Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Landing at Austin-Bergstrom

So a couple weeks back when I went to the NLand Surf Park, I also drove down Highway 71 back towards Austin and stopped at the Family Viewing Area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  It's place where you can watch planes takeoff and land.  This is an American Airlines Airbus A319 - I think - right at touchdown in front of the control tower.

There's kind of a weird story to go along with this photo... At the time I took this photo, there was a guy in a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck about 100 feet away from me just blasting his horn and revving his engine when the plane touched down.  I looked over at him and he had his hand out the window making all sorts of signs like the finger, the hang-loose sign, etc.  It seemed those were in my direction or the direction of the three other people that were there watching planes as well.  Not sure what he was going on about, I started walking over to him thinking maybe I'm breaking some sort of protocol by taking pictures of incoming planes and he knew something I didn't.  As I got closer to him, he drove away from me...  He then came into the area where I parked and where a father and his young son parked their pickup.  He pulled up on the curb just behind the father's truck and sat there.  He revved his engine a couple of times..  The other person there besides the father and son duo was a nice gentleman named Solomon who was originally from Nigeria.  Very nice man, but he also became concerned about the weirdo in the red pickup.  So he went over to the father and son to tell them this might not be a good situation.  As he went over to talk to them, the guy in the red truck left.  At that point, I thought it prudent to leave and so did Solomon.  As we drove out to get back on 71, red truck boy was sitting in the left lane sort of pointing in a crazy direction, like not quite perpendicular to the road and maybe slightly off to the side.  It was strange..  Then he turned around and started following us, but he was quite a ways back.  As I got back on to Highway 71, I wanted to head west back towards Austin, but since it is a divided highway, one must go east, turn around, then head west.  I did so, but as I was going west, I saw red pickup boy one last time appearing to be broke down on the eastbound side of 71.  He was out of his truck and like putting his head on the bed of the truck and other weird things.  That's the last I saw of this guy.  Isn't that a weird story?  I think he must've been on drugs or drinking or something while driving a piece of crap.  That's the only thing that makes sense to me...

One of the bad things about trying to photograph the planes is that you must shoot through a chain link fence.  I opened up the aperture as much as I could on my lens, but you can still kind of see the blurred X's of the fence in the image.  Oh well, I still like it.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by.

American Touches Down
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Moon Over Cosmo and Bellagio

With the NHL Playoffs going on, I just had to post this shot I took a couple of years ago as a tribute to the LV Golden Knights.

You see, Las Vegas holds a special place in my heart.  First and foremost, Eileen and I got married there.  We got married at the Imperial Palace on July 11th, 1993.  It was awesome and the best thing to happen to me!  Secondly, my first duty station in the US Air Force was very near Vegas; only about 45 miles NW of Vegas at a little base called Indian Springs Auxilary Airfield.  So as you can see, I have a little bit of a connection there.

Now, Las Vegas has a National Hockey League expansion team called the Las Vegas Golden Knights.  They are a scrappy bunch and fun to watch.  This is their first year and they actually made the playoffs!  Not only have they made the playoffs, but as of this writing they are one win from going to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Being from Michigan originally, I am a Detroit Red Wings fan and this is the first year that the Wings haven't made the playoffs in like 21 years.  With the Wings out, I find myself rooting for the Golden Knights in a big way!  Not only because they are an expansion team in Vegas, but they beat the San Jose Sharks in the last round.  I won't say why I am happy about that because it's rather stupid and personal, but I'm happy nonetheless.  Plus, the Knights have these over-the-top pre-game ceremonies that are just so "Vegas".  They are gaudy and kitschy and cool.  How can you not like them?!

Lastly, with the horrible and god-awful shit that happened last October, I think Vegas deserves something spectacularly awesome and I'm hoping the Knights could be that special something.  If they win the Stanley Cup, that would just be the best thing ever!

All that being said, here is a shot I took one early morning while we were visiting Las Vegas a couple of years ago. I went out early on one of the last mornings we were there and got this shot.  No one was out except the weirdos and the drunks.  Otherwise it was quite deserted.  If you do the same thing, make sure you have a tripod in case you need to clock someone over the head because they are drunk and want to know when the fountains shoot off or because you hear them talking about "ni**ers" on their phone in a weird foreign accent..  Just kidding!  Well not really, that actually happened except I didn't clock anyone, thank goodness.  In other words, be careful!  Not sure I would do that again. OK, Vegas isn't perfect, but what city is?

Go Vegas and go Golden Knights!  :-)

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Moon Over the Cosmo and the Bellagio
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  • ƒ/8.0
  • 10.0 mm
  • 14
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Surfer Dude and Chic

Yesterday I went over to an inland surf park just outside of Austin called of all things, Nland Surf Park!  Yes, there's no "I" at the beginning of the work Nland...  Anyway, it's a cool little place where they have set up this giant wave pool.  It has this pier that runs down the middle and some sort of mechanical plow thing underneath the pier travels back and forth from one end of the pool to the other and creates about a 3-6 foot wave that you can surf on.  I went out on the pier to get some pics of the surfers.  The experienced surfers stayed closer to the pier because that's where the wave is the biggest and then the students/beginners stayed a little further out where the wave isn't very big.

This guy here was one of the experienced ones and he was pretty good.  The lady here on the other hand was just a beginner and I think her goal was to be out there and look pretty.  Ah, that's sexist isn't it?  Well she was, but she at least was trying to learn how to surf...

One other thing about this place is that they have their own brewery.  I must say the Off Leash IPA is excellent!

As far as the picture goes, the water at this park had a yellowy brown color to it, so I took these into Photoshop and worked some Hue-Saturation-Luminance (HSL) trickery to get the water to look somewhat aqua-tourquoisey.  What do you think?

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Microbus Stickers

Jerome, AZ is a cool little hippie town on the side of a mountain not too far from Flagstaff.  It used to be a mining town back in the late 1800s early 1900s.  The town boomed in the days around WWI and then fell during the great depression.  The population went to its lowest in the 1950s with maybe 100 residents.  Then in the 1960s and 70s, a new turn toward tourism started with art galleries, restaurants and other things to help its recovery.  Some say that the hippies found this place and made it into what it is now.  It does have that eclectic hippie vibe for sure!  It's a interesting place to visit.  As Eileen and I strolled the streets, we found this old VW Microbus with a bunch of bumper stickers all over it.  Owned by a hippie perhaps?  You make the call..

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VW Bumper Stickers
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Disqus for Evan's Expo