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The Bowman Aviation Festival - 2019

Every year Louisville's Bowman Field (KLOU) hosts an aviation festival with lots of vintage airplanes, cars, and characters. Each year it gets better, and this year was no exception. What follows is a simple slideshow of some of the sights and sounds of this year's event. I wish I could have gotten closer for the video of the B-17. Given the recent tragedy involving '909', the Collings Foundation's B-17, it's becoming that much more important to document and share the history of the Greatest Generation.

Here we have two "senior" attendees getting into the spirit of the day, dancing to a popular WWII song being sung by the wonderful Ladies for Liberty.

Footage of the B-17, Ye Olde Pub, taking off. This is the stand-alone footage that was used in the slideshow above.

One of several Rosie the Riveter banners that was hung from one of the hangars.

Another Rosie banner with Old Glory as a backdrop.



A youngster taking a stab at hand-propping a Yak.










This, obviously, should be my Bonanza.









Welcome to Louisville, Mr. Douglas














2019 Madison, IN Airshow (KIMS)

I attended the 2019 airshow at Madison Municipal Airport (KIMS) on September 28, 2019. I don't think I've ever been to Madison, Indiana before, but it was an enjoyable drive and day. It's nice to see regular people doing their thing. Hollywood and Washington, D.C. could fall off the map and we would still be in good shape because of small communities like this one.

Last, but not least.. This guy had only a 1-horsepower engine...

Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum...

 I seem to be on the right track...

I'm sure it's just a few more "feet" ahead...

But first, a little story about Nis, Elina and Loumari...

Here we see Nis contemplating his own reflection.

Here's mom, Loumari, a little pregnant with a brother for Nis and Elina.

Here's Elina with some of her cherished things.

A closeup of Elina.

Elina contemplating an early lunch

So where is the dad giant, Isak Heartstone? Well, believe it or not, it turns out that he was killed by the city of Breckinridge, Colorado so they didn't live happily ever after...


Butterflies At Tom Sawyer Park

Two of the butterflies I saw this past weekend in Tom Sawyer Park

This first one, which is one of the varieties of Black Swallowtail, had huge wings. They were larger than any of the other Black Swallowtails I had previously seen. 


This Monarch butterfly was nice enough to stay in a dark area where the light could still shine through its wings. 


Bird on a cattail

At Lake Nevin, in Bernheim Forest, lots of birds like to alight on the cattails.

Orange Accents

A milkweed bug checks out his new living arrangements.