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Florida and Brevard still not being under lockdown, I went for AEHF-6.

As you can see, I was far from being the only one. Except I stayed pretty much far away from anybody,  while those people on boats...

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As usual, Atlas V is the "race car" of all launchers at the Cape. Always astonishing to look at.

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Reviving this thread with a couple of picture taken at Patriot Point in last December. All are grouped in spoilers.

 

USS Laffey (DD-724).

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31 years of service have marked her bow pretty intensely.

 

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Close-up view of a 127 mm/5 in muzzle.

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USS Clamagore (SS-323).

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Open rear section of a 533 mm Mark 14 torpedo.

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Engines compartment.

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Impressive emergency main ballast tank blow. I'm still wondering where it was shot. Off the Hawaiian shore, maybe?

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Alas, the Clamagore's state and fate are still pretty much dark. Three years ago the county's commissioners have voted to sink her as an artificial reef, but some of her ex-sailors have tried to save her by suing the county a year ago.

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USS Yorktown (CV-10 / CVA-10 / CVS-10).

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Mockup of the USS Franklin (CV-13) following her attack by a D4Y Suisei on 19 March 1945.

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Douglas AD Skyraider from VA-65.

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Close-up view of one of her four HS-404/M2 20 mm cannon

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Goodyear FG-1D Corsair.

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Mockup of Glenn's Friendship 7 from Mercury-Atlas 6. The original rests at the N.A.S.M.

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Japanese Type 93 (a licensed 13.2 mm Hotchkiss) anti-aircraft heavy machine guns on a quadruple mount.

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I just wish those trash cans could be set elsewhere...

 

Yorktown's Combat Center.

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View of the main deck from the Captain's seat. Grumman E-1B Tracer on catapult 2 and a McDonnell F-4J Phantom II from the VMFA-333 on catapult 3.

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Tour on the main deck.

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Father and son, a Vought F-8K Crusader next to an LTM A-7E Corsair II.

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Furthermost view of the deck.

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Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior. Omitting tests done with a Hercules, it's still the heaviest aircraft having operated from an aircraft carrier.

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Grumman S-2E Tracker. with her 64 JEZEBEL sonoboys noticeable in each engines nacelles.

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Grumman F-14A Tomcat.

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Grumman A-6E Intruder.

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Close-up view of a 227 kg/500 lbs Mark-82 with a Snakeye air-brakes kit.

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One of the USCG's HH-65 Dolphin was on training .

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Bell AH-1J Cobra.

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Bendix RIM-8A Talos long-range surface-to-air missile.

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Memorial to submariners.

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Out of topic pictures.

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Some random phone pics from these difficult times...

Trying to get some flowers to grow on the patio:

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And the yard:

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One of the neighbors, also apparently in isolation:

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And another a little behind the house, up the hill (not practicing social distancing with his friend (caterpillar?):

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Bleak walks in the 'hood, but away from people:

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I recently went for a "hike" (all 15 minutes of it, from the parking lot)) with the dog up Mt Thom (all 475m of it; more of a foothill, really). Here's some Canon pics of the view from the top:

The wide view across the valley. Mt Sumas (910m) is on the left.

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Across the valley with some zoom (lens, not the app). The green lump in front of the blue-ish looking 1221m Nicomen mountain range is Chilliwack Mountain (all 353m of it). Unless it just rained, the mountains always look a bit hazy here. My home is somewhere in this pic...

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Turn less than 90 degrees and there's Cultus Lake:

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The ravens were up to some aerobatics... (pics cropped)

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An eagle wanted to join the party...

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... and was escorted away...

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As one probably noticed, I found a map showing the height of the peaks in the area. So I can add heights to the peaks I've posted previously: Mt Cheam (2112m, Rush's favorite peak maybe?) and Mt Slesse (2429m).

My wife gave me grief for not taking any pics of the dog. It didn't even cross my mind. Besides, hard to get a decent dog pic while holding the leash. No good backdrop for her on that hike anyways: all bushes. As if we don't have enough pics of her already. At least I brought water for her...

 

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Took a few photos from the launch attempt yesterday. None are very good (taken with a phone camera) and are all in different orientations, but hey. 

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VAB, as well as some of those pesky storm clouds. The weather was really quite beautiful, wavering between rain and clear with a nice, consistent breeze. Too bad that's incompatible with rockets.

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Fun fact: holding a phone up to a pair of binoculars, focusing them, and taking a picture requires use of your nose.

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Steamy stuff coming from the rocket (not visible) shortly before word of the scrub passed around.

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It's not exaggerating to say that there were at least seven ospreys with catfish. Maybe the fish just wanted to get a good vantage point on the launch?

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Oh, and a manatee. It looked like he was trying to do sit-ups to reach this mangrove, and after quite a few tries he finally got it.

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Crew Dragon DM-2, taken from Jetty Park, 20 km / 12.5 mi South of the SLC-39A.

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The traditional HH-60G Pave Hawk pair of the Air Force making their pass along the shoreline, but slightly lower than usual.

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Some onboard 90-26238 appeared to be happy.

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Went out hiking near Stevens Pass on Monday. The snowpack's been melting slowly this year, and there are still snow patches and snowfields everywhere in the Cascades. The actual hike ended up being more of an adventure than I'd bargained for (I lost the trail in a snowfield on the way back down, ended up on the wrong side of a ridge, and had to bushwhack my way up and over to get back on the trail), but the view from the summit was beyond gorgeous.

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There's that snow I mentioned. Needless to say I kept well away from those nasty-looking cornices.

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Got a nice view of Glacier Peak, which I was quite pleased about given how isolated and remote it is. Definitely not something I get to see every day.

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I looked into my archives and found some pictures I totally forgot about...

 

I cannot remember precisely where the following were taken apart the French Alps around 2008.

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Just wandering around Mt. Ventoux, at an approximate height of 1900 m only.

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That radome is dedicated to ATC. Less known is the strategic forces command center which used to lie inside the mount itself (Cheyenne Mountain style).

 

Small docks in Lisbon.

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Sines, and the Galp Refinery saw from approximately 20 000 ft.

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Cape Cornwall, saw from 35 000 ft.

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The Stiff lighthouse with a stereotypical Peugeot 205.

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One of the KSC's Launch Control Center rooms.

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2015, when the 39A still had its Space Shuttle launch tower.

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Might as well post the only two acceptably in-focus pictures I took from that one NEOWISE pass I could see (gotta find it first, though!):
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This green thing near the center.

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I was going into this thing semi-panicking (battery about to run out), so they're not the best images. Still, you can see it.

And while I'm not going to post it, out-of-focus stars also look nice. Looks more like a painting than a photograph, but I actually kinda like it!

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I was doing some gardening when I hear "plat plat plat" and was visited by this guy.

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I didn't know they make an almost cat like sound when under stress (at least I assume that's why it was making noises that wasn't ribbit) as we splashed it a bit to try and get it out of the 34c sun.

He found a new home in the end

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Also recent photography... I have a cat called Fernley

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This was all on my Canon 250D... a nice upgrade from my 8 year old 1100D!

 

 

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Here's some of my summer trip to the central/western part of Norway.

Some where I was staying in Hol.

This one on my way there.

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First night at Hol, it was the day after midsummer and this was at 1am.

Looking over Holsfjorden at night 4

Dinner earlier that evening.

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The weather when I left Hol... not quite as nice a drive as the 27 degrees with clear blue skies I had on the way there.

Rainy Day in Hol

On my way from Hol to Flåm/Aurlandsvagen... about to go up into the mountains.

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It was actually pretty warm up here, well it was late June.

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Took this on the way back to Hol. When I passed this on the way out to Flåm the water in this little lake was the blue-est thing I've ever seen.

In the mountains on way to Aurlandsvagen 3

Now I've crossed the top, time to head down there.

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The fjord at Flåm.

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The fjord cliffs that rise up above the town, highest is almost 1km high.

Looking South in Flåm

A little inland from Flåm.

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The town and dock at Aurlandsvagen.

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Views of the fjord at Aurlandsvagen

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These were taken closer to home in and around Vollen.

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These were taken in Svelvik.

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Verket, just across the water from Svelvik.

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Went for SAOCOM 1B and I caught the Blackhawk pair in some kind of Apocalypse Now atmosphere.

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The incredible sight of B1059 climbing to a polar orbit, seen from the South of Cape Canaveral.

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First stage landing burn.

 

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Okay, these pics may not be of the same stunning quality of other pics in this thread, but what the hey. I had my dog out for what I call "night ops;" fetch at night with a phosphorescent ball and a light on her collar. Then I decided to try out the camera on my iPhone 12...

All set for night ops, with a shredded gaga-ball she found and school lights in the background:

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 Then I remembered hearing something about night mode...

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Not bad actually, considering the nearest light besides her s is at least 100m away

Those were the best, more in the spoiler...

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Oh, and the butterfly light I use to 'charge' the ball when needed

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First pic: d̶̨̢͉̲̺̤͚̔͗̆̍i̶̖͕̖̤͖͊̑̋̄̀̑̕d̵̹͈͐́̚ͅ ̷̝̩̙̖̮̼͚̄̆̀̾̅́͗̃̌̉ͅs̴͉͎̖̟͂̈́̃̑̈́̍̔̚̕͠o̵̝̥̞̥̻͔̞̓̽̍̎̀́̐̋m̷̰̪̰̏̐̔̔̑̄̒̌ȅ̵͔͇̟̙̯̼̳̮͎̲̿̅̈́͌͂̉̇b̸̢͙̼͖͉̤͔̥̮̹́̀̓̃͛o̷̗̳̒̓̆̎d̶͔̜̝͇̗͓̘͑͆̍̄̎͘̚̚y̵̥̋͌̔͠ ̵̹̻͖̯̫͕̿̆͌̂̒͛̄ş̷̛͔̙̦̳̺̙̼̊̈́̍͒̈́͋a̸̢͎̣̺̥͑̃̓̇y̸̡͉̖̰̲͎͇̑̋̓̿̿ͅ ̶̨̣͍̦̹̻͆͋͒͌̃͐͗̈́͜͝T̵͙̣̖̻̣̝͍͌̓̈́͆̚R̸͖̳̲̖̬͍̠̖̟̊̊͐̚ͅE̶̡̢̹͎̼̺͂͐̄̆̚͘̕A̷͙̗̮͇̹̤̯̙͋̑ͅT̷̤̻̰̀̿̓͒̀̃̉̏̈́?̷͉͓͙͍͔̟͑̎̑ͅͅ?̶͍͇̳̬͔͖͑̿ͅ

 

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Last weekend we went took our new-to-us 2017 RV on its maiden voyage. Nestled in the mountains at the end of the Fraser Valley, there's a little town where the mighty Fraser turns west for its final run into the Salish Sea. We followed the Fraser River towards the Fraser Canyon and quickly found our campsite, across the highway from the river.

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Back in town, I went looking for this town's claim to fame, the movie character that put it on the map (well, some maps anyways). That popular movie also kickstarted BC's movie industry (AKA Hollywood North). At the Memorial park in the center of town, we found a bunch of nice carvings. These are just a few...

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And finally, the guy that put this town on the big screen. I doubt many of the younger generation will recognize him, but I'm sure my contemporaries here will...

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That night, guess what the movie was? I had to introduce my boys to that classic movie, of course.

And the town, well, once you go past it, you're beyond Hope...

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