Welcome to the weekend. Welcome to my Blue Angels s~A(R)T~urday linky party!

“There is no line between fine art and illustration; there is no high or low art; there is only art, and it comes in many forms.” James Gurney

I have not really started editing the photos I took during my week in the Bay Area. Yet, I couldn’t resist sharing the ones below with you. We got a surprise visit, well, to us anyway, of the one and only:

~ Blue Angels ~

We were traveling back to the city from our trip north of the bay. And we decided to take detour to the coast and headed for Point Bonita. From there you have a wonderful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco and – so much more. Here is a little glimpse of the panorama we had. And, yes, more photos will be coming.

golden gate bridge, san francisco, panorama

So, anyway, we were slowly walking back to our car when we spotted and heard a jet approaching. This single jet was closely followed by four jets flying in formation. I was not really prepared to take action shots, however at least I did have my 70-200 mm lens and not the wide-angle on my camera. So, I got a few shots of them and I have to say, I was pretty mesmerized by how freaking close they are flying. I actually looked it up and here is the answer to #28 of the FAQ on their site:

What is the closest distance that the jets fly to each other?

The closest the diamond will fly to each other is 18 inches during the Diamond 360 maneuver.

18 inches! Up in the sky at speeds of about 400 mph. Turned out that they were in town for the annual Fleet Week in San Francisco, which we missed by a few days. But we got the extra an viewing some of their training. And we got shocked, too. Because when David finally dragged me away and we drove slowly over the Golden Gate in bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic they were still practicing, but I had lost them out of sight. Until I heard them, looked up and saw it / heard it thundering right over our heads just above the bridge. I swear my heart lost at least a couple of beats. It was so close. So loud. So wow.

This may not be art in the conventional way, but I think it is very impressive what they are doing.

How about you? What have you been up to lately? I hope you are having a great weekend!

p.s. please click on the images to enlarge them and have a better view

Blue Angels



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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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