Friday, August 18, 2017

Missing the Dreamliner

I decided to head over to Metro Airport tonight in order to catch the Royal Jordanian 787.  I almost made it.  I was at Middle Belt Road when I saw it coming in for a landing.  That means that I wasn't able to get a picture of it.  Hopefully  I can try to catch it on Tuesday.
 First up we have a Boeing 717 arriving from Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids.  The total flight time is 42 minutes of which 15 minutes is spent taxiing on the ground.
 A Spirit Airlines A319 coming in for a landing after a trip from Seattle.  This trip is a little bit longer than the one from Grand Rapids.
 A 757-200 lands on 21L after a flight from Mexico City.
 An Embrear 175 arriving from O'Hare Airport.
 An MD-90 arrives from Atlanta.
 A CRJ-900 arriving from Madison, WI.
 Fed Ex 505 comes from Memphis every day but Monday.  I kind of liked the spot that I had tonight.  It was a spot I was using for a while until they started doing some work on Wick Road.  Now I have it back.
 While I like the head on angle, I like this one better.
 Air France 378 is the daily flight to Detroit from Paris on Air France.
 An MD-88 coming in from Milwaukee.
 Another angle of that plane.
 A 737 arrives from San Dieg.
 I kind of like the mix of the sky.
 A CRJ-700 coming in from Birmingham, Alabama.
 Another CRJ-700 arriving from Chicago Midway.
 An Airbus A330 on final approach.
 This particular one was coming in from Beijing.
 A CRJ-200 coming from Packerland.
 An MD-90 flying in from the Mile High City.
 An MD-88 arrives from Windsor Locks, CT.
 This CRJ-200 was coming in from Delta County Airport in Escanaba, MI.
 Last up is another 757.
 This particular one was arriving from Seattle.
 I decided to post different angles of the plane as it came in.
And one last shot.

Weighing in on the Confederate Statue Issue

I don't normally delve into political issues on this blog as I feel there are enough forums to do this.  Every so often an issue pops that I feel that I need to state my piece about it and this is one of those.
Before I get too far into this, I am a Yankee.  I think the Northern cause of the Civil War was a good one even if for the most part that cause was just to preserve the Union.  I don't think that our country would be nearly as powerful and bountiful today if the Union had been allowed to break up.  There are some issues that are just fine for the states to deal with but there are many things that need a national backing.  That being said, here goes.

On April 12, 1861, the Confederacy opens fire on Fort Sumter and thus began the Civil War.  Almost four years later when General Lee surrendered to the Union at Appomattox, the war portion of the Civil War would be concluded but many of the issues leading to the Civil War were not.  Shortly after, the states of the North would began the program of reconstruction.  In many ways, this was a punishment of the South for attempting to break away even though it was supposed to be a process of reconciliation.  This period ended in 1877.

Starting in the 1890's, many of the states that fought on the side of the Confederacy started to enact what were known as Jim Crow Laws.  It was also during this period that many of the statues to Confederate heroes were starting to be constructed.  The Jim Crow laws were the legal forms of segregation (versus the cultural segregation that was prevalent in the North).   It was also during this time that the Ku Klux Klan started to emerge in an effort to segregate another race of people.

With the passing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in 1965 (almost 100 years after the conclusion of the Civil War), the laws of Jim Crow would end but many of the attitudes that led towards them would continue.  It was in the decade (or so) prior to the passing of the Civil Rights Act that saw another wave of the South remembering their Confederate heroes.

Recently there has been a movement to remove these statues from public places.  In many ways, I can agree with that.  I can't imagine having to view people that tried to keep your ancestors as property.   However, these statues are a representation of our history.

I guess I would fine with the removal of these statues as long as they are put in a museum or some sort of memorial park where they are out of the way but can be remembered.  If people want to keep them in the public square, there should also be memorials to what they were fighting to preserve.

I guess as a corollary to this, it is really time for this country to have an honest discussion about race and race relations.  We have made great strides towards racial harmony but as evidenced by recent events we aren't quite there yet.  Above, I was pretty critical of the South but we in the North don't have much room to talk.  While the South was very overt in its treatment of different ethnicities, the North was more covert about it.  If you are a certain race and you go to certain towns, you would have a police car following you almost immediately.  If you tried to buy a house or rent an apartment in certain towns, you would be denied.  I mentioned the Ku Klux Klan above, some of the bigger groups were actually in the North.  It is for these reasons that I do not like the song "Southern Man" because we in the North are neck deep in it too.

I would love to live in a time when we can move past these issues and deal with other issues that are facing this country.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lost in a Sea of Sunflowers

I found out about a sunflower field that's at the corner of North Territorial and Whitmore Lake Road.
 There was a little spot to pull off on North Territorial where I was going to take pictures from but one of the farm owners was there shooing people away.  I guess I can understand that as they were probably tired of people traipsing through her field.  She did point out a spot where I could park on Whitmore Lake Road.  It was actually a better shot except for the fact that I was shooting into the sun.
 It was also starting to get dark and I didn't mess around with the ISO settings on my camera.  I kind of like the blurriness though.  Makes it look like a Monet painting or something.
 I was trying to get some different angles.
 I think I would have liked this shot more if I could have gotten more of the sky.
 I then pulled out my telephoto to get some close up shots.  I think I would have liked this more if I could have gotten closer to them.
 But they aren't too bad.
As I was leaving, I saw some people traipsing through the field.  No wonder the lady from the first sentence was ticked.  If there's one thing I've learned in my years of doing this is to try to be respectful of people's property.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

And the Algosea

The next ship was following fairly close to the Jackman.
 I'm not sure where the Algosea was heading from but she was heading up to Sarnia.
 Judging by her load lines, I think she must have delivered something to wherever she went.
 Compared to the other Algoma boats, their tankers tend to look pretty nice.
One more shot of her before moving on.

And the Captain Henry Jackman

It has been over a year since I caught this ship.
 It was last June since I've seen the Captain Henry Jackman.  She's kind of one that I've been wanting to catch because I keep hearing she might be making the journey to the scrapyard.
 That seems like a shame since she's not that old in the scheme of things but then again, she is put to some pretty hard use.
 Don't let the dirty exterior fool you.  She usually carries cement clinker and that is messy.  I think she was returning from the Rouge River.
And I think she was heading up to Goderich.

The Mighty Roger Blough

It wasn't much longer after the American Century that I caught the Blough.
 I think it has been a while since I've caught the Blough.  It seems like our schedules have been incompatible this year.
 Anyway, anyone who has followed this blog knows that my favorite ship is the Blough.
 Here she is greeting the American Century.
 And the two ships pass each other.
 The Blough was coming up from Conneaut, Ohio where she delivered a load of taconite.  Her AIS says that she is on her way to Duluth where she will likely pick up another load of taconite.
 I'm not sure where she is headed next.
 I kind of like the bouys in the shot.
 Especially in this one because they kind of lead into her.
And she continues on her way.