Posts Tagged ‘flying’

Dragonflies Join Mile High Club in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Not flying:

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Then flying:

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This is news to me – you can fly and have sex at the same time, if you’re a Common Green Darner anyway.

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The Dragonflies and Damselflies of San Francisco Bay Area sure have colorful names…

LARGE Cessna Caravan Flying LOW Over the Financial

Friday, June 17th, 2016

I was surprised at how low this C208 was flying over Frisco. That’s the side of a skyscraper on the left:

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The landing gear is down (as it always is on this plane) but there’s also something else down there, some kind of sensor / antenna / camera / accessory attachment, one assumes:

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A mystery flight.

Crows Have Replaced Hawks at the Top of the Food Chain the Past Decade Atop Twin Peaks – Good-Bye Raptors, Hello Corvids

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A decade or two ago, you’d see hawks hunting for mice above Twin Peaks, like every day. There were hawks, like this one, all over:


But they’re gone now.

Replaced by crows. Here’s one with a field mouse from a few weeks ago:

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Anyway, hawks out, crows in, for whatever reason…


Monday, September 21st, 2015

Ah let’s head back to nature. Do you see – it’s hard to spot:

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This is better:

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Here we go, at the bottom – there’s a clear shot:

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And then, back to its master:

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Are drones legal in California State Parks like 4.5 starred Emerald Bay?

Sure, for now.

That’s good, ’cause people be flying drones all over the place these days. (You’ll hear them before you see them, most likely. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…)

International Incident in Chinatown: Elephant Flag Appears to be Much Larger than Neighboring US and PRC Flags

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

I don’t know my US Flag Code, but I’m thinking you shouldn’t have your jumbo elephant flag flying at the same height as neighboring national flags.

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So, to fix things, you gotta shrink the jumbo flag or embiggen* the PRC flag, then you gotta fly the oliphant flag at a lower altitude, and while you’re at it, make sure your PRC flag looks natty instead of ratty, you know, the way it looks now…

* A perfectly cromulent word, right?

Formation Flying: 56 Years After The Day The Music Died, Two Beech Bonanzas Buzz SF – Like a G[3]6, Like a G[3]6

Friday, February 20th, 2015

(Your choice – you can play Like a G6 or American Pie* as you look at photos of these Beechcraft Bonanza G36’s.)

This was the scene yesterday over Market Street. I ain’t never seen this:

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What’s this, a joyride? Or is somebody making a video? I don’t get it. This is like the General Aviation version of the Blue Angels.

I’ll just say that this is dangerous flying.

Gee, if I could only get an N-number as this formation circles over South of Market, the Twitterloin, the Western Addition, etc. My aging Canon prolly shouldn’t have been set at ISO 25600 and this pair was a little too far away from my 200mm lens as they flew in and out of the fog, oh well:

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Oh, I know, how about N301RB for a registration number? Hello Brent Wolfe of Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome to Frisco.

*Yeah, the $70 million Gulfstream G650 was supposed to be called the G6, hence the song title. But it turned out that the name G6 was only actually applied to a kind of Pontiac, which was a car line, back in the day. Speaking of history, Buddy Holly died in a V-tail** Bonanza back in 1959.

**Yeah, 60 Minutes made a big deal about the differences betwixt the accident rate of V-tailed versus straight-tailed Bonanzas, but most of the deaths had to do with inexperienced pilots flying into known bad weather. Another factor was that v-tailed Bonanzas certainly look bad-ass – they have a strong “ramp appeal,” so they attracted the wrong element, you know, people like Steve Wozniak, people who are successful in the non-flying realm. “Forked Tail Doctor Killer” is the phrase that covers this phenomenon. The next step up in status would be a Piper Saratoga or something, or, Heaven forbid, a twin-engined aircraft, and that’s when you know you’re a baller…

US Navy C-2A Greyhound Caught Flying Over Alcatraz with Its Cargo Ramp Down

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

How embarrassing!

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My first thought was that they might have been doing photography…

Iconic Sign Design: “BAY AREA BIRD HOSPITAL” on Taraval – Surely a Future Museum Piece

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

A bit of color in the cold, foggy Parkside District:

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(They have another sign that shows a giant parrot / parakeet atop the Golden Gate Bridge, but it’s less iconic ‘n stuff.)

I don’t know how old these signs are, but they probably precede the era of escaped pet parrots going feral and flying about The Avenues in huge flocks. Check it, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are now all over the place, like here, in the cold, foggy Sunset District, around Noriega, just a few blocks north of the cold, foggy Parkside:

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They might look like hated pigeons from a distance, but their loud squawking gives them away every time. It’s still amazing to me to see these birds flying about the 415:

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Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…


Friday, June 27th, 2014

That would be a Star of David atop a Honda Goldwing, aka the “Japanese Harley-Davidson,” sort of.

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I could see Warren Hellman driving around like this…

Assignment Desk: Covering the 16 Single Women Who Just Flew from NYC to Meet SF Men – Tonight at Skylark Bar

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Remember that whole Dating Ring thing, with the matchmaking website hoping to “bring single New York women to male-dominant San Francisco?”

Well, it’s on. Tonight, May 24th, 2014.

But instead of a wide-body aircraft filled to the bulkheads with women, imagine just a couple rows’ worth.

Think about it – you, the sole journalist left in San Francisco this Memorial Day Weekend, will be sure to get some great quotes from the attendees. Check out the Skylark starting at 9:00 PM, 3089 16th Street at Valencia Street en la Mision.

Or simply cough up $20 for a ticket and join in on the fun, your choice:

Gentleman Ticket 3h 28m $20.00 $2.09  
Gentle Lady Ticket 3h 28m $20.00 $2.09