CAVU above Michigan

CAVU above Michigan

CAVU above Michigan  Clear And Visibility Unrestricted; music to a pilot’s ears.  Here, flying north along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in early September, it’s as clear as it gets in the lower 48.  Yes, Alaska can get much clearer; hard to believe until you see it.  Soon, the leaves will be turning into a kaleidoscope of color making a very different view.

Blacksmithing at the Threshermen’s Reunion

Blacksmithing at the Threshermen's Reunion

Blacksmithing at the Threshermen’s Reunion  Back to this year’s Threshermen’s Reunion.  The Blacksmithing trade continues today even though it is not as common as it was a century ago.  The blacksmiths at the reunion actually made various objects live each day.  “Black” refers to black fire scale, a layer of oxides that forms on the metal being heated.  Blacksmiths heat pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes soft enough to shape with hand tools.  The metal is heated in a forge fueled by coal, charcoal, coke, etc.  As iron heats, it first glows red, then orange, yellow, and finally white. The ideal heat, forging heat, is a bright yellow-orange color.  It’s an amazing experience to watch the blacksmiths work at the reunion.  They are very friendly, will answer questions, and explain what they are doing.

Frog on Walkabout

Frog on Walkabout

Frog on Walkabout  Finally, on tonight’s walkabout, I was able to capture an image of a frog in the local slough.  I’ve been trying for awhile. Every Time I would get close enough for a shot, the frogs would see and/or hear me and jump away then under water.  They really blend in with the other debris and slime in the water.  Next, I’ll try for a head on shot.  Sure frogs are fairly common in the midwest during the summer months.  Sometimes, an image with an uncommon angle of a common subject can be great.  You may notice the ISO at 3200.  So yes, I took out some noise in post processing.