Au revoir VH-OJM QF73 – B747-438

My family thinks I am a bit strange – so I say I need to be home to watch a bit of aviation history fly overhead, my eldest daughter, looks at me with a strange tilt to her head like I have 3 green horns coming outta my head ! Tickles is like.. "what are you talking about dad.."?! then they are back to like making up some story with a toosi or something….. but you know what, little E understands completely, she dutifully listened to my ramblings about how this aircraft has 120,000 hours and is 26 years old…and its on its last flight to SF before going to the mojave graveyard, she even gave the appropriate gurgle and splutter as she sucked on my arm :)

anyways.. here ya'all have it, VH-OJM, last flight from Sydney to San Francisco departing YSSY.

As a interesting point, this aircraft also had quite an interesting event during a flight to Bangkok where the forward galley leaked water which spilled over into a decompression vent (a vent between the main deck and subfloor cargo or equipment bay – basically in the case of a decompression they allow the various decks to equalize rather than explode spectacularly :) ) whilst a leaking galley is not new, being the forward galley this one is located close to the E/E (electrical equipment) rack below the floor which has a whole bunch of kinda important boxes and wires so you can imagine what water and electronics does :) apparently they lost 3 of the 4 generator control units (yeah they are prolly fairly important) multiple nav and comm systems….I reckon the pilots on that day earnt their beer for the day

In Album 31/07/2017

A bloke lost his life (has not been found yet) doing what he loves (taking photos) out on Little Bay on the weekend. This is a place which I love very much, its the closest ocean point for where I currently live and it has some really nice patches of rocky outcroppings and is not too busy, its also probably the place where I have taken the most number of seascape images over the years.. it is however a fairly infamous place now with quite a few people dying here. I am sure no one, including the chap on the weekend go out thinking that it could happen to them, hence its a timely reminder to take care, irrespective of whether your a fisherman, tog, or a early morning dog walker :)

Rest in peace mate.

(note this picture is a bit further south from little bay).

New Day

Its been quite a few months since I have done a sunrise session, my new seascape buddy was keen but probably more interested in the cool starfish and spotting whales then anything else :) It was nice to have some company and to have someone shine their torch in my eyes every 15 seconds.. apparently her torch was chasing mine :-/

Dance the way you feel

I have met so many cool people on social media over the years (alot of top ones here on gplus!)
From those crazy chops who I have met up with at some ungodly hour for a sunrise shoot to others who have provided my stream with alternative views to my own (whether I agree or not) it has all enriched me and for that.. thanks ya'all.

Anyway, it has got me thinking – its really quite heart warming that underneath all the technology, algorithms and desire of companies to make money that the core reason of SM seems to still shine thru, that is to connect people, its still there punching thru all the crap. There is no 'real' life and 'fake online life' for me, its all real world and has been for yonks, when you meet up with the people you met online its all the same just an extension of 'real' life..and I treat all those who I have never met and probably never will… with the same respect as anyone else ..

Following on from the "Somewhere north of Braemer, Scotland"

just over the hill was this little farm cottage (or more like a small fortress) which was quite an amazing sight, the family was tired of me stopping every 2 seconds to take a photograph, but I could not resist this one, I took a number of shots from this spot, sadly in my haste i messed up the focus on a few which meant my pano, which was gonna be my better shot did not turn out very well :)

So, after alittle research it turns out that this place is: Castle Lodge, Corgarff, Strathdon. Apparently Corgarff Castle dates back to the 16th century, which makes it kinda old… The castles last use was to control the smuggling of illicit whisky between 1831 .. man i reckon it would have some great stories to tell :)