Forums » Other Hobbies

List of newest posts

    • April 19, 2021 9:54 PM EDT
    • Great photography, Ray.  The beauty of the desert never ceases to amaze me.  Thanks for sharing.

    • April 17, 2021 3:13 AM EDT
    • Great shots!

       

    • April 17, 2021 1:51 AM EDT
    • Recently I made a short trip out to the desert and did a little photography...

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0005_3/DJI_0005_3.jpg[/img]

       

      A cliff swallow came to check out my drone:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0006_2/DJI_0006_2.jpg[/img]


      The badlands in early morning:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0006_4/DJI_0006_4.jpg[/img]


      Teddybear chollas:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0009_1/DJI_0009_1.jpg[/img]


      Me and Megaweapon:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0007_1/DJI_0007_1.jpg[/img]


      I found a large, solitary palo verde tree in full bloom in the middle of a wash:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_9164cc/IMG_9164cc.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_9165cc/IMG_9165cc.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_0937cc/IMG_0937cc.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_0939cc/IMG_0939cc.jpg[/img]


      There were a lot of birds in the palo verde. Here's a little warbler:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_0940_1cc/IMG_0940_1cc.jpg[/img]


      And here's a Bullock's oriole:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_0942_1cc/IMG_0942_1cc.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/IMG_0942_2cc/IMG_0942_2cc.jpg[/img]


      A honey bee visiting a mesquite blossom:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/Sony_0001_1/Sony_0001_1.jpg[/img]


      While flying my drone over a patch of mesquite, several turkey vultures came close to investigate it:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0013_2a/DJI_0013_2a.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0013_3/DJI_0013_3.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0014_1/DJI_0014_1.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0014_2/DJI_0014_2.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0014_3/DJI_0014_3.jpg[/img]


      On the way home from the desert I stopped in the mountains and got a couple shots of these chaparral whitethorn bushes. Their lavender, blue, and white blooms brightened the hillside:

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0016_1/DJI_0016_1.jpg[/img]

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Scenery_files/Media/DJI_0016_2/DJI_0016_2.jpg[/img]


      Enjoy!

      .

    • April 17, 2021 1:54 AM EDT
    • Wow, that's small! What's the scale, 1/10,000th??

    • March 24, 2021 6:44 PM EDT
    • Cool.  I was going to build one out of mashed potatos, but kept eating them.  

    • March 24, 2021 12:07 AM EDT
    • Neat!

    • March 23, 2021 7:39 PM EDT
    • Seems like getting a 2' diameter g scale loop in there is gonna be tough... /sarcasm. That's kind of cool, Vic!

    • March 23, 2021 7:26 PM EDT
    • As some know one of my other hobbies is model building. Just finished this tiny tiny diorama display and wanted to share. Found it on eBay, and of course I immediately threw away the instructions after reading and built it my way. Resin kit that added alot more thin rod for antenna than the kit had and added the Dark Side of the Moon landing pad where the original acrylic rod that was supposed to hold up the model went. I didn't care for the mounting the way it came added additional detail to the bottom then drilled a new mount on top of Devil's Tower and extended a central rod as support and also added foam scenery This is small, REALLY small, the base is 1.5" x 2.5", the main saucer is 2" round, its resting on a 2x4, see the tape measure for reference. Sorry for the not great pics, I was at my cameras limit. I like the way this looks, I think it came out rather nice.

       

       

    • April 2, 2021 12:33 PM EDT
    • 2 April, 2021 - We are back at our home base in Carlyle.  We arrived on the 31 of March and got our first Covid shot on April 1st.  All is well as we plan the Summer's adventures.  Next long trip is to Ken's for the 2021 KOPS.  Local Operations will fill the void until then.  Lots on the ToDo list and "Life" gives us a lot as we hang on to this spinning rock.

    • March 7, 2021 7:25 AM EST
    • 7 March, 2021 - Things are beginning to wind down for the Winter of 2020 - 2021.  Roger and Susie Caiazza begin their trek back home to Finger Lakes/ Syracuse today.  Lots of things are documented very well, because of Roger really learning how to use his GoPro camera and perfecting his posting on Youtube.  Of course, Ken's documentation of his week here has created a lot of exposure for the Ridge Live Steamers and our Winter Adventures.  Bob Wattecamp and I have about 2 more runs of the H-10.  Most of my projects for the Winter are done and I was able to get the Tram out on the track last Thursday for the first time on the new chassis and I have to consider it a success.  More about that in another posting.  We have about one more week here and then head up to Cedar Key for a week there and a couple of days at Disney with our daughters family and then  heading back to Carlyle.  Goal is to be there by April first or so.

    • March 4, 2021 6:23 AM EST
    • I had a ball, Ric. Thanks for the invite. It was a pleasure meeting your mentor, Mr. Wattekamp, and sharing war stories with him. Not to mention what all it takes to run a steam engine. I've got 1 more video to post. Broke'em down to 10 -15 minutes. 

      Had a nice day here yesterday, too. 

      Left Dundee about 2 AM, got home around 6. 

      I sure don't miss that drive................

    • March 4, 2021 6:11 AM EST
    • Ken, thanks for posting your videos of the Ridge Live Steamers Winter Meet.  It was great for you to join us at our Winter home.  Things are winding down and temperatures are warming at home.  Yesterday, we pulled 43 cars at Ridge.  This is about maximum for the grade in front of Rich's house.  All kinds of video on Youtube.  Lots of fun!

    • March 3, 2021 2:12 PM EST
    • "I'd know him anywhere, Officer, that's the man who stole my purse"!

    • February 20, 2021 12:58 PM EST
    • Ric the conductor......................