Weekly Photo Challenge – Place in the World

Someone once said, “A mile of highway can take you a mile, but a mile of runway can take you anywhere.” It wasn’t until I was 48 years old when I discovered I had a place in the world, a place in the sky, actually. This week, Erica V. asks us to share our place in the world. She writes, “Where do you belong? In the hustle and bustle of a big city or amongst friendly faces in a small town? For this week’s challenge, show us your place in the world.” You can see her entire challenge post here. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 6 May 2018

Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

This week’s Cellpic Sunday is a few hours late. This weekend we had a SAREx, a Civil Air Patrol term for a Search and Rescue Exercise, a rehearsal for when our wing might be called to prosecute a missing person or downed aircraft search. As a result, I was a bit busy last week in the planning stages. What does that have to do with the above image? Nothing, actually, other than being my excuse for not having this posted already. Continue reading

National Museum of Nuclear Science and History – The Story of the Atomic Age

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Warning – If you don’t “science”, you won’t like it here. OK, so maybe that’s a little strong. Museum fans with a bent toward science will find this place fascinating. After all, what self-respecting science nerd wouldn’t love to attend the Einstein Gala. As this is being published, it’s only a few days away. What goes on at the gala? Here are the details straight from the museum’s website:

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event and features a cocktail reception with an amazing silent auction filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque, a delicious dinner experience among some of the most brilliant minds in science and history and thrilling entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off! Continue reading

Fargo Air Museum – Where the Exhibits Take Flight

Fargo, North Dakota.

The Fargo Air Museum is a bit different from most of the air museums I’ve had a chance to visit. Unlike most museums, many of the airplanes on display here might find themselves in the air occasionally. Most of the aircraft are flyable. It might be a fully restored P-51 Mustang or a late model Cessna. Of course, not every aircraft on display is flyable. Some that were flyable had their “wings clipped” (made unflyable) by their previous owner and the donation made to the museum on the condition that the aircraft be used for display purposes only.  Continue reading

Fred’s Flight – A Day of Aviating

Fargo, North Dakota.

A couple of years ago, an acquaintance on Facebook in one of the Nikon photography groups and I started chatting. Turned out he would be on a road trip and passing through Fargo. We decided to meet at a local eatery and get acquainted. I will start out by saying that I am a big fan of his photography. You can view his work on his website here. In the two years since, we’ve visited again in his home city of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and again in Fargo. As you might imagine, when we get together, it’s a foregone conclusion that we are going to be going somewhere to take photos. In the photo above, Fred is taking a stroll across the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park in Minnesota. Continue reading

Albuquerque Balloon Ride – Up, Up, and Away in our Beautiful Balloon

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A common sight over the city, the hot air balloons are airborne on those many calm air mornings. Known for the annual Balloon Fiesta in October, when our family reunion was held last June, one of the attractions mentioned was a balloon ride over the city. This would be our second balloon ride ever as in 2002, at a previous Albuquerque reunion, Lynn and I took our first aerial balloon experience (and still have the champagne glasses to prove it.) Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

This week’s photo challenge from Michelle Weber is titled, “Windows” and subtitled, “What do you see through yours?” Michelle goes on to say, “When we take photos, we use all kinds of things to frame our images and get the viewer’s eye to focus where we want it.” She suggests that instead of something that looks like a window frame, to actually use a window frame. You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading