Sunday, February 14, 2016

A Cold Day for the Wolverine

The thermometer was hovering around 20 degrees Fahrenheit but it felt much colder than that as there was a nice little wind blowing.  While that's enough to deter me from other photography, I figure I can stand the roughly minute or so it takes to get a picture of the Wolverine.
 As I was waiting, I decided to get a picture of the freight house.
 I also decided to get a picture of the depot and other buildings.
 It wasn't too long before I heard the bells of the crossing gates, so I got out of my car to get some pictures.
 The Wolverine was about 20 minutes or so late today.  I think that had an impact on the eastbound Wolverine because that was also about 20 minutes late, so I didn't get pictures of that one.
 It's amazing that something large can do over 100 miles per hour.
 I don't think it's moving that fast past Ypsilanti though but it wouldn't surprise me if it was doing around 50.
It looks like Amtrak is sticking with the two engines at front configuration.  The lights here are to indicate the end of the train.

Enjoy your Valentines Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Eastern Michigan Versus Kent State Basketball

So I went to the basketball game today.  It was pretty much too cold to do anything else anyway.  It's supposed to be cold tomorrow too, so I'm not sure if I'll be doing anything tomorrow.  Well if nothing else, there's always the Wolverine.  As always, if you want more pictures of the game itself go to Eagle Totem.
 Tim Bond during the warmup session.
 This was the group that sang the Star Spangled Banner before the game.  One of them is the wife of one of the guys I work with.
 The cheerleaders during the pre-game festivities.
 I'm usually sitting next to the dance team during the game.  I don't normally take pictures of them during the game, but there was a particularly long delay today.  I'm not sure what it was over but it was pretty annoying.
 Coach Murphy expressing displeasure at something.
 This is what a free throw should look like.
 Raven Lee bowling towards the basket.
 Murphy mad at one of the refs.
 A happy pair of eagles.
Nice game...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Crescent Moon

As I was taking pictures of planes, I looked up at the moon and kind of liked the look.
So of course I had to take a picture.  I just wish I could have gotten a plane in there.  Oh well, some day.

Stopping at Ann Arbor Airport

I helped my mom hang some of her artwork tonight.  After doing that, I had a little time to stop at that Ann Arbor Airport.  There was a plane doing touch and goes.
 Sadly, it was getting a little darker than I wanted.  That meant I had to bump up my film speed a bit.
 It got a little better depending on where I was shooting.
 Coming in for a landing.  They are kind of cool with all the lights.

 Almost straight out.
I kind of like this shot against the sun setting sky.

Moving Emissions Testing

I may have pointed out in the past that I work for Horiba Instruments.  Horiba does quite a bit for the environment.  I work for the part of Horiba that supplies the automotive industry with emissions testing equipment.  We also supply emissions equipment for other types of engines.
 For the most part, emissions testing is done on a dynamometer in a controlled laboratory.  That leads to repeatable results but sometimes it diverges from reality.  In an effort to get more realistic data, more and more companies have developed on board testing.  This particular product is an improvement on that.
I think it's kind of cool.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eastern Michigan Basketball Vs. Central Michigan

I ended up going to the basketball game tonight.  Eastern was playing one of it's in-state rivals in the form of Central Michigan.  I'm just posting my favorite picture here.  For the rest go to Eagle Totem.
This is a shot of James Thompson IV as he dunks.

The Snow Returns Again

So we had a bout of winter returning today.  This has been a pretty strange winter so far.  It was cold a couple weeks ago.  Warm last week and now it's getting cold again.
 I decided to stop at the paper mill today.  I was hoping there would be snow on the trees, but there wasn't.
 Still made for a nice picture.
Although a cold picture.