Fly Me to the Moon and a Flying Chipmunk

We're currently enjoying a phase when the moon sets after dawn, and this morning there was an added treat when a plane flew into close alignment.

That apart, there was little unusual happening at the pond although this squirrel appears to be in early preparation for Christmas. It just needs a touch of snow. :smurf:

The heron was pacing in the shallows during the warm morning light.

By lunchtime the light had cooled, and the day was bright but overcast. The white goose was busy thrashing around in an exhibition of avian power.

In contrast, the black-headed gulls were a rare model of serenity.

As for the flying chipmunk, this veteran of the skies buzzed the pond. From what I can find on the web it was built in 1952 and was mainly used as a training plane for the RAF. This one is now privately owned.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D EF and 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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15 Comments

  1. cakkleberrylane October 18, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    Excellent shots!

  2. gdare October 18, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Airplane and a moon is common and one of the most wanted motives in a world of photography 😀

  3. anonymous October 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Anonymous writes:

    What's with the white-headed Black-headed gulls? 🙂 Or are those females?

    Marilyn

  4. serola October 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Airplane and a moon is common and one of the most wanted motives in a world of photography

    😆 Very true :up: I would like to catch them in the same shot as well. (Un)fortunately here we do not have heavy air traffic.

  5. anonymous October 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    TBR writes:

    Love the chipmunk.
    My father learned to fly in one at RAF Leuchars, it was the first airfix model aeroplane I built as a lad and on top of all that we lived bang next door to Geoffrey De Havilland's pad in Terriers for a long time when I was growing up.
    Good memories!
    Thanks Paul.

  6. Words October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  7. Words October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Lois, thanks!

  8. Words October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Marilyn, the black-headed gull only has a black head in summer. In winter they turn white! It's one of the more confusing bits of animal naming that happens.

  9. Words October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Darko, I think the juxtaposition of technology with something so ancient is what makes it an attractive combination. Somewhere I have a plane showing trails across a moon, but it would take me a while to find that shot.

  10. Words October 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    TBR, I also have a soft spot for them. It's the only plane in which I've held the controls (while it was flying). There are a couple I see locally, but not usually quite as low as this one was. Good little planes.

  11. gdare October 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Originally posted by Words:

    Somewhere I have a plane showing trails across a moon

    Did you post it here on Opera before?

  12. SittingFox October 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Cool moon + plane shot :up:

    And yes. Snow will be coming soon :right:

  13. Words October 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Adele, I was only joking when I said we could do with some snow. If the snow producer is listening, please note that snow is not urgently required!

  14. Words October 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Darko, I think I did… it will take some searching though.

  15. Wulpen October 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Excellent shots