Florida Screech Owl

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I shot this Florida Screech Owl last night at the in-laws.  It was in a tree in their front yard and remained there through several flash shots.  The only camera I had with me was the Canon 110 I keep in the car console for just such occasions.  Again, my No.1 equipment axiom: the best camera for the job is the one you have with you when the picture needs taking.  Surprisingly, it allowed me to shoot several flash shots from a distance of about 2 feet.  The Screech is the smallest of Florida owls.  This one was about 7 – 8″ tall.

1933 Waco Standard Cabin Biplane

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A 1933 Waco UIC biplane at Albert Whitted airport in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It is shown

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here without the usual cowling around the 210hp Continental 7 cylinder radial power plant.

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She is currently flying tourists around the St. Pete/Clearwater beach area but was originally owned by William Randolph Hearst and flown between the family estate in San Simeon to the family ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico.  How about that big ole steering wheel sized yoke?!