The other day I decided go through my collection of over 20,000 airplane-related pictures and selected some of my favorites to put on one of my digital picture frames. I chose about 900 pictures for the picture frame than, having gone to all that effort, wondered what else to do with the collection. I decided to upload them to my Microsoft OneDrive for the enjoyment of my extended family, flying partners and anyone else with a link to the collection.  Now that includes you.

Full disclosure, some of the pictures were taken by flying companions and also by two of my siblings, who also own Zodiac 601 XLB aircraft. We have a total of 4 Zenith aircraft in our family; I also have a 701.  I have found my Zenith aircraft to be one heck of a “platform” from which to “see the sights”.  It can take me nearly anywhere I have the desire, courage and experience to go.

The picture collection has a bit of repetition in it. This is not an issue for the original picture-frame idea but does tend to bulk up the collection.  Sorry.

The pictures have been randomized, because that’s how I choose to view them myself.  If you would like to know where any particular picture was taken, send me a message containing the picture's random-number name and I will tell you. Down below I have listed some of the subject matter.

Some pictures are of homes in Sonoma and Napa Counties, near my home base (KSTS).  One day I took the 701 out on what I called a “peeping Tom flight”.  The goal was to take pictures of the interesting homes in “my neighborhood”. They do seem a little "out of place" in the collection.

The picture-viewing website works reasonably well.  You might want to press the F11 key (on a PC) to put your browser into/out of full-screen mode.  You can click any picture to switch to one-at-a-time viewing mode.  Then you can use left/right arrow keys to advance to the next picture.  The ESC key will exit one-at-a-time mode.  Using menus you can download any picture if you like.

I hope you enjoy them, Steve

P.S. When folks view my picture collection they sometimes comment on the “need” to fly safely, or my apparent failure to do so.  Rest assured that after 1,800 hours in my airplanes, I know how to fly them in nearly any situation. Please know that just like someone who chooses to climb Mt. Everest or sail a small boat around the world, I understand the risk inherent in my particular flavor of flying and do so well informed. I don’t need or want any coaching about my flying, (unless you fly like I do, then we have something to talk about).

Places

  • Arches National Park, UT
  • Badlands National Park, SD
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
  • Canyonlands National Park, UT
  • Capitol Reef National Park, UT
  • Coal Mine Canyon, AZ
  • Death Valley National Park, CA
  • Devils Tower National Monument, WY
  • Fisher Towers, UT
  • Florida Keys, FL
  • Glacier National Park, MT
  • Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
  • Grand Teton National Park, WY
  • Kings Canyon National Park, CA
  • Meteor Crater, AZ
  • Monument Valley, AZ
  • Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, SD
  • Oshkosh, WI
  • Saline Valley (Chicken strip), CA
  • Sedona, AZ
  • Valles Caldera, NM
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY
  • Yosemite National Park, CA

Mountains

  • Half Dome, CA
  • Hood, OR
  • Lassen, CA
  • Olympics, WA
  • Rainier, WA
  • Rockies, CO
  • Shasta, CA
  • Shiprock, NM
  • Sierra Nevada, CA
  • St. Helens, WA
  • Thielsen, OR
  • Trinity, CA
  • Whitney, CA

Rivers

  • Colorado
  • Columbia, OR & WA
  • Deschutes, OR
  • Eel, CA
  • Green, WY & UT
  • Kern, CA
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Paria, AZ
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salmon, ID
  • Snake WA & ID
  • Verde, AZ
  • Yellowstone, WY

Cities

  • Las Angles, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA

Lakes

  • Crater, OR
  • Flaming Gorge, UT & WY
  • Mille Lacs, MN
  • Mono, Ca
  • Owens, CA
  • Pillsbury, CA
  • Powel, UT
  • Pyramid, NV
  • St. Mary, MT
  • Topaz, NV
  • Trinity, CA
  • Walker, NV

Sand dunes

  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, UT
  • Crescent Dunes, NV
  • Dumont Dunes, CA
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

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Comment by Gary Welch on June 26, 2015 at 11:41pm

Wow, Steve. You really need to get out more...

Seriously, if anyone ever asks me again why i like to fly I'm going to show them this photo log of yours. I fly because of all the adventures!

Thanks for posting these amazing and inspirational pics!

Gary

Comment by David Gallagher on June 10, 2015 at 6:01am

That is a very impressive collection of flying pictures.  I have not ventured out of the US midwest where the views don't change very drastically.  I have pilot envy.

 

Stay safe,

 

Dave

Comment by Randy Ferri on June 8, 2015 at 9:57am

Steven, Really beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing.

On a nother topic, could you email me directly rpf@wi.rr.com.  I'm hoping you could send me some pics of your CAMit engine installation.  I'm interested in what you did with your cooling ducts.  By the way, how is it running?

Thanks, Randy

Comment by Joe Harrington on June 3, 2015 at 2:36pm

Very nice! Those photographs represent a lot of adventure!

Comment by Henri Luyckx on June 3, 2015 at 11:45am

Love your pictures, thanks for sharing

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