A Tail in the Sky

It was a quiet evening after a long, hot, humid day. The sky was crystal clear and huge in its grandeur. Once in awhile, a bird would chirp or a fly buzz, but it was peaceful all the same. It was perfect for taking photos of the little story that unfolded before my eyes. Come along with me and see for yourself... the story of A Tail in the Sky... (Click any photo to see it in a larger size to enjoy the details.)

Deafening, loud and "out of the blue," an Air Force C130 roared into view. As always, I wave, hoping the men see my tiny wave and feel my appreciation for what they do. As always, the tail of the plane fades away without notice.

"What was that?" said Ethel in dismay. "I'm frightened, Ed. You have to do something!" "Huh? Do what?" replied Ed.

"Well, now. That is mighty interesting. Big, loud, obnoxious and high in the sky," said Odin in his deep voice. "I wonder how it swats flies with that tail."

"What?" said Hiro, his tail wagging in anticipation. "Let me at 'em! Where is it? Where is it?"

"Who cares?" replied Munchkin with a yawn. "Just let me know if those birds come closer, ok? The one with the short tail, by the way. I have no use for those long tail feathers on the other one."

"Oh, Ed, where did you get to? Where are you? I sure hope that big, nasty thing didn't eat him alive! Just look at the flames coming out of its tail. Maybe he got too close to that lazy cat down there and..."

"A-hem. I do think I scared the big, bad, loud and nasty dragon off, Ethel. I just huffed and puffed at its rather large, strange tail and it kept right on going. Just wait until I tell everyone about this. Ah, yes, I did it," said Ed, puffing his chest, fluffing his tail feathers and with a noticeable lilt to his voice.

"Wow, do you hear that crap? That bird thinks he ran the dragon off! Did you hear that?" Saki couldn't believe his ears. "Hey, Munchkin; if you don't want the one with the long tail feathers, I'll take him. He thinks he's a rooster!"

"Ed, if you think I'm going to sit here and listen to you going on and on about some fiery dragon in the sky, you have another thing coming! Just look at you, why it's shameful. Why, I never in my life heard such ridiculousness....."


  1. How do you know it is C130 model? And is the dog's name is Hiro? I wish Hero "Hiro Nakamura" see this.

  2. Yes, it's a C130, though I'm not sure if it's an 'E' or one of the new 'F' models. There's an air force base not far from me, and they train there. C130s fly over me three or four times a day on training flights.

    When we got the pups, we decided to call them Hiro and Saki, short for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My son and I appreciate Japanese culture.

    Thanks for stopping, Atniz!

  3. u r great photographer! nice shots!:)

  4. Kinda like a comic strip but with real photos. Loved it. J

  5. Willy's area sees the C130's everyday. Used to notice and marvel all the time. Hardly notice anymore.

    Need to check and see if they are still flying or if one of your animals scared them away.

    10-4 Willy

  6. Oh, I don't know. Those flyboys are purty tough. I don't think they'd scare too easy.

    Thanks for stopping in, Willy!