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Hometown: Atlanta, Gerogia
Home country: USA! USA! USA!
Current location: Tampa, Florida
Member since: Wed Sep 7, 2016, 06:45 AM
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About Me

Alias - HABanero(passion) E-9-1-1(career, retired telco engineering) HHC 3rd Bde, 2nd Inf Div, Korea DMZ HHC 197th Bde, 3rd Army, Ft. Benning Ga

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With apologies to Zane Grey, "Riders of the Pineapple Sage"

A new series of mine for what is a most popular bloom this year

previously posted:

a visitor to my pineapple sage today

wings are a little worse for wear

Why isn't Jones Day trending on twitter?

They should be catching hell by now

You have probably never heard of Project Loon

and I never expected to actually see one, but last night just before the afternoon clouds began forming I caught this one at 59,000 ft and 19 nautical miles away


Air Force One arrives in Tampa today

As the artist saw the arrival for the current occupant

As the camera saw the arrival

I thought perhaps some might enjoy

a sample of a sequence of 12 taken back in my film days. continuing my slide scanning....................

I was working at Kennedy Space Center and got an opportunity to access the VIP viewing area. It was one of the most memorable events of my life. The air pulses and beats on your entire body. The oldtimers however were not so impressed, those that were there for the Saturn 5 which was much more powerful.

For the technically minded, these were taken with a Nikon F2 and 500mm catadioptric or mirror lens on Ektachrome.

Mission: SBS-D; Satellite Business System SYNCOM IV-2; Solar Wing TELSTAR
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Launch Pad: 39A Launched: August 30, 1984 at 8:41:50 a.m. EDT

Where is Bill Barr?

anyone seen any information on him?

Could a locality simply refuse to cooperate

refuse to provide any police or other support for a visit by the orange one, without legal ramifications?

Since retirement

I have been haphazardly scanning negatives and slides from my film days. This first photo I came across the negative and realized it had never been printed since it was taken in 1970. I was stationed on the DMZ in Korea and came across this scene looking south from the DMZ toward Bukhansan, or 'North Han Mountain' literal translation. I was elated by the photo but devastated it had been filed away for 50 years. It almost captures the beauty of that country. The second photo was taken while crossing Freedom Bridge, a rail bridge converted to one way Army traffic, now back in rail service. It is white because it is covered in snow with the solidly frozen Imjin River on either side. It was our only means of escape from the DMZ and counterintuitively, would have been blown up immediately upon hostilities, making us mere suicide speed bumps. In the last couple of years, The Booze Traveler visited a tourist center overlook at the bridge looking into the DMZ, #3 screenshot. Hope you enjoy!

World Photography Day 2020, a story

The greatest invention of the Leitz family: The leica freedom train.


It now emerges that there is a story behind the Leica camera that is much more impressive than the camera itself:
The Leitz family’s efforts to save Jews in Germany. And why was the story was not told untill now? The Leitz famly wanted no publicity for its efforts. Very impressive. Leica’s take amazing photos — even in the hands of amateurs like myself.

But the book behind the camera is even better.

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