Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Flyover The House

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Ok, I can't do parades even though it was just down the street and hill from us (standing up for a long time, or even sitting, not easy most days due to Orthostatic Intolerance)  Looking over my head is dizzying, too.  Using binoculars gives me motion sickness and so does using a zoom lens (55-300) while hunting for plane formations, I just discovered. Still dizzy but it was worth it!

I heard these engines earlier and missed them due to the over abundance of trees in the back yard (over 80 feet high all along the back property lines!)  They were flying low to the west, we live on top of a hill, and I completely missed them. I was still in bed, drinking coffee so I could get blood pressure high enough to get functional.  

Still, it was worth banging my elbow, grabbing my Nikon and running outside to look.  The second and third times around, I finally found them in my viewfinder and enjoyed the Navy plane, smoke stream included, and the formation by the other three planes. Interesting to note the one plane had it's landing gear down.  The low, loud rumble of a rotary engine could be heard long before they came into view (Hidden by the trees)

Some photos are repeated, using different filters.

 Many guys who flew in these planes, never returned home.  Remember what today is really about.   Memorial Day is about remembrance of those who gave all. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fledgling Robin and Mother ( Or Dad

While making my carrot and ginger root juice in the Vitamix, I rinsed out the filter bag in the sink and saw this scene out the window.  They were about 20 feet away and I had to shoot through the window, so sorry if some are a bit digitized looking...but I couldn't resist capturing some of these moments....Excuse the weeds, too ...
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Yosemite Sam Cartoon glass. "Drink this, you mangy varmint!"

There was another fledgling in the back of the yard ...then it flew low to the side of the yard into the honeysuckle.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Flowers in the yard, Birds viewed through my windows

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Purple and White Irises

 Yellow and Maroon Iris !

 Marsh Wren facing window, but don't think he can see me ... not sure ....
 Marsh Wren with suet in mouth, suet feeder mostly empty, hanging above the hummingbird feeder .....
 Rose breasted Grosbeak
Wren almost crash landing on the Grosbeak just before he took off. Never got a decent photo !@#$%?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Jets at Hamilton-Fairfield Airport

It's rare to see more than one jet on the tarmac at this small airport.  Even rarer to see a Citation X which can be yours for about $25 Million. I went bananas wanting to take photographs so I did from behind the chain link fence.
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About 10 yrs ago I was at this same airport, while a friend took a couple folks flying in a single engine plane. I took up conversation with two pilots waiting on their boss to return.  One was friendly and as I asked questions let me see the inside of a Lear jet! This was before I was into photography.  It was small and only held about 6 people besides the pilots. He let me go inside and sit in the pilot seat in the cockpit. Such a thrill that was! This is me in front of that jet, before my housemate took his brother and friend for a ride. I had no idea his brother was snapping photos until i turned around.

Now my goal is to see the inside of a Citation X!

This was another jet that was out there, a smaller one.

Here is a youtube video of the magnificent Citation X machine!