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on Dec 31, 2019 in Random Thoughts

Likes as An Interesting Scale

I made a conscious effort in 2019 to up my Instagram game. You’d probably noticed the much longer captions which are really more a BTS story behind the photo than just a caption. The main reason I did this was strictly personal, to see if the “briefer” post would reach more, faster, better. I’ve been anxious all year to see which would be my top nine and then look at those posts. I was actually taken back by the results. That’s because those posts with the greatest amount of conversation between viewers and myself were all aviation photos. And yet, not a single plane made the top nine. Rather, my favorite subject, critters dominated the count and the #1 photo was Bob, a Bobcat I photographed from the door of our home perched on our Tree Three. How will I use this info? The Top Nine site (which mixed up the image order) stated I had nearly 900k likes. No clue if that’s good or not, but to me...

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on Dec 30, 2019 in Random Thoughts

Vet Chronicles – Bob Hambley Pt1

Bob is a vet with nine lives! We all think of vets of having close brushes with death, but I’ve never met anyone like Bob. A midair collision during Advanced Training, ditching in the water, landing during a tropical storm, going off the end of a carrier on the launch, flipping over upon landing on a carrier, Wildcat missing the barrier and crashing on his plane on the carrier deck, those are just SOME of his stories. We were on the edge of our seats the whole time. “My last interview I did with a videographer was 5 1/2 hours.” When Bob, 98, told me that on the phone, I knew Sharon and I were in for a helluva an afternoon. Most of the Vet Chronicles we film don’t last more than half an hour. Bob was going strong after two hours (this is just Part 1)! A Hellcat and Wildcat pilot during WWII, Bob saw it all. He’s such a good storyteller, even though he was sitting in...

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on Dec 30, 2019 in Random Thoughts

Moose Podcast #168 – “The Year in Wrap”

In this episode “The Year in Wrap”
A number of your listeners sent in some great questions asking about my 2019, thoughts on what learned, ventured and the best. And in answering those questions, how does it prepare me for a great 2020? The questions and answers might just help you do the same!

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on Dec 27, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

What Happened to Those Canoes?

“What happened to those canoes?” If you’re looking at a bull moose with no antlers, it looks like a cow moose and this time of year, that’s what you’ll see. You can tell it’s a bull without its antlers because you will see the buttons, base of the antler (like in the above photo). If you want that bull moose shot in deep snow with its canoes, you gotta be in the right place in late fall, early winter where there is snow and the bull moose still have their antlers. They shed them during late fall/early winter to get rid of that extra weight so they don’t have to fight them and the deep snow. Moose, deer, elk have antlers and shed them (they are called sheds) and Bighorn Sheep, Mtn Goat, Bison have horns because they don’t shed them. In the late fall, the Bull Moose needs those big racks, or canoes, to better hear with. While they do use them in “battle” (the clashing a sound...

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on Dec 26, 2019 in Aviation

Your History, Someone Else’s Memories

January 26, 2013, I along with my good friend Ed were blessed with a rare moment in history! We were present when this gorgeous Morane-Saulnier MS.230 was going to have its first flight after a seven-year restoration. It was a gorgeous plane and we were very fortunate to have an open grass field to operate and photography it from. The Morane-Saulnier MS.230 was the main primary trainer for the French Armée de l’Air throughout the 1930s so when WWII broke out, most of the French pilots had been trained in this unique aircraft. The MS.230 is a parasol wing monoplane which unlike other trainers of the time, were mostly biplanes. Notice how the fuselage “hangs” from the wing which is where parasol comes from. Its metal tubular framing with fabric covering throughout, except the forward area of the fuselage, which was metal. The instructor and pupil occupied two tandem cockpits. It had a wide fixed landing gear that made it very stable in takeoff and landing but difficult flight...

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