Sunrise in Ogunquit, Maine.

Sunrise in Ogunquit, Maine, 2019.
Sunrise in Ogunquit, Maine, 2019.

Ogunquit, Maine. It is 5h15 in the morning and in the hotel room, the thick curtains do not allow me to know what type of light is offered by the sunrise. A quick glance outside gives me the signal that my night is over. The light is worth being captured.

On the beach, there are already a few people who have arrived, either to fish, meditate, jog or take pictures. I will spend the next few hours, capturing the different nuances of light on the water and through the waves.

I will try to include a few of these photos in the coming editions of my blog.

Waiting for opportunities in Ogunquit, United States.

A seagull flies over the beach in Ogunquit, waiting for opportunities.
A seagull flies over the beach in Ogunquit, Maine, waiting for opportunities.

This picture of a seagull has been taken from the third floor of the Norseman Hotel in Ogunquit, Maine. The aperture was reduced almost to its minimum to blur everything but the bird. Some serious cropping was needed to enlarge the seagull. I was helped by a Canon telephoto lens and the 50.6 megapixels of the Canon 5DSR full frame sensor.

Houses and buildings of Victoria and Vancouver

Traditional house with flowers in Victoria, British Columbia.
Traditional house with flowers in Victoria, British Columbia.

The houses and buildings of Victoria and Vancouver are really stylish and deserve some attention. The nice Victoria weather allows for the rapid growth of the vegetation and the house owners generally try to have flowers in front of their property. Oak Bay and Uplands are two sectors where a visitor is sure to find very interesting houses.

A modern house in Victoria, British Columbia.
A modern house in Victoria, British Columbia.

During wintertime, the grass is green in Victoria. During summertime, it is yellow unless watered daily. The microclimate is due to the proximity of the Olympic Mountains. The air that slopes down the east side of the mountains warms up and dries, favoring a more stable weather than in the rest of Canada.

Old buildings of Vancouver.
Old buildings of Vancouver.
Condominiums in the highrise towers of Vancouver.
Condominiums in the highrise towers of Vancouver.

The picture above shows the view that an Airbnb rental can afford. In fact, it was the view from our room on a recent trip to Vancouver.

Timing is everything in Victoria Harbour.

A Harbour Air floatplane is rapidly approaching the Victoria Clipper in the Victoria harbour.
A Harbour Air floatplane is rapidly approaching the Victoria Clipper in the Victoria harbour.

Arriving and departing floatplanes in Victoria Harbour must deal daily with ships that cross their path on landing and take-off. The staff on the Victoria Clipper is so used to this kind of traffic that it does not look in the direction of the incoming aircraft!

Container ships near Quebec City

The container ship Hapag_Lloyd Quebec Express and the container ship MSC Paola are sailing around Île d'Orléans near Quebec City.
The container ship Hapag_Lloyd Quebec Express and the container ship MSC Paola are sailing around Île d’Orléans near Quebec City.

Those two container ships that sailed near Quebec City in July 2019 reminded me of recent news regarding the Port of Quebec‘s installations and the will to receive always bigger container ships.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/port-of-quebec-announces-deal-with-hutchison-ports-and-cn-rail-to-develop-new-775-million-container-terminal-300857306.html

To take the picture, I waited that the Quebec Express had completed his turn west of Île d’Orléans. From that moment, the photographic distance between the two container ships started to diminish. The MSC Paola’s bow became an artificial frame that included part of the Quebec Express.

Complete edition of the orbx freeware and payware virtual airport list.

The complete edition of the Orbx freeware and payware virtual airports, dated June 09 2019, is in the downloadable file below (the link in green). The runway details and airport elevation is included. It will be updated regularly.

The information in the PDF file is in colour. The airports in black are part of the global pack freewares. The airports in green are freewares that are not part of the global packs. The airports in blue are payware airports.

When a runway is in orange, it means that the length of the runway is 2000 ft or below, and/or the width is 60 ft or below. The water aerodrome are defined by the word “water” in blue. Finally, the elevation of the airport is in red at the end of the runway details.

Complete list of freeware and payware airports with runway description

Fourth edition of the Orbx freeware and payware virtual airport list.


The fourth edition of the Orbx freeware and payware virtual airports, dated June 02 2019 is in the downloadable file below (the link in green). The list of airports is complete. I still have to add runway details to several airports.

The information in the PDF file is in colour. The airports in black are part of the global pack freewares. The airports in green are freewares that are not part of the global packs. The airports in blue are payware airports.

When a runway is in orange, it means that the length of the runway is 2000 ft or below, and/or the width is 60 ft or below. The water aerodrome are defined by the word “water” in blue. Finally, the elevation of the airport is in red at the end of the runway details.

Fourth edition of the Orbx freeware and payware airport list.



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