Woke up early one morning, and walked through the wet fields beside Sunny Acres Road to the bay behind the Invista plant. The bay gets a bit stagnant at the height of summer, but it's a nice area none-the-less. There are some huge Willow trees at the waters edge:
From the fields there's an interesting view of the water purification plant. It's a very bunker-like building that doesn't yield any clue about its function. It performs an extremely vital task with little margin for error very quietly and uneventfully:
In that area Patterson Park is a lesser known jewel in Kingston's collections of parks. It has a beautiful copse, with one of my favourite benches.
Here's what it looks out onto, Lake Ontario, from a slight elevation that makes the distant horizon seem even wider:
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
A CF-100 out to pasture on the grounds of the Royal Military College. A Cold War era interceptor. Older military aircraft (and some newer ones like the F-16) frequently have startlingly organic shapes. Imagine the air flowing along the metal at several hundred kilometers per hour and around -40 degrees Celsius. The aluminum panels, often hand-shaped and fitted, are examples of high craftmanship:
Trailing edge at the wing root:
The opposite wing root, flap drooping a little:
Access panels. You can find a large variety of cunning latches on aircraft. They have to be easy to open but fold flush out of the airstream, and of course never open in flight.