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AERO GATINEAU-OTTAWA

I attended the AERO Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow on Saturday, September 15. Great event to photograph iconic aircraft from the last two world wars. CANADIAN ASTRONAUT CHRIS HADFIELD ON HAND TO MEET THE PUBLIC Re-enactor Jean Phillipe welcomes you to the airshow … Continue reading

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TO BEE….

…or not to be? That is the question!   Shakespeare in the back garden!!. The acquisition of the new Nikon D850 has rekindled my interest in macro photography. Amazing what life and death struggles are going on in my   own garden!! … Continue reading

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RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird has a nest in Mud Lake, Ottawa. HUMMING BIRD NEST There are two chicks in the nest. Here, one has its beek pointed skyward. TWO CHICKS PEER OUT MOM’S ARRIVAL FEEDING TIME Chicks are fed every 15-20 … Continue reading

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ISRAELI BIRDS

While far from a birding trip per se, I did manage to snap a few photos of some birds seen along the way.  SPUR-WINGED PLOVER This handsome fellow with the glaring red eye was snapped on the shores of the … Continue reading

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DOWNED PILOT EXTRACTION

As part of the airshow, the Israeli Air Force put on an impressive demonstration of a downed pilot rescue mission.  FIREWALL A firewall is placed between the downed pilot and the “unfriendlies”. ARRIVAL OF TWO AH-64 ATTACK HELICOPTERS   COVERING … Continue reading

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STATIC DISPLAY

Prior to the air show we availed ourselves of the opportunity to peruse the impressive static display featuring both operational and historic aircraft.  STATIC DISPLAY ATTACK HELICOPTER C-130 MILITARY TRANSPORT C-130 IMPROVED VERSION IRON DOME MISSILE POD SPITFIRE AND ALPHA … Continue reading

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ISRAELI AIR SHOW

As part of the Air Force Graduation ceremony, the IDF put on a spectacular airshow for the visitors. BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS Blackhawk helicopters start the show with a flypast of the flag of Israel and the flag of the Israel Defence … Continue reading

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ISRAEL AIR FORCE GRADUATION CEREMONY

One of the highlights of my trip was the visit to the Israel Air Force Centre for the graduation ceremony for new pilots of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) on the 70th anniversary of the Israeli Air Force. In a country … Continue reading

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SDEROT

Welcome to Sderot,  a western Negev city and former development town in the Southern District of Israel. In 2016 it had a population of 24,016. The city centre of Sderot is about 2 kilometres  from the Gaza border. Residents of … Continue reading

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JERUSALEM HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

Yad Vashem, Israel’s largest Holocaust memorial is set on the slopes of the Mount of Remembrance on the edge of Jerusalem  CATTLE CAR Photography with the museum is forbidden so I concentrated on the open air exhibits. What caught my attention the most … Continue reading

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