Dueling Swordfish

My fountain theme continues. Not that I’m looking for fountains, but they keep jumping in front of my camera and won’t go away until I take their photo. 

This tall fountain at the Aquarium Restaurant was hard to take at night, as the top was much darker than the base, but I thought it was unique. You just don’t see two swordfish jumping out of a fountain every day. 
 

This tall fountain was hard to take at night, as the top was much darker than the base, but I thought it was unique. You just don't see two swordfish jumping out of a fountain every day. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Tranquil Skyline

Houston has always been know as the space city and the skyline of the fourth largest city in the nation does have a futurist look to it. On a weekend evening, it can be quite empty and nice to walk around while taking in the sites, especially if you don’t work there and still find it a new experience when you visit. 

Tranquility Park is the foreground of this skyline photo. The circular towers seem to fit right in with the rising background.
 

Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Evening Glow

Sunsets come in several stages. First you have the big orange ball above the horizon. Then you have the actual moment the sun kisses the edge and starts to disappear. Next you get this false sense of completion, thinking the light show is over. But stick around for a few more moments and you will be treated to the evening glow. A time of change from a dark rusty orange to a deep purple as the night starts to overpower and turns the sky to black.

A sunset is like a fine meal or beverage. It should be enjoyed slowly and each moment savored for it’s individual uniqueness. You might think of the evening glow as dessert.
 

Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Hanger Bay One

I’ve been to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida several times, but not with the sole purpose of photography. I had that chance recently and spent the day roaming around by myself. I love my family, but it’s nice when you don’t feel pressured to “hurry up” because someone is waiting. They didn’t mind my tripod at all and on this day, the crowds were light. 

There is a new building behind the main complex called Hanger Bay One. This new attraction includes several historic airplanes, as well as many of the former work horses of military aviation. This view gives you an idea of the variety of the aircraft on display. I’ll spotlight one or two in the coming weeks. Any sooner and I know you would just burst with excitement. 
  

The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida has a new building behind the main complex called Hanger Bay One. This new attraction includes several historic airplanes, as well as many of the former work horses of military aviation. This view gives you an idea of the variety of the aircraft on display. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

The Long Pier

I enjoy fishing, though I’m not much of a fisherman. If I lived anywhere close to this pier though, that might change. The Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier is 1471 feet long and claims to be the longest in the Gulf of Mexico. This is actually a newer one, replacing the original pier built in the 1930s. 

A strange thing happens as you walk down the pier. The noise of the surf is strong as you cross the first quarter, but about half way out, it suddenly becomes much quieter as you step over deeper water, putting the surf behind you. Looking back over the waves towards the beach is a unique site you quickly appreciate. After I finished taking my photos that evening, I could have stayed out much longer than I did, but dinner was calling. I do have my priorities.

War Ghosts

It was dark and it had been raining. The others in the area looked like silhouettes against any light you could see in the distance. Then through the trees and crowds, you see them walking out of a field and you wonder if you fell through a time wrap. Combat soldiers looking like they’ve been on patrol for a week, wet and tired, but always watching.

The Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. was eerie to experience in the dark and rain. The fact the statues had rain parkas on only added to the realism and drew you in to their moment.
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The Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. was eerie to experience in the dark and rain. The fact the statues had rain parkas on only added to the realism and drew you in to their moment. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

Neons and Fountains

It’s no secret that I like cool looking lights and cool looking lights at night are even cooler. Like most amusement parks, the Aquarium Restaurant  comes to life at night. The rides are more fun and the games more challenging under the bright lights and cooler night air. Maybe that’s why Las Vegas does so well?

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