McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet


The F/A-18 was adopted by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels aerial demonstration team in 1986 and continues to fly today. It has now served with the team for 34 years. That makes it the longest-serving aircraft type to fly with the Navy’s aerial demonstration team.

This particular aircraft was built by McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft (acquired by Boeing in 1997), St. Louis, Missouri and delivered to the U.S. Navy.

Technical Specifications:

  • Wingspan: 40 ft.
  • Length: 56 ft.
  • Height: 15 ft. 4 in.
  • Weight: 36,970 pounds (loaded)
  • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.8
  • Service Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
  • Range: 1,089 miles
  • Engines: Two General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans with 16,000 pounds of thrust
  • Crew: 1
  • Current markings: 2012 U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Currently on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona


1966. The year Killer Dana died.


Seeing this sign at Dana Point Harbor reminded me of the extinction of a #surfing era known as Killer Dana. It happened in 1966 when the first boulder of the breakwater was dropped.  It was completed in 1971.

#surf #surfer #waves #beach #ocean #surflife #surfphotography #surfinglife #surfers #surfboard #travel #wave #surftrip #sea #photography #sup #surfergirl #beachlife #surfgirl #surfboards #kitesurfing #sunset #canon #surfschool #nature #longboard #danapoint #killerdana

Atlantic Sea Nettles


The sting of the Atlantic Sea Nettle is painful. Found on the east coast of the United States including Cape Cod south along the U.S. Coast, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Found in larger numbers in Chesapeake Bay, unequaled elsewhere.

Photographed at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.

Practicing for King of the Hammers 2020

Getting a little – I mean really little – practice with the Canon EOS R before King of the Hammers 2020.

These little remote control race cars have a top speed of over 50 mph, making them harder to photograph than an F-35 Lighting fighter jet going 400 mph, an F1 racecar, or a flock of hummingbirds!

Join us This Sunday! #SanDiegoZoo and San Diego #SafariPark Attendance to Support #Australia Crisis Fund

As part of San Diego Zoo Global’s effort to mobilize resources and expertise to save species at risk due to the Australian wildfire crisis, the conservation organization has pledged to contribute an amount equal to the money raised in this Sunday’s (Jan. 12, 2020) admissions at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park directly toward wildlife relief efforts.

Visit the San Diego Zoo this Sunday and visit the always entertaining #bonobos.  They would love to see you!

The unprecedented move is a way to engage and include all guests in what the organization recognizes will be a long-term conservation need to recover wildlife populations.

“San Diego Zoo Global is a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization, so the money we raise at our parks every day goes back into our mission to save species,” said Paul A. Baribault, president/CEO, San Diego Zoo Global. “Sunday’s effort is not just about fundraising, but also gives our audience an additional opportunity to be included in the effort to save Australian wildlife.”

San Diego Zoo Global has been working in collaboration with government officials and conservationists in the field to learn about and conserve Australian wildlife since 1923. The historic involvement with these species makes this current crisis particularly heartbreaking for officials with the organization.

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