Thursday, July 29, 2010
Created: 07/28/2010 09:25:20 PM PDT
"Our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of those Airmen killed in this crash. Yesterday, we lost four members of our Arctic Warrior family and it's a loss felt across our entire joint installation," said Col. John McMullen, 3rd Wing commander. "Right now our immediate focus is on providing all possible support to the loved ones of our fallen aviators. We are also engaged in a deliberate investigative process."
For more on this story, go to KTVA. My thoughts are with all those involved with this accident.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
You have to love old machinery. It helped carve out our country and our world. I like old airplanes. Maybe because I spent 20 years in the USAF and retired as an aircraft mechanic. Maybe. Anyways, the older the plane the cooler it is to me. They have a lot cooler story to tell for me than the newer highly computerized fighter jets.
I ran across these planes on the backside of the airport in Fairbanks a few weeks ago. Of course they were in a locked yard and it was a weekend, so I had to shoot photos from the road. Just look at these relics and you can see a story or two or three.
Some of the companies painted on the planes no longer exist and some have upgraded their fleet to jets. On some of the planes you can still see where it use to say United States Air Force or United States Navy, but you know they haven't been in their inventory for a long time.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I don't get to go as often as I use to, but I always enjoy my stay there. I need to take more time there when I do go. There's so many interesting things to see and check out. Being an aviation buff helped out with this photo.
These folks, Sternwheeler Tanana Chief, were one of the sponsors of the powwow.
I've been past Pioneer Park (formerly known as Alaskaland) many times and have never gone in. The flower gardens and wood carvings you think would get me to go in.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow is held every year in Fairbanks. It brings Native Americans from all over together to celebrate their heritage. I'm not a Native American, but I've been privileged to have attended the powwow twice. The weather this year was awesome and so were the participants.
Besides mingling with people, learning their heritage and ways, you have to love the colorful regalia that they wear. From young children to the adults, the pride is very obvious.
This gentleman hails from New York. His family and him traveled a long ways to participate.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I was driving through this neighborhood back from the store and I saw all of this fluttering on this door. I was wondering what the heck this lady had on her door. Well these magpies really like her wreath.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
It's been a busy weekend, but I was able to break away some to go shoot some photos with Britt at the Alaska Botanical Garden and the Municipality of Anchorage Greenhouse at Russian Jack Park. It as drizzling some of the day, which helped out lighting and kept the crowds away.
The Municipality of Anchorage Greenhouse at Russian Jack Park provides a wide variety of flowers for the many city maintained gardens around town. It might be a small garden on a street corner or a large one at a city park.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Seward is a fishing town. I love photographing boats, but I don't want to work on one. It looked like these guys were stocking up before they headed out.
Seward is also a railroad town. The Alaska Railroad starts in Seward. People here always seem to be able to do something useful with something old that no one else wants. This old railroad car was moved to Millers Landing. What for I couldn't find out.
Our last stop was Exit Glacier. It's the only part of the Kenai Fjords National Park that is accessible by car. From here you can see how the natural surroundings were formed by glaciers, ocean storms, earthquakes and more.