Not your typical Tahoe – 1983 U.S. Navy SEABEE Utility Vehicle


On display at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport courtesy of the American Military Historical Society.


And then there’s this –


And this –


For more from this event check out my post here.

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Amelia’s Little Airport

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Dramatic nighttime lighting highlights the unique design of the Fernandina Beach (Florida) Municipal Airport Terminal building. The design pays homage to the U.S. Navy F4U Corsair fighter plane that flew training missions from this airfield during WWII.

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The “Corsair” as seen from the plane’s starboard side (note the small green light at the end of the wing). The canopy (skylight) is highlighted with a series of LED lights.

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The terminal as seen from the runway side of the airfield.

A well-executed design that looks stunning at night. I’m sure this will be somewhat of an attraction here in Northeast Florida as the building will feature all types of memorabilia from the airfield’s connection to the Corsair and the training of Naval aviators during World War II.

Thanks for stopping by!


Veteran’s Day 2017 – Reflections on our past

End all wars – the BEST way to honor our veterans.

I served in the United States Navy for 22 years – 1975 to 1997. The Cold War was in full bloom (1980s and the Reagan Navy) but our mission in the Navy then was NOT to provoke a war with the Soviets – oh we prepared everyday for one – mock attacks against Soviet assets on land, at sea and in the air. Our Admirals didn’t sail the globe bragging about our capabilities – we knew we would win any conflict and the Soviets knew it too.

There was always a U.S. attack sub up the ass of a Soviet sub – always. If you served on an aircraft carrier back then, and I served on 3 of the best, you always had a Soviet trawler, submarine, surface ship, satellite and aircraft trailing you like remora on a shark. But our talent was keeping an eye on them without starting WWIII.

Peace through power applied by sane commanders. I’m afraid that in today’s climate of constant saber rattling that the reasonable commanders have taken a back seat and have allowed the insane to command (to the highest levels). Our mission back then was to avoid nuclear war at all costs. There is no such thing as limited nuclear war.

We are our strongest when we are NOT at war.

So on this Veteran’s Day, I reflect on my past and the past of our Nation. The best way to honor a veteran? Stop making wars that are unwinnable (they all are after all).

Peace y’all… Chris



On the way up – 1984


On the way out – 1997


Thanks Simon!!!


As a retired United States Navy Sailor of 22 years, this made my day a bit more enjoyable! While shopping at The Avenues Mall in Jacksonville, Florida, I spotted this open parking space pretty close to the entrance to the mall. To my surprise I saw this sign. Since there wasn’t any open spots nearby, it was appreciated  for two reasons. First for saying thanks for my service, and second that a non veteran didn’t snatch the spot. Why? Because Jacksonville is a Navy Town and the locals know how to treat a Sailor! lol

Anyway, thanks to the Simon Property Group for their simple gesture of support. Let’s give a big “Shout Out” to The Avenues Mall and Simon!

And remember… “Go Navy, The Best Always Have”!

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S4


Amboseli N.P., Kenya 1979


Mount Kilimanjaro as seen from Amboseli N.P., Kenya.

After endless weeks and months at sea (Indian Ocean), my U.S. Navy ship arrived in the port city of Mombasa, Kenya for a bit of ‘liberty’. As a Sailor on government pay (1979) there would have been no way I would have been able to go on a photographic safari in Africa – I might have had a better chance at going to the moon. But along with a few of my shipmates we were able to afford (with the Navy’s help), to get out of Mombasa (a good thing) and see sights we might never had the chance to see otherwise. It was November 1979 – just a few days before the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and more endless days, weeks and months at sea for me and about 25,000 other U.S. Navy Sailors.

I traded one distant horizon at sea for another on land – no contest. I can say that my two days touring Amboseli made up for two months at sea (well almost).

These images are but a few from the dozens that I have still need to scan. The film used was Kodak Kodachrome 25 and 64 shot with my trusty Canon F-1 (1978 version) and Canon’s FD lenses.


Kilimanjaro from our VW safari bus. Canon FD 80-200mm f/ 4 lens at 200mm and a bit of cropping.


This image was taken from outside the ‘safety’ of our VW bus. Billions of mosquitoes kept me from wandering too close to this beautiful elephant. 


Amazing animals… not much more to say.


The exposure was off a tad but elephants and Kilimanjaro are not an easy capture!


Maasai tribesmen giving me his ‘best’ hunters pose. He was a pretty funny guy and we hung out for a bit until an elder butted in and wanted in on the action (cigarettes for poses).


I know I say this almost every time I post travel pics from the ancient days – if you ever get the chance to travel to Kenya and Tanzania on a photo safari then jump on it!

Thanks for your visit!