It feels like my mental health has been quite challenging recently. The paranoid thoughts and feelings have been a struggle, although shifting from intense paranoia, which is terror and panic, down to self obsession, which is accompanied by anxiety, has been a blessing.
Today has been better still. A day of relative comfort, peace and some joy, with a bit of anxiety in the mix.
I followed my morning routine, which includes my embroidery (the butterfly is beggining to pull together), and then I went to St James Park.
The amazing thing is that I have to wear these hideous hospital boots to protect the pressure sores on my feet, and the park was packed, and I was fine.
I took my Olympus OMD EM10 MK iii, with the Mzuiko 60mm f2.8 macro. I’ve come away with 3 photos that I like of a pochard, a red crested pochard, and my favourite was of the female red crested pochard. Very sublime and no red crest. I can’t post those as yet as my computers not up and running.
The wind was blowing petals and other bits of plants and trees, sorry I don’t know the name of these “other bits”. They kept getting stuck in my throat and causing me to cough. Here’s one of the little blighters.
This particular 727 is run by Oil Spill Response LTD. It has a boom underneath the rear of the fuselage which is used to spray the right chemicals to disperse oil from major spills. Currently it is the only aircraft in the world licensed for this duty.
The flying Bulls BA 105 Helicopter performed the most amazing Aerobatics. It has a fixed rota position (most helicopters have a moveable rota for control yaw, pitch amd momentum), and this design means they can do a full loop and be completely upside down. If a helicopter didn’t have a tail rota then it would spin out of control due to giroscopic motion.
The Harrier is always a crowd pleaser. Although it is no longer is active service with the British armed forces, it is still used by the Airforce and Navy of other countries. The two that were used for display at the Farnborough International Airshow are in service with the Spanish Navy.
The Harrier is a VSTOL aircraft – Vertical, Short, Take off, Landing, and this means that it can adjust its exhaust (vector) nozzles so that it can take off vertically or with an increased trajectory so that it doesn’t need to roll down a long runway. These are especially useful for landing in areas where there is no runway or a shorter runway is in use, such as on an aircraft carrier or in a jungle.
Adjusting the vectoring nozzles whilst in flight gives the Harrier some unique aerial skills and maneuverability. These were an important contributing factor during the Falklands war.
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