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

Cellpic Sunday – 10 September 2017

Houston, Texas.

Since Wednesday, I’ve been in Houston assisting Texas Wing and other states capture images used in damage assessment in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Six members of the North Dakota Wing headed south to provide some relief for flight crews from more local states to take a break from the solid grind of generating thousands of daily photographs for analysis. Yesterday morning, our crew readied the aircraft I’ve been flying since leaving North Dakota last week. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Corner

Ben Huberman provided this week’s photo challenge theme, one aspect of which is, “…literally a turning point, full of tension and potential.” Of course, he also notes that a corner is “the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet.” You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 6 August 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In late June, regular readers may recall, Lynn and I went on a hot air balloon ride with several other family members at our family reunion. In addition to my usual collection of images from my Nikon camera, I collected a few from my cell phone. The image above is a photo of our landing area. The large, flat area used to be a golf course. The pilot told us the story of how the developer of the homes and golf course got into an issue over water. Continue reading