Saturday, June 30, 2007

Heading for Pompano Beach

Several mornings ago, I had my lunch box and the things I was carrying to work gathered and I put them by the door front door of our home.

I heard what sounded like a really loud, low-flying propeller driven airplane.

I stepped outside the front door and locked it, and I noticed that the sound of the airplane hadn't changed. It was as if the plane was hovering above our house, but I could tell it wasn't a helicopter motor.

I took my stuff out and set them in the back seat of the Camry and looked up, and there was the Goodyear Blimp slowly passing right over our house.

I unlocked the house and grabbed my camera and went out and walked down my street about 50m to be able to at least see a little of the side of the blimp, because when I said it was flying over the house, I couldn't tell for sure it was the Goodyear Blimp because I was looking straight up at the belly of it.

The colors were correct, and it hangars in Pompano Beach, Florida, down the coast from us so I figured it was a reasonable guess, and when I finally got far enough to the side to see the word Goodyear, I snapped a few shots.

I liked that bottom one with the bird flying there in the lower left corner. It has a kind of David and Goliath look to it.

Did anyone else read that kid's book when they were little, Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman? That bottom shot reminded me of that, it was a favorite of mine when I was little.

At any rate, I was really surprised at just how loud this thing is. But then again, it was flying pretty low.


photowannabe said...

Super shots. How neat to be so close to it. I didn't know they were noisy.

Kate said...

You mean you had to "go back into the house" to grab your camera?! Hey, I thought we photo bloggers carried them with us everywhere! :=) Nice capture!!

lv2scpbk said...

Yes, I remember reading that book to my grandson not long ago. He's only 4.

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Bob-kat said...

What a wonderful photo opportunity! Do you think it was hanging there piosing for you? :) Nice pics as ever.

CG said...

I never thought of them making a noise!! Great images :)

Naomi said...

Great photos. I love going to airshows and watching things like this. This blimp reminds me of a film I saw a while ago about the Hindenberg airship.

Mike said...

Great shots John. You just never know when an opportunity for a great picture will show up do you?

Moi said...

I would not have noticed the bird, had u not mentioned it.
Lovely shots, as always
Have a great Sunday!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Nice photos. I like these things. They come over our house about once in five years. Everyone stops what they are doing to come and see.

Abraham Lincoln
—Me as Moses—

Chad Oneil said...

Love the composition on the second one.