Friday, February 3, 2023

Catching a Woodpecker

Work took me down to Ohio.  As I was heading back, we stopped at a restaurant to eat lunch.  I looked out towards the back of the parking lot and I saw this guy.  After moving the car a little closer, I was able to get some pictures.

This was with my iPhone but I will have to say it was pretty decent.  I might be able to clean it up a little more but the light was almost perfect for me.
I think this is a red bellied woodpecker.
He was looking around.
Kind of the classic woodpecker pose.
And then a squirrel came by.

I'm fairly happy with these shots given the limitations.

 

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Winter Blahs

 I wasn't actually sure what the weather was going to be like yesterday and I wasn't particularly motivated to do anything.  By the time I did feel motivated, it was late  but I still wasn't sure what the weather was going to be like.  They were predicted snow and ice, so I just decided to stay home.

The weather was still unpredictable today but I had to get out, so I decided that heading to the airport was as good as anything.  Besides, the planes were landing from the south which meant going up to the parking deck.  I'll have to say, those are my favorite shots.

First up was a CRJ-900 coming in from Cleveland.
Touchdown with a little bit of smoke.
This was an A320 heading to LaGuardia, I think.
And this A320 was heading in from Baltimore.
A touch of smoke.
Bah dum.  Bah dum.......
A 717 coming in from Raleigh-Durham.
Touchdown.
Since this is the last DC-9 derivative and I've heard it's not long for this world, I'll get a few pictures.
The rest of the plane.  This 737 was on it's way to Atlanta.
A 717 coming in from Philadelphia.
Touchdown.
Again...
It's not often you get a picture of two of these in the same shot.
An E175 belonging to United Airlines heading off to Dulles Airport in Washington DC.
This was the plane that got me out of the apartment.
This was a Lufthansa A340 and it was heading in from Frankfurt.
I think this is another plane that is not long for this world.  Four engined planes are not efficient enough.
Touchdown with some smoke.
A 757 heading off to Fort Lauderdale.
A CRJ-900 coming in from Newark.
I think this one was coming in from Norfolk.
Taxiing.
An A320 heading off to Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
An E175 coming in from Dayton.
And the other plane that got me out.
The 757 is by far my favorite commercial aircraft.
I'm not sure why, I just think it's a nice looking plane.
This particular one was coming in from Fort Lauderdale.
Just a few more pictures as it taxis.
It continues one.
A picture with two 757s in it.
It makes the turn for the gate.
I should have waited a split second, then I could have gotten a frontal shot.
She makes the turn.
Again, two 757s.
I like this shot.
An A319 coming in from LaGuardia.
One more shot of the 757.


Sunday, January 22, 2023

A Frosty Day at the Airport

 I was planning on going down to Fostoria today but the weather made other plans for me.  It snowed last night and left a dusting on the ground.  I don't particularly like to go out after a snow and I especially didn't want to go down to Ohio as it seems like it is on the border between snow and ice.  I hate driving on ice.

I figured the airport was close enough so I headed over there.

I kind of like getting weather shots.  I think they are more interesting than the typical blue skies that you normally see with aviation photos.  Besides, if I waited for perfect blue skies, I could wait a long time.  This particular 717 was heading to Madison.
An A321 undergoing deicing.  I'm not sure where it was off to after this.
An A320 undergoing deicing.  It was heading off to Minneapolis after this.
The 717 getting ready to head off.
An A320 heading to the deice pads prior to heading off to LaGuardia.
A CRJ-200 creates some trails as it comes in for a landing.
It was coming in from MBS Airport in Bay City.
Touchdown.
A 737-MAX belonging to Southwest Airlines as it gets ready to Baltimore.
A 757-300 coming in from Fort Launderdale.
I bet they had a bit of a shock as the came in for a landing.
It is a beautiful bird though.
Definitely my favorite.
It looks really nice in the winter.
Even with little contrast.
A Spirit A320 heading off to LaGuardia.
I love getting three planes in one shot.
An American 737 heading off to Charlotte.
The 757 again.
I'm not sure where this plane was off to.
But it looks pretty cool getting deiced.
A CRJ-900 comes in for a landing.
It was coming in from Louisville.
Touchdown.
One more shot of it.
An A320 getting deiced.
An A340 coming in for a landing.
This particular one was coming in from Frankfurt, Germany.
It was the other plane I was looking for.
Touchdown.
One more shot before heading off.