Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus is on his way!

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

We've been having unseasonably warm weather this week, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. On Saturday, I took advantage of the weather to visit the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. The museum is located at was once the historic Spencer Shops, at one time Southern Railroad's largest steam locomotive repair facility on the East Coast. The museum includes a restored roundhouse, operating trains, and displays on the transportation history of the state, including automotive and aviation.

Santa and his elves get a ride on a 1935 Ford, the only known remaining car from the NC Highway Patrol's first fleet.

A replica of the Wright Flyer, which of course had its first flights in North Carolina.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Shooting in the Dark

Usually, airplane spotting is a daytime hobby - after all, it's hard to see, and harder to shoot, an airplane flying past in the dark. That's why most spotting photos look like this...

But short days and long work weeks don't always cooperate, and when you have a handy spot like the Charlotte Overview, and some unseasonably warm evenings, you have to take advantage of what you can.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thanksgiving in New York

Thanksgiving week, and a trip back to New York. Between a few days of work, and celebrating the holiday, I managed to squeeze in a little photography.

It was cold and windy at Howard Beach, but the departure shots were worth it!

It wasn't all about aircraft spotting. I did get to spend an evening with a friend shooting the New York City skyline at sunset.

Heading home on Sunday, about the only traffic I encountered was in Virginia, where the intricacies of traffic lights have not been mastered by all.

December 1 - Heading back to Charlotte after Thanksgiving week on Long Island.  The only snags on the ride were the delays in Virginia, where the intricacies of traffic lights have not been mastered by all...

Friday, November 22, 2013

I'm Back!

Catching up on a few more photo ops...

Fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Linn Cove Viaduct.

October 21 - Fall colors in full effect at the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Visiting Charleston, SC for the first time in more than thirty years - this wasn't there the last time I was in town!

October 22 - Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, SC.
A weekend trip back home on Long Island means a stop at JFK for some spotting.

November 2 - A weekend visit home to New York calls for a little JFK spotting, and this Cathay Pacific special scheme.
Today's lesson - landing on a pickup truck...

November 9 - Today's lesson - how to land on a moving pickup truck...
Interesting visitors keep dropping in to CLT - Vice President Joe Biden departs after an overnight visit to the Queen City.

November 15 - A busy day at CLT - an Atlas 747F arrived to pick up relief supplies for the Philippines, and Vice President Joe Biden departs after a night in Charlotte.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Catching Up...

So, what's been going on lately? A few air shows, a visit to Charleston, more interesting stuff showing up at the local aerodrome...

Chasing waterfalls in the mountains of western North Carolina.

August 24 - Shoal Creek Falls
Labor Day Weekend at the American Airpower Museum.

August 31 - Suns shines off the propeller of Quick Silver during the American Airpower Museum Labor Day Weekend show.
Shooting with some friends at Huntington Harbor.

September 6 - A little after-hours shooting at Cold Spring Harbor with a couple of old friends.
Gravely Point Park, next to Washington National Airport - in your face!

September 13 - He's heading right for us!  Delta MD-88 departs National Airport, as seen from Gravelly Point Park.
Afterburners, baby!

September 22 - It was a hot time at the Winston-Salem Air Show!
Flying in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor

October 19 - Cruising over Charlotte in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor
Massive An-124 cargo jet approaches Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

October 20 - Massive Antonov An-124 arrives at Charlotte, carrying a new tail section for a US Airways A321.
I'll save some more for the next time...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The New SmugMug is Here!

Tuesday, SmugMug unveiled a complete rebuild of their photo-hosting site, with a whole new look and new features. It hasn't received a warm welcome from some users, but moving to the new format was fairly painless for me. I still have some tweaking to do - and I'll need to make a few changes here, once I figure out all the HTML stuff that has to be modified to look more like my SmugMug site.

Since it's been a while since I last updated this (yes, a very long while...) let me share a few recent photos.

Space Shuttle Discovery at the National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

July 27 - Up close with Space Shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum.

The Presidents Race at Nationals Ballpark, Washington, DC. I had to go all the way to Washington to watch the Mets lose...

July 26 - The Presidents Race at Nationals Ballpark, Washington DC.

Charlotte, NC skyline

July 1 - Charlotte skyline