Mojave Desert Ramblings….after a trip to the San Fernando Valley

Lamont Odette Vista Point. This is a favourite spot of mine for pictures of the Antelope Valley.
Lamont Odette Vista Point. This is a favourite spot of mine for pictures of the Antelope Valley.
California Aqueduct. Northern California Water going to LA.
California Aqueduct. Northern California Water going to LA.
Air Force Plant 42. Secret Squirrel Place
Air Force Plant 42. Secret Squirrel Place
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This wind turbine is on a residential property
San Andreas Fault
San Andreas Fault
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BAE Systems Hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port. This place is tighter than a pig’s ass at fly time next to Eddy’s Airplane Patch.
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Rainbow In The Desert!
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Looking toward Palmdale
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Signs, Signs
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UP Coal Train parked……………they sometimes sit for days
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The Antelope Valley Freeway aka California Route 14. It runs from I-5 at Santa Clarita to the Junction with US 395 north of Ridgecrest.
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California City Boulevard. Ground Level. Anthony Bourdain, where are you?
Convair 990 Coronado.

Mojave Desert, Plane Pr0n, Train Pr0n on a Sunday

I did the Diet Pop run to Stater Bros in Mojave for the Missus today and even in the 106 degree heat……………………..it was time to use the Nikon………………………………..

California City Boulevard
California City Boulevard
Convair 990 Coronado.
Convair 990 Coronado.

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GE Aft Fan engine
GE Aft Fan engine

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Phantom II. I don't know if this was a target drone or not.
Phantom II. I don’t know if this was a target drone or not.

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Wind Turbines!!!!!!!
Wind Turbines!!!!!!!

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CP Mojave
CP Mojave

The Union Pacific(Southern Pacific) yard also has the junction with the BNSF Mojave Subdivision. The BNSF has trackage rights over the Tehachapi Summit and the Tehachapi Loop from Mojave to Kern Junction.

Desert Sunrise 21 August 2015

I left the house earlier than usual as the sun does rise later in the latter half of August. I was lucky enough to catch the sun as it broke above the mountains to the East. I got a few of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the East with the Grey Light Of Dawn hitting them and the hill on California City Boulevard as well.

It is interesting how the mountains to the East, West and South have a bluish tint in the early morning. The Air Force Rocket Lab is a bit ethereal at this time of day…………….

This Desert, where I live and work is an amazingly beautiful place.

In the mix is a BNSF Train going East to Barstow with three GE’s on the head end and two GE’s on the rear as pushers………………..22,000 Horsepower!

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A giant gun marked with a skull and crossbones and a list of vessels sunk by its shells: Eerie pictures of a German warship and HMAS Sydney which sunk off Australia in 1941 along with 725 crew

From The Daily Mail comes this interesting bit of history……………………

“The first images of two warships which sunk after a deadly battle during World War II have emerged.

The wrecks lie 20 kilometres apart from each another about 200 kilometres west of Steep Point, Shark Bay in Western Australia, north-west of Perth, and sunk in November 1941.

The German raider HSK Kormoran and the light cruiser HMAS Sydney were re-discovered in 2008 with an expedition to the wrecks going out earlier this year.

Researchers from Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum captured 700,000 high resolution images of the two ships with the help of two remotely operated underwater vehicles lowered to 2.5km on the ocean.”

The German raider HSK Kormoran (pictured) was rediscovered and captured under the ocean 
The German raider HSK Kormoran (pictured) was rediscovered and captured under the ocean
Light cruiser HMAS Sydney (pictured) sunk after a deadly battle during World War II
Light cruiser HMAS Sydney (pictured) sunk after a deadly battle during World War II

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More Random Desert/Boneyard Pics/Etc from today

Seems I had to go to Mojave and the Stater Bros Market therein………………..Missus ORPO needed some fixins for Mango Salsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I took the Trusty Nikon with me and managed to grab a few pictures of the Boneyard and other sundrie items……………………………………………………….

Please do enjoy them!

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Mojave Air and Space Port. Pretty fancy name for a place known as a bone yard.
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L1011 by the tower
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BAC 111’s formerly used as test aircraft by BAE Systems
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Mojave to the Left Bishop to the Right
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Two Ex KLM MD-11s in the mix. One of those 767s is the infamous Gimli Glider, C-GAUN.
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Ex Southern Air Cargo and Ex Atlas Air Cargo 747s
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Ex Thai Airways, Qantas and Lufthansa 747s that a few months ago were in service. They are now waiting their fate.

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Two hangars at Edwards AFB are visible from CA14
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The California City Boulevard Exit
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Paging Anthony Bourdain!
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Did someone say Joshua Trees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Raven Statue just off of CA14 on California City Boulevard. The Ravens are the California City High School Nickname

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire: The Aviationist.

Say what you will about The Aviationist but David Cenciotti does come up with some real gems from time to time.  These are two of the most beautiful fighters ever built………………………just my humble(or not so humble) opinion.

Sea Vixen, Beautiful Jet.
The Spitfire for the RN Air Arm
The RN Seafire

Both planes represent important part of Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft: the Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers that flew from 1942 to 1950s; the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a twin boom, twin-engined two-seat carrier-based fleet defence fighter that served from 1959 into the 1970s.

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire.

Random Desert Pics, 13 August 2015

Keeping the Nikon in the Titan allows me to do this. I think I need to keep it up. I will hopefully get to shoot a few of some trains on the BNSF Mojave Subdivision.

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Looking toward Tehachapi at about 0620 hours
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The Rand Mountains
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The Borax Mine at Boron
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Classic Road, Telephone Poles and Mountains view from the Mojave Desert
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Air Force Rocket Lab out there on that mountain.

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Mojave Desert Morning………………………………Sunrise

I left for work a bit earlier than usual this morning. I keep the Nikon in the Titan for opportunities…………………………..Today was excellent. I am no Pinch Paisley by any stretch but I have fun with my basic D3000.

The sun had just peeked over the Rand Mountains and I even got the purple that is a desert thing over the Rocket Lab on the mountain near Boron.

I love the desert. It has a certain quality of silence in the morning. I do enjoy the drive into the base in the morning on days like this. It is a very awesome place.

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The Air Force Rocket Lab in a longer shot.
The Air Force Rocket Lab on it's mountain.
The Air Force Rocket Lab on it’s mountain.
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That small sliver of the rising sun over the Rand Mountains.

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‘Best Painted Aircraft‘ at Tigermeet: Eurofighter Typhoon: theBrigade

This was in the Sunday Surfing today. This is one awesome looking Typhoon. They have the winner at this year’s Tiger Meet(Bucket List Item).

The stunning ‘Tiger Typhoon’ clinched the international award at the event in Schleswig, North Germany. In total over 60 aircraft from 12 different nations attended the Tigermeet which is a regular event aimed at encouraging nations to freely explore interoperability and joint operations in a informal and flexible environment.
The Typhoon Tiger is one of several Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in the Luftwaffe’s 74th Tactical Fighter Wing, formerly known as JG 74. The Bavarian Tigers first formed in March 2013 following the restructuring of the Luftwaffe that year. The Fighter Wing is based at Neuburg and Lechfeld Air Base in Bavaria. The tiger tradition was handed over from former Fighter Bomber Wing 32 in Lechfeld to Fighter Wing 74.
Kommodore Frank Graefe, who heads the Fighter Wing, said: “Everywhere we go the Tiger Typhoon has been getting a fantastic reaction. There is no doubt that it is an incredible looking aircraft. We were honoured to have been awarded this prize – especially since we were competing against the world’s best.”
“Although the award may have its light-hearted side, the NATO Tigermeets serve a serious purpose in ensuring pilots from across the organisation can hone their skills to perfection as they practice a number of scenarios in testing and demanding  operational exercises. We were delighted with the way the event went and we were proud to represent a continuing and strong tradition.”

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Sophistication-Browncoat Style

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No further commentary required……………………………..except for River Tam……………….

Apologies to my good writer friends out there. It’s a Saturday and I have had a bit of a time with the digestive tract today. I needed something to post and someone had the above picture at Facebook……………………..

I loved this show.

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From Ancient Origins: Archaeologists Excavate Possible Home of Mary Magdalene and Synagogue Where Jesus May Have Preached

I found this site and have added it to the favourites listing. It has some really good reading on it. This one is kind of neat in that it uses the word synagogue vice temple. Seems that in the Common Era, that is a lost term. I still use it. OK, I may be getting old.(my doctor actually said this a few weeks ago.)

As a child, I was sent to Sunday School in a Congregational Church in a very small town in North Central Montana. I didn’t know I was actually Jewish until I was in the Navy……………………………………………Let me tell ya about a convoluted blood line sometime………………………

From a historical standpoint, this interests me.

 

Featured image: The Magdala Stone or altar in a temple where Jesus possibly preached (Wikimedia Commons)

The full article is at the link below. Enjoy my friends!

http://www.ancient-origins.net/history-archaeology/archaeologists-excavate-possible-home-mary-magdalene-and-synagogue-020472