Look! Up in the Air! It’s a Bird… No, It’s a Plane!

For a high-flying fan like Ellen, Yuma is a great place to “bird watch,” even when the birds are big, noisy, and metal. Well, maybe they’re not metal any more — maybe they’re made of some sort of super-material. Whatever it is, it  makes these birds fly fast and high. They’re totally fun to watch, because you have to look before you hear them (!) — as soon as you hear them, they’re already gone.

They’re even more fun to try to snap photos of, because they’re so sneaky and gone before you can even point the camera. So it took some time for Ellen to get some photos…

… that started to look like the jets she was seeing…

… and sometimes those airborne machines weren’t even jets, but cargo carriers…


… helicopters…

… and more helicopters…

… even the occasional small private plane:

She had a lot of chances, because jets were flying in and out of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Yuma nearly every single day (it seems as though they didn’t fly much on weekends or holidays) and we often drove right past the airfield while they were taking off and landing.

Often they flew in pairs:


You’d think this would have made it very easy to get lots of excellent photos.

But like I said, they’re sneaky and they’re fast. They’re built for battle, after all. Get in before they know you’re there and make a speedy exit.

Eventually, all that practice paid off, and she got some decent shots of the Harrier jets that fly over Yuma:

But the best was yet to come…. next time!

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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