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Hi everyone,

From October 1 through Halloween on October 31, Uesugi Farms in Morgan Hill, CA turns into one of the most popular and beautiful Pumpkin Parks in the world.  Uesugi Farms offers train rides, hay rides, getting lost in a corn maze , acres of pumpkins of all sizes, beautiful flowers,  a gift shop and photo opportunities from the air and on the ground.

The park also has its annual pumpkin weigh in.  In 2015, the world record heaviest pumpkin won the contest at the Pumpkin Park with a 2,032 lb pumpkin from Napa, CA.

We fly right over the park on almost every flight and the colors are amazing.  On the day we took this 2015 photo, cars were backed up for more than a mile to bring families to this lovely seasonal treat.



Boo! Have a great October,


Uesugi Pumpkin Farm



Hi everybody,

The image this month was taken by Julie on one our Las Vegas trips. We are looking South toward Lake Mead, and we are about 20 miles East of Nellis AFB. It is late in the afternoon and we are near the “magic hour”. The magic hour, or golden hour, is when the sun is low either in the first hour after sunrise or the last hour prior to sunset. It is a great time to get long shadows that are not too harsh, gorgeous warm colors, and less glare from high sun angles that often mute colors and blow out the whites. The overall colors tend to be redder and softer.
We take these trips every month to shoot solar farms around Vegas, Blythe, Palmdale, and in the San Joaquin Valley.
Keep cool and have a great August,




Hi everyone,

Several years ago we had a picture of the Lick observatory after a snow as a calendar. We figured that it’s time to see it from a different perspective. Tayler was flying nearby and noticed the observation door was open, which it rarely is during the day. Upon closer inspection, there is someone working on the door rail system, which gives you some idea of the scale.
This building houses the 120 inch reflector telescope, completed in 1959. Interestingly, light pollution in the San Jose area limited the usefulness of the telescope, but there was inadequate funding to move the facility to another site. In 1980, San Jose initiated a transition from low-pressure sodium lights that were the offenders, and then more recently the lighting has been upgraded again to LED’s. This has made the telescopes viable again.The University of California announced in 2014 of its intentions continue to financially support Lick Observatory.
There is a very nice visitor center and tours, but the road to get there is a bit hazardous, so be careful.
Have a great July!

Summer is hot on our heels as temperatures have been soaring toward triple digits here in the Bay Area. The sudden warm up this week gives us the perfect opportunity to feature this month’s scorching photo taken above California’s high desert.


On a recent flight, we had the opportunity to land at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Upon arrival, we quickly realized, it is not just another desolate airstrip in the middle of desert, but, rather a piece of history that happens to be home to one of the aircraft graveyards on the West Coast. On a remote corner of the airfield, Mojave has become the final destination for thousands of commercial aircraft for many decades. From various generations of 747s, to Tri-Jets, biz-jets, and even some classic fighters, some aircraft may be parked for short term storage but most have retired from service and are being parted out or scrapped.

The Mojave Air and Space Port has evolved tremendously since its opening in 1935. A small rural airfield that once served the gold and silver mining industry, has today, emerged as the leading aerospace test center for commercial operations in North America. In 2004, the airport became “America’s First Inland Spaceport.” The National Test Pilot School, one of the only accredited civilian test pilot centers in the U.S. is also located on the field.

There are many tenants at Mojave playing a vital role in the Aerospace Industry. One of the most notable is Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites, which is well known for the development and journey of the Model 76 Voyager and SpaceshipOne. In 2005, Rutan joined forces with Richard Branson to create The Spaceship Company to build a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo reusable space-transports to support the Virgin Galatic human spaceflight program.

As we piled in the airplane to continue our journey home, we even got to witness the high altitude flying Scaled Composites Proteus return from a mission and taxi back to base. If that wasn’t exciting enough, as we headed for the runway, a friendly voice from the tower informed us that to our right was the last flying Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, the “Stargazer” – the mother ship that carries the Pegasus Rocket.


If you’re drivin’ or flyin’ by, I would highly recommend you to explore Mojave.


P.S. The chili at restaurant is good too! Even on a hot day.

Have a great June,

Tayler B. Schmitt