Skiplane Weekend 2014 It’s mid winter. There’s plenty of snow. The lakes are frozen a foot deep or more. So, it’s time for the annual Skiplane Weekend. Some of the finest pilots from around the country take leave from their heavy iron and gather together this weekend to fly ski planes just for the fun of it. This year we have several pilots, who brought their own ski planes, joining the Piper J-s Cub and the Super Cub.
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Snowy Condo Today’s the last day of meteorological winter. Hard to tell spring is soon coming by the looks of this condo.
Robins are Back! My mother always loved it when the Robins first appeared at what seemed to be still winter because she knew spring was not far behind. Well, they are back in northern Illinois with the high temperature today of 8º F. Perhaps, they know something we don’t. Anyway, it’s still great to hear their songs even with a couple of feet of snow on the ground.
Wave Singing Kids in motion, under fluorescent white light, can sometimes be challenging. Today, this image was captured with white balance set to fluorescent light; without any flash. The 70-300mm lens makes getting up close much easier; 116mm is really 313mm due to the 2.7 crop factor. So, if there is enough light, even fluorescent light, the Nikon 1 V1 can still capture a decent image. For finishing, NIK Define took out a little noise and NIK Efex corrected some contrast.
Stream Narrows This stream narrows as it flows downstream which increases the flow rate of the water. These waterfowl found some open water; not such an easy feat these days in northern Illinois.
Mallard & Ice My walkabout today was cold, very cold; about 14º. The wind screamed along at about 20 knots along the river where Mallards and Canada Geese played in the little stream of running water; somehow cut through the larger river ice. Throughout this winter, the little Nikon 1 V1 has worked cold and colder. With just a little care and a warm battery, it doesn’t seem to mind the cold much.
Morning Dove Morning Doves are common in northern Illinois. Still, it seems a bit odd to me that they would stick around all winter when they have wings. This winter has been particularly cold and snowy. Yet, here they are; waiting for spring like the rest of us.