Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seeing the Fed Ex 505

As I was pulling into my parking spot at home, I heard a jet flying over.  So I looked up.
It was the Fed Ex MD11 bringing the nightly delivery to Detroit Metro.

Eastern Michigan Announces New Athletic Director

I saw an announcement that Eastern Michigan was going to announce their new athletic director.  It was actually at a time when I could go, so I decided to head over there to get some pictures.
 They had representatives from most of the Eastern Michigan sports.
 Eastern Michigan President James M. Smith making the announcement of the new director.  I saw various tweets last night that Eastern Michigan had made their selection but I dismissed them as rumor.  Then I saw an article in the Detroit News.  President Smith made a comment that he was kind of surprised that they were able to keep it under wraps that long.
 The new Athletic Director is Scott Whetherbee (I'm going to have to make sure I spell that name correctly for a while).  He was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and worked in the ticket office at Western Michigan University.  He went to Ferris State on a baseball scholarship until they killed the program.  Then he finished his academic career at Ball State where he got his bachelor's degree in sports administration.  He bounced around a few college athletic departments until he landed at Mississippi State where served as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.
It sounds like he may be a good fit for Eastern Michigan because he's managed to bring success to many programs that live in the shadows of larger programs.  I think he also comes to Eastern Michigan at critical juncture.
I wish him the best of luck at Eastern Michigan and I hope he builds on the previous athletic directors.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Catching up with the Mesabi Miner

After seeing the eagles, I took a look at Marine Traffic to see what was cooking on the river.  One of the ships that I saw was the Algosteel and I was hoping to catch her since this may very well be her last season.
 Sadly, I missed the Algosteel by about 10 minutes but the Mesabi Miner was making her way downbound.  It has been a little over a year since I've seen her.  So it was kind of nice to catch up to her.
 I'm not sure where she was heading from but she was heading down to Toledo.  I think she may have been carrying a load of coal from Superior, Wisconsin.
 The first of two headshots.  The lighting was just about right for me.  I think the atmospherics were just about right to as I didn't get much distortion on my pictures today.
 The Mesabi Miner makes her way off Lake Huron in order to enter the St. Clair River.
 From this point, she is about 3 hours from Lake St. Clair.  Then it is roughly two hours until she passes Belle Isle.
 From Belle Isle, she is in the Detroit River for about 2.5 more hours.
 And then I think it is 3 or 4 more hours until she reaches her destination of Toledo.
 There were just enough clouds today and they looked pretty nice.
 It's always cool to see 1000 feet worth of ship.
 A shot of her bow.
 And a shot of her plimsoll lines.  Lake levels are much higher this year.  I think this means that they can load the ships heavier this year.
 A shot of her pilothouse.
And one more shot of her as she continues on her way.

Watching an Eagle Get Breakfast

After catching the 757, I headed down to Magee.  Like I said, I wanted to be there early enough to see the eagles when they were the most active.
 The first thing I was a rabbit.  I wanted to try to get closer to it....
 ...but alas.
 It was cool to see the eagle out, but unfortunately he wasn't in the best position for pictures.
 "Hey, quit paying attention to those eagles over there...I'm a much nicer looking bird."
 Another shot of the eagle.  It was almost like he was drinking his coffee and reading his newspaper before going out "shopping".
 I think this is a muskrat.
 The eagle finally left the tree to look for breakfast.  I wasn't able to get a decent shot of him leaving, but since I was looking in the right direction, I was able to get a pretty cool shot of him coming back.
 The eagle was getting molested by the other birds as it was bringing the fish back to the nest.
 "Flaps set.  Gear down.  Clearance to land."
 I think there were three eagles in the nest, but the other one was staying hidden.
 He looks out over his domain.
 I'm not sure what he was looking down at.
 I think this was a heron.
 I would have liked the shot better if he were in the water.
 But I really like this shot.
Magee has two eagle nests.  I was beginning to think that this nest was abandoned and then I saw this young eagle peek out.

Waking up to a 757

I decided to get up early this morning because I wanted to catch Magee Marsh early enough to see the eagles in action.  I also decided that I wanted to try to get sunrise pictures of one of the 757 flights arriving at Detroit Metro Airport.  I was pretty happy with the pictures I got yesterday, so I wanted to try again today.
 As I looked over to the west sky, I noticed that there was a rainbow.    I kind of wish this were to the north.
 It wasn't too long before the 737 that was arriving from Portland, Oregon came into view.
 I kind of wish I weren't shooting into the sun, but I do like the silhouette.
 I really like this shot.
 And one more as the 737 passed by.
 The 757 wasn't too far behind the 737, so it didn't take too long for it to appear.
 It was arriving from Seattle.
 Again, I liked the silhouette, especially against this sky.
 I think I really like this shot.
 Another pretty cool shot.
 The beam shot.
 I tried to get another shot of the rainbow.
Using my big lens.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Just a Random Barn

I thought about heading up to Howell from Ohio.  I ended up taking a very random route because 23 is under construction.
I have no idea where this barn was, but I kind of liked it.

Heading Down to Magee

It's been a while since I've been down to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.  I've been meaning to go there for a couple of weeks now.  I wanted to see if the eaglets were flying yet. 
 I arrived in time to see one of the eagles bringing in breakfast.  Sadly, I didn't have my camera ready in time.  I did manage to catch this young eagle in the nest though.
 Next I was going to take a walk through the trail but there were way too many bugs.  I did manage to catch a picture of this yellow bird though.  I think it may be an orange headed warbler but don't quote me on that.
 I was about ready to rule my day a bust but then I saw this crane in the marsh.  The water was calm enough to give me a nice reflection.  So I watched him for a while.
 He might have been fishing.  He was looking pretty intently at the water.
 He was standing tall.
 I would have liked this picture if there were a water lily in it.
 I think this is a wild rose.
 A purple martin.

 I tried to get one of the purple martins in flight but I didn't have much success.
A pair of purple martins.