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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Flying in the B-17

Ready to Fly

Reese Mead

Forward gun and bomb sight

Approaching town, Lake Havasu City

The London Bridge

Looking back to Lake Havasu City from Down  River

West side of Lake
Thanks to Reese got a chance to fly in EAA's B-17. Great day to fly and I was able to crawl into the Bombardiers compartment and get some photos as we flew over town. It is a big plane but very small and crowed inside as it has been restored just like they flew during the war with all original equipment including the bomb sight and machine guns in place.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017



The Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17 stopped in town this weekend and I have a chance to fly in it with Reese Mead.
This B-17G Flying Fortress was built in 1945 and restored by the EAA is one of only a few still flying. It is powered by four Curtiss Wright 9 cylinder radial engines and has a fuel capacity of 1700 gallons which are around $5 each at the airport. During the war it flew with a crew of ten which is how many passengers it now carries. Inside it is very crowded, you need to turn sideways to get through the bomb bay and to get to the nose gunners position you crawl through a narrow passageway. I'm sure the crew of 18-20 year olds had a much easier time than we did getting into through the tight spaces.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Salton Sea

Salton Sea

High and Dry

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City seen from the California side of the Lake

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Box Canyon

Collapsed tree in Box Canyon
A smartphones, how smart are they really, GPS error sent us into Box Canyon. The road sort of parallels I-10 and the phone had been set to take us to Slab City. We realized it was directing us wrong when it said to merge with I-10 in 19 miles and continue on for more than two thousand miles. This was to get us to a place that we knew was only a few miles away near the Salton Sea. The narrow box part of Box Canyon was an interesting place of narrow canyons and great walls and formations.

Joshua Tree National Park

Snow on Mount Gorgonio

Evening at Hidden Valley

Oak Tree at Live Oak

Juniper and Monolith

Cholla Catcus Garden

Morning near Jumbo Rocks

Sunrise at Cracked Rock

On Cracked Rock Trail

At Cracked Rock

Three shot Pano

For the last fifty years I have driven past Joshua Tree National Park on the way to and back from California and never stopped. Last year on a photo trip my friend Don from Santa Fe stopped in for a visit cut short by horrible weather. This year he wanted to do a photo and printmaking workshop there and February looked like the best weather. After 12 days there I am ready to go back as there is a lot of variety there for photography and the Salton Sea and Box Canyon are nearby.

A RV park there has great cabins with full kitchens to rent which gave us room for Platinum Printmaking and we even found a great restaurant there at the 29 Palms Inn.

Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus are slow growing but have a life of 150-200 years. It may grow only an inch or two in the first ten years of its life and does best when it has the protection of a "nurse" tree to shade it some in the first part of its life. It is common to see one growing with a Palo Verde tree protecting it and in later years of its life surrounded  by the dead tree. On a trip to Joshua Tree Park we found this Palo Verde tree surrounded by six Saguaro Cactus. They are all over ten feet tall and one of them has an arm that normally means it is over a hundred years old. Certainly beyond the call of duty for this hardy Palo Verde tree.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tree Carmel California

Saw this tree on a recent quick trip to Carmel.

Memories of Aleppo

Aleppo has always been one of my favorite cities to visit. It had a population of over 2 million and is built around one of the largest citadels I have ever seen. It was built in 12th and 13th centuries on a large limestone outcrop towering over 100 feet high over the surrounding plain. Excavation has revealed a Bronze Age Temple From the 3ed and 2ed millennia BC. The large souk or market nearby is over 1000 years old.

 The last hotel I stayed at in April of 2011 was next door to the Baron Hotel, the oldest hotel in Syria built in 1870 for Pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem. Guests there have included Lawrence of Arabia,Theodore Roosevelt,David Rockefeller, and Agatha Christie who wrote part of "Murder on the Orient Express" there When it closed its doors in 2014 the lines between the government and rebel forces was only a few feet away.

Pictures that have gotten out now show a city in ruins. Russian bombing, barrel bombs dropped by Assad's forces, and chemical weapons used by Assad in spite of the "Red" line have killed many and created many refugees of those who are able to flee. In one cruel  day last week six hospitals were bombed and there is no end in sight.

Looking up at the Citadel

Stairs leading into the Citadel

Entrance to Citadel

Inside Citadel

View from the top


Aleppo Clock Tower

Ottoman style wooden homes

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Lexi Graduates, University of Washington

Lexi Jones

Kaija, Lexi, Samia, Amanda

Lexi and Aunt Karen

Lexi and Sister Amanda

The Three Princess

Kaija, Grandma Karen, Lexi, Grandpa  Jim


Friday, May 6, 2016

Big Island Hawaii

Ranch Land on North Side

Waterfall on West Side

 The Big Island is one of the most diverse island you will ever find. The east side is the dry side and gets an average of 12 inches a year while on the west side Hilo gets around 157 inches of rain. The north side has a lot of green ranch land. Even ancient craters are covered with green grass. The south side is dominated by the volcano and lava flows.

  The island is composed of two Volcanos. Mauna Kea on the north side is 13,796 feet tall and last erupted in 2460 BC. The active Volcano is Mauna Loa on the south side which is 13,678 feet high

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Abandoned Resort

 This resort at the black sand beach in Punaluu was destroyed by a tsunami in 1975.