Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow...

Well, maybe not...

We had some snow in Charlotte today. Started around 3pm, mostly a light snow that lasted all evening, and gave us a couple of inches - but it all but closed down the city. Schools sent their students home early, roads were snow covered and slick, and I even received an automated call from the Charlotte/Mecklenberg Police, warning of deteriorating conditions and advising people to stay off the roads. Life in the South is different.

It does make for some nice photos, though.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

"We rented a cabin in the mountains" they said.
"You should come up for New Year's Eve" they said.
"It will be fun!" they said.

I think I hear banjo music...

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.