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What is 2013 going to be like

Several amazing phenomenon have already taken place early on this year including a blazing meteorite in Russia.  Meteorites actually make contact with the ground.  Then, immediately after that, an asteroid passed extremely close to Earth.  Severe weather, including tornadoes and blizzards, have been hitting portions of the U.S. in succession.  And it’s only the beginning of March 2013!!!

On the menu for future astonishment is the Northern Hemisphere arrival of a very bright comet known as Comet Pan-STARRS.  The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System in Hawaii, is responsible for discovery of the asto-phenomenon.  Viewers in the norther hemisphere can expect to start seeing this comet around March 7, 2013.

Comet Pan-STARR expected visibility time and dates.

Comet Pan-STARR expected visibility time and dates.

If you don’t get to see this comet, have no fear.  An even brighter “comet of the year”, comet ISON, will make an appearance towards the end of 2013.

Aside from the happenings in the cosmos, spring time weather is about to make its presence known.  The last snow storm to affect the mid-west dumped even more thick, wet snow around Kansas City, MO.  I spent that night and the next morning documenting this snow storm as early morning commuters struggled to make it to work.

A few more weeks away, roughly the end of the comet passage, forecasters and storm chasers alike, will turn their attention back to the weather models, overly decorated vehicles, and cameras as the plains start rumbling with the sounds of severe weather.  Perhaps, a few aerial storm chases are in order?








After a day of perusing airports, it is sad to see the decreased interest in both general and commercial aviation.  I remember as a kid driving to the Kansas City International airport to spend the afternoon watching aircraft on approach fly right over our heads.  We would sit on the side of the outer road that went around the airport.  When we would arrive, there would be at least 20-30 people out there doing the same thing.  Some worked at the TWA overhaul base (now defunct after American Airlines took over TWA, then shut the hangar overhaul hangar down), some where pilots, but most of the people there were people.  People would bring their children out there to watch these magnificent flying machines gracefully move through the air as the pilots aimed their trajectory towards the runway.

Sadly, this is not the case anymore.  When you bring your children to the airport to watch them get excited as their dreams of what they can be when they grow up, start to blossom, you are quickly and abruptly interrupted by airport security that tells you that you are not allowed to be parked on the edge of a public road.  In fact, they tell you to get at least 100ft away from the fence.  You will quickly be reminded that you could very well be a potential terrorist that may suddenly want to destroy airplanes.  All you can do is make the best out of it.

Without further rambling, the new images can be seen in “Man Made” and “Landscape Photography”  under the Stock Galleries menu tab.  Thanks for look.  Enjoy!