Category Archives: Transportation

Will It Fit?

I always take a breath when I see cargo ships pass under the bridges around Charleston. The prospect of not fitting is an optical illusion at certain distances from the bridge.

Loaded Cargo Ship Leaving Port
Loaded Cargo Ship Leaving Port -click photo for larger view

MSC Karlskrona loaded and leaving port, has passed under the Ravenel Bridge on a gorgeous spring day. The SPA Wando Welch Terminal is visible in the left background.

Charleston, SC 05/05/2017.

Birds on the USS Yorktown (CV-10)

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.

Grackle Sitting on Helicopter
Grackle Sitting on Helicopter – click photo for larger view

Grackles were particularly abundant this week, using all openings for their homes.

Grackle Nesting in Aircraft
Grackle Nesting in Aircraft – click photo for larger view

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.

Osprey Nest in Top of USS Yorktown – click photo for larger view

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.

House Finches hanging off USS Yorktown
House Finches hanging off USS Yorktown – click photo for larger view

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.

USS Yorktown (CV-10) – Engine Room Dials

Decommissioned in 1970, the USS Yorktown started service in World War II and is now the centerpiece of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Way down in the ship an amazing array of dials that monitored and controlled a complex and massive engine system.

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The Yorktown from the Mount Pleasant Pier. Learn more about the Yorktown.

Adventure

We had driven all around Sedona, Arizona, seeing the red rocks from all the tourist spots at various heights  from the top of the airport mesa down to the water at Red Rock State Park. Anywhere you looked there is some size “rock” jutting up into the sky.

The ultimate adventure was to see it from above, where the pace was slow and the air quiet, at the whim of a hot air balloon. I was a little nervous but the skill the crew from Red Rock Balloons demonstrated as they unpacked, rolled out, and inflated our balloon eased my fears. The pilot was clear in his instructions to us, including how to climb into the basket -I’m not that nimble- and what was going to happen when we came down.

The heat from the dancing flames took the chill off the early September morning.

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There were three balloons in our group . We were the first to lift off and saw the other two complete their final preparation.

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You really couldn’t feel movement as we drifted out into the valley.  The sun rose and the light changed rapidly.

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In just minutes the entire valley was lit.

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We startled a few small groups of mule deer.

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In about an hour we were back on the ground.  The pilot discharged the end of the fuel to cool the tubing, the balloon came down, and the crew packed everything back in the trailer.

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Yes, I would do it again!

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Classic Chrome

The sparkle and shine on a car can prove to be a photography problem, especially on a sunny day.  Reflections of the clouds, other passers by, and the photographer appear in every shiny detail.

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The 2015 Middletown Cruise on Main was a great opportunity to learn how to navigate some of the challenges. Some photos with too much glare just can’t be corrected.

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Leaning inside a car (NO TOUCHING ALLOWED) was one option, which is how I got this image that shouted out  “The Jetsons” to me. Their theme song is now stuck in my head along with a vision of George zooming home from Spacely Space Sprockets above the ground in his  aerocar.

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Leaning in the open window also got me this fabulous console and the bonus fuzzy dice.

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Sometimes the reflection makes an opportunity.

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According to the Middletown Press thousands of spectators turned out to see the cars this gorgeous May evening. Going early turned out to be a great idea; the crowd thickened as darkness approached. I waited quite awhile to get this hood ornament.

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This was a fun event that we’ll put on the calendar for next year.

The Road Unintended

We seldom leave the house without a destination in mind. Mindful of the holiday traffic, today we headed south with a plan to cross the Connecticut River on the East Haddam Bridge then poke around headed towards Lyme.

As we were approaching the bridge cars were stopped ahead of us with the gate signaling that the swing bridge was about to open or close. The line of cars was short so we were able to turn into Eagle Landing State Park hoping to get some shots.

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The East Haddam Swing Bridge is a steel, movable truss bridge composed of two main spans crossing the Connecticut River between Haddam, Connecticut and East Haddam, Connecticut.

The bridge was just opening as we parked. After two boats passed through and the bridge closed we strolled down the park. We spotted the Osprey who reside on top of the moving portion of the bridge on the community funded platform.

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Nesting platform on the brige.

Other small birds were hanging around.

Resting on a rope railing
Resting on a rope railing

The Becky Thatcher headed north which could only mean that the Essex Steam Train would be coming into Deep River Landing to swap passengers.

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The Becky Thatcher

We jumped in the car and made it to Deep River Landing well ahead of the train.

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A little further south we saw the train again as it passed Pratt Cove.

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Lyme will have to wait for another day.