Cellpic Sunday – 11 November 2018

San Antonio, Texas.

On this Veteran’s Day, I remember veterans of a war of independence in the expansion of the United States. It was the war of Independence for Texas and the volunteers who fought and died at the Alamo. The Cellpic above is from the River Walk, a relatively recent and very popular attraction in San Antonio. The above cellpic is previously unpublished but the one below of the Alamo was published here on October 15, 2017 as a Cellpic Sunday post. Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 4 November 2018

Fargo, North Dakota.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… er, ah, I mean, a short time ago in a parking lot nearby, I found this Nissan Rogue. The owner, just getting back to his Rogue from the local Best Buy store, paused for a photo with his transportation. My favorite part of the tack is the lightsaber on the rear window wiper. Too bad his vehicle wasn’t washed and prepped for its photo shoot and debut on these august pages. >grin< Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 28 October 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Last weekend we spent some time in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee as we traveled through the Great Smoky Mountains. Though the fall colors weren’t spectacular and not at peak, the scenery is none the less beautiful. This cellpic image of the Oconaluftee River was captured from a bridge near one of the many scenic pull-offs along Highway 441 as it twists, turns, and tunnels its way through the park. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 21 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois.

This week we are in North Carolina visiting family and gathering some more material in our Journeys. To get to Raleigh-Durham, we traveled through Chicago’s giant O’Hare airport. Having left Fargo before any restaurants were open for breakfast, we’d make do with airplane coffee and a cookie. A three-hour layover in Chi-town left us with plenty of time to seek out a breakfast/brunch. We found a food court in Terminal C right near our departure gate so we chowed down on a nice breakfast, albeit basic quality airport food. We sat down in the shadow of these jazz musicians while listening to jazz background music.

About the photo: Captured in the Jazz food court area, the Samsung S7 cell phone came in handy to capture this image. In automatic mode, the camera chose f/1.7, 1/120 sec., ISO-100. Uploaded in a high quality format, most browsers will allow you to click on the image to enlarge it for a better view.

John Steiner




Cellpic Sunday – Rainbow Circles

Somewhere over North Dakota.

Yesterday I attended a meeting in Bismarck. This trip, I was a passenger and I left the flying duties to Chad, a flight instructor and head of our flight standards department in North Dakota Civil Air Patrol. The sun was behind us, still low in the sky, when we departed Fargo early in the morning aboard a Cessna 182. Reflected on the clouds ahead of us, we saw a circular rainbow. Over my two decades of flying, I’ve seen a few circular rainbows reflected on clouds below us. We were on an instrument flight plan which allowed us to remain at our altitude and fly through any clouds that happened to rise above our flight level. As we approached one of these higher cloud layers, I saw something I’d never seen before. We could clearly see the shadow of our aircraft on the cloud directly in the center of the circle.

The closer we got to the vertical wall of the cloud bank, the larger our shadow became until a fleeting moment just past this point when we disappeared into the cloud. The rainbow circle didn’t change in size, only the shadow of the aircraft.

The first appearance of the rainbow circle was when the cloud deck was lower. The further west we flew, the higher the deck. We stayed at the same 6000 feet for the duration of this photo set. Though the circle in the photo appears vertical, it was reflecting on the horizontal layer of clouds below us. I increased the saturation of the image to more clearly show the rainbow circle in this shot. In “real life”, the circle was only slightly more intense than the surrounding cloud layer. The dark bands are artifacts created on the camera sensor by the spinning propeller. These images were captured on my Samsung S7 cell phone. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple, the image must be captured on a mobile device.

John Steiner

Cellpic Sunday – 23 September 2018

Bismarck, North Dakota.

This weekend it’s Apple Fest at Buckstop Junction (a future post will fill you in on the details of that celebration.) On display in the vintage historical society’s village was a beautiful 1958 Chevrolet. Being somewhat of a classic car nut, I wandered over to it and was struck by the model nameplate, Delray. I’m familiar with the entry level 150 model, the mid-level Biscayne, and the venerable Bel Air popular in the mid-1950s. I’d never heard of the Delray. Continue reading