Summer 2005: I didn't have a big trip this summer, unless you count spending four months in Kansas City on a work project. From there I went on long weekends to Wisconsin, St. Louis, Colorado, back home to New England for the Braintree Hawks and the Blue Angels, and of course some exploring in and around Kansas City. Click on any thumbnail to start photo show at that point.
Heritage Flight, Rhode Island ANG 2005, F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon. F-15 applies afterburner. A lot of vapor got kicked up the humid first day of the Rhode Island Air Show. Canadian Snowbirds get ready to take off. Canadian Snowbirds, Rhode Island ANG 2005.
Four Snowbirds cross in a precise maneuver, Rhode Island ANG 2005. Four Snowbirds cross in a precise maneuver, Rhode Island ANG 2005. Canadian Snowbirds, Rhode Island ANG 2005. Canadian Snowbirds. Blue Angels C-130 support aircraft "Fat Albert", Rhode Island ANG 2005.
Blue Angels in tight formation, Rhode Island ANG 2005. Blue Angels in tight formation, Rhode Island ANG 2005. Blue Angels solo fliers meet, Rhode Island ANG 2005. Blue Angel kicks up some mist. Blue Angel climbs.
Blue Angels in assorted configurations. Blue Angels. St. Louis Arch. Humboldt Penguin, St. Louis Zoo. King Penguins, St. Louis Zoo.
King Penguins, St. Louis Zoo. St. Louis. Fish in St. Louis Zoo hippo tank. Underwater view of hippos, St. Louis Zoo. Hippos, St. Louis Zoo.
Elephant, St. Louis Zoo. Maylasian Sun Bear, St. Louis Zoo. Maylasian Sun Bear, St. Louis Zoo. Maylasian Sun Bear, St. Louis Zoo. Grizzly Bear, St. Louis Zoo.
Old courthouse, St. Louis, with the dome reflected in a nearby building. Cardinal fans pose by Stan the Man. A view from old Busch Stadium of new Busch Stadium.  If it looks really close, the spot where these people are standing will have to be demolished before the new stadium can be finished. Busch Stadium, St. Louis, 2005. Sausage race, Miller Park, Milwaukee.
Henry Aaron statue, Miller Park, Milwaukee. Y�know Robin Yount is only about a year older than I am and he has a statue. Miller Park, Milwaukee. Andy Pettite hurls for the Astros in Milwaukee, 2005. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Bart Starr�s Ice Bowl TD was at this end of the field.
Green Bay Packer museum with exhibits dating back to the days of leather helmets.  Note the ticket prices, $1-$2. Lombardi. The three Super Bowl trophies won by the Green Bay Packers. Swallow, Horicon NWR, Wisconsin. Bobolink, Horicon NWR, Wisconsin.
Merlin, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay. Fireworks, Hudson Gardens, Colorado. Fireworks, Hudson Gardens, Colorado. Fireworks, Hudson Gardens, Colorado. Butterfly on a lilly, Aurora, Colorado.
Butterfly on a lilly, Aurora, Colorado. Colorado wildflower, Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR near Denver. Swallow, Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Colorado wildflower, Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Colorado wildflowers, Hudson Gardens near Denver.
Garden of the Gods, Colorado. Garden of the Gods, Colorado. Castlewood Canyon State Park, Colorado. Colorado wildflower, Castlewood Canyon State Park. Bee, Kansas City.
Red-winged Blackbird, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri 2005. Cardinal, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri 2005. Swallow-tailed butterfly, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri 2005. Woodpecker, Squaw Creek NWR, Missouri. First test with new G6 camera.
Saddle-billed storks from Africa, Kansas City Zoo. Kangaroos rest in the shade, Kansas City Zoo. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City. From the top of the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, 2005.  To the left is Union Station, in the background is downtown, and to the right is part of Crown Center. Pony Express statue, Harrah�s Casino, Kansas City, 2005.
The Plaza, Kansas City. Liberty Memorial tower, Kansas City. Union Station, Kansas City. A group watches the fountain in front of Union Station, Kansas City, while waiting for a photographer (not me) to set up a shot. A group watches the fountain in front of Union Station, Kansas City, while waiting for a photographer (not me) to set up a shot.
Union Station, Kansas City, 2005. Dragonfly, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City, 2005. Redstone rocket, Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson. Apollo 13 command module Odyssey, Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson. Hasselblad camera used on the lunar surface during Apollo 14, Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson.
Gemini X capsule, Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson.  The spacewalk of astronaut Michael Collins is depicted. SR-71 Blackbird looms over the lobby of the Kansas Cosmosphere, Hutchinson. The Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was on a national tour when I visited the Kansas Cosmosphere in 2005, so after it went on permanent display I stopped again in 2007.

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