Some spiders hung up along a Bay Lands Trail, Sunnyvale, CA, September 01, 2015.

Love the detail of his silk spinneret.  Not so sure about the spots on it's tummy.  Not even sure he is the same kind of spider as the first photo.  I wasn't very good about note taking.  Judging from the leg stripping, they are the same.

A few photos of an incursion into Elk Horn Slough preserve (September 02, 2015).

A couple of expert fisherman, Least Terns (Sternula antillarum).

Poised for scooping up the next fish.

An Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), sitting on a Eucalyptus branch.  I watched him as he took off and then returned to the same branch with an insect, sometimes large, sometimes small. He was an amazingly successful and quick insect connoisseur.

Then, later on, much later on, (Labor Day) a tour of the:

An aircraft carrier built in 16 months during WWII, and finished late 1943.  Steam engine powered which used an enormous amount of bunker oil for motivation.  This ship when underway required frequent refueling's by oil tankers, when at sea.  

Wow!  four propellers which are 15' in diameter and weighing 13.6 tons apiece.  A top speed of 33 knots, acruising speed of 15 knots.

A Great Egret (Ardea alba) perching on one of the ropes holding this ship to the dock.

A tour of the engine room.

All the engine controls are duplicated four times.  These controls are for #4 engine of the two forward engines.  (Refer to the above photo diagram to locate where the forward engines are, in this ship.)

All of the engine rooms supposedly (according to the docent) had an ambient room temperature from 110 to 130 degrees F.  The crews pulled four hour shifts.  Can you imagine the joy of seeing a fresh crew come in after being in this kind of heat for four hours?  Beef Jerky is made at 120 degrees for 6 hours, as a comparison.

The exit escape hatch from the engine room.  Never used but provided a path out in case of a severe fire or other mishap.  Seemed to be more of an after thought then a genuine means of escaping an engine room disaster.  With pressurized steam running amuck, about all you would have time for is deciding whether you would be served with Mustard or Ketchup or both.

So you have a disaster in the engine room and this is your only way out.  Three decks of straight up ladder.  It is difficult to imagine a scenario where the disaster would be bad enough to warrant using these stairs yet gentle enough not to have already cooked you to death, not to mention the urgency of making sure everyone (the entire engine crews of both engines) had a chance to use it.  Just to be clear, I placed my camera on top of the grate shown in the previous photo and shot down towards the bottom of the ship, to get this very neat perspective.  Notice also, the water tight hatch that has to be opened or closed, as well.

They called this an "Island" and it was appended to the flight deck to provide visibility and control of all of the flight operations.  Lots of instruments, lots of hectic action, a fun place to be if you weren't under attack.

From the top of the island, you could see the aircraft parked on the flight deck being made ready to take off or waiting to be towed back to an elevator and lowered to the hanger deck.

These are the approach lights used to visually guide an aircraft while landing onto the deck of the aircraft carrier.

How the pilot of the aircraft was suppose use these lights and what he would see if he was within range of them.  So he pretty much got all the vertical and horizontal information needed to correctly land his aircraft, from these lights.

Some of the instruments in the Island Tower.  Most of the equipment was used for communication with this ship, other ships and the Admirals ship.

A pilot giving her crew chief the OK to pull the wheel chocks, as she is "hot" to go. lol  The person in the background is an actual pilot from the Hornet when it was operational.   Now willingly doing docent duties.  I hope you noticed that this is not a complete airplane.  Everything to the rear of the cockpit is gone.  I just did a closeup to fool you into thinking it was a whole plane.  It was probably used as a simulator trainer in it's better day.

In case you desire to try your hand at tying your significant other, to the bed. lol

Mounted on a cargo ship next door to the USS Hornet, a modern day life raft able to withstand even the perfect storm, as long as you are able to get on board it.  With my luck, there would be 26 seats and 27 people inside and forty days before being rescued.  I think I'll swim to shore instead.

All the above photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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