Archive for April 13th, 2010

13
Apr
10

Jet Powered Sailplane

The simple concept would be to take-off using the jet engine, turn the engine off when aloft and soar like a sailplane does.  The eerie thing about this plane was the silence.  When he had the engine on I could hear a plane in the sky, doing acrobatic moves similar to what I had been seeing at the air show.

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With the engine off you could see a plane in the sky, circling, doing loops, flying upside down, climbing and falling, but without the roar of an engine.

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Taken at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2009.

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13
Apr
10

Sandhill Cranes

Shooting at dusk on a cloudy day usually doesn’t yield the best photos of animals.  Every little movement by the animal gets picked up by the camera and transforms into a blurry picture.  I had stepped out of the tree-line onto the prairie and immediately noticed a pair of Sandhill Cranes.

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While I tried to figure out how to get closer, so I could bring out the orange colored eyes of the birds, a third Sandhill Crane buzzed the field and the other two birds.  These two disappeared while I tried to take photos of the third one in the air.  I’m not going to force you to look at those pictures.

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The third one walked from its landing spot toward where the other two had been.  I tried to maneuver closer for a better shot, and it tried to walk away.

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Eventually it took off and I realized I had missed another opportunity to catch a close-up shot of these birds.  They’ll probably hang around here for another week or so.  Maybe next weekend.




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