Reflections on 2017 | Spartan Executive My second year at the AAA Fly-in ended with a few long exposure images. This image was captured just before the last rays of sunset light faded on the first day of the fly-in. Notice the line of sunset light reflection cutting through the fuselage. 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 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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Sandhill Mural This mural adorns the side of an old building in a town near Adam Country WI. Sandhill Cranes frequent this area, which inspired an artist to make this mural.
A Touch of Light Sometimes, all you need is a touch of light to make a nice photograph.
Dwarf Hamster Pocket Pet Yep, she’s just as snug as a hamster in a pocket. She stayed calmly in the pocket for several hours.
Look Up As leaves fall and winter approaches, look up occasionally while walking through the forest. You may find a nice scene or an owl flying overhead.
Husky in a Pug Bed Jake just loves to curl up in a small Pug’s bed. He’ll circle around and over the bed several times getting himself into a small ball so he’ll fit in the bed. When everything is just right, he’ll insert himself in or mostly in the bed. As you can see, he does not quite fit. Still, he loves it and will lay there for a long time. He’s the alpha Husky in the house. No other Husky even thinks of trying to lay down in “his bed.” Age and seniority have benefits in a dog’s world.
7 Image Story | Leave Fall Behind Looking back from the foot bridge near forest’s edge, I promised myself to come back in the winter’s snow. See 7 Image Story | Fall Walkabout for the entire story.