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There's an abandoned homesite about 2 miles from my home where the majority of the brush has been cleared to reveal a series of old barns and out buildings. I love these old buildings and the stories they contain within their weathered wood.

 

These days, the grasses are high and cover fallen limbs and rocks, boards and a bit of trash .... but I overlooked all of that to give these structures a bit more 'life' -- I've 'renewed' them more than the 'falling-downness' of their reality .... brightened the grasses with the spring season. In real life, the barns are far more 'broken' ... but when I see them -- I see them this way --- a bit more salvagable, a bit more hopeful.

 

We've returned to the cooler temps of March -- and February, believe it or not, was warmer than these April days with evening and early morning temperatures in the 30sF! We're expecting to return to our unseasonably warm temperatures next week, but this cooler plunge has injured many of the young plants we dared to put in the ground.

 

I suppose that should work well for our plant sale next week when folks may come to replace plants they may have lost this week .. we'll see. I'll be super busy for the next week or so ---

 

Have a great week!

  

The 32nd Annual MV Crane Festival. March 13 - 15, 2015.

 

Late in February, sandhill cranes, the San Luis Valley’s oldest visitors, begin their annual trek from south to north, stopping off near the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge to load up on fuel. For millions of years, the sandhills have been spending their "Spring Break" in Colorado’s Valley of the Cranes and more recently, wildlife watchers have been drawn to wonder at this phenomenal natural spectacle.

Almost midnight here ... it's a good hour ; )

 

Thanks for all support !

Whishing a stunning week ahead to all of you !

 

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Seen on Admin Choices for March 2012 - Front Page Images in group Richard's Silver Star .. Thank you so much !!!!

 

Winner on third place on Challenge 17.0 ~ Still life ~ 2012 in group ## Shining Pieces Of The World! .. Thank you so much !

 

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I finally got out tonight….showed up to ‘The Furrows’ only to find that the bottom 2/3 of one of my tripod legs has disappeared. I’m guessing it fell off in the Tahoe region somewhere…seeing as that was the last place I used the thing. Really I have no idea…it’s confusing. Then again, knowing ME and my relationship with tripods…nothing shocks me anymore.

 

I was still going to shoot…broken tripod or not.

 

I was supposed to meet my friend Adam there….but he never made it…instead there was some large dude with a cast on his foot and a crazy look in his eye. He also had a pooch with him that wouldn’t stop barking. The guy was trying to converse with me…but I couldn’t hear him because he chose to talk only on the times when cars drove past, drowning out his words. I heard something about fishing, and something else about a good spot to photograph where had gotten some killer shots. It was probably really interesting…had I been able to hear it.

 

Upon reaching The Furrows I noticed that my friend and local photographer Jim Arnold WAS there shooting too…the rain has gotten us all in a mood to get out….and we only have a few spots close at hand…

 

Jim was able to witness firsthand how my oldest son tortured me with rocks and debris. I deal with this all the time. Chasing kids out of my frame…dealing with them as they throw projectiles at my already malfunctioning tripod. Then run off again to get in my frame. My kids make photography fun, but much more difficult. I think Jim gave up….or was afraid he’d be pelted by my kid.

 

Don’t worry Jim…they only bite the hand that feeds them.

 

Regardless of the fact there was at least a hundred yards of OTHER places Brenden could’ve thrown things…he chose to throw them at me. It’s awesome being a parent.

 

Luckily I’m well trained in the art of avoidance and can focus on the task at hand…While the sunset wasn’t amazing…it certainly helped bring me out of the funk I’d been in for the past 2 weeks since returning from Utah and Arizona.

 

On our way out of the furrows…the crazy guy with the cast drove by and yelled something at me….but I couldn’t hear…his crappy car was too loud.

 

Canon 5D 17-40

Singh Ray Reverse Grad Filter

Gitzo Tripod and ballhead

Rock

 

Want to head to Yosemite this March for some workshop and crockpot madness?

Spaces are filling

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250th fan gets a pirze.

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♥♥♥ Explore, On Front Page! - March 20, 2011 #9 (highest position) ♥♥♥

  

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"Words like violence

break the silence

come crashing in

into my little world

 

painful to me

pierce right through me

can´t you understand

oh my little girl

 

all I ever wanted

all I ever needed

is here in my arms

words are very unnecessary

they can only do harm

 

vows are spoken

to be broken

feelings are intense

words are trivial

pleasures remain

so does the pain

words are meaningless

and forgettable

 

all I ever wanted

all I ever needed

is here in my arms

words are very unnecessary

they can only do harm."

  

Depeche Mode. "Enjoy The Silence" lyrics.

 

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Thank you, all!!! I'm very honored!!! Every each one, comment, visit and fave, is too much appreciated!!!

These bouganvillea at my hotel were so pretty i took so many photos of them and I like them all, but i promise you won't get overwhelmed with them...too many other things from California to share too.. Thanks for looking! (a little break from the big rock photos). These were growing up the side of the hotel wall so I was able to lean over my balcony and get a shot with the other bushes in the background for the bokeh. They were such a mass of color!. On Explore at #106 March 26, up to 48...thanks!!!

My last photo for a while, I'll be back mid-March. Enjoy your break from me :-)

 

Really best on black.

 

♪♪♫ Porcupine Tree - Up the Downstair ♪♪♫♪♪♫

Let the wind carry you home

Black bird fly away

May you never be broken again

  

3Crosses Crown - 7mad;Ravens exclusively at We ♥ RP March 4th --- @ maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evanda%20Island/109/52/4001

 

Tattoo - ''Mr Mock Up'' Bolson at TMD March ---- @ maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/TMD/122/178/22

 

Hair - Tableau Vivant ''Alchemist''

The coble is a type of open traditional fishing boat which developed on the North East coast of England.

Flamborough cobles are built with a flat bottom in the aft to land on the shingly, shallow beach.

"Our Georgina" was built by Tony Goodall in Sandsend, Whitby, North Yorkshire in the 1970's.

Sadly, he retired in the mid 90's and the boatyard is now a housing development.

In trying to discover some history I found that twice in the late 1990's Flamborough Lifeboat was launched on a couple of occasions to aid her having broken down with engine problems.

I believe she was sold six months ago and is in Whitby for renovation.

 

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It is Christmas break for me too. I am home, no money after Christmas (who has?), lazing about, seriously starting to think and work towards getting my images into brick-and-mortar and online galleries in 2013 (gotta' start making this shit pay some of its own way - and I wish a new D800 Nikon :-)))).

 

I've been on Flickr less than usual and that is kinda' ok too. I admit to being a bit sluggish and uninspired towards the act of creating and working on images this winter season. I have brain-drain or a "flat-lined creative mind" after a year of heat, work and personal challenges, I think.

 

www.flickr.com/groups/flypapertextures/ - Flypaper Textures

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=szy9br7EfJw - Sarah Vaughn, "Key Largo"

 

So with little inspiration from within, I must seek from without.

 

I ran across one of Paul Grand's tutorials. It is from at least five years ago I think. www.flickr.com/photos/paulgrand/7415209220/in/photostream/ - Paul too, has been a long time texture and creative inspiration to me.

 

I shot a series of beach scenes one "trying-to-be rainy" day in early December 2012 (it has been warm and dry here, and thus no snow). It was still a nippy 35 degrees out, and my uncovered ears and clean bean felt every degree of it. These clouds looked wet, but as they descended they turned out to be quite foggy and misty, but they held no rain.

 

As I shot the scene I had vague thoughts of doing something texturely with them, but I had no concrete idea as to what that might be.

 

This image seemed to be good to use for one of his texture suggestion lessons. I didn't have his image as a visual guide, so I just the followed his printed text recipe. He lists the name of the texture, the blending mode and opacity adjustments. I laid these out and then tweaked afterward, adding burning, dodging, and a gradient layer. But the basic order, and overall flavor of the work is his inspiration.

 

All textures are from Flypaper Texture

 

Apple Blush - Overlay 66%

Caramel Soft - Hard Light 22%

Base Layer copy - Soft Light 15%

Raw Linen - Color Burn 19%

Icarus Haze - Soft Light 35%

Black-to-Clear gradient layer - Hard Light 20% (for the sky)

Base Layer copy - Soft Light 35%

Base Layer

 

The beach just behind the building where I work: the South Shore Cultural Center. And as with many such gifts that stare us right in the face in our lives, the people who work here barely use it. In a city of 2.8 or 2.9 million, there was - as there often is here - only me.

 

There are two, ringed, stone, fire pits just before the trees end (under the last clump trees on the left). You are sheltered under a canopy of branches and leaves - some what of a cathedral of green effect - but you have a 270 degree view of the Lake. I shall celebrate the Vernal Equinox, March 20, 2013 with an evening fire ceremony.

This is a little shot of Bonsai Rock. I hate this place. Not only did it steal a leg of my tripod somewhere…but the weather NEVER cooperates for me. When I arrived (with Joe Defao who was nice enough to continue hanging out with me after attending our Death Valley workshop) the weather was looking promising….the water was calm…and I was thinking. HEY this might be the night to get a great shot.

 

Then it went straight to crap in a hurry. The wind started howling….and it got cold, and the potential for awesomeness went to potential for average-ness. This shot is alright. I did the best I could with the very limited color and light that came with the setting sun.

 

The whole time I was photographing Oachs was sending me texts mocking my luck. It’s so much better photographing cruddy conditions when someone is laughing at you through the whole event.

 

“How is it NOW LMAO!!!!”

 

“Cold and crappy.”

 

“WIMP! Looks GREAT on the webcams!”

 

“I hate you.”

 

“HAHAHA how is it NOW?!?! LOOKS LIKE it’s going to be SWEEET!!!”

(Every time Stephen says the weather is going to be sweet…it goes to crap minutes after.)

 

This past weekend as we photographed the Golden Gate bridge in a rare moment of awesome conditions…he texted me to tell me the conditions “looked sweet”….10 minutes later you couldn’t even SEE the stupid Golden Gate Bridge or city of San Francisco….and it started pouring.

 

Oh well. So here it is. The best I’ve gotten so far from this stupid location. I’ll be giving it 3 more chances in March….and hopefully something better will come of it. I can tell you I won’t be texting Oachs while I’m there.

 

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This was taken just after the sun had broke the horizon and then went back behind some clouds giving the strange light you see here.....

 

This is a 7 shot vertical stitch to increase file size without losing details

 

Camera:Nikon D300

Exposure:0.008 sec (1/125)

Aperture:f/5.6

Focal Length:46 mm

Exposure:+0.80

ISO Speed:100

 

March Madness Meetup for the PDX Nightowls...Check it out!!!!

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8" x 12" Watercolor

Arches 140#CP

 

Amazing to think that here it is early January and already there is a slight haze to the woodlands as buds begin to swell in anticipation of 'Spring'! I noticed yesterday that even our dainty dogwoods have swollen their flower buds ....And my Prunus mumi (apricot) and an 'late winter bloomer' is showing a bit of pink on some of the branches.... sigh. The weather forecas for the next few weeks is for warming temperatures, as high as 50F and 60F most of this week, though the evening temperatures still fall below freezing. The spring ephemerals - dandelion, chickweed, henbit and other early spring flowers that take advantage of sunlight through the bare trees, are now breaking ground -- Very crazy weather and seemingly far too early in the season.

 

Last year the USDA changed our plant hardiness zone from 7b to 7a ... indicating that our temperatures have warmed significantly over a long enough period of time to warrant the change. This means that those plants that once were consider too 'tender' to be planted where I live, now have a much better chance of survival .. and my choice for plant varieties have increased for cold tolerant plants and have become more 'iffy' for those plants that don't like too much heat.

 

For me as a utilitarian gardener, it means that instead of beginning my spring garden in March -- I can now begin weeks earlier in February .... geez ... where is the winter??

 

But like all else weatherwise, predictions are not necessarily fact, and I can still hope for snow before I plant the spring lettuces. At least I can hope ...

  

Detail of Annapurna South, 8,091m (26,545 ft), Annapurna Range, Nepal, shot as dawn was breaking late March 2014 from Chomrong

 

The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb.

 

Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of nourishment.

 

The 'Roof of the World' is a metaphoric description of the highest region in the world, also known as High Asia, the mountainous interior of Asia.

Just to break up the warm sunsetshots and all the golden light...

 

This is shot back in march. It was freezing cold as i remember it and kinda windy. The long exposure smoothed out

the waves.

 

I have to tell a little story. I work at a hotel, and we are about to decorate a bunch of rooms according to

different themes. Each room will have 2 of my pictures on the wall. Well...i shoot with a D40 and was worried

that the 6mp just wouldnt be enough for high quality prints in A2 size. I was wrong... This picture will be hanging

on one of the rooms and the 60 x 40cm print was 100% perfect.. (i still want to upgrade though :-) )

 

Please View Large On Black

 

Check the map for exact location

 

As always, a huge thanks to everyone leaving comments, favs and tags!

 

Have a great tuesday!

 

-Arild-

March 17th 2015, geomagnetic storm as seen from Co. Mayo, Ireland. The Sea Stack known as 'Dún Briste' (The Broken Fort) can be seen at Downpatrick Head, 3 miles north of Ballycastle. It was separated from the mainland in 1393 as a result of high seas and the people were taken off using ships ropes. It is 63 metres by 23 metres, 45 metres high and 228 metres from the shore.

According to one legend, a pagan chieftain, named Crom Dubh, lived there. He refused to listen to St. Patrick who tried to convert him to Christianity. St. Patrick hit the ground with his crozier and the stack was separated from the mainland, leaving Crom Dubh to die there

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HAVING A BREAK FROM FLICKR, BE BACK NEXT WEEK, ...................... ALAN.

a quick post-and-run ... i'm in the midst of replacing the kitchen floor, and needed a quick break

 

this one was hiding among a series of shots from last March

Monotone of niagara falls.

I was putting things away in my truck this morning, my weekend home over and getting back on the road. I happen to look west as the moon was setting, so big, but bright outside and the moon was very faint. Decided to gamble and take a few pictures, then see what I could do in post.

 

The mountains are part of the Oquirrh Range, and below is the Kennecott mine, and below that is a fairly new private community called Day Break.

 

Here's a link for information on Kennecott mine.

Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingham_Canyon_Mine

the morning sun carving its way through the oak strewn hillsides

 

many thanks for stopping by to visit and share....risa

This morning. So we had a feeling it would be some special light with the heavy fog and the sun breaking through. So we went out and special it was.

 

"I know you are only two years and everything, but could you just march in step fading a bit right while holding hands?"

 

Ok, good, one take is fine...

And so to the next day, an image shot at dawn break, of what remains of Brighton's West Pier.

 

The previous evening it was quite misty, the next day bright and clear, well worth getting up at 5am for!

 

The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure.

 

I have been meaning to visit here for a while, and decided to put it off no longer, as I was concerned given it's fragile state.

 

The title is from Mike Oldfield's 1983 song 'Moonlight Shadow' which reached Number 4 in the UK charts in May 1983.

 

f9//200 seconds (10.0 ND Filter)/iso100/Nikon D7200/Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 10mm

 

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~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (the most popular American Poet in the 19th century, 1807-1882) ~

 

A Willet looking checking out what is in the sand while standing in the waves at Turtlemound in the Canaveral National Seashore at New Smyrna Beach ~

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

 

Wikipedia

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.

 

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then a part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington.

 

His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on his translation. He died in 1882.

 

Longfellow wrote predominantly lyric poems, known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.

 

Though much of his work is categorized as lyric poetry, Longfellow experimented with many forms, including hexameter and free verse. His published poetry shows great versatility, using anapestic and trochaic forms, blank verse, heroic couplets, ballads and sonnets. Typically, Longfellow would carefully consider the subject of his poetic ideas for a long time before deciding on the right metrical form for it. Much of his work is recognized for its melody-like musicality. As he says, "what a writer asks of his reader is not so much to like as to listen".

 

Though much of his work is categorized as lyric poetry, Longfellow experimented with many forms, including hexameter and free verse. His published poetry shows great versatility, using anapestic and trochaic forms, blank verse, heroic couplets, ballads and sonnets. Typically, Longfellow would carefully consider the subject of his poetic ideas for a long time before deciding on the right metrical form for it. Much of his work is recognized for its melody-like musicality. As he says, "what a writer asks of his reader is not so much to like as to listen".

 

One of the few flowers at the Etobicoke Greenhouse. I was there on March break and they had a beautiful room filled with spring flowers. Today I decided to take my mom, but it was transition day. They had ripped out the whole display and were just beginning to put the new one in.

Interior dome view

 

The current capitol is in the architectural style of the French Renaissance. The capitol was designed by Cochrane and Garnsey, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Ground was first broken for the new capitol on March 11, 1869, and it was completed twenty years later for a total cost of$4,500,000.

The capitol dome is covered in zinc to provide a silver facade which does not weather. The interior of the dome features a plaster frieze painted to resemble bronze, which illustrates scenes from Illinois history, and stained glass windows (including a stained glass replica of the state seal in the oculus of the dome).

NRHP Reference#:

85003178

6308

 

In this niche of cactus and rock in California's Joshua Tree National Park, we have a cholla cactus and a rock face profile that has a deep-set eye and a frown. Perhaps the rock had an encounter with the cactus. I have enjoyed bringing you this series from Joshua Tree National Park, but it's time for me to go photograph more destinations. I'm taking a break from posting for the next several weeks as I capture new sites and sights.

 

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John Hight Photography

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today is the first of March...due to three years already you left me to rainbow bridge..I never forgotten how heart break I was on those day...the time pass so quick.. but the painful in my heart never gone...mommy still in missing you so much... I love you my babe... RIP....

USS FLORIDA

SSGN 728

 

U.S. Carriers | Decommissioned | Links | Info | History

  

The keel of the SSBN 728 was laid on the occasion of the nation's Bicentennial, July 4, 1976, at General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division. The ship was unnamed at the keel-laying ceremony and remained that way until January 19, 1981, when the Secretary of the Navy officially assigned it the name Florida. The initial ship's crew formed the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) on July 8,1980. The first shipboard watches were stationed on February 14, 1981, to support the operational control transfer of engineering systems to ship's force control.

 

PCU Florida was christened and launched on November 14, 1981, sponsored by Mrs. Jarcia M. Carlucci. Her reactor was initially taken critical on November 13, 1982, and she went into service and the crew moved onboard on January 21, 1983. The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine commenced initial builders' sea trials on Feb. 21 and was subsequently delivered to the Navy on May 17, 43 days ahead of schedule. She was commissioned on June 18, 1983, with Capt. William L. Powell in command of the Blue Crew and Capt. George R. Sterner in command of the Gold Crew.

 

Both crews successfully completed the demonstration and shakedown operations, each culminated by the successful launch of a Trident C-4 missile. USS Florida (Gold) transited the Panama Canal in February and arrived in Bangor, Wash., on March 25, 1984.

 

July 25, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its first, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

May 21, Capt. Robert W. Boyce relieved Capt. George R. Sterner as CO of the USS Florida (Gold).

 

August 28, Capt. Donald M. Lachata relieved Capt. William L. Powell as commanding officer of the Blue Crew.

 

November 4, USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 2nd, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 11, 1985 SSBN 728 (Blue) returned home after a 75-day strategic deterrent patrol.

 

August 16, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 5th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 17, 1986 USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 7th strategic deterrent patrol.

 

May 23, USS Florida (Gold) returned to homeport after completing its 8th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

June 14, Capt. Peter M. Galbraith relieved Capt. Robert W. Boyce as CO of the SSBN 728 (Gold).

 

August 14, USS Florida (Blue) successfully launched two Trident I (C4) missiles during a Follow-on Operational Test. The sub completed patrol Sept. 4.

 

September 24, Capt. Robert J. Labrecque relieved Capt. Donald M. Lachata as CO of the Blue Crew.

 

December 13, USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 10th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

March 18, 1987 USS Florida (Blue) returned to homeport after completing its 11th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

June 26, SSBN 728 (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 12th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

October 5, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Washington, after two-and-a-half month patrol.

 

January 8, 1988 USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 14th, ten-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

April 12, SSBN 728 (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 15th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

July 22, USS Florida (Gold) returned to homeport after a 10-week strategic deterrent patrol.

 

September 20, Capt. Kent V. L. McNeil relieved Capt. Peter M. Galbraith as commanding officer of the Gold Crew.

 

November 3, USS Florida (Blue) returned home after completing its 17th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

December 16, Capt. Lyle D. Meier relieved Capt. Robert J. Labrecque as CO of the SSBN 728 (Blue).

 

February 10, 1989 USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor, Wash., after a 74-day strategic deterrent patrol.

 

May 9, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 19th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

August 16, SSBN 728 (Gold) returned to homeport after more than a two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

November 26, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 26, 1990 USS Florida (Gold) returned home after completing its 22nd, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

April 26, Capt. George E. Keefe, Jr., relieved Capt. Kent V. L. McNeil as CO of the Florida (Gold).

 

June 17, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

September 30, USS Florida (Gold) returned to homeport after completing its 24th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

January 5, 1991 USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 25th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 21, Capt. Paul F. Sullivan relieved Capt. Lyle D. Meier as commanding officer of the Blue Crew.

 

March 19, The third Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine successfully conducted a Trident I Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test from a launch point in the Pacific Ocean.

 

April 23, SSBN 728 (Gold) returned to NSB Bangor after completing a nearly three-month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

August 1, USS Florida (Blue) returned home after completing its 27th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

November 11, USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 14, 1992 USS Florida (Blue) returned to homeport after completing a nearly 10-week strategic deterrent patrol.

 

June 3, USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 30th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

July 28, Capt. Kurt M. Trautman relieved Capt. George E. Keefe, Jr., as CO of the SSBN 728 (Gold).

 

September 19, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Naval Submarine Base Bangor after completing its 31st, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

January 8, 1993 USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 32nd, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

April 25, USS Florida (Blue) returned home after completing its 33rd, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

May 21, Capt. T. W. Mader relieved Capt. Paul F. Sullivan as CO of the SSBN 728 (Blue).

 

August 6, USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after a two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

November 10, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 35th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 18, 1994 USS Florida (Gold) returned to homeport after completing its 36th, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

June 3, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after a 10-week strategic deterrent patrol.

 

September 16, SSBN 728 (Gold) returned to homeport after completing its 38th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

November 30, Capt. Robert G. Speer relieved Capt. Kurt M. Trautman as CO of the Gold Crew.

 

December 23, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 39th strategic deterrent patrol.

 

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine successfully launched six Trident I missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test on March 8 and 16, 1995.

 

May 18, USS Florida (Blue) departed Bangor for its 41st strategic deterrent patrol. The sub returned home May 20 for evalution and repair of material problem; patrol aborted.

 

July 5, Capt. Robert G. Speer took command of the Florida (Green) during a crew-combined ceremony.

 

October 1, SSBN 728 (Gold) commenced the third Trident SSBN engineered overhaul (EOH) at Trident Refit Facility (TRF), Bangor, Wash. The EOH was managed by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton.

 

July 5, 1996 Cmdr. Michael E. Neller took command of the Gold Crew and Capt. Robert G. Speer of the Blue, during a crew-split ceremony.

 

September 23, Cmdr. M. J. Alfonso relieved Capt. Robert G. Speer as CO of the Blue Crew.

 

October 2, USS Florida (Gold) successfully launched one C4 missile during the ship's Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO). This was the final Trident I C4 DASO.

 

February 28, 1997 USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 42nd, three-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

June 5, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 43rd, ten-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

August 12, Cmdr. Gregory M. Billy took command of the SSBN 728 (Blue) after Rear Adm. Sullivan, Commander, Submarine Group Nine, relieved of duty Cmdr. M. J. Alfonso, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.

 

September 2, USS Florida (Gold) returned home after a nearly two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

December 22, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after a two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

April 23, 1998 USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 46th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

August 13, SSBN 728 (Blue) returned to homeport after completing its 47th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

December 3, USS Florida (Gold), returned to Naval Submarine Base Bangor after two-and-a-half month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

March 11, 1999 USS Florida (Blue) returned to homeport after a nearly two-month strategic deterrent patrol.

 

October 31, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 51st, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

February 23, 2000 USS Florida (Gold) returned to Bangor after completing its 52nd, two-month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

June 14, USS Florida (Blue) returned home after completing its 53rd, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

October 3, SSBN 728 (Gold) returned to NSB Bangor after completing its 54th strategic deterrent patrol.

 

January 25, 2001 USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 55th, two-and-a-half month, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

March 19, Cmdr. Kevin M. Torcolini relieved Cmdr. Barry L. Bruner as commanding officer of the Gold Crew.

 

May 15, USS Florida (Gold) returned to homeport after a nearly two-month patrol. That was the 3,500th Strategic Deterrent Patrol by a U.S. Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Submarine.

 

June 8, Cmdr. David M. Duryea relieved Cmdr. Kevin M. Torcolini as CO of the Florida (Gold).

 

August 29, USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor after completing its 57th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

December 19, SSBN 728 (Gold) returned to homeport after completing its 58th strategic deterrent patrol.

 

April 8, 2002 USS Florida (Blue) returned to Bangor, Wash., after completing its 59th, nine-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

July 26, USS Florida (Gold) returned home after completing its 60th, 10-week, strategic deterrent patrol.

 

September 5, USS Florida (Blue) departed Bangor for its 61st and last Trident patrol.

 

October 25, Cmdr. David M. Duryea relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey T. Powers as CO of the USS Florida (Green) during the crew combinaton ceremony.

 

December 19, USS Florida (SSGN 728) arrived at its new homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. Four Ohio-class strategic missile submarines, USS Ohio (SSBN 726), USS Michigan (SSBN 727) USS Florida, and USS Georgia (SSBN 729) have been selected for transformation into a new platform, designated SSGN.

 

January 14-16, 2003 USS Florida successfully launched two Tomahawk cruise missiles during an SSGN Demonstration and Validation (DEMVAL) test. The successful flight tests demonstrated that Tomahawk's could be launched vertically from an Ohio-class submarine. SSGN 728 is currently off the coast of the Bahamas participating in "Giant Shadow", a Naval Sea Systems Command/Naval Submarine Forces experiment to test the capabilities of the Navy's future guided-missile submarines. The Giant Shadow is the first experiment under the "Sea Trial" initiative of the Chief of Naval Operations' Sea Power 21 vision and the first in a series of experiments before converting and overhauling the four SSBNs to SSGNs.

 

May 27, USS Florida arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Va., for the start of a process that will change the submarine from a ballistic missile carrier into the Navy’s latest and most awesome conventional weapon, the guided-missile submarine. The ship entered the Dry Dock 4 on July 8. Started Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) and SSGN conversion on Aug. 1.

 

On August 27, at around 10:15 AM a fire broke out on the USS Florida, near the reactor compartment. According to the Nofolk Virginian-Pilot on Aug. 28, the fire was put out in 10 minutes and there was no damage to the submarine. The reactor was not in operation, as it is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul. The cause of the fire was not known.

 

April 16, 2004 Cmdr. Gregory M. Ott relieved Cmdr. David M. Duryea as CO of USS Florida during a change-of-command ceremony at Trophy Park, NNSY.

 

February 10, 2005 USS Florida undocked, achieving a major milestone in the overhaul and conversion process for the guided-missile submarine (SSGN) program.

 

March 25, 2006 The guided-missile submarine departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard for sea trials off the coast of Virginia.

 

April 11, SSGN 728 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., completing the sub’s three-year refueling and conversion at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.

 

May 25, USS Florida returned to active service during the ceremony held in Mayport, Florida.

 

May 22, 2007 USS Florida launched four Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Eglin Air Force Base land attack test range, May 15 to 17, during its successful Strike Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL). She launched a total of three Block IV and one Block III Tomahawk cruise missiles from a single MAC from missile tube three. Two Block IV Tomahawks were launched less than one minute apart on the first day of testing. In a first-of-its-kind demonstration.

 

April 26, 2008 USS Florida departed Kings Bay for its first operational deployment after undergoing conversion to SSGN. She will be deployed for approximately 12 months. The blue crew will rotate duties every three months with the gold crew, led by Capt. John Litherland, during the underway period.

 

May 7, The Florida moored at HMNB Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, for a routine port call.

 

July 21, SSGN 728 recently conducted a crew swap while docked at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia.

 

February 3, 2009 Capt. Randy B. Crites relieved Capt. William F. Traub as commanding officer of the Florida (Blue), during a ceremony in Diego Garcia. Capt. Thomas M. Calabrese is CO of the Gold Crew.

 

April 21, The guided-missile submarine departed Souda Bay, Crete, after a four-day port visit.

 

May 8, USS Florida returned to homeport after a maiden deployment as guided-missile submarine. She is the first Trident-class submarine to transit the Suez Canal, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Strait of Hormuz, and the largest submarine ever to operate in the Persian Gulf. The ship also visited Gibraltar and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

 

February 16, 2010 USS Florida (Blue) departed Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for its second SSGN deployment.

 

March 9, SSGN 728 pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

 

June 9, The Florida arrived in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Teritory,for routine maintenance and a crew exchange.

 

January 3, 2011 Capt. Gregory M. Ott relieved Capt. Randy B. Crites as CO of USS Florida (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Navy Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia.

 

March 4, The guided-missile submarine pulled into Naples, Italy, for a brief port viist.

 

March 7, USS Florida arrived in Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

 

March 19, The Florida (Gold) launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), after 8 p.m. local time in the Mediterranean Sea, in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

 

April 8, SSGN 728 moored at HMNB Gibraltar for a port visit to British overseas teritory.

 

April 29, USS Florida returned to Kings Bay after a 14-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. The submarine launched more than 90 TLAMs in support of OOD.

 

May 5, Capt. David Kirk relieved Capt. Thomas Calabrese as CO of the Florida (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

 

July 21, SSGN 728 is currently in dry-dock at Trident Refit Facility (TRF) for routine maintenance.

 

June 18, 2012 USS Florida (Blue) pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a week-long port call. The guided-missile submarine recently departed Kings Bay, Ga., for its third SSGN patrol.

 

August 17, The Florida arrived at Navy Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia for routine maintenance and a crew exchange.

 

October 5, Capt. Owen M. Travis relieved Capt. Gregory M. Ott as CO of the USS Florida (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at NSB Kings Bay.

 

November 25, USS Florida (Gold) arrived in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Teritory, for upkeep and a crew exchange.

 

May 21, 2013 SSGN 728 (Gold) arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Crete, Greece, for a three-day port call. Brief stop in Augusta Bay, Sicily, on May 29.

 

June 17, USS Florida returned to NSB Kings Bay after more than a 12-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

 

July 3, The Florida (Blue) departed homeport for routine operations.

 

July 19, Capt. Louis E. Mayer, IV relieved Capt. David Kirk as CO of the USS Florida (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Chapel.

 

August 28, 2014 USS Florida returned to Kings Bay following routine operations.

 

October ?, USS Florida (Blue) departed Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for its fourth patrol as a guided-missile submarine.

 

November 5, The Florida arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

 

January 26, 2015 Capt. Nathan H. Martin relieved Capt. Owen M. Travis as CO of the USS Florida (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Bravo Wharf on Navy Support Facility (NSF) Diego Garcia. SSGN 728 recently arrived for a routine port call and a crew exchange.

 

June 26, Capt. William C. McKinney relieved Capt. Louis E. Mayer, IV as CO of the Florida (Gold) during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Chapel.

 

January 7, 2016 USS Florida (Gold) moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) at Bravo Wharf, Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, for a two-week Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) and to conduct crew exchange.

 

April 3, The Florida (Blue) made a brief stop in Souda Bay, Crete; Moored at West Berth K14 in Souda Bay for a crew exchange from April 5-10; Brief stop at South Mole on HM Naval Base Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, on April 16.

 

April 29, USS Florida moored at Explosive Handling Wharf #2 on NSB Kings Bay following an extended 18-month patrol.

 

December 12, Capt. Brett D. Moyes relieved Capt. Nathan H. Martin as CO of the SSGN 728 (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay's chapel.

 

March 31, 2017 USS Florida recently undocked from Trident Refit Facility (TRF) after an eight-month maintenance period.

  

A LE image shot at dawn break, of Brighton's West Pier.

 

The previous evening it was quite misty, the next day bright and clear, well worth getting up at 5am for!

 

The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure.

 

I have been meaning to visit here for a while, and decided to put it off no longer, as I was concerned given it's fragile state.

 

f9//200 seconds (10.0 ND Filter)/iso100/Nikon D7200/Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 10mm

 

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View of the Hudson River Greenway near Riverbank State Park in New York City.

 

More snow on the first day of March, after record-breaking temperatures and snow in February in New York.

 

For this photo, white balance was set to "Cloudy" and temperature lowered to 4100 in lightroom.

these are parts of my broken computer, far beyond repair

 

tied second place in the challenge "Bits and Pieces" of The Blind Pig Speakeasy in March 2015

Spring Break for the Kid's are so much fun...

 

Toronto Ontario

Worth a heavily modified lunch break! Chiltern liviered 68010 is seen at Stenson Bubble on Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 with the regular 68-hauled 6U77 13:42 Mountsorrel to Crewe Basford Hall big boxes. In addition to this being a regular 68 it's also displaying its other regular characteristic, running late! It came under the bridge in full dull but had the decency to stand here for long enough for the sun to come out. Thanks Drive/Signaller!

And so to the next day......an image shot at dawn break, of what remains of Brighton's West Pier.

 

The previous evening it was quite misty, the next day bright and clear, well worth getting up at 5am for! I was quite happy sitting here watching the dawn rise, England really does look beautiful sometimes.

 

The pier gradually collapsed during the early 21st century. Major sections collapsed in late 2002, and two fires in March and May 2003 left little of the original structure.

 

I have been meaning to visit here for a while, and decided to put it off no longer, as I was concerned given it's fragile state.

 

The title is by one of my favourite artists Nick Drake, taken form the Album 'Pink Moon' released in 1972, two years before his tragic death, the title seemed fitting somehow.

 

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Grand River, Kitchener.

March 25, 2015; I see a sign of Spring - the ice is breaking, the long Winter is coming to an end.

From the same session as yesterdays re-edit of light waves, I also looked at the raw files with a fresh eye and found potential in a composition that i'd overlooked the first time round. This time i'm celebrating the wonkiness and salt on the lens that i rejected as flaws last time.

 

The title is what it is because i couldn't think what else to call it, thanks for everyone who took the time to share opinions on yesterdays effort, hopefully its been interesting for you too.

 

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Royal Tern at beach near where I stayed in Florida.

"The Dude" is taking a break in the 30" of snow we got. 2 years 9 months old.

Jubilee Class 4-6-0 Galatea makes a robust ascent of Shap, unassisted with eleven on. Good to see.With the sun breaking through, it is seen passing Salterwath with the Cumbrian Coast Express of March 4th 2017.

This image is © Jean Day and can not be used in any way without my permission!

 

We had a great Aperture Academy workshop in Yosemite this past weekend, even though it rained for most of Sunday. When the storm began to break, we made our way to El Cap Meadow and everyone had the best time. It was all I could do but smile and laugh as people were so giddy with excitement not knowing which way to turn as the fog ebbed and flowed over the granite walls in every direction. There were just a couple of patches of blue sky that opened up here and there, so Brian Rueb and i decided to take our group up to Tunnel View as we thought we'd have the best chance for a nice sunset.

 

Soooooo glad we did! Initially the cloud cover obscured the sun, but everyone enjoyed shooting the mist filled valley and cotton candy clouds circling El Cap. Suddenly the most amazing shaft of light broke through hitting the ridge at left and putting a spotlight at the center of the valley. I really should have done a timelapse as the progression of light was so amazing! It was very difficult for me deciding which shot to process here, but thought this best represented what we saw as the light did its dance across this iconic scene. We had a real blast this weekend with some really great people and ended the workshop with big smiles all around.

 

Hope you've been fortunate in chasing the light and thanks so much for taking the time for a look!

 

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Phew! What is a bird to do when he's all out of flying....

A bit of rest and relaxation is the afternoon Spring sunshine is the answer.

Could he also have been enjoying Chuck Berry's hit " No Particular Place To Go..." ....

  

Explore: Highest position: 383 on Friday, March 7, 2008

Was driving alongside an expansive farm field recently, late in the day with the low sun creating interesting shadows from even the slightest ridges and imperfections. It looked like the field was covered with a gigantic woven tapestry. At regularly spaced intervals I noticed wheel tracks, presumably from a tractor. The tracks seemed very precise and uniform except where the driver made a wide turn at the bottom of this slope. Almost as if he wanted to add a little flourish to break up the monotony. I pulled over and quickly lined up this photo before the light could change. Time and again I spot interesting things to photograph while driving.

Only folks who have seen or remember "Morecambe & Wise" TV series will see the funny side of this image - Guy and AJ of Foto-buzz posed in front of the waterfall for our group of photographers to capture the sheer size and scale of this impressive waterfall. They then did a short run back towards us doing a Morecambe & Wise dance on the way.

Image taken just after daylight broke, using settings of ISO 800, shutter 1/15, aperture f/5.6, focal len 70mm, but conditions were harsh snow falling on the mountain tops, rain and mist blowing from the waterfall.

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Created using my own textures

 

Week #35 (w/b 5 March) Morning Coffee/Afternoon Tea "7 Days of Shooting" "Week #35" "Morning Coffee/Afternoon Tea" "Shoot Anything Saturday"

 

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