I have not been to Mt. Everest, but I have been to the Animal Kingdom at Disney World. Probably a far cry from the actual location, but I didn’t have any breathing challenges at Disney. Here is an image of some of the camp flags at the real Mt. Everest.
I DID NOT TAKE THE ABOVE IMAGE. Please visit WanderLust for the original.
So that’s apparently what some of the camp flags look like at the actual Mt. Everest. When I was at the Animal Kingdom representation, I didn’t know about any of this. I just saw all these colorful flags and scarves and other swaths of fabric hanging around and thought they looked pretty cool. In fact, I had a hard time not
taking pictures of only scenes with flags in them.
I thought the skies in Florida were bluer that I’d seen in awhile until I saw the image at top of that sky. Is that the altitude or just a lack of pollution?
These flags are pretty much everywhere in the Asia land within the Animal Kingdom.
When we were at this park, we kept returning to the Asia land without really meaning to. It is definitely the most photogenic area of the park.
We were on our “final” approach into the Indianapolis “international” airport this afternoon at about 4:00. I knew that there was a big storm passing over the Midwest that was supposed to be centered over Indy at this time and wondered what would happen.
Our pilot told us that we were at 4000 feet and would just keep going for another pass. With winds at 75+ MPH, the idea was that the worst of it would blow over quickly and we’d be able to land.
The above shot looks to me like we’re flying into the apocalypse. Thankfully I was sitting on the left side of the plane, so we were flying along side of the apocalypse (title of my memoir, perhaps?).
A short time later the pilot came back on and told us that we still couldn’t land and that we’d “just fly around a little.” He literally said that. Remember, we were at 4000 feet. He assured us we had plenty of fuel. I was shooting pictures as fast as I could. It was a little tough for me to keep the camera level to the horizon; thankfully our pilot did a better job. Here’s me looking back at the storm.
Eventually the pilot informed us that the control tower at Indy had just been evacuated. I’m no aviation expert, but I was pretty sure this meant we wouldn’t be landing at Indy any time soon. Sure enough, we diverted to the Cincinnati airport, which is actually in the great state of Kentucky.
Eventually we made it back to Indianapolis only a few hours later than our originally-scheduled arrival time.
Sorry for the long delay between updates, but there was a vacation in there to a very photogenic place that will be featured here soon. I probably wouldn’t have even posted anything today, but the sunrise was just too spectacular.
In case you didn’t already know, this is from my back deck. For those of you who know a little bit about cameras and post-processing, you may find it interesting that this is almost straight-out-of-camera. I made lens corrections for distortion and the blacks just a bit blacker. That’s it.
This was shot from atop a steady tripod in manual mode. Once I got my composition the way I wanted it, I kept trying out different exposures until I saw something I liked. As soon as I saw the above on the LCD of the camera, I immediately thought that no one would believe this is really how it looked.
Below is another shot of the same thing, taken a few minutes prior to the one above. Obviously it’s a wider angle. The reason it looks brighter is because I held the shutter open a little longer to let in more light.
Oftentimes I’m glad that big tree is there on the right because it gives me a good framing device. However, ti the tree wasn’t there, you would be able to see the top of Mt. Rainier behind Maury Island. One side of it was pink and the other was light blue.
Can you help me with the name of this mountain? We were flying west, over the Cascade Mountain Range, probably in the upper third of Washington state, and I was facing north. This might be my new favorite mountain-shot-from-a-plane image I’ve made, and it would be nice to know exactly which mountain it is. I feel so fortunate to be able to regularly fly over the Cascades.
If it helps identify the mountain at all, I was seated in 1D at the time I took this shot. That’s right, I managed to operate a camera even while seated on the bulkhead.
Does every neighborhood have one of these? It’s a creepy-looking house at the end of my street that, as far as I know, is unpopulated. It might be populated; I don’t know. Perhaps there’s a family of freaky people living in the basement. Perhaps they have ideas about things that run contrary to most people’s. Or, perhaps, it’s a disused structure that local young people use for questionable entertainment. Notice the busted-out door that probably provided entry. Who knows what’s going on inside there? Then there’s the graffiti that looks a lot like the thing on the back of our dollar bill. What does that seeing-eye thing mean, and why would someone graffiti it?
Anyway, this house has lived at the top of my hill for some years, and I’m just now posting a picture of it. Halloween is coming up, and I’d like to post lots of creepy-looking pictures. As always, I listen to the Quake (video game) soundtrack by NIN when I process images for creepiness. That’s what I was listening to when I processed my Seattle Underground images.