Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Tale Of Two Sand Fire Drones

Yesterday a private drone operator shot some aerial footage (top-most video below) of Day Two of the Sand Fire burning in the Cosumnes River Canyon straddling the Amador-El Dorado County line in California's Gold Country just east of Highway 49 and northeast of Plymouth, CA. Another private drone operator shot some aerial footage (bottom-most video below) today of Day Three of the same fire. Included in his video below is some ground footage from Day Two. Anywho, one operator was more responsible and stayed a more reasonable distance away while the other was foolish and most irresponsible and flew right into the middle of aerial firefighting operations, his own personal protestations to the contrary. He will probably get in trouble given there was a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) in place over the fire scene. Regardless, both videos are quite compelling, each in their own way.  



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nothing To Firestorm In Four Frames

An hour and a half after I left for work today a wildfire broke out near El Portal, CA, west of Yosemite National Park. It did not take long for it to blow up into a firestorm with a spectacular pyocumulus cloud with a pileus cloud cap. From Turtleback Dome Webcam #2 the following sequence of images was captured today. I find it fascinating to see how fast the El Portal Fire exploded out of nowhere and in how short a time this fire became established. As of this posting the fire is pegged at about 2,100 acres charred with no containment, plenty of evacuations and reports of structures lost already.

4:36 p.m.
4:41 p.m.
5:41 p.m.
6:11 p.m.

Friday, July 25, 2014

AHS Class of 1989 25th Reunion Mixer

This evening I had the distinct pleasure of catching up with some of my high school class peeps for a impromptu mixer before the main event tomorrow evening at Big Bad Bubbas BBQ. Below is who was present at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company. I've gained so much weight I could not recognize some of them initially. Anywho, I'm sure glad I'm not Forty-Something like they all are.
These images turned out not very sharp for some reason but this is what I have to offer.
Note: I apologize for missing including a picture of Joey Davis and Carla Smith who were there. 

Tom Jones (left) and Graham Melander (right).
Lisa Bishop (left) and Dawn Seitz (right)
Mica Mumford (left) and Todd Sorenson (right)
Dawn Seitz (left) and Jennifer Buchanan (right)
Pat Moore
Nicky Wallravin (left) and Tom Jones (middle) and a friend of an alumnus (right)
Ben Monmonier (left) and Scotty Holden (right)
From left: Nicky Wallravin, Tracy Theis, Juan Fernandez, and Aaron Sherer.
Scotty Holden (left), Mica Mumford (center), and Marshella Collier.
A whole cluster of 89ers and their significant others.
All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Here We Go!

This is the Sand Fire in Amador County near Plymouth, CA, in the Cosumnes River Canyon area shortly after it started this past afternoon. It got much more dramatic-looking than this not much later as it became a rolling crown fire sheeting through entire stands of pine trees. It consumed multiple structures and tonight has charred 1,300 acres and is only 20% contained. I have a distinct feeling this is going to become a major and perhaps even historic fire, but I'd like to be wrong about that although this thing certainly had "that look" today. We have late summer fuel conditions but at a time when the sun is higher in the sky and overhead longer than when the fuel conditions we are seeing typically occur in the year. This translated to exceptionally aggressive fire behavior even at the initial attack stage.
Photo courtesy of KCRA-TV Sacramento.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Top Ten TV & Movie Crushes


What follows is my list of most notable crushes on women from the small screen (television) and big screen (cinema) in rough chronological order of the advent of said crush and accompanied by the work in which I became besotted with them and the name of the character they played in said work.

Note: It is not that I can't count but the first ten is four short (and thus too short) of what is adequate. Therefore, I made it a top fourteen list with the caveat that some on the list are an ongoing thing. Amongst the ongoing are #14 which is the case for most men in North America who have happened to even watch a modicum of GoT over the course of the past four years.

Additional Note: The Kate Beckinsale as Selene (pictured above) thing is also still ongoing and always will... that forever ended my aversion to women in boots as well as my aversion to the Goth Girl look.  
  1.  Peggy Dow ~ Miss Kelly in "Harvey"
  2. Connie Sellecca ~ Pam Davidson in "The Greatest American Hero"
  3. Jessica Lange ~ Dwan in "King Kong"
  4. Lea Thompson ~ Amanda Jones in "Some Kind Of Wonderful"
  5. Maryam d'Abo ~ "Ta-Ra" in "Something Is Out There" or Kara Milovy in "The Living Daylights"
  6. Jessica Lundy ~ Nikki Page in "Over My Dead Body"
  7. Amanda Pays ~ Tina McGee in "The Flash"
  8. Elizabeth Berkley ~ Jessie Spano in "Saved By The Bell" but Nomi Malone in "Showgirls" sealed the deal.
  9. Eva Habermann ~ Zev Bellringer in "Lexx"
  10. Claudia Black ~ Aeryn Sun in "Farscape"
  11. Kate Beckinsale ~ Selene in "Underworld"
  12. Tricia Helfer ~ Number Six in "Battlestar Galactica"
  13. Krysten Ritter ~ Jane Margolis in "Breaking Bad
  14. Emilia Clarke ~ Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sampling Of Selections Of Central Coast Wine Classic

As mentioned in the previous post HERE, a couple of weekends ago I worked two consecutive 12-hour overnight security shifts at the 30th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic held at Avila Beach Golf Resort at Avila Beach, CA. In addition to the photographs I shot of the facilities which can be viewed in the previous post, I also took photographs of some of the wine and art that was up for auction at this charity fundraiser.

Note: I obtained official permission to post these images. 

All photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).