June 7, 2009

Air Show Moment

Filed under: Anderson Regional Airport, Guest Photographers — lessie @ 6:28 am


Barron Cooley, a local aviator and photographer, captured the above image of the Canadian Snowbirds at the May 13 Anderson Air Show. (A different manuver is here.) I understand it was a spectacular show.


June 6, 2009

Anderson Air Show

Filed under: Anderson Regional Airport, Guest Photographers — lessie @ 6:47 am


I can’t say enough how much I love this photo. Barron Cooley graciously allowed me to share it with you. He took it May 13 at the Anderson Snowbirds Air Show. He said the little boy was in his own world, complete with sound effects. His plane was even flying upside down, like many of the planes in the show. (Another version of the pic is here.) Regrettably, I didn’t attend , but literally thousands did — and I heard how good it was. Thanks, Barron, for sharing this photo with us.

January 14, 2008


Filed under: Anderson Regional Airport — lessie @ 2:21 pm

This giant eye caught my attention at the Anderson Regional Airport. Is it a spotlight?

January 7, 2008


Filed under: Anderson Regional Airport — lessie @ 4:33 am

I have no idea what these things are — but I’m thinking they help guide the planes to the runway. Anderson Regional Airport.

January 3, 2008

Airport watch

Filed under: Anderson Regional Airport — lessie @ 3:17 pm

A post-9-11 change, I believe. I like way the maintenance hanger and an airplane show in the reflection. Anderson Regional Airport.

January 2, 2008


Filed under: Anderson Regional Airport — lessie @ 2:44 am


Civil Air Patrol. The plane was situated by itself near a hanger, apart from the main body of the Anderson Regional Airport. As I stared at its name and logo, it dawned on me that I had no idea what CAP was and couldn’t begin to describe what it did. Thank goodness for Google.

I was amazed to discover that the Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization of more than 56,000 volunteers, serving as an auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. According to its Web site, CAP performs 90% of inland U.S. search and rescue — as well as many other significant missions mandated by the U.S. Congress. I am still floored that this important organization of volunteers exists in my community and I never knew. (Maybe that says more than I would like about my community awareness!) The Anderson Composite Squadron Web site is here.

February 16, 2007

Airport flags

Flags at the Anderson Regional Airport. I don’t know how or why these particular flags were chosen to fly. Makes me curious. Do you recognize them all?

Update: my curiousity got me at lunch. I called the airport and a very nice man explained that the flags represent some of the countries that own businesses in the Anderson area. Isn’t that cool? (He said there isn’t a flag on the last pole because its rope is messed up. 🙂 ) It makes me wonder what the businesses are — but I didn’t bother him with that question.

While I was at the airport on a Saturday this month, 6 small-engine plans took off. This was quite a number to me, as I was there less than 30 minutes. (It was way cold, and the wind was blustery.) An informational sign near the airport office explains that the airport is an integral part of the growth and development of business in the Anderson area.

January 31, 2007


Taken Saturday at the Anderson Regional Airport. The flags are at half-mast in honor of President Gerald Ford. I wasn’t aware of it, but flags were to stay at half-mast for 30 days after his funeral.

After working briefly with some very nice Canadians, I’m aware of how obnoxious our patriotism in the U.S. can seem. One of my favorite co-workers referred derisively to our “flag waving” and I can see his point. I love the international flavor of the Daily Photo community — and hope this picture of the U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag doesn’t offend. I post this and the one below, because the state flag is near and dear to my heart, so much so, that I would cut out the American flag for this posting if I could make it look natural. Here is why I feel so strongly…

You can’t help but love your home. No matter the problems, the difficulties. No matter the pain, the love doesn’t go away. This is the core of the Daily Photo philosophy, I’m sure. Why else would we all spend so much time photographing our homes? As proud as I am of being a native South Carolinian — my mom’s people hailing from the foothills and my dad’s folks from the sandhills — I am often ashamed of the unsavory and immoral aspects of my state’s history. Finally — they (no, we!) removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol building. Finally! As a young small-town-girl-come-to-the-capital-city, I remember peering out of the car window, craning my neck to view the rebel flag flying atop that maginficant domed building. It made me feel…strange. My parents didn’t talk about it. But I knew — or thought I knew — its implications, its inference. That’s precisely the problem (in my humble opinion) with that flag flying in the first place. As a symbol, each individual is free to draw his or her own inference, and with the horrific past the flag was originally raised to preserve, it represented much negative for too many South Carolinians. As the flag finally came down (finally!), there was an upsurgence in waving the true South Carolina flag, bright blue and vivid.  The South Carolina flag is now “in fashion,” appearing on jackets, car tags, key chains, hats, kerchiefs, coasters, notecards, and wall prints. With each sighting, my chest swells with satisfication. (Thank God it’s not the red one.) But my greatest pleasure is in seeing the palmetto tree and sliver of moon waving in an individual’s yard or on a car. In those locations — where the rebel flag is often flown — I imagine the South Carolina flag to be a defiant symbol: by its very presence, signifying that no Confederate flag waves here. At least, so it is for me. When I admire it, fly it, WAVE it — I do so defiantly. Vivid blue. Clean. The true South Carolina flag unites all South Carolinians, as we press on, optimistic for a better future.

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