Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Snowstorm

An early spring snowstorm just dropped 13 inches of the white stuff here, with winds strong enough to make it an official blizzard (drifts up to 3 feet, immediately in front of the camera in the second picture).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Queen's Canyon & Dorothy Falls

Just north of Garden of the Gods is the historic site of Glen Eyrie, owned by the Christian ministry The Navigators. They are generous enough to allow people to hike on their property (Monday through Thursday, see their website for details, and you'll need to sign a release), and since I had a day off work and the weather was beautiful, I decided to hike up Queen's Canyon from Glen Eyrie. It's a very worthwhile hike.

The trail starts like many, with scrub and rock outcroppings.
The canyon becomes very narrow in places, and there are some wooden bridges that cling to the walls.
The path crosses the stream many times. Sometimes there are logs to help, other times it's easier to step over the rocks. Waterproof boots help in places.
Finally, there's a beautiful waterfall (Dorothy Falls). The trail does continue up a very steep section but I didn't climb it carrying my camera equipment.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Empire State Building Views

Here are some views from the 86th floor observatory of the Empire State Building, taken on a cold winter day back in January.

First is a view looking West across the Hudson River towards New Jersey.
Next is one looking south. Note the Hudson River on the right and the East River on the left, joining in the Upper New York Bay in the far distance. The cluster of tall buildings in the distance is lower Manhattan, the Wall Street area.
Here are assorted tall buildings at dusk.
And finally, here is the Chrysler Building at dusk.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cradle of Aviation Museum

There's a fascinating museum in suburban New York (specifically in Garden City) called the Cradle of Aviation. They have many interesting aviation exhibits, including full-size planes such as this F-11 that greets visitors in the entrance.
Exhibits include many older planes such as these (notice the wooden propeller on the first one).
Here's the Grumman Lunar Module LM-13. This particular module was intended for Apollo 18, which was canceled.
This is one of two surviving "sisters" of the famous "Spirit of St. Louis."
All in all, it makes for a fun afternoon for aviation enthusiasts.
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