ever experienced,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

All along the East Coast, residents and business owners awoke to scenes of destruction.

“There are boats in the street five blocks from the ocean,” said evacuee Peter Sandomeno, one of the owners of the Broadway Court Motel in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. “That’s the worst storm I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been there for 11 years.”

Sandy, which was especially imposing because of its wide-ranging winds, brought a record storm surge of almost 14 feet (4.2 meters) to downtown Manhattan, well above the previous record of 10 feet (3 meters) during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said.

Water poured into the subway tunnels that course under the city, the country’s financial capital, and Bloomberg said the subway system would likely be closed for four or five days.

“Hitting at high tide, the strongest surge and the strongest winds all hit at the worst possible time,” said Jeffrey Tongue, a meteorologist for the weather service in Brookhaven, New York.

Hurricane-force winds as high as 90 miles per hour (145 km per hour) were recorded, he said. “Hopefully it’s a once-in-a-lifetime storm,” Tongue said.

As residents and business owners began a massive cleanup effort and faced a long and costly recovery, large parts of the region remained without power, and transportation in the New York metropolitan area was at a standstill.

The U.S. Department of Energy said more than 8 million homes and businesses in several states were without electricity due to the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

MORE THAN 50 HOMES BURN

The unprecedented flooding hampered efforts to fight a massive fire that destroyed more than 50 homes in Breezy Point, a private beach community on the Rockaway barrier island in the New York City borough of Queens.

New York University’s Tisch hospital was forced to evacuate more than 200 patients, among them babies on respirators in the neonatal intensive care unit, when the backup generator failed. Four of the newborns had to be carried down nine flights of stairs while nurses manually squeezed bags to deliver air to the babies’ lungs, CNN reported.

The death toll continued to rise, with reports of at least 30 people killed by the storm.

“Sadly the storm claimed lives throughout the region, including at least 10 in our city … and we expect that number to go up,” Bloomberg said.

Other storm-related deaths were reported elsewhere in New York state in addition to Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Toronto police also recorded one death – a woman hit by flying debris.

Sandy killed 66 people in the Caribbean last week before pounding U.S. coastal areas.

Federal government offices in Washington, which was spared the full force of the storm, were closed for a second day on Tuesday, and schools were shut up and down the East Coast.

The storm weakened as it ploughed slowly west across southern Pennsylvania, its remnants situated between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with maximum winds down to 45 mph (72 kph), the National Hurricane Centre said.

As Sandy converged with a cold weather system, blizzard warnings were in effect for West Virginia, western Maryland, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and western North Carolina.

Wind gusts, rain and flooding were likely to extend well into Tuesday, but without the storm’s earlier devastating power, said AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Dickey.
At its peak, the storm’s wind field stretched from North Carolina north to the Canadian border and from West Virginia to a point in the Atlantic Ocean halfway to Bermuda, easily one of the largest ever seen, the hurricane Centre said.

Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney put campaigning on hold for a second day instead of launching their final push for votes ahead of the November 6 election.

Obama, who has made every effort to show himself staying on top of the storm situation, faces political danger if the federal government fails to respond well in the storm’s aftermath, as was the case with predecessor George W. Bush’s botched handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

But Obama also has a chance to look presidential in a national crisis.

With politics cast aside for the moment, Republican Christie heaped praise on the Democratic incumbent for the government’s initial storm response.

“The federal government response has been great,” Christie, a staunch Romney supporter, told NBC’s “Today” show. “I was on the phone at midnight again last night with the president personally … and the president has been outstanding in this.”

NEW JERSEY TOWNS FLOODED

Three towns in New Jersey, just west of New York City, were inundated with up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water after the nearby Hackensack River flooded, officials said. Rescuers were using boats to aid the marooned residents of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt.

In New York, a crane partially collapsed and dangled precariously from a 90-story luxury apartment building under construction in Midtown Manhattan.

Much of the city was deserted, as its subways, buses, commuter trains, bridges and airports were closed. Power outages darkened most of downtown Manhattan as well as Westchester County, affecting more than 650,000 customers, power company Consolidated Edison said.

The neighborhoods along the East and Hudson rivers in Manhattan were underwater, as were low-lying streets in Battery Park near Ground Zero, where the World Trade Centre once stood.

U.S. stock markets were closed on Tuesday but would likely reopen on Wednesday. They closed on Monday for the first time since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Most areas in downtown Manhattan were without power on Monday morning. As the sun rose, most of the water in Manhattan’s low-lying Battery Park City appeared to have receded.

A security guard at 7 World Trade Centre, Gregory Baldwin, was catching some rest in his car after labouring overnight against floodwater that engulfed a nearby office building.

“The water went inside up to here,” he said, pointing to his chest. “The water came shooting down from Battery Park with the gusting wind.”

In Lower Manhattan, firefighters used inflatable orange boats to rescue utility workers stranded for three hours by rising floodwaters inside a power substation.
One of the Con Ed workers pulled from the floodwater, Angelo Amato, said he was part of a crew who had offered to work through the storm.

“This is what happens when you volunteer,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Daniel Bases, Edward Krudy and Scott DiSavino in New York and Tabassum Zakaria in Washington. Writing by Matt Spetalnick and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  View Photo

  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in the Rockaways section of New York, October …

A man sits on his porch behind a car that was burned out in an electrical fire after a tree fell over a power line due to the remnants of Hurricane Sandy in Toronto, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch  View Photo

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A man walks through floodwaters in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford   View Photo

  • A man walks through floodwaters in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, …

Zoe Jurusik, 20, paddle-boards down a flooded city street in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Bethany Beach, Delaware, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  View Photo

  • Zoe Jurusik, 20, paddle-boards down a flooded city street in the aftermath of Hurricane …

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on a flooded street in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  View Photo

  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on a flooded street in the Rockaways section …

A resident looks over the remains of burned homes in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  View Photo

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Residents look over the remains of burned homes in the Rockaways section of New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  View Photo

  • Residents look over the remains of burned homes in the Rockaways section of New York, …

A man walks away from a building that has been surrounded by water pushed up by Hurricane Sandy in Bellport, New York, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  View Photo

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Residents, including a young child, are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger  View Photo

  • Residents, including a young child, are rescued by emergency personnel from the flood …

The lobby of Verizon's Corporate headquarters in Manhattan is shown underwater October 29, 2012 in this handout photo supplied by Verizon in New York Tuesday. REUTERS/Verizon/Handout  View Photo

  • The lobby of Verizon’s Corporate headquarters in Manhattan is shown underwater October …

Workers clear a downed tree caused by Hurricane Sandy along Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)  View Photo

  • Workers clear a downed tree caused by Hurricane Sandy along Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, …

Workers pump flood water out of a Con Edison complex in Manhattan after the storms from last night's Hurricane Sandy in New York October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  View Photo

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Residents walk by debris on the boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern U.S. awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the densely populated region. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  View Photo

  • Residents walk by debris on the boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland …

A resident assists rescue workers with his jet ski to rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger  View Photo

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Will Hurricane Sandy Become ‘The Perfect Storm’ or a ‘Frankenstorm’?


Sandy - The Perfect Storm
Sandy – The Perfect Storm

An extremely rare and dangerous storm Sandy also called “The Perfect Storm” appears to be this Halloween holiday’s distressing theme and will affect 60 million people in its path and could lead to billions of dollars in damage.

Even though the most populous cities in Sandy’s path remain many miles away the storm has already launched its devastation in the northern Caribbean. Most of the destruction in the region happens to be the result of quite heavy rainfall and flooding, with roads developing into rivers in many areas, serious damage to crops – banana crop wiped out in some parts of Jamaica.

The storm made direct landfall in Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti. The impact across the region features massive property damage and utility outages. AP reported that almost 70 percent of Jamaica lost power as a result of the storm.

Hurricane Sandy caused this flooding in Port au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday.
Hurricane Sandy caused this flooding in Port au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday, October 25. Photo by Dieu Nailo Chery/AP

The storm models have changed in the last 24 hours. The possible storm has now become probable heading towards NYC. On Monday through Tuesday the worst of the storm can be expected. Sandy has the potential to bring historic storm surge flooding near and north of the center.

With Sandy tracking into New Jersey to New York City and Long Island, it is possible for these areas to have some of their worst coastal flooding on record. The same can be said for the Delmarva and Philadelphia areas if Sandy makes landfall farther south around the Delaware Bay and the Delmarva.

The storm’s aftermath may linger for days. On Sunday and Sunday night conditions will deteriorate from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England. The impact from heavy rain and wind would be felt hundreds of miles inland. Some neighborhoods could experience power outages for seven to ten days.

Hurricane Sandy would certainly affect major airports from Boston to Washington with New York and Philadelphia in the middle resulting in flight delays, and cancellations over a great part of the nation.

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Photography through the Night – Part 1/5


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Low light levels make night photography a challenging yet rewarding subject. The best results require specialized equipment, like SLR cameras, tripods, cable releases and flashguns. After sunset, the everyday world is magically transformed, and city buildings, fireworks, thunderstorms and the northern lights all become popular subjects.

Let’s see some captures by great photographers…


#1 - Poisonous Darts by 13thWitness
#1 – Poisonous Darts
by 13thWitness
#2 - 94th Floor, Chicago, IL by shutterBRI
#2 – 94th Floor, Chicago, IL
by shutterBRI
#3 - Kuala Lumpur City Centre by Christopher Chan
#3 – Kuala Lumpur City Centre
by Christopher Chan
#4 - Hong Kong night citiscape lights from Victoria Peak by QT Luong
#4 – Hong Kong night citiscape lights from Victoria Peak
by QT Luong
#5 New York City, USA by QT Luong
#5 New York City, USA
by QT Luong
#6 - Toronto Skyline by CarbonSilver
#6 – Toronto Skyline
by CarbonSilver
#7 - Eiffel Tower by kayess2008
#7 – Eiffel Tower
by kayess2008
#8 - City of Lights by paul (dex)
#8 – City of Lights
by paul (dex)
#9 - City Night View by inoc
#9 – City Night View
by inoc
#10 - Metropolis by VJ Spectra
#10 – Metropolis
by VJ Spectra
#11 - Rush Hour by Stuck in Customs
#11 – Rush Hour
by Stuck in Customs
#12 - Escarpment by VJ Spectra
#12 – Escarpment
by VJ Spectra

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P.S.: The credits for compiling the above photographs ought to go to Art-profiles.com. Unfortunately this once excellent website is now defunct. 

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