Eyes & Ears In The Sky: RC-135V/W Rivet Joint

While enjoying a nice afternoon in Niagara Falls, NY, i noticed that we were being watched and listened to, but not by the people that were around us.

I heard an aircraft above us and looked up, only to realize that the aircraft was no ordinary aircraft.  What i was looking at, was a Boeing RC-135V/W Rivet Joint.

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Luckily, i had my 18-135 attached to my X-Pro1, so i was at least able to capture the aircraft and get some decent photos – i had left my 50-230 at the hotel.

The aircraft circled above a good number of times and i would imagine his primary reason for being on station, was because of the border crossing (Rainbow Bridge) right below him.

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So, what does this aircraft do?  Well, it pretty much “looks” at everything in the electromagnetic spectrum (radio signals, mobile phone signals, etc.) and verifies if there is any sort of threat.  Basically, it is looking for trouble.  If it finds trouble, the proper “authorities” will be notified.

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It was a pretty cool capture for me and i doubt that i will get the chance to take a photo of another RC-135 any time soon.

Thanks for looking.

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Little Creatures

When i can, i take the time to sit on my balcony and enjoy the peace and quiet (well, quieter then some places) of a Sunday afternoon.

It’s nice to look up into the sky and see all the different cloud formations and see if there are any aircraft flying by, only to wish being on one of them.

Looking around the trees and flowers in my backyard, there is also plenty of activity to be spotted.  Bees, butterflies, birds, squirrels, etc.  Watching nature at work is pleasant on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

This squirrel was amusing to watch.  He started to eat this apple while he was hanging onto the side of the telegraph pole.  At one point, he dropped the apple.  So, he had to go all the way back down to the ground and retrieve it.

Once he got to the ground, he was very thorough in getting back the apple that he had dropped.  He inspected 2-3 apples before he came across the one that he had been munching on minutes before.

Once he retrieved his apple, he made his way to the top of the telegraph pole and finished eating.

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For the first time, i was able to take a photo of a hummingbird.  It was flying around among these “trumpet” flowers, going to each one and putting his beak inside.

Being on the balcony, i must have been about 25-30 feet away with my camera.  Thanks to the 50-230mm, i was able to get some decent shots, but i did have to crop them a bit.

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I will certainly be looking out for hummingbirds from here on out.

Thanks for looking.

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