Sameer Halai @sameerhalai

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entrepreneur. designer. traveler. global citizen. mountaineer.

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I find that when I can see far, I also tend to think far and I like opportunities that allow me to see distant horizons. On the way to the airport early morning, I was passing along the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the light and sight was mesmerizing. The bridge itself was backed up enough for traffic to be almost at a standstill. But in the distance one could see the calm abandon on these floating groups of people and cargo #water #ships #sfbayarea
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I find that when I can see far, I also tend to think far and I like opportunities that allow me to see distant horizons. On the way to the airport early morning, I was passing along the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the light and sight was mesmerizing. The bridge itself was backed up enough for traffic to be almost at a standstill. But in the distance one could see the calm abandon on these floating groups of people and cargo #water #ships #sfbayarea

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A restaurant in New York City, set inside a bank vault from 1904! The basement vault at the Trinity Place bar and restaurant was originally commissioned by the New York Realty bank. Built by the Mosler Safe Company in upstate Hudson, New York, the vault was so large and heavy it had to be sailed down the Hudson river and then transported on purpose built railway tracks from Battery Park to its home at 115 Broadway. The vault was unusual in that it had two entrances at either end, with each door weighing in at 35 tons! #nyc #obscure #travel
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A restaurant in New York City, set inside a bank vault from 1904! The basement vault at the Trinity Place bar and restaurant was originally commissioned by the New York Realty bank. Built by the Mosler Safe Company in upstate Hudson, New York, the vault was so large and heavy it had to be sailed down the Hudson river and then transported on purpose built railway tracks from Battery Park to its home at 115 Broadway. The vault was unusual in that it had two entrances at either end, with each door weighing in at 35 tons! #nyc #obscure #travel

Approaching New York City in the Staten Island Ferry. On the left in the NYC skyline is One World Trade Center. Built on the original site of the Twin Towers, it is the tallest building in NYC, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 6th tallest building in the world. It’s height of 1,776 feet (541 m) is a deliberatere reference to the year 1776, when the United States declared Independence #nyc #ferry
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Approaching New York City in the Staten Island Ferry. On the left in the NYC skyline is One World Trade Center. Built on the original site of the Twin Towers, it is the tallest building in NYC, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 6th tallest building in the world. It’s height of 1,776 feet (541 m) is a deliberatere reference to the year 1776, when the United States declared Independence #nyc #ferry

Late morning fog over the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands viewed across the Emeryville Marina. Do you see the tiny red top peeking out? Just like in the emoji 🌁! #goldengatebridge #sf #california #bridge
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Late morning fog over the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands viewed across the Emeryville Marina. Do you see the tiny red top peeking out? Just like in the emoji 🌁! #goldengatebridge #sf #california #bridge

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The Salesforce Tower is the now the tallest building in San Francisco. Its glass surface and tapering shape resulted in this fascinating color juxtaposition during sunset. When I took this picture, the Sun had just dropped below the horizon, leaving everything with an evening glow in the West (outside the frame, on the left). The bottom part of the tower was reflecting that glow, making it a deep orange. The top part of the tower was angled to just reflect the sky above the horizon, and since the Western part of the sky was brighter than the Eastern part, the building is a brighter shade of blue. Observe the other buildings with straight surfaces - they are all either uniformly orange if uniformly blue. This was also the time when the lights had just began to come on, adding another dimension of luminance to the scene. #sunset #city #salesforcetower #sanfrancisco
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The Salesforce Tower is the now the tallest building in San Francisco. Its glass surface and tapering shape resulted in this fascinating color juxtaposition during sunset. When I took this picture, the Sun had just dropped below the horizon, leaving everything with an evening glow in the West (outside the frame, on the left). The bottom part of the tower was reflecting that glow, making it a deep orange. The top part of the tower was angled to just reflect the sky above the horizon, and since the Western part of the sky was brighter than the Eastern part, the building is a brighter shade of blue. Observe the other buildings with straight surfaces - they are all either uniformly orange if uniformly blue. This was also the time when the lights had just began to come on, adding another dimension of luminance to the scene. #sunset #city #salesforcetower #sanfrancisco

Meet the falcon statue, the massive stainless steel artwork created by Hungarian artist Gabor Miklos Szoke at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. Rising 41 1/2 feet (12.6m) tall and weighing 73,000 pounds (33,112 kg) the majestic figure of a falcon appears to be rising in triumphant touchdown-scoring or interception-snatching flight with a bronze football clutched in its talons. It’s the largest bird sculpture in the world. It's designed to appear different at different times of the day. #riseup #falcons #football #nfl #atlanta
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Meet the falcon statue, the massive stainless steel artwork created by Hungarian artist Gabor Miklos Szoke at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. Rising 41 1/2 feet (12.6m) tall and weighing 73,000 pounds (33,112 kg) the majestic figure of a falcon appears to be rising in triumphant touchdown-scoring or interception-snatching flight with a bronze football clutched in its talons. It’s the largest bird sculpture in the world. It's designed to appear different at different times of the day. #riseup #falcons #football #nfl #atlanta

πŸ•Š The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light to represent the Twin Towers in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by the Municipal Art Society of New York and @911memorial. What a beautiful way to honor the victims.  #911 #nyc #twintowers #911victims #peace #love #TributeInLight #Honor911 #911memorial #911museum
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πŸ•Š The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light to represent the Twin Towers in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It is produced annually by the Municipal Art Society of New York and @911memorial. What a beautiful way to honor the victims. #911 #nyc #twintowers #911victims #peace #love #TributeInLight #Honor911 #911memorial #911museum

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Flying from SFO to ORD last week, it was quite cloudy and visibility was low so I was enjoying watching for whenever the mountains would peek out. Then I noticed another airplane flying along. I think I was right above Yosemite National Park at this point, but I could have also just crossed into Nevada by then. I am quite sure  it was the Sierra Nevada mountains I was seeing. We eventually intersected and this airplane flew under us and on to the other side, on a more southward trajectory. #airplane #mountains #sunrise #aerial #yosemite #sierranevada
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Flying from SFO to ORD last week, it was quite cloudy and visibility was low so I was enjoying watching for whenever the mountains would peek out. Then I noticed another airplane flying along. I think I was right above Yosemite National Park at this point, but I could have also just crossed into Nevada by then. I am quite sure it was the Sierra Nevada mountains I was seeing. We eventually intersected and this airplane flew under us and on to the other side, on a more southward trajectory. #airplane #mountains #sunrise #aerial #yosemite #sierranevada

Taking off from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) this morning just at sunrise, the plane banked eastward for this perfect framing of the states' border. The Ohio river, separating the states of Kentucky and Ohio, historically also marked the border between the Free States and the Slave States. Ohio was part of the Underground Railroad network and crossing this river was the step to freedom. During the American Civil War of the 1860s, the State of Ohio played a key role in providing troops, military officers, and supplies to the Union army (Free States) which was fighting the Confederate army (Slave States) that wanted to secede from the Union to retain their slave trade. Now the two states share an airport and you hardly realize when you accidentally cross between them. #ohio #kentucky #ohioriver #slavery #freestate #slavestate #sunrise #aerial #shotoniphone
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Taking off from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) this morning just at sunrise, the plane banked eastward for this perfect framing of the states' border. The Ohio river, separating the states of Kentucky and Ohio, historically also marked the border between the Free States and the Slave States. Ohio was part of the Underground Railroad network and crossing this river was the step to freedom. During the American Civil War of the 1860s, the State of Ohio played a key role in providing troops, military officers, and supplies to the Union army (Free States) which was fighting the Confederate army (Slave States) that wanted to secede from the Union to retain their slave trade. Now the two states share an airport and you hardly realize when you accidentally cross between them. #ohio #kentucky #ohioriver #slavery #freestate #slavestate #sunrise #aerial #shotoniphone

Thought πŸ’­ while spring cleaning: What exactly *is* a country? 😜 #country #travel #currency
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Thought πŸ’­ while spring cleaning: What exactly *is* a country? 😜 #country #travel #currency

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You may not be the brightest star in the galaxy, but you can still mean the world to someone. And even then, the smallest moon can come out of nowhere, take away your light and then turn you into a diamond 😊I made a last minute decision to drive 11hrs overnight from San Francisco to the ghost town called Lime in Oregon, situated on the historical Oregon Trail, on the border with Idaho. I didn't have any special filters or a long lens to capture the sun, so was quite delighted that I was able to capture the diamond ring phase of the total solar eclipse. The red highlights on the edge of the sun are actual solar flares!! My heart was barely beating for the 80s that the sun had disappeared, and this is the point when it suddenly began to emerge again. A very humbling experience. #eclipse #eclipse2017 #diamondring #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #oregon #limeoregon
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You may not be the brightest star in the galaxy, but you can still mean the world to someone. And even then, the smallest moon can come out of nowhere, take away your light and then turn you into a diamond 😊I made a last minute decision to drive 11hrs overnight from San Francisco to the ghost town called Lime in Oregon, situated on the historical Oregon Trail, on the border with Idaho. I didn't have any special filters or a long lens to capture the sun, so was quite delighted that I was able to capture the diamond ring phase of the total solar eclipse. The red highlights on the edge of the sun are actual solar flares!! My heart was barely beating for the 80s that the sun had disappeared, and this is the point when it suddenly began to emerge again. A very humbling experience. #eclipse #eclipse2017 #diamondring #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #oregon #limeoregon

A surreal sunset in Richmond last evening! Rainy days are often way more interesting than clear ones. Richmond, a suburb in SW London, is on a meander of the Thames River #london #richmond #sunset
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A surreal sunset in Richmond last evening! Rainy days are often way more interesting than clear ones. Richmond, a suburb in SW London, is on a meander of the Thames River #london #richmond #sunset

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