Sunday, June 13, 2010
Way back when I was just a little guy, every autumn, my mother used to have me wrap all of her rose bushes with burlap, or "brin bags" as we called them. This morning while passing a little time playing around with this image, I happened to recall those events from my childhood years. This rose is from my own back yard now, and it is from a bush that was planted for my father. Hope you enjoy it also.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Did I mention that we had a real good time this evening at the Red Bull Open House? The people were so friendly and everyone seemed to be having such a good time. Wow, I couldn't believe it when all of a sudden these two young ladies wanted to have a picture taken with me! When I showed this photo to my wife upon arriving back home, she laughed a little, and then a lot.......Huummm, she didn't have to laugh THAT much did she.......?
It doesn't matter which event you may be attending, there are always those great folks who work behind the scenes, or off to one side, making sure that things are going properly. When we entered the Red Bull Open House grounds at the Windsor Airport this evening, I noticed this fellow standing off to one side of the canvas aircraft hangers. He was just standing there with hands folded in front of him, like I had seen a million times when I used to photograph weddings and family portraits. Afterward, as we were heading out, he was still standing there. So I went over to him, and asked him if I could take a photo. He looked somewhat surprised and said that I could. He said something to the effect that it was making him feel special. I told him that he was one of those unsung folks that kept things running smoothly, but never got many thanks for the effort. Then I told him that I would like to put the photo on my blog, and I am not sure if he will remember the name or not, but if he does, and sees himself here, he should know that whatever he does is worthwhile. Good luck fella, and thanks for putting up with me and my camera for a few moments......
This evening, Frank and I went to the Red Bull Open House at the Windsor Airport. Wow! We were able to get up close to the aircraft as well as the pilots. A year ago, I posted a photo of the Caesar's Casino aircraft screaming straight up the GM Headquarters tower in Detroit, and this year, the Red Bull aircraft is cavorting amongst the office towers of Detroit, as the posting below shows. Well, tonight, I was able to capture a very candid portrait of the pilot of the Red Bull aircraft. I did not learn his name as there were too many folks crowded around. This photo was taken as he was posing with a group of about 7 people, and I was able to zoom in with the 75 ~ 300 mm lens and grab a shot as I passed by. These fellows are amazing at what they do, and again I thought afterward, that if you were to meet him on a downtown street, you would never guess his occupation. Just goes to show that you never know who you are standing next to in a crowd.
Friday, June 4, 2010
The Red Bull Boys are back in Windsor this weekend, and my friend Frank and I went down to the river and sat on the rocks for about an hour this morning. The pilots clipped a few pylons during their practice runs, and kept the fellows in the boats busy setting them up again. Apparently the seats in front of Caesar's are designated as the main area, and go for a cool $1200.00 each, so I was told. Guess I will have to tough it out on the rocks instead. But I was not unhappy with my viewpoint and if you stay sharp and have a little luck, you will be able to grab a worthwhile shot or two. Can you imagine looking out of the office window and seeing this pilot go screaming by? Sort of hard on the nerves at the end of the week. TGIF eh!