Reflections on 2017 | B-25 Sunset

Reflections on 2017 | B-25 Sunset

Reflections on 2017 | B-25 Sunset  After a hard day’s work, this B-25 gets a well deserved rest at a quiet field.  North American built over 10,000 B-25 Mitchell bombers between 1940 and 1945.  B-25s flew in every theater of combat during World War II.  Eleven B-25’s flew from Grimes Field in Urbana, OH to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH to participate in th 75th Doolittle Raid Anniversary.  After attending the 70th reunion five years ago, I just had to go back for the 75th reunion.  To see the entire story with all seven images, go to Reflections on 2017 | a 7 Image Story.

Reflections on 2017 | a 7 Image Story

Reflections on 2017 | B-25 SunsetReflections 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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