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26 October 2008 @ 10:41 am
So, yesterday afternoon when I was walking along the Charleston Slough, looking for birds to photograph, I noticed a cloud patch on a pond. Now, it was a very clear day and I was surprised that there was a cloud in the sky blocking the sun when I noticed the "cloud" was moving - causing a lot of commotion among the gulls in one of the ponds. I aimed my camera at the gulls because I thought I could make some interesting pictures with sunlight and shadows - but then I noticed the shadow getting bigger and moving faster - like in the Tom and Jerry cartoons when a large object is falling from the sky! A little spooked, I looked into the sun to see a gigantic airship moving quietly. Wow! An airship! It was actually a real rigid airship - a Zeppelin! I never realized they still flew these things and for once a man-made thing took priority over the birds in the pond and I aimed my camera at the Zeppelin and took a photograph. And I had no clue that this was a historic event - because this was the first Zeppelin flying in the US in 71 years! More news on the flight here: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_10819919

kejnkejn on October 26th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
part of me wishes i was a WEALTHY tourist because a ride in that would be COOL, part of me shudders at the thought of the landing. (and i don't think want to ride with a captain who lights up a cigarette just after landing.) :)

any good birds out today?
Yathinyathin on October 26th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
You better get a Zeppelin ride before a captain lights up a cigarette and they shut down for the next seventy one years! ;)
Melkendokamel on October 26th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)

I'd read about that - they shipped it in pieces from Germany, and were doing a long flight across part of the country, before doing short flights based out of SanFran.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on October 29th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)

What an experience watching an airship! I have been a fan of airships for a long while.