F-18 Super Hornet


I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to photograph this F-18 Super Hornet that was part of the Lancaster Airports community days plane showcase. I am not sure I did this multi million dollar plane justice with my lighting, but it was a fun time. This plane flew over my house as it arrived in the area for the show and merely hearing it throttle up slightly was enough to impress with its raw power. I can only imagine being on the receiving end of this piece of military power at its full capacity.By the time you hear it coming,it’s too late. I was confused why the plane has the slogan “Pukin Dogs” on it but after looking on the net I found this, The squadron adopted its current insignia in 1953, a winged black lion (or a mythical Griffin) on a blue shield. The distinctive squadron name “Pukin’ Dogs” came about when the squadron commander’s wife saw the creature’s droopy head and gaping mouth design. She stated, in front of the squadron pilots, that it looked like a “pukin’ dog.” The pilots loved that, and the name stuck

B-25 ”Panchito”


This is a shot I did at sunrise at the Lancaster Airports community days this past weekend. In the foreground is the Delaware Museum foundations B-25 Panchito and in the distance is the C-123-K Thunder Pig. I used multiple flash pops to light the plane in the pre-dawn light until the sun came up. These shiny planes are a real challenge to light and it was good practice for me.

Air show Sunset


Our local airport hosted community days this past weekend and there were a variety of aircraft on display.Thanks to the generosity of staff there,I was allowed access after closing to light paint several planes. I believe This plane is a Stinson Reliant v-77 Gullwing and was the last plane I was able to shoot at sunset.There was a lot of vendor junk in the background so I had to crop tighter than I would like to eliminate those items.

Wheels of Progress


I must admit I do not know exactly how this contraption works but I believe it is a threshing machine used to separate grains from the stalk. It was being demonstrated at the threshermans reunion this past week.I shot this with flash at dusk when everyone was watching other events. Old machinery can be quite amazing in its intricate design and construction.

Obstacle Course


A group of Amish spectators watch an old steam engine competition at the Rough and Tumble reunion. This event featured the tractor team navigating an obstacle course,and just a few feet ahead they stopped and blind folded the driver and the guy sitting on the back got off and connected ropes to the drivers arms and controlled the tractor direction by tugging on the ropes much like controlling a horse.

Sparks Will Fly


This was an unexpected opportunity that presented itself at the threshermans reunion this past week. I was ready to leave after it got dark and heard someone say that the spark show was happening soon. The spark show as I understand it involves these old steam tractors putting wood shavings in their burner or whatever they call it and then these sparks shoot out the pipe in front.It is a very impressive show and glad I got to see it.

Steaming Out Of The Past



I spent two hours this week at the Rough and Tumble historical associations threshermen’s reunion in Lancaster county,Pa. This event features all kinds of old steam engines and rusty iron machinery from the past. To see these incredible machines in operation is something to witness and their whistles are a whole other story,and after standing right beside one when the whistle blew,I can tell you it is something you wont soon forget. These two beauties were lined up at dusk and even though I came upon them later than I would like,there was still enough color in the sky to try a shot. The engine in front is a 1913 Frick Eclipse steam tractor owned by Jim Wright and the one behind is a 1912 Aultman Taylor steam tractor owned by Gary and Russel Bingaman. 

Almost Captured


This was as close as I have gotten to getting lightning this summer.It was literally flickering above this farm as I pulled over and that quick it stopped,but I was so sure this was going to be the spot.You should have seen me cowering in the back of my truck with the tail gate down as I fired the shutter at 4 seconds about a hundred times to no avail.

My Hobbit Hole




This is the third and possibly last installment in my hillside rail trail decorating. The hobbit hole features old mossy fence wood,ornate tiles notched into the timbers,a lantern, sign post that reads Enchanted Forest Cottage,Home of Nibbles T  McGibbles,esquire. I also built a bed and put carpet and wallpaper inside the structure so people can look in at Nibbles the gnome.It is actually even prettier since I took this shot because I added iron scrollwork on the roof and moved the believe sign to the door itself. Walkers and bikers on the trail seem to really appreciate seeing the creative efforts I have made to enhance the trail experience.My wife was not too pleased I borrowed her dog figurines but they were the perfect scale to be in there.