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Phoenix Zoo Lights, December 16, 2013

Zoo Lights, December 16, 2013 Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo is a popular holiday tradition. The dazzling light show features Music in Motion shows, with the lights around the lake and in the trees sychronized to music. The show will run until January 12th.

Parada del Sol, February 9, 2013

Parada del Sol, February 9, 2013 The Parada del Sol is an annual parade through Scottsdale. It ia a showcase for a wide variety of horses. It also features vintage cars, firetrucks, and some notable local celebrities.

Parada del Sol, February 11, 2012

Parada del Sol, February 11, 2012 The Parada del Sol is an annual parade through Scottsdale. It ia a showcase for a wide variety of horses. It also features vintage cars, firetrucks, and some notable local celebrities. This year the parade celebrates the centennial of the state of Arizona.

Union Pacific Steam Locomotive 844
and the Grand Canyon State Steam Special
November 12, 15, 2011

Union Pacific Steam Locomotive 844, November 12-15, 2011 Union Pacific Steam Locomotive 844 pulled the Grand Canyon State Steam Special excursion train from Tucson to Phoenix on Saturday, November 12. Union Pacific 844 was the last steam locomotive delivered to Union Pacific. It is the only steam locomotive in the U.S. that was never retired. After ending freight operations, Union Pacific has kept it operational for excursions.

On Saturday, I caught the train near Recker Road in Gilbert. I waited for it to depart the Gilbert Station at the Guadalupe Road Crossing. I raced ahead of it to photograph it on the bridge across the Salt River.

On Tuesday, I waited for the train at the bridge across the Salt River. I caught it again near Recker Road and at the Florence Avenue crossing in Coolidge. I photographed the crew servicing it in Coolidge, and then headed down to Picacho to catch it crossing Milligan Road. I waited on the Highway 87 overpass for the train to depart from Picacho, then skipped the Casa Grande stop. I drove west on Interstate 8 to Gila Bend and backtracked on Highway 238 to the Maricopa Mountains.

See the locations where I photographed the Grand Canyon State Steam Special in Google Earth.

Vintage Air Force Films

I will be posting a series of short vintage Air Force films from the 1940s and 1950s that I acquired from the National Archives.

Excerpt from Air Force Film 342usaf14150 Initial Flight Tests of Experimental Fighter and Research Aircraft. The first prototype XP-84 flew for the first time at Muroc Army Air Field with Major Wallace A. "Wally" Lien at the controls on February 28, 1946. It was powered by an Allison J35-GE-7 engine producing 3,745 lbf (16.66 kN). YP-84As differed from XP-84s by having an upgraded J35-A-15 engine, carrying six 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns (four in the nose and one in each wing root), and having the provision for wingtip fuel tanks holding 226 U.S. gal (856 L) each.

Slideshow Movies

I assemble Slideshow Movies from my still images.

Aviation Panoramas slideshow video: I use a Gigapan robotic camera mount to automate the process of taking hundreds of pictures that I assemble into very wide angle, extremely high resolution panoramas. Among my favorite subjects are airplanes and air museums.

Time Lapse Movies

I use the interval timer in my digital camera to speed up the action in time lapse movies like this one:

Time lapse movie of monsoon weather over Phoenix, Arizona on July 31, 2011. A large thundercell approaches Phoenix from the southeast. A Haboob blows across the lower frame from left to right. After sunset, lightning flashes illuminate the clouds. Air traffic at Sky Harbor Airport reroutes to avoid the dust and storm clouds. This time lapse movie speeds up the action by a factor of 120.

See more of my time lapse movies.

Videos

Check out my collection of videos of planes and trains like this one:

Edwards AFB Open House, October 21, 1995 part 1: Edwards AFB hosted an open house on October 21, 1995. The show featured performances by Lockheed-Martin F-117 Nighthawks, General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons, McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagles, a McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle, a Northrop T-38A Talon, A Lockheed C-141A Starlifter, and a Short, C-23A Sherpa.

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Grand Canyon Railway Steam Locomotive, May 7, 2011

Grand Canyon Railway Steam Locomotive, May 8, 2010 The Grand Canyon Railway at Williams, Arizona commemorated National Train Day with a series of short Cataract Creek Rambler excursions pulled by their Baldwin Mikado 2-8-2 #4960 steam locomotive on May 7 and 8, 2011. The price of a ticket was just $15. The excursions ran hourly from 10:00 AM.

Novelty Airline Liveries

Novelty Airline Liveries A number of airlines use novelty paint schemes on their airplanes to attract extra attention.

Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, May 16, 2010

Claude Bell's Dinosaurs When I was young, observing the progress of the construction of Claude Bell's dinosaurs at Cabazon was a highlight of family trips between Phoenix and southern California. On a recent trip through the area, I stopped at Cabazon to photograph the dinosaurs and have breakfast at the Wheel Inn. It's a classic diner, the sort of place that Large Marge would drop you off at.

Grand Canyon Railway Steam Locomotive, May 8, 2010

Grand Canyon Railway Steam Locomotive, May 8, 2010 The Grand Canyon Railway at Williams, Arizona commemorated National Train Day with a series of short Cataract Creek Rambler excursions pulled by their Baldwin Mikado 2-8-2 #4960 steam locomotive on May 8 and 9, 2010.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, April 30, 2010

Casa Grande Ruins The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is located near the town of Coolidge, Arizona. The big house was constructed of caliche mud by the Hohokam people in the 1200s and 1300s. A culture of communal irrigation fed agriculture propsered in the area for many decades. The compound was abandoned for inknown reasons before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s. The descendents of the Hohokam may be the Tohono O'odham people.

Art Prints You can buy framed prints oand greeting cards of this photograph.

Gigapan

Check out my Gigapan panorama blog

I am now a beta tester for the Gigapan robotic camera mount. It automates the process of capturing multiple images to assemble into a panorama. My earlier panoaramas were typically composed of 24 pictures and contained about 70 megapixels. Now I am producing panoramas assembled from nearly 300 images and containing over a billion pixels. My Gigapan ID is GoletaBrian.

Mount Whitney and the Whitney Portal Road. Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the continental United States with an elevation of 14,497 feet. The Whitney Portal Road was made famous in the climactic chase scene at the end of the Humphrey Bogart movie High sierra.

The next time you visit Google Earth, try clicking on the Gigapan Photos Layer. It's in the Gallery section.

Labor Day Fireworks over Goleta, September 1, 2008

Labor Day fireworks show over Goleta The annual Independence Day fireworks show over Goleta was held on Labor Day this year.

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta, July 4, 2007

Independence Day fireworks show over Goleta The annual Independence Day fireworks show over Goleta.

Santa Barbara Panoramas

Santa Barbara Panoramas I shot several panoramic photos of Santa Barbara Harbor and overviews of the city from the top of the Courthouse tower on Sunday, January 14.

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta, July 4, 2006

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta, July 4, 2006 The annual Independence Day fireworks show over Goleta.

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta, July 4, 2005

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta In recent years, a fireworks show has appeared in the sky over Goleta on Independence Day.

Amtrak Coast Starlight, June 30, 2005

On Thursday, June 30, the Amtrak Coast Starlight was pulling two vintage rail cars, the Southern Pacific Overland Trail and the Pennsylvania Colonial Crafts.

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade, June 25, 2005

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade Way off topic. Goleta is right next to Santa Barbara, where they host the annual Summer Solstice parade.

Camino Cielo, the Road in the Sky, October 21, 2004

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Camino Cielo, the Road in the Sky

On Thursday, October 21, I shot a series of panoramas along the length of East Camino Cielo on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Goleta and Santa Barbara. Camino Cielo features many sweeping vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel and the San Rafael Wilderness.

Panamint Valley tour, October 5, 2004

Panamint Valley tour On Tuesday, October 5, my sister and I drove our Toyota 4Runners to the ghost town of Ballarat in the Panamint Valley with the intent of 4-wheeling up Pleasant Canyon to Rogers Pass.

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta, July 4, 2004

Independence Day Fireworks over Goleta In recent years, a fireworks show has appeared in the sky over Goleta on Independence Day.

Tour of Bryce Canyon National Park, September 2003

Rim panorama at sunset

Photographic tour of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah in early September 2003.

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Project FICON: Fighter Conveyer

Project FICON: Fighter ConveyerFrom 1952 to 1956, the Fighter Conveyer (FICON) program investigated the potential of carrying various models of the Republic F-84 in the bomb bay of a Peacemaker to perform reconnaissance missions into areas that were too heavily defended for the RB-36 to penetrate.

Review of Hobbycraft 1/144-scale FICON 
GRB-36D and RF-84K Hobbycraft has released a 1/144-scale model of the FICON composite aircraft system, which was composed of a Convair GRB-36D flying aircraft carrier conversion with a Republic RF-84K Thunderflash parasite reconaissance plane. Since my article about Project FICON is being published in the Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society, I chose to build and review the kit.

Antelope Valley Wildflowers

Antelope Valley Wildflowers

I traveled to the Antelope Valley twice in April to photograph the wildflower bloom.

Driving the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Jeep Trail

Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road

On the longest day of 2002, I drove up the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road to the Burgess Mine at the crest of the Inyo Mountains just before sunset. I continued across the crest of the Inyo Mountains to Cerro Gordo, arriving as the full moon rose.

Steam Locomotives

Union Pacific Challenger 3985, August 20, 2000 On August 20, 2000, I chased the Union Pacific Challenger No. 3985 from Pomona to Yermo, California.

Santa Fe 3751 run from Los Angeles to 
San Bernardino, June 12, 2004 Santa Fe steam locomotive 3751 made an unassisted run from Union Station to San Bernardino to be displayed at the rededication of the depot.

Grand Canyon Railway Steam Locomotive, May 8, 2010 The Grand Canyon Railway at Williams, Arizona commemorated National Train Day with a series of short Cataract Creek Rambler excursions pulled by their Baldwin Mikado 2-8-2 #4960 steam locomotive on May 8 and 9, 2010.

Photography Prints You can buy framed prints and greeting cards of this photograph.

Steam Locomotives I have photographed a number of other steam locomotives over the years.







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Natural History and Special Subjects
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Antelope Valley Wildflowers: 2015 Calendar

Lightning: 2015 Calendar

California Wildflowers: 2015 Calendar

Mogollon Rim Fall Color: 2015 Calendar

Antelope Valley Wildflowers:
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Mogollon Rim Fall Colors:
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Saline and Panamint Valleys: 2015 Calendar

Inyo County Mountains: 2015 Calendar

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Steam Locomotives: 2015 Calendar

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