Sunday, September 26, 2010

Cradle of Aviation Museum trip

My husband Eric, the Curator of Aviation and Aircraft Restoration for the Intrepid Museum, invited me along for the first Museum members field trip, an enjoyable excursion by bus to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, NY.  Above is the Lunar Module, my all-time-favorite outer space vehicle!

Not all museum curators of fond of mannequins, but I was fascinated by those at the Cradle.  They were all so life-like and well lighted!

Eric's middle name is Charles, after Charles Lindbergh.  Eric's late father, George Boehm, was a turret gunner on an Avenger at the age of 17.  Pictured here are some wonderful Lindbergh ephemera.  I have a small connection to him too, having attended Lindbergh School for kindergarten.

Eric did a wonderful job of entertaining and educating the members, regaling them with true stories of the aircraft on display which have connections to Intrepid's history.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Jersey Shore on a quiet Friday

The Jersey Shore was very quiet today, but relaxing. We didn't make it down at all this summer, so we decided to head down today and make sure the ocean is still there.  It was socked in by fog, but yep, its still there.

Jenkinson's Aquarium on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk.  Delightful!

Desolate Boardwalk scenes were just meant to be black and white.  You can almost hear Bruce singing in the background ... (Click on any image to enlarge, use back arrow to return).  

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mushrooms after the rain

Ordinarily, mushrooms wouldn't catch my eye, but these were so classic, the kind you'd find a fairy dancing around ... I couldn't resist.  Lighting was very low when I shot them on Thursday afternoon in our side yard garden. I used my 70-200 mm 2.8 VRII at f2.8 for 1/100s.  By this morning,they were gone!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

U.S. Open - Kim Clijsters shines

As a tribute to those lost on 9/11/01, U.S. Marines stationed in Brooklyn unfurled the flag and everyone observed a moment of silence.  Chaka Khan sang America the Beautiful.
Kim and her daughter, Jada

Immediately after her win, Clijsters climbed over seats and up into the stands where she ran to the arms of her husband ... 

So romantic!!!

Tonight's US Open Tennis match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium was terrific.  With thanks for the tickets from friends Dina and Bob of the USTA, we enjoyed a wonderful match. Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert made a special appearance.  Eric spotted TV actor Denis Leary in the audience.  It took exactly one hour for 2nd seed Kim Clijsters to triumph over 7th seed Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-1 in the Women's Final.

Kim is a resident of Wall Township, NJ, one-time home of the F9F Cougar aircraft which Eric and Dina are currently restoring aboard Intrepid.  Kim has won 21 consecutive matches at the U.S Open.  Tonight was her 3rd U.S. Open Championship which earned her a $2.2 million paycheck. (Click on any image to enlarge, use back arrow to return).

On the way home to New Jersey, the George Washington Bridge was lit up and we saw the twin spotlights lighting the skyline where the Towers once stood at Ground Zero.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The "Dark Ages" of Photography ... Back behind the camera again

I just couldn't put my camera down for very long.
A trip to Medieval Times over the Labor Day weekend called for my Nikon D300s and my 70-200mm lens.  The pageantry and horsemanship were impressive, as was the lighting. (Click on any image to enlarge, use back arrow to return).

I'm walking well now, even with the surgical boot which I will need to wear for another 2-3 weeks.  No driving yet, but hopefully soon. 

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