Drones, nature and a pond

Planking the Pinta

February 29, 2020 Boats

Second model boat – the Pinta. Planking the hull this week. A lotta close ups – so you can almost feel the wood – just reach out, and touch it. Tech note: Have to soak the planks for 24hrs, before they are pliant enough to wrap the lines of the hull, without breaking.

A Simple 3″ HD Drone (DJI FPV)

February 26, 2020 Drones

This is the tale of a newly built drone, arising from a broken arm on an actual new DJI FPV HD drone, and the fact that I had on hand an analog 3″ drone I was no longer interested in flying. I had an iFlight Titan DC2 that I got a month back. A nice flying quad … Which met an untimely end after colliding with a basketball backboard while indoor flying this week. It dropped 15′ to the hardRead More

A Pond Loving Morning with Charlie

June 7, 2019 Family, Nature

First 5″ Drone – Radix FC

May 18, 2019 Drones

My first 5″ quad – flew it today. Been flying 3″ and smaller. This is a honey. BrainFPV supplied the BrainFPV Radix F4 FC, the Hobbywing 45A 4in1 ESC, the Hobbywing Xrotor 2306/2400 motors, the 5×3 Gemfan props, the TBS nano CRSF, the TBS vTx. I provided my own cam, frame and batt. I let BrainFPV source the gear cuz I’d not done 5″ before. And I’m really glad I did that. This thing flew for 8.5 min before myRead More

Winter in the Backyard

March 16, 2019 Nature

Winter fascinates. From the metallic dimpled icy plating laid over the back deck over night … to the newly minted deer paths (more like highways – some serious hoof work) in all that vast whiteness down there … Leaving a weak, waning sunset, colder, to complete the day …

Sailplane Settling In

September 28, 2018 Drones

Pond – Late Spring, Early Summer

June 28, 2018 Nature

Catching up, since last fall.  The Minnows made it through the winter.  They patrol the pond, and are busy breeding under the water lilies – you see ripples coming from the edges of the lily pads.  Haven’t seen a blue gill yet – hmmmm.  Of course, there are frogs, toads, etc.  And flying birds.  And snakes.  And turtles.  And fishing birds – Herons.  The odd duck or two – they never stay.  And beauty.  So much so – I hadRead More

Water as Smooth as Glass – A Pond in Early Fall

September 11, 2017 Nature

Photos of a pond. Our pond.  Taken in still water – water as smooth as glass.  In early Sept of this year.  The water lilies are still robust.  Water level is down about 18″ – was a dry summer, and we haven’t caught up yet.  And it’s drop dead gorgeous.  Reflections to boot.

Yard and Pond – Late August

August 28, 2017 Nature

Catching up – haven’t posted for a while.  Some pics from Jerie’s gardens and my pond.  In late August.  Been a balmy summer here.  A bit spoiled now.  We are.

Life Underwater – What a Minnow Sees

June 1, 2017 Nature

Wanted to see what the minnows breeding under the water lilies saw.  So, I stuck a GoPro onto the end of a long slender board (inside a waterproof case), started up the camera, turned on the video – and shoved it underwater.  Just to see if there was anything worth filming.  Had to shoot blind, as there was no feedback from the GoPro.  This is the result – somewhat edited. In the first scene, there are two minnows, swimming underRead More