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HAB911

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Atlanta, Gerogia
Home country: USA! USA! USA!
Current location: Tampa, Florida
Member since: Wed Sep 7, 2016, 06:45 AM
Number of posts: 6,448

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Alias - HABanero(passion) E-9-1-1(career, retired telco engineering) HHC 3rd Bde, 2nd Inf Div, Korea DMZ HHC 197th Bde, 3rd Army, Ft. Benning Ga

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Just common Crows

I have found it extremely difficult to photograph my crows. They are so wary and skittish. Now we placed our birdbath where I can see it from inside the house and finally captured these beautiful birds! They come late every afternoon for a drink and often to wet some small bit of food they have.


Feeling exceptionally pretty after my bath


The best laid schemes of mice and men - Go often askew

After scouting several locations, I settled on the parking garage of a mall 6300 ft from the stadium. We secured our preferred parking spot a little before 4PM and waited.

This was your classic, two hours of boredom and literally 30 seconds of pure terror, no second chances, no do overs. Sunset was at 6:14 and the anthem was scheduled for 6, perfect for catching the last ray of sunlight on the planes at 1000 to 3000 ft altitude. We had the broadcast on CBS in the van but there was no time stamp so we were unsure of the time delay, we just knew the anthem was running late, so just had to be on pins and needles until the noise from the south. We also had ADSB up, but only the B52 squawked and only while it was off the coast, when it came ashore, it went silent. B1/B2 no squawkey at all, so no help. I estimate he anthem finally happened a little after 6:30 and it was dark. I was lucky to get much of anything, not much detail in the low light, and that B2 is like a crow I tried to photograph last year, it doesn't reflect any light and looks like a black hole light sink. Had I known it would be past sundown, we would not have attempted it, so I guess it was good we were ignorant 😁

I am taken by how different this flyby would have been to me, had we not had a new president.
Here are a few samples.









I HAD A DREAM LAST NIGHT

With apologies to Zane Grey, "Riders of the Pineapple Sage"

A new series of mine for what is a most popular bloom this year









previously posted:

a visitor to my pineapple sage today

wings are a little worse for wear

Why isn't Jones Day trending on twitter?

They should be catching hell by now

You have probably never heard of Project Loon

and I never expected to actually see one, but last night just before the afternoon clouds began forming I caught this one at 59,000 ft and 19 nautical miles away

https://loon.com/





Air Force One arrives in Tampa today

As the artist saw the arrival for the current occupant





As the camera saw the arrival

I thought perhaps some might enjoy

a sample of a sequence of 12 taken back in my film days. continuing my slide scanning....................

I was working at Kennedy Space Center and got an opportunity to access the VIP viewing area. It was one of the most memorable events of my life. The air pulses and beats on your entire body. The oldtimers however were not so impressed, those that were there for the Saturn 5 which was much more powerful.

For the technically minded, these were taken with a Nikon F2 and 500mm catadioptric or mirror lens on Ektachrome.

Mission: SBS-D; Satellite Business System SYNCOM IV-2; Solar Wing TELSTAR
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Launch Pad: 39A Launched: August 30, 1984 at 8:41:50 a.m. EDT








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