Wednesday, June 6, 2012


It's June 6 - the anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.  I normally wouldn't think to create a post about this day, but just a few weeks ago I was fortunate to photograph one of the beaches involved in the invasion from a jet I was flying from Germany to the U.S.  It was a very clear day, and although I didn't have a camera with me I did have my Sony tablet.  The camera quality is not very good, but I did get a reasonable photo of the coastline when the pilot announced that we were flying over Normandy.

Here is my photograph:

And here is a Google Maps satellite view, with the corresponding area circled in red.

Finally, here is a diagram showing the different beaches that were invaded as part of that massive effort to attack the German forces and re-take France and eventually all of Europe.  As you can see the codename for the beach I photographed is Utah beach, which was the destination for the westernmost invasion forces during this operation. Actually Utah beach is only about a 3 mile segment of the beach that I flew over.

If you want to read more here is the link to the Wikipedia entry for Utah Beach.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Alaska Airlines

It doesn't happen very often, but occasionally I will license one of my digital images for various commercial or personal uses, such as advertising or a website. Below you can see one of my Philadelphia images showing City Hall and Logan Fountain in the spring in this month's Alaska Air magazine. 

The link to the online version is here.

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