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Forum: Pentax K-3 7 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By RoxnDox
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And with the whole region looking to be under severe weather advisories of one sort or another, my question is why the hell was one of those barely-seaworthy "boats" out on a lake at all when a storm rolled through? Bad judgement on somebody's part!
Forum: Pentax K-3 7 Hours Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By RoxnDox
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Wait, wot?? I have never written anything Sharp (with or without an excess 'e'!). Somebody taking my name? I demand satisfaction!

(bacon would be satisfying... Mmmmmmmmm)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 3 Days Ago  
Landscape Wild weather.
Posted By RoxnDox
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A nice blustery day, well captured!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 3 Days Ago  
Your occasional reminder that the MX-1 has excellent macro capability
Posted By RoxnDox
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That is beautiful! I bet Rieman Gardens are having a wonderful growth season this summer and are looking really nice... Walked past them going to many a 'Clones game in Jack Trice (our son was a Sousa player in the ISUCVMB and we never missed a home game).

Go 'Clones!!!
Forum: Pentax K-3 4 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By RoxnDox
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Gotta do that regardless... They love fruit, berries, veggies, all sorts of things. Blackberry season (starting soon) they'll inhale as many I'm willing to give 'em. Watermelon, canteloupe, bananas, citrus (including lemons), anything just about. Dogs have as much of a sweet tooth as humans, so they really like things that are sweet and crunchy.
Forum: Pentax K-3 4 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By RoxnDox
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Our puppers (pair o' Golden Retrievers) will eat darn near anything. They LOVE melons of all sorts.
Forum: Pentax K-3 4 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By RoxnDox
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I do (bein' a native Warshingtonian Seattlelite and a member of the Lesser Seattle Society!).

It's as much fun as getting folks to pronounce Puyallup properly :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Machinery Car As Art Take Two
Posted By RoxnDox
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Instantly recognizable as the side scoop on the worlds most perfect car ��
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-12-2018, 08:36 AM  
Thematic Backlit - Post your Backlit Shots
Posted By RoxnDox
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The historic lighthouse on Alcatraz last fall

Forum: General Talk 07-11-2018, 10:21 PM  
Songs that Tell a Story
Posted By RoxnDox
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Love Warren Zevon!
















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Or that other old favorite, “Alice’s Restaurant”
















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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-10-2018, 12:26 PM  
The beach rocks!
Posted By RoxnDox
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One of my favorite places. Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. A typical spring day :)

Forum: General Talk 07-10-2018, 09:42 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RoxnDox
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Oh, yeah, I was not thinking biodiesel or the corn/canola oils. I meant the {googling interval here} Thermal Depolymerization process and the pilot plant in Missourah by these guys: Changing World Technologies - Wikipedia

Yep, it is economics in control. And if there's money to be made, the politics will follow, methinks...
Forum: General Talk 07-10-2018, 07:48 AM  
Autonomous vehicles
Posted By RoxnDox
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And there's already an industrial-scale process capable of taking waste products (literally, chicken guts, feathers, etc) and turning them back into petroleum hydrocarbons. I think the effort died off, but that was economics not technology. In years to come, when energy is cheaper than the increasingly scarce petroleum products, that will likely make it profitable to recreate our own new petrol rather than depend on extracting the dinosaur-era stuff Ma Nature provided...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2018, 09:25 AM  
Nature American Crows like Watermelon too.
Posted By RoxnDox
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Very nice. Crows and Jays are the brainy ones of the bird world, and fun to watch...
Forum: General Talk 07-06-2018, 07:29 AM  
The BONE was quite a plane!
Posted By RoxnDox
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The B-52 (aka BUFF Big Ugly Fat {F*cker|Fellow}) has been in service for so long because even though it's an old design, it's a very flexible design that can be fitted out for a wide variety of missions. Over the years, they have modified the basic airframes with new engines, new avionics, new loads, new damn near everything... They have been redesigned for anything from massive loads of conventional dumb bombs, to massive nuclear bombs, to rotary cruise-missile launchers, to dropping experimental aircraft (X-15 etc), to whatevers... Last I heard, they were up to a J model, but that was a number of years ago so it might be higher.

True story. We had a visit from our unit commander back in the mid 90s (I was in Omaha, our unit HQ was in Oklahoma City). The colonel was shocked to see that the BUFF being put up on display stands at the main gate of Offutt AFB, was the bird he had flown as copilot on his first assignment as a butterbar...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2018, 07:32 AM  
Nature Many Dragons Who Fly Visiting
Posted By RoxnDox
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Dayumm! Those are great captures, it's like they were posing for you... They are beauties indeed.
Forum: General Talk 07-02-2018, 01:58 PM  
What happened on December 17th 2012?
Posted By RoxnDox
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Everyone wanted to get in their last words before the world ended on 12-20-12...
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-27-2018, 02:19 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By RoxnDox
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And then there's the Irish Rovers... :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-27-2018, 08:27 AM  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By RoxnDox
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Nice shots!
Forum: General Talk 06-24-2018, 04:35 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By RoxnDox
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I acquired her Friday evening. She was delicious.

Jim
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-24-2018, 04:28 PM  
Landscape One lighthouse, 3 days
Posted By RoxnDox
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All equally great shots...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-24-2018, 12:19 PM  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By RoxnDox
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Heading South this time, to Oregon's coast

You can't get there (well, I suppose you *could*, but not me) to visit the light out yonder. The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse sits on an isolated remnant of volcanic rock offshore from Cannon Beach in northwestern Oregon. This is as close as I could get with the 300mm zoom. The light served from 1881 to 1957. The guys who constructed the station back then and who later served here - Great Big Brass Ones!!!! There are many photos online of waves crashing *higher than the light*...


A little ways further down, the Cape Meares Lighthouse also allows you a close up look at a first order Fresnel lens, alternating red and white beams. It's a shorty of a tower, since it sits at the edge of the bluffs 200 feet above the sea. The light served from 1889 through 1963. It's now part of Oregon State Parks. The lens itself is not complete and shows the effects of vandalism and theft throughout the years between decommissioning and its restoration. :(


Last fall we took a Southern Califrognia coastal cruise. The itinerary included San Francisco, so we went out to the Alcatraz tour. On the island with the prison sits a lovely lighthouse built to serve in the treacherous waters of the Bay in the Gold Rush days. It was the first US light on the West Coast. Served from 1854 through 1963 when it was automated.


Technically, this is probably an automated light rather than a lightHouse, but I still like the shot :) This was the end of the breakwater exiting the Port of Long Beach on that same cruise.


And last but not least, the only light we've visited in the great state of Hawaii. The Kileaua Point Lighthouse on the island of Kauai is the northernmost light in the Islands. We did not get to make the hike down (minor medical problems that day) to take the tour. One of these days, perhaps. The light served from 1913 through 1974.


I hope you have enjoyed this expedition through my lighthouse arvhives as much as I have. I love 'em, what can I say? :) :) :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-24-2018, 11:45 AM  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By RoxnDox
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OK, salmon coming along nicely.. Back to West coast lights!

Finishing up Washington, two more down by the Columbia River, aka "the graveyard of the Pacific"... Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, looking a bit weather-beaten because it is... We did not get to go inside this active station.


Not far away is the North Head Lighthouse, which we did get to tour. Both of these lights are subjected to wild weather and strong storm winds, as the twisted and stubborn vegetation shows...


Going way up North, here is a beautiful little light, located on an isolated island in Southeast Alaska not too far from Juneau. We were out on a whale-watching excursion from a Princess cruise and rounded the point here shortly before encountering a pod of Orca. Note the tide range up here! There is only one Tlingit Nation village on the entire ninety mile island aside from the Point Retreat Lighthouse. {There are days that sounds perfect!}


A few more to go yet :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-24-2018, 11:30 AM  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By RoxnDox
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There are more in my collection, I just got to tired last night to finish up... ;) Moving from Puget Sound west to the ocean coast, here are some more Washington lights we've managed to visit.

In Westport, we find the historic Grays Harbor Lighthouse, still an active station. When it first opened in 1898 it was right on the edge of the beach. Now it's surrounded by trees and the water is a long ways out, thanks to the shifting sands...


This is the stairway to heaven :) well ok, maybe just to the light... It has an unusual design (don't know if it's unique, but it's the only one I know of...), in that all of the stairs are free-floating like a slinky. Only the flat landings are anchored to the tower walls by those cast-iron brackets. Makes a trip up and down the stairway really cool as it bounces a little. The tower and stairs rode out the 1906 San Francisco quake without damage, but the lightkeepers log said it was quite a ride up there.


The lens itself is apparently unique as well. It's a third-order Fresnel assembly, built as a clamshell design with alternating red and white beams. This view is looking through the white bullseye lens at the center, focused on the bulb itself. The camera was about 4 ft from the bullseye, and the bulb itself another 15-18 inches inside. And the bulb wasn't all that big... These lenses are magnificent works of technical artistry.


Also in Westport, at the Westport Maritime Museum, is the original lens assembly from the old Destruction Island Lighthouse. It's an intact, pristine, first-order Fresnel lens, 24 white beams, and served from 1892 to 1995, when the station was automated and the lightkeepers departed. The USCG saved the lens and it ended up here. The museum built a "chapel" (hell, I'd call it a shrine :) ) for just the lens. Natural daylight so the sun can bounce thru the prisms, not that there was any sun the day we visited... It's fully operational, rotation and all, so you get the full effect of the 24 beams. We got in just before they closed up the building, so nobody else to worry about. Standing there in the quiet, watching the beams spinning around as they did for so many years, the place really really does feel like a shrine, a monument to the magnificent artistry and designs of the lensmakers.


More coming, have to go check on the salmon in the smoker...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-23-2018, 10:15 PM  
Thematic Lighthouses
Posted By RoxnDox
Replies: 94
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Let's keep on moving westwards... Here's one that technically doesn't qualify as a lighthouse, kinda missing the "house" bit. But, it's a navigation light that stands at the entrance to my local Harbor, it's marked on the USCG charts, and it's shaped like a dang lighthouse so I'll keep in here anyway :)


Then we have a smattering of the lighthouses around Puget Sound marking the inland marine waterways. Most of these are shorter structures, since the sightlines required are short enough that they don't need a high tower to get a further horizon. Marking the points and bends in the channels is far more important locally.

This one is very near where I grew up, in fact I rode my bike down there more than once. Mukilteo, WA, just south of the port of Everett. This view was from the kayak when I was paddling around up there one day


Another view of the light from land this time:


And the fourth-order Fresnel lens that station still uses:


On Vashon Island, across from Seattle, we find the Point Robinson Lighthouse.


Over on the Olympics side of the Sound, we find the Point No Point Lighthouse. This light was put in place to assist navigation of the Admiralty Inlet, the entrance to Puget Sound. It's a popular place, with very nice sandy beaches compare to the usual rocky ones, and the fact that there are a ton of fish passing by almost any time of the year, within casting distance of the beach.
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