Reflections on 2017 | a 7 Image Story 2017 was a year like all years, filled with those events which alter and illuminate our time. (Thank you, Walter.) For me, 2017 was a year filled with very little travel; focusing my clicks closer to home. It was a year filled with more event images, particularly aviation events; yet, fewer wildlife photographs. A few decent landscapes somehow emerged as well.
After a hard day’s work, this B-25 got a well deserved rest at a quiet field. In early spring, eleven B-25’s flew from Grimes Field in Urbana, OH to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH to participate in the 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary. Later, in early summer, at the 2nd Annual TBM Avenger Gathering held at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, IL, the F-86 Sabre got a chance to fly. (A few years ago, I briefly shared the pattern with an F-86. Of course, it was moving much faster than I was.) Then, in late summer, this B-2, named the Spirit of Arizona, did several flybys at Oshkosh during the air show. The B-2 is very stealthy which enables it to penetrate sophisticated anti-aircraft defenses. Even at the air show, it was hard to see even a few miles away and very quiet. Finally, in early fall, my second year at the AAA Fly-in ended with a few long exposure images. This Spartan Executive image was captured just before the last rays of sunset light faded. Moving along; the Threshermen’s Reunion takes you back to the early days of the 20th century. This image of a Port Huron steam engine tractor, which was actually powering a saw mill at the time, was finished like an antique B&W picture and scaled to 4×5, like older cameras of the era.
Moving on, this Lake Sunset image was captured after the sun set, just before last light. Notice the shutter speed just under a second. Sometimes, weeds make great dramatic images. This Water Smartweed, captured in the shadows at the edge of a small lake, might be one such image. It’s just too beautiful to be considered a weed. It was captured while kayaking on the fourth of July.
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Looking Back 2017; a year like all years, filled with those events which alter and illuminate our time! Hope 2017 was a really great year for you. Looking forward to an even better next year.
Snow Monkey Back to reality; or maybe not! It’s cold and snowy, but snow monkeys are just not common in North America. This image was captured at the Central Park Zoo.
Another 80˚ Day @ Tucson Thank warm! When it’s so cold in the north, think about warmers places and warmer times ahead. The weather was mostly clear and around 80° F when this image was captured in the desert near Tucson. .
Another 80° Day @ South Beach Thank warm! When it’s so cold in the north, think about warmer times ahead. The weather was partly cloudy and around 80° F when this images was captured on South Beach.
Tracks in the Snow Winter walkabouts have their own challenges. Snowshoes sometimes help when making new tracks in the snow.
Husky Christmas After a long day visiting Pugs and playing with new toys, Jake found a nice warm place under the Christmas tree to take a nap.