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Blue Angels

As seen through the smoke that blankets Western Washington, the Blue Angels.

F-22

Yesterday one of my brothers in law took us out on Lake Washington on his 50′ yacht. Pretty amazing experience. Before the Blue Angels practiced, this F-22 did some fly-bys. Pretty amazing aircraft, as it can almost hover.

We are experiencing smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia, to our north. The photos I will post following this post will show you how smoky it has been this week; kind of looks like 1970’s Los Angeles, no offense to LA.

Also, I didn’t take my camera bag with me on the yacht, but just my camera and a portrait lens. I wasn’t able to get the best shots with this lens, even extended all the way out. There were about 22 of my wife’s family on board the yacht, a 50′ Bayliner that is equipped beyond what I could do justice describing.

RC Sailboat Regatta: Pt.2- The Winner is……..

DSC_3135-001DSC_3144-001 DSC_3145-001DSC_3137-001The winner of this race was boat#180, the blue sailboat, with #131 coming in a close second. In the second image, in the background, you can see the north side of the Boeing Renton Plant, where all of the 737 models are assembled, including the one parked outside the large door.DSC_3149-001 DSC_3152-001 DSC_3156-001 DSC_3163-001 DSC_3164-001

RC Regatta: Pt. 1

South Lake Washington on a Saturday morning recently. These sailboats are controlled remotely. The operator of the sailboats controls the rudder and mast with the large RC unit they carry around, guiding their scale model sailboats around a course, just as the full sized versions do. It really takes many of the sailing skills to navigate these boats as it does a full sized version.DSC_3123-001 DSC_3124-001 DSC_3134-001 DSC_3136-001 DSC_3137-001 DSC_3139-001

Crossings

First two bridges span the Cedar River ( Renton) and the third is over the Green River (Kent). Bridges and train trestles seem to fascinate me. I should dig through my archives and do a monster bridge posting! :-). Lots of rust and creosote!DSC_2676-001DSC_2724-001 DSC_2776-001

Closing the Locks

Large gates closing. Second photo the gates are closed. Third photo is one of the hydraulic hinges ( really not sure what the technical term is ). Once the gates are closed the water level is either lowered or raised depending on which direction the boats are going. This is the northern lock that allows boats to move from Lake Washington out to Puget Sound. The water level has to be lowered because the water level of the lake is higher than that of Puget Sound.

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