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This image shows a the water in a water balloon just after it has been punctured by a pin.  Best viewed in the larger sizes.  This was captured at 1/1000th second shutter speed.  My grandson and I had an entire day of photography.  We started early in the morning photographing red-wing blackbirds, swallows, and ducks at a little retention pond near his home.  Then we shot more birds in his back yard.  Then, we came to my house and punctured balloons, water balloons and played with giant bubbles.  We had a ball!  Spencer is a budding bird photographer and I hope to feature a few of his shots in the next few days.  We are having new carpeting installed in part of our upstairs today.  Lots of fun moving furniture and books to make way for the carpet layers.  Hope you have a fun day, too!  Thanks for all the nice comments on my most recent shot of the peony tulip.
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Vought F4U-1A Corsair...  HISTORY  In June 1941, the Navy issued the first production contract for the somewhat revised F4U-1 model and the basic design continued in production until January 1953, at which time over 12,800 Corsairs of all models had been built.  One of the basically stock Corsairs still active is F4U-1 Bu No .17799 (civil registration NX83782), which belongs to Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport in Southern California. It first arrived at San Diego, California in August 1943 and was assigned to a Navy fighter squadron (VF84) in the same year.  In January 1944, the aircraft was reassigned to VBF-14 (a fighter-bomber unit) until being transferred to VBF-98 in February 1945. From the sketchy records available, it appears that this aircraft actually saw combat service in the Pacific with VBF-14 and/or VBF-98. The Corsair was dubbed the "Whistling Death" by the Japanese because of the noise that it made in high-speed flight. Between April and June 1945, Planes of Fame's Corsair served with a carrier air support unit (CASU-33) before being withdrawn from active service on August 31, 1945.  After being sold on the surplus market, 17799 wound up in use as a Hollywood movie prop at the Twentieth Century Fox Studios until it was eventually acquired by Planes of Fame Air Museum in 1970, but did not go on static display at Chino until 1973.  In 1976, Jim Maloney and Steve Hinton restored the Corsair to flying condition in basically a stock F4U-1 configuration. The primary changes to the aircraft it that it uses a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine with a single-stage supercharger from a Douglas A-26 Invader bomber in place of the two-stage, two-speed, supercharged R-2800-8 engine that was more common to the early model Corsair fighters. As a result, the restored Corsair is about 700 lbs. lighter than a stock aircraft, allowing it to have a better rate of climb at low altitudes and a shorter take-off roll.  DISTINCTION  Since restoration, the Corsair has taken part in numerous airshows and flown in a variety of Hollywood productions including the Baa Baa Blacksheep television series, Airwolf, Space, an IMAX film and an ABC Wide world of flying video. Planes of Fame's F4U-1A is currently the oldest airworthy Corsair in the world. Experienced combat service during WWII. http://planesoffame.org/  Planes of Fame Air Show, May 3-4, 2014 Chino Airport Chino, CA  Thanks for your views and comments!  Critiques welcome...  21 July 2014
with the permission from ISF
Canyon de Chelly National Monument - Tunnel Canyon Overlook  The Green Floor of the Canyon is in Sharp contrast to the Steep Canyon Walls.         Link to Photo Without Frame         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #2 Pick on 07-07-2014
07-20-2014 - This Red, White and Blue Logo is Synonymous with this Company...       There are 3 possible answers:      I know the symbol and the company.      I have seen the symbol but can’t connect it.      I have never seen this symbol before.       Link to Answer and More Details         Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 07-20-2014
July 20, 2014  * Sunday Logo Challenge "Post a Symbol/Icon without the Company Name or Clues"    There are 3 possible answers:  I know the symbol and the company.  I have seen the symbol but can’t connect it.  I have never seen this symbol before.  Link to answer: http://quinceydeters.smugmug.com/Photography/1aday/14472003_SRKVGq#!i=1598474568&k=dJ9sqPH&lb=1&s=A
July 19, 2014  Paper Abstract
July 22 - Tall Trees  I love the forest but find it difficult to capture how I see it and what I see in a way that I am satisfied with.  So much depends on the thickness of the forest, what the forest floor is like, and the light - always the light.  Thanks for your comments on my rhododendron  bloom image I posted yesterday!
JULY 21 2014 Love the ocean, Shore break
I was on the mainland two weeks ago and visited an old town and found a street with these  houses from the 17th century
Yates Mill Pond - December 26, 2010
28.04.10 - Kaleidoscope   When I walk into town I try to plan my route around photo opportunities, indeed I do the same if I drive in too. But this afternoon I was on foot, and on the way home I took a detour through the Arboretum to see what was new. As it happened there were plenty of new flowers in bloom, which gave me the opportunity to grovel around on my stomach to see what outrageous bokeh I could manage to get!   Apologies for any burned out retinas that might be caused by this riot of colour. If you want to see a few more subtle shots go here; http://www.lightanddreamsphotography.com/Nature/THE-ARBORETUM/6049364_a8pPu#850928920_dQnQb
"Lonely Horse"     All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.” ~Buddha~
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