Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sky Watch Season # 4 Episode # 36

Sky Watch Friday This is the place. Please check out the site and link in if you wish to participate. There were a lot of people with beautiful Sky photos last week. You can link in from my side bar or at the start of this post. You can link at 3:00 PM EDT on Thursdays. SWF is run by Klaus, Wren, Sandy, Sylvia and myself.

The other day I saw the Goodyear Blimp coming over a plaza. I stopped the car as it descended to the top of the plaza which is beside the Kent State Airport. Something nice to add to a pale blue sky.
It got pretty close to the top of the Target store.
You can actually see the pilot in the cockpit under the blimp and a valve for filling the blimp with helium on the Y.

It then went up and away and was moving pretty fast.

A great chance encounter that was a lot of fun.

49 comments:

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful captures. It looks great against the blue sky.

skywatch @ Jaisalmer Golden City & more

ewok1993 said...

Oh I would love to ride one of those some day - to a world series game!

Grace Olsson said...

the number 3 it is very interesting..did u see it?
congrats

SandyCarlson said...

What a neat form of transportation. Makes me think of a gigantic pool toy, though.

Artlover said...

A cigar in the sky. In this, I would like to fly

Sylvia K said...

Such terrific captures, Tom! Lovely blue skies which I know you are enjoying and the blimp is perfect! Haven't seen one of those in some time! Fun! Have a great weekend and a marvelous trip that's coming up! Can't wait to see your photos when you return!!

Sylvia

Ebie said...

I want to be on that blimp, someday...

Great close up photos!

Denise said...

What great pictures. Pay's to have a camera handy doesn't it? I wouldn't be without mine. That must have been a lovely sight coming over.

Kcalpesh said...

I think that's wish to everyone! Have a good year ahead :-) Nice shots!

Pixellicious Photos

Carletta said...

The first shot is a wonderful composition Tom!
What a wonderful chance encounter.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great pictures, Tom... There is something fascinating about blimps... I haven't seen one in a long time--but I remember seeing them off and on all through the years. You got some fabulous shots.
Betsy

imac said...

One nice encounter Tom.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It has been such a long time since I've seen a Goodyear blimp, probably the last time in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Neat!

indicaspecies said...

Different sky shots here. Lovely.:)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Great pictures! I especially like the close-up picture where you can see the pilot. I've never seen a picture of a Goodyear Blimp so close. Wow, it did come close to Target!

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

very nice,you captured it beautifully....

eileeninmd said...

Neat sighting of the blimp. It is not often that one is seen around here.

eden said...

Such beautiful captures, Tom. I love especially the first image. Have a nice weekend!

Carver said...

What a fun sequence. They are so distinctive and funny looking to me.

Pearl Maple said...

Fun photos for Sky Watch Friday, you just don't see those things floating around so often anymore.

blog with no name said...

Oh man! You said we were going to Wall Mart, that down there is Target! Let's just go...

Jenn Jilks said...

I adore your photos!: the header, too. Our deer have gone, left their winter yard and no where to be sen. But things are greening up. And the skies are loverly!

hetty said...

What a great chance encounter! Lovely composition in that first shot! I'd like to go up in one of those one day.... well, maybe not.

George said...

These are great pictures of the blimp. I don't think I've ever been close enough to see the pilot before. The location of the valve is interesting.

Tes said...

Cool capture, really clear! Amazing. There are always interesting objects seen when skywatching.

Maria said...

Wow! I've only seen one of these from very far away! It must have been awesome!

I love the flowers in your blogheader!

~Maria

Regina said...

Great skies!
I love to try that adventure.
Happy weekend.

Rose said...

I cannot remember ever having seen one...I would like to see one up close, but not sure I would want to ride in one.

chubskulit said...

Wow what a great opportunity you have, thanks for sharing.

Please come by and see my skywatch when you have time. Have a great weekend!

LadyFi said...

Looks great against the pale sky. What fun!

Darla said...

Blimps are always fun to see no matter your age!!

Eaglesbrother said...

Great captures...always liked that blimp..one reason being I used to work at Goodyear Arospace in Akron..also worked in the old hanger for the Blimps there.

Judy said...

Blimps are like hot air balloons, they're neat to see. Nice captures.

Dewdrop said...

VERY COOL! I love blimps. I would love to ride in one... one of these days.

Carolyn said...

What an amazing capture Tom. I got goose bumps looking at the photos. As a child I had a very scary encounter with one of those blimps and have never had the chance to reconcile it. Beautiful shots and thanks for sharing.
Smiles

Tara R. said...

These are really great! What a fun capture.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I think I would love to go for a ride in one of these.

Mary said...

Great shots! Nice to see it up close like that!

uberrhund said...

I love those Blimp photos!
There is one tethered about 40 miles from here, we see it often and I still stop whatever I am doing to gawk!

Tom said...

What's the differance between this airship and a 1000 condoms.....

Ones a good year...... the others a 'VERY GOOD YEAR' ;O)

squirrel said...

WOW I haven't seen that in years. Glad you had your camera ready.

Michele J said...

I would be shocked to see one of these in our skies. I have never seen one before. It's not even often we will see a hot air balloon but when we do, it can be such a beautiful sight to see how it can stay up in the air. So big, but yet so graceful. Very neat pictures.

Hope all is well. I'm sorry I haven't been very blogative... I have had so many problems going on, I have been very not myself. Forgive me.

Hugs

Pietro said...

In the distance and without the inscription it could be a Ufo.
Wonderful shots, Tom!

Sacred Ruminations said...

We used to see the Good Year blimp often here in Southern California but I can't recall the last time it passed our way. Nifty blue skies where you live.
Hugs and blessings,

Tipper said...

Seems like that would be a scary ride-neat pics.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Cool!
We get to see it occasionally float by the house. Usually during race week. (NASCAR)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Cool!
We get to see it occasionally float by the house. Usually during race week. (NASCAR)

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