Sunset Through the Field

I wished I lived in an area that had more natural beauty close by. A few lakes or streams, or maybe some mountains or rolling hills would be nice. Anything to make a better foreground subject to sunsets would be desirable. As it is, parking lots and grocery stores just don’t seem to be the right subjects to place in front of a pretty sunset. The best that I might hope for during an impromptu sunset photo session is an empty field with a few trees in the distance, or maybe some tall grass and wildflowers. 

Even those fields are getting harder to find, as new development continues and more homes and stores overrun those empty lots. 
  

I wished I lived in an area that had more natural beauty close by. A few lakes or streams, or maybe some mountains or rolling hills would be nice. Anything to make a better foreground subject to sunsets would be desirable. As it is, parking lots and grocery stores just don't seem to be the right subjects to place in front of a pretty sunset. The best that I might hope for during an impromptu sunset photo session is an empty field with a few trees in the distance, or maybe some tall grass and wildflowers. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Vetted

One definition of the word ‘vetted’ is to subject to thorough examination or evaluation. That’s what most people do at an auto show. They walk around and exam the vehicles that are on display. They compliment and criticize what they like or dislike and what is right or wrong on the cars they so casually glance at.

Little do most people realize all the hours of work and the amount of money it has taken to restore the vehicles to their current condition. Sure, there are a few that have been garaged since built and just driven to church on Sundays, but most cars have gone through some form of major restoration, many from the inside out. So whether you like the car a lot or not, consider giving the owner a thumbs up or an appreciative nod. It’s been a long road getting to that show.

This is another view from an auto show at the Sugar Land Town Square.

  

One definition of the word 'vetted' is to subject to thorough examination or evaluation. That's what most people do at an auto show. They walk around and exam the vehicles that are on display. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 
 

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The Radcliffe Square

The Radcliffe Camera (camera is Italian for room) is a building (on the right) in Oxford, England, built in 1737–1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library. It is the earliest example in England of a circular library. It is built in three main stages externally and two stories internally, the upper one containing a gallery. More recently, the Radcliffe Science Library moved into another structure, including a building under the Radcliffe Square that holds over 600,00 books and a book store.. The Radcliffe Camera is now home to additional reading rooms of the Bodleian Library.

To the left is All Souls College, founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (fellow of New College and Archbishop of Canterbury), in 1438.  Today the College is primarily an academic research institution with strengths in the Humanities and Social and Theoretical Sciences.

Walking through Oxford is a great experience. This was one part of our trip that took self-control not to leave the group and run all over the place, like some whack-out-tourist on a sugar rush. Since you are ushered through on the tour, you are limited on the angles to shoot from, so you make do. The Radcliffe Camera is best seen atop a neighboring building, as the square is small. The building is tall, though not very wide. Be sure to put Oxford on your to-see list if you ever make across the pond.
  

The Radcliffe Square in Oxford University contains the Radcliffe Camera and the All Souls College. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

 

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The Bamboo Bomber

Cessna built the first examples of the “Bamboo Bomber” Cessna UC78 (T-50) Bobcat before WWII as a business-feeder airline aircraft. During the war, many were produced as a multi-engine trainer for future bomber pilots. The airplane was nicknamed “Bamboo Bomber” because of its one piece, 42’ wooden wing. After WWII hundreds of examples were sold for surplus to civilian owners. 

It sports retractable landing gear and a spacious, five-person cabin. But since it is small, many were not parked in hangers and the elements have reduced their numbers, with only a few still airworthy.
  

The Cessna T-50 Bobcat sports retractable landing gear and a spacious, five-person cabin. But today,only a few still airworthy Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Streaking at Sunset

 The “smoke” trails that appear behind some aircraft are actually known as contrails and are in fact water vapor. The warm moist air that comes from the jet mixes with the cold air in the sky. It creates a condensation trail or contrail for the same reason you can sometimes see your breath.

Some people say you can predict the weather with contrails. If you see one and it dissipates quickly, there is low humidity  and you can expect fair weather. But if it is thick and hangs around for a long time, then there is high humidity and rain may be in the forecast. 
  

The 'smoke' trails that appear behind some aircraft are actually known as contrails and are in fact water vapor. The warm moist air that comes from the jet mixes with the cold air in the sky. It creates a condensation trail or contrail for the same reason you can sometimes see your breath. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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Castle Cannons

Throughout history, Dover Castle has been a fortress standing guard on the white cliffs of Dover, protecting England from invading troops from the European mainland.

During World War II, its series of underground tunnels were converted into an air-raid shelter and later into a military command center and underground hospital. It was only nine minutes from France by air, so the threat of invasion or attack was always present. These cannons represent just a small sample of what was probably in place during that wartime era.
  

Throughout history, Dover Castle has been a fortress standing guard on the white cliffs of Dover, protecting England from invading troops from the European mainland. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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The Hudson “Terraplane”

The Terraplane was a car brand and model built by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, between 1932 and 1938. They were inexpensive yet powerful vehicles that were used in both town and country, and both cars and trucks displayed the Terraplane name. 

Though decked out with some hot rod and performance additions, this 1935 Hudson still holds true to the classic lines of the year it was built. I think Roy D. Chapin would be proud. It was just a few of the cars that caught my eye at a local car show at the Sugar Land Town Square.
  

Though decked out with some hot rod and performance additions, this 1935 Hudson still holds true to the classic lines of the year it was built. It was just a few of the cars that caught my eye at a local car show at the Sugar Land Town Square. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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