Home ver. 2.4.4 - The view from the Penthouse ;-) The sky on the right will be filled with kites during the festival. This is a 200 degree plus panorama shot from the balcony on a Motorola 'Droid X. Sometimes I wish my computers and camera's could do half of what these 'Droids can do.
Monday is Trains & Arches, more kites in the sky then you could count.
North Head Lighthouse, my favorite, about 5 miles south of the festival area it looks all the way down the 28 miles of beach and is worth the trip. You can go to the top and see the festival if you have a good pair of binoculars, quite a sight.
Rick White launching a Fort Warden workshop train I think he said.
I usually don't like eyes on kites but this train staring back at me just worked IMO
Rhonda overwhelmed - "So many kites what do I shoot next",
A bit of the feel of what a couple dozen arches in a 200 x 200 yard field feels like, and not a tangle one.
Alden's stack of Jimi Hendrix Rev's, I'd been following the progress on the Kitebuilder.com forum, what a pleasure to see them in person.
Dang I like this stack " 'scuse me while I kiss the sky"
Ray Bethell teaching a young man to fly. Before he was done he had also taken the time to teach him a proper handshake. If you've never introduced yourself to Ray you need to, a showman and a teacher with a handshake that conveys the fact that he is genuinely glad to meet you, or see you again.
And you ladies don't shy away, the hugs are as warm and free too. The lady on the left looks like Rhonda took her place in line ;-)
Rhonda's favorite kite 'Diablo' or "Devilley Dude" as she calls him, sure wish I had bought her an original the year the makers were at WSIKF
The wildlife is amazing, we have a herd of deer grazing in the field next to our cabin two block from town. The pelicans feeding along the coast turn the sky black at times.
Really I'm not kidding there are literally 100's of Thousands or more flying north every night.
As far as you can see and that's 14 miles there is a solid string of pelicans feeding.
"Kat" Gabrel's Banners
The View from our site
The Longbottom's make some playful kites
More of the Longbottom's kites
The Longbottom's large Pterodactyls, they have 3 sizes and the smallest one is a very fun no wind gliding kite that does awesome 540's even in 10 MPH winds
The theme this year was "Dragon's"
Ken Conrad and one of his Dragons
Trevor's "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"
Another of Trevor's
A couple more of Trevor's
Then you gotta' put all that fabric back in the bags
Rhonda likes the shadows the kites cast, the video of this is pretty awesome
Rhonda's new Brassington
Ray's Spin Sock
A Doug Hagaman Parafoil, they still fly nailed to the sky. Really a treat to see one again at WSIKF.