I’ve recently been inspired to go into my digital archives and revisit some of my “oldies but goodies”. With newer, more responsive photo editing software now available is a re-do of some of my favs in order? Can I now make images work that maybe didn’t make the cut two, five, ten years ago? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’m going in…wish me luck!
You may already know that often to pass the time in longer flights I make little cell phone videos of the trip. Nothing special, seriously just a dumb time killer. Enjoy my recent trip east for the Christmas holiday!
Night operations at the Thomas Fire last night (12/9-10/17). The fire continued to push hard toward the communities of Carpinteria and Montecito. Approximately 4,435 personnel from all over the United States have converged on southern California to help battle this massive wildfire.
Since it's origin, the Thomas Fire has consumed over 173,000 acres and destroyed over 750 structures. As of this posting the fire is 15% contained with full containment estimated to be reached on Christmas Eve. © Craig Durling / www.DurlingMedia.com
On Saturday, November 4, 2017 over 20 helicopters converged on the Hansen Dam Recreation Park in Los Angeles for the 2017 American Heroes Air Show. Twenty demonstration/display aircraft entertained and informed members of the public during this free annual event. Helicopters from the US military, public safety, media and more were on hand for public viewing. Dozens of static displays, delicious food and helicopter rides were also available at the event.
The lack of a water truck resulted in a "brown-out" as many of the aircraft arrived early in the morning before the event. ©Craig Durling
A fast-moving brush fire has consumed over 5,000 acres in the hills just north of Los Angeles threatening homes in nearby communities. Hundreds of firefighters and law enforcement officers from numerous agencies have converged on the fire to battle the erratic fire behavior as well as facilitate evacuations and residential security. © Craig Durling / durlingmedia.com
In April of 2017 I flew to Santa Catalina Island with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department to document a large scale brush fire training drill. This was not as much an active fire drill as it was a logistics drill to train in coordinating the movement of fire crews and apparatus to the island of coast of southern California in the event of a substantial brush fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with the Avalon Fire Department, are responsible for fire suppression on the large island. Transportation to the island was provided by the LASD's Air Rescue 5 and the return trip by LACoFD (Firehawk) Copter 19. © Craig Durling
Took a drive up to the Antelope Valley a while back to capture the tail end of the California Poppy "Super" Bloom with my friend and colleague Jeff Zimmerman. I'd argue that the conditions this spring weren't ideal for a "Super" bloom but it was a beautiful display nonetheless. Take a drive up next spring! © Craig Durling
While spending some time in Key West this past spring I thought I'd go for my first skydiving experience with the gang at www.skydivekeywest.com. What an experience it was and I'd do it again in a heartbeat! It went to quickly but thankfully I have the pictures and video to memorialize the experience! A must-do!