All in a days work.

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It’s sounds like an exciting adventure Jeff .. hopefully we can meet up. I am glad you will be making regular posts .. it will be so fun to follow along ..


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Absolutely beautiful!
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Day One was uneventful. We drove from Lincoln to Fort Worth, had a Popeyes chicken sandwich and went to bed. Tomorrow will take us to Rockport, TX where we will meet up with Chris and his airplane. Then, the trip will start to get interesting. Good night.
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Day Two

The trip south has taken us from Nebraska late winter, early spring to 80 degrees, leaves on the trees and green everywhere.

We left Ft. Worth at about 0800 and headed south to Rockport, TX. Some time along the say we decided that we will not eat at any chain restaurants. So while driving through Hallettsville, TX Mike found a BBQ joint on the internet.

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Owned by a husband/wife team and staffed by their daughter.

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I had a half of a chicken and potato salad. Both excellent.

Then on to Rockport, TX. Here is the view from my room.

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Very close to the water and marina.

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After a couple hours, the plane and pilot arrived at the airport.

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The plane is a 1958 Cessna that the pilot has modified for aerial photography.

After a great meal at a local restaurant, we walked back to the hotel.

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The next couple days will be spent swapping cards in timelapse camera systems we installed last year around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and doing some aerial photography. Then start the journey north to Ft. Smith, NWT.
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Thanks for taking the time to share the pictures of the places you visit and stay at. Some amazing views.


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Day Three

Early morning brought fog and low visibility. I woke up early to watch the sunrise from a long pier close to the hotel. One look out the window and went back to bed. The fog started burning off shortly after sunrise.

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After a quick breakfast we headed to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to check on the three timelapse cameras we installed last year. The first on the trip was installed on a observation platform overlooking Mustang Lake and San Antonio Bay.

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It is a popular perch for vultures and other birds.

The second camera is on a elevated walkway close to the observation tower.

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All of the timelapse systems are built around the Nikon D5600 and the TRLcam timelapse controller. Power is provided by a 25 watt solar and stored in a bank of eight supercapacitors. There are no batteries in the system which makes it extremely reliable for rears of use. The intervalometer timing is set by a GPS module on the control board. The GPS data is fed into a microcontroller that calculates the exact sunrise and sunset time for that location. The controller then starts taking pictures one hour before sunrise and stops one hour after sunset. In that first and last hour, four times as many images are captured. So, if the interval is set on one hour, the camera will shoot four images before sunrise and four images after sunset. The interval is set with a series of dipswitches. Very simple and very reliable.

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The third camera is on a windmill tower a few miles from the observation platform.

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Same setup as the other two and working well.

Before leaving the refuge we took a couple side trips down a couple walking paths. It was a great day for wildlife watching.

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About 1600 it cleard up enough for a VFR flight. So, we made our way to the airport to get setup.

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The guys were in the air for about an hour and a half and had a successful trip.
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We are tuned in to the journey, Jeff -- keep the posts coming.
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Definitely


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Day Four

Foggy, windy and a low ceiling. No flying today. :(
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