Desert Morning…..Last Thursday

I had to go to urgent care for my diverticulitis……

Picture taking ensued……..

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China Lake Air Show

It was a small show. I was impressed by the way it was run though. The Blue Angels were there for their first show on the road. I have seen them so many times that I spend my time wandering through the static displays.

The Brits and Dutch had their Test F-35s under the canopies on the line.

BTW, I have disabled person plates on my vehicles and I parked about six spaces from the entry control point for ADA and VIP folks.

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As a Pilot sees the World

A friend of mine in Upstate New York emailed these pictures to me late yesterday. The views are incredible in some of the. My favorite is of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Athens
Athens
Barcelona
Barcelona
Bern, Switzerland
Bern
Capetown
Capetown
Central Park, NYC
Central Park NYC
Chicago
Chicago
Dubai
Dubai
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Male, Maldives
Male, Maldives
Mangroves, New Caledonia
Mangroves in New Caledonia
Maze at Longleat, England
Maze at Longleat, England
Meskendir Valley, Turkey
Meskendir Valley, Turkey
Mexico City
Mexico City, DF
Moscow
Moscow
Namib Desert, Namibia
Namib Desert,, Namibia
Niagara Falls NY
Niagara Falls, NY
Paris
Paris
Shanghai
Shanghai
Tulip Fields, Netherlands
Tulip Fields, The Netherlands
Vancouver BC
Vancouver, BC
Venice
Venice

I have been to Barcelona three times while deployed aboard Independence. I have been through JFK at New York as a kid. I have been to Chicago on the ballast trains and Vancouver several times when I was at NAS Whidbey, Island WA.

Sunrise in the Antelope Valley

I had to take Missus ORPO to LAX to fly to Syracuse, NY to surprise Son Number 1 on his Fortieth Birthday. I was up at 0100 and we were on the road at 0200. I pulled up in front of American Airlines in about 0350 and I was headed home by 0415. I stopped for breakfast at Denney’s in Santa Claria for breakfast and Stater Bros in Mojave where I picked up a new IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Coming down the hill to Palmdale is a scenic pull out and the sky in the East was getting light so I decided to break out the Nikon.

Some are good and some are not. I am still trying to get it figured out.

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New Pictures of Snow!

The Tehachapi had a nice amount of snow on the East Slope. I had the Nikon and at the turn off from CA 58 to California City Boulevard is a bare lot. I actually stood in the bed of The Titan to get these.

It was slowly warming up from a low of 21 degrees at Edwards AFB…..The sky looks great on mornings like this.

I hope everyone enjoys these……………………………….

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The Intense Images Of Afghanistan’s Long And ‘Distant War’

Robert Nickelsberg is the uncle of a friend of mine. He does excellent work. The photos are really amazing.

On the first day of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 1988, an Afghan soldier hands a flag to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul. "This was the first time journalists had full access to Kabul," Robert Nickelsberg says. It marked his first year covering Afghanistan. "It was a historical turning point for the Cold War and actually foreshadows the chaos that will descend on the country."
On the first day of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in May 1988, an Afghan soldier hands a flag to a departing Soviet soldier in Kabul. “This was the first time journalists had full access to Kabul,” Robert Nickelsberg says. It marked his first year covering Afghanistan. “It was a historical turning point for the Cold War and actually foreshadows the chaos that will descend on the country.” Courtesy of Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

There are more photos in the NPR post at the link below as any further commentary on my part would not match what is in the post.

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/28/452014515/the-intense-images-of-afghanistans-long-and-distant-war

 

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 few pictures of the Desert

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Long since abandoned
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It may have been a ranch at one time
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Looking North toward Red Rock Canyon, The Eastern Sierras and on to Ridgecrest
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This used to be the Honda Engineering Proving Ground
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Looking south along Neuralia Road
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The junction of SR 14 with Randsberg-Redrock Road.
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The 14 and 178
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Just Because
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Self explanatory
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Red Rock Canyon State Park from the 3000 foot level
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The Fremont Valley
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Honda Proving Ground
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Yep
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Drifting Sand………………..

I went to Ridgecrest today to get a temporary handicap placard. I remembered to take my camera.