VISITORS' PHOTO GALLERY - NEW!

(and still very much under construction)


Niagara Falls - Canadian Side


U.S. side and from the air (in top rt quad)


Cassy and Jessica under the falls! <--> Ship Rock - Crater Lake, Oregon


Doug gets the big one (10lbs) 1999 opening night


Perry Baromedical hyperbaric chambers.
My brother recently installed these at Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo.
Carl says the larger chambers dive to 66' and exert ~40,000 pounds of pressure on the door!


Sailing on the Hawaiian Chieftain




This picture of a fire in Montana was taken on August 6, 2000, by a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks, Alaska by the name of John McColgan with a Digital camera. Since he was working while he took the picture, he cannot sell or profit from it so he should at least be recognized as the photographer of this once in a lifetime shot!





Ensign John Gay could see the fighter plane drop from the sky heading toward the port side of the aircraft carrier Constellation. At 1,000 feet, the pilot drops the F/A-18C Hornet to increase his speed to 750 mph, vapor flickering off the curved surfaces of the plane. In the precise moment a cloud in the shape of a farm-fresh egg forms around the Hornet 200 yards from the carrier, its engines rippling the Pacific Ocean just 75 feet below, Gay hears an explosion and snaps his camera shutter once. "I clicked the same time I heard the boom, and I knew I had it", Gay said.

What he had was a technically meticulous depiction of the sound barrier being broken July 7, 1999, somewhere on the Pacific between Hawaii and Japan. At sea level a plane must exceed 741 mph to break the sound barrier, or the speed at which sound travels. The change in pressure as the plane outruns all of the pressure and sound waves in front of it is heard on the ground as an explosion or sonic boom. The pressure change condenses the water in the air as the jet passes these waves. Altitude, wind speed, humidity, the shape and trajectory of the plane -- all of these affect the breaking of this barrier. The slightest drag or atmospheric pull on the plane shatters the vapor oval like fireworks as the plane passes through, he said everything on July 7 was perfect.

You see this vapor flicker around the plane that gets bigger and bigger. You get this loud boom, and it's instantaneous. The vapor cloud is there, and then it's not there. It's the coolest thing you have ever seen.

A naval veteran of 12 years, Gay, 38, manages a crew of eight assigned to take intelligence photographs from the high-tech belly of an F-14 Tomcat, the fastest fighter in the U.S. Navy. In July, Gay had been part of a Joint Task Force Exercise as the Constellation made its way to Japan.

Gay selected his Nikon 90S, one of the five 35mm cameras he owns. He set his 80-300mm zoom lens on 300mm, set his shutter speed at 1/1000 of a second with an aperture setting of F5.6.

"I put it on full manual, focus and exposure", Gay said. "I tell young photographers who are into automatic everything, you aren't going to get that shot on auto. The plane is too fast. The camera can't keep up."




Click on this picture to see the entire globe at night (386KB JPG) on the NASA web-site!



RAWHIDE, NEVADA
Exploring the gold mines with my Navy buddies!



HOOVER DAM, NEVADA/ARIZONA