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...