Sunday, December 16, 2018
A Royal Air Force F-35 Lightning II, U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, and French air force Dassault Rafale fly behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing during Exercise Point Blank over the English Channel, Nov. 27, 2018.
Two red tail hawks were having a very vocal courtship in the trees out back, calling loudly to each other and flying back and forth to different perches. Here's one of them. I had a tough time getting good photos until I turned of the camera's autofocus feature. It kept trying to focus on the branches right in front of the hawks.
I'm sure they were mating. If so, the next generation of Red Tails is assured. Ultimately, they ended up together on top of one of the neighbors trees. Cool.
The cat was fascinated by the raptor's antics, and sat out on the deck watching. I had to make loud kissing sounds to get her to turn and look at me.
Copied some old photos. This one is of a rare snowfall in Sonora, Ca., where the folks lived in the 60's. For the cognoscenti, their place was up on Myers Hill. I've got a mailbox very much like that one even today.
Remember these? The hooks of choice for Sierra Nevada trout fishermen. And 20 cents for a card of hooks - not a bad price at all. Genuine American made, with extra sharp points.
Here's a real oldy. It's the Golden Rule Mine up in Tuolumne County, and the guy in the overalls and dark shirt is my mom's dad. I'm thinking 40's or early 50's for this photo.
It was a hard rock job for hard men. The old man was always proud that he could take down more rock with less dynamite than anyone else.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
John Deere 3522 Sugar Cane Harvester owned and operated by the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company
Just the latest successful intercept and landing on the Martian surface by the nation that does not use the metric system.
A picture from the surface, taken by the lander itself. Cool.
The National Weather Service issued a high surf warning from Sunday morning into Monday night with waves breaking between 25 to 46 feet down the Bay Area coastline.
The waves at Ocean Beach were churning like a washing machine Friday.
Some areas like the Mavericks could see waves exceeding a height of 50 feet.
Meteorologists say those conditions will bring an increased risk of rip currents and sneaker waves.
"These are dangerously large waves. The Pacific ocean water is cold, between 58 and 60°," a weather expert for the NWS said. "If you get pulled out in that it's going to be bad news."
Late Friday afternoon, the San Francisco Department of Emergency management urged the public to stay away from Ocean Beach from Sunday until Monday.
City officials say the dangerous waves could reach the sea wall, which means people walking on sand could find themselves chest deep in water.
Organizers for the Mavericks Surf Contest fear the waves will be too big and decided to put the contest on hold.
Wow, if this isn't a very thinly veiled threat of an military coup if things don't change, I don't know what is.
Macron is probably having nightmares involving this device:
But if his head goes on the block, so should the heads of all the French political elite, 'Pour encourager les autres'.
Macron et Charles De Gaulle?!? ;-)