Owls Head Light has been lighting the way since 1825. Starting in the 1790’s, the Federal government began placing lighthouses up and down the coast of Maine. There are currently 57 active lights in the state, meaning there are 56 other reasons to fly my drone.
This is “Quiet One,” a male California condor who was hatched in captivity at the Los Angeles Zoo but released into the wild and flying free as part of the central California flock of wild condors. Swipe ⬅️ for a pair of beauties.
The California condor is the largest flying land bird in North America, with wings spanning up to 9.5 feet (2.9 meters). It dominated the western skies for thousands of years, with a range that extended across much of the continent. By 1982, however, there were only 22 California condors alive in the world.
In 1987, the last wild condor was captured... with the sole focus being to start an intensive conservation program involving reintroduction and release of captive-bred condors.
All condors were being kept in breeding facilities at the Los Angeles Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and then at the World Center for Birds of Prey (Boise, Idaho) and at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation.
In 1988, the first California condor chick hatched in captivity, and just four years later, in 1992, two captive-bred California condors were released in Ventura County, California. Over the next ten years, additional releases were strategically undertaken into the mountains of southern California north of the Los Angeles basin, in the Big Sur vicinity of the central California coast, near the Grand Canyon in Arizona and near the highest peak in northern Baja California, Mexíco.
The world California condor population (wild and captive) has steadily increased, reaching a total in 2017 of 463 (290 in the wild and 173 in captivity), including 170 in California, 82 in Utah and Arizona, and 38 in Baja California.
Since the debut of its custom Camaro in 1968, every generation — and nearly every variation — of Camaro has been replicated in 1:64 scale by Hot Wheels. To celebrate 50 years of these die-cast dream cars, Chevrolet has returned the favor, taking this iconic toy off the orange track and onto the street with the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.
Pairing the iconic Hot Wheels design with the exhilarating precision and power of the sixth-generation Camaro, the Hot Wheels Edition brings this iconic toy to life in a full-scale version.
Just like I’ve done for the last 50 years or so, I settled for the toy.