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Beach Life

Beach Life

There is something to be said about beach life and now that summer has officially arrived, people are flocking to beaches everywhere by the millions. It's an annual happening for many, including yours truly. 

The Lone Gull

Welcome to the weekend, my friends. Here in the US we are approaching the Labor Day holiday, the unofficial but symbolic end of the summer season. The kids have all returned to school and the family summer vacations are but a memory now. Many will take this long weekend to flock to the nearest beach, while others will enjoy the great outdoors in some other recreational way, perhaps camping or a cookout. Soon, Autumn will arrive with all of it's beauty but for now, we want to hold on to summer for awhile longer.

Speaking of summer, today's image was taken in 2011 while on a trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia. We spent a week just hanging out in and around this wonderful area, visiting friends and basically sifting the sand and watching the clouds go by. While kicking back on the beach, I noticed a lone gull just prancing about on a nearby jetty. I figured that by the time I got my camera ready and moved a little closer, the show would be over, but he just kept pacing about.

Lone Gull
Lone Gull

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Needless to say, the little guy (or gal) maintained it's perch on the rocks and I was able to zoom in and grab the shot. It's a simplistic image but one that brings about lots of fond memories.

In the processing department I began with a 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2) which was processed using HDR Efex Pro.  Next, an S-curve, a slight bit of vibrance and a little sharpening was added in Photoshop before calling it done.

Thanks for visiting, and have a great weekend!

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Tiger Moth - de Havilland DH 82

Welcome back! ****************** UPDATE ********************

Apparently this bi-plane was misidentified during my visit to the museum. A sign next to the plane indicated it was a de Havilland DH 82. Since the plane was parked on the edge of an isle and since I am not an aviator, I had no reason think otherwise. One of my visitors (SB Chatterjee) pointed out that the plane was perhaps a  Nieuport from WWI but not a Tiger Moth. So, at this point the only thing I am positive about is that it is a bi-plane. :-) If you can positively identify this aircraft, I'd be most appreciative.

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In today's short post we have a look at a bi-plane that was primarily used as a trainer, the de Havilland DH 82. This model took to the air in 1931 and honed the skills of many WWII pilots. Equipped with a 120 HP engine that would push this lightly constructed aircraft to speeds of 110 MPH, it required nerves of steel to fly one of these.

The bi-plane shown below is likely a replica. I was unable to find out for sure when this photo was taken nearly a year ago, but there was nothing I could see that hinted at this having been restored. Nonetheless, it's a very impressive looking aircraft. The cockpit has modern-day instrumentation (analog gauges)  which was quite nice looking.

Tiger Moth - DeHavilland DH 82
Tiger Moth - DeHavilland DH 82

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Thanks so much for clicking by. We'll catch you a little later!

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