The SC Department of Natural Resources keeps the unpaved roads and paths that wind through the Wildlife Management Areas we frequent mowed which allows their staff easier access to remote areas. It’s a bonus for this photographer who isn’t interested in wading through tall grass that hides all manor of reptiles and bugs.
The sun had just come up creating a nice light and reflection as this tractor and mower headed out from the DNR garage on a cold March morning. The driver was warmly ensconced in his heated cab high off the ground where I expect he sees lots of interesting wildlife while doing his job.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress saw active military duty from 1944 through the late 1950s. “FIFI” was acquired by the Commemorative Air Force in the early 1970s and after extensive restoration travels across the US for air events and to share a piece of history.
FIFI flew into Charleston, SC this week where she is on display for tours and rides are available for the brave. I’ll be staying on the ground!
The most well known B-29s were the ones outfitted to drop atomic bombs at the end of World War II, including the Enola Gay.
The size of this airplane’s parts is impressive. I was standing fully upright below one of the propellers for this shot:
After several days of rain we were also treated to some blue sky today, adding to the B-29’s presentation. You can see the feet of folks waiting their turn to climb up into the cockpit area in the shot below.
“The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.”
The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is covered with attractive nooks and crannies if you are a bird. This includes the twelve historic aircraft on display on the flight deck.
Grackles were particularly abundant this week, using all openings for their homes.
An Osprey nest is perched in the tower. I hope it is a little sturdier than it appears here, at the top of the ladder.
A small flock of House Finches was perching off the edges of the flight deck on safety netting. I wasn’t able to see where they might be nesting as they zipped back and forth, somewhere below the edge of the deck.
The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is the centerpiece of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant, SC. Towed to this spot in 1975 the Yorktown itself is a museum and additionally houses a number of exhibits associated with its history dating back to World War II.