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This aerial photograph of the vineyards in the Sonoma Valley and on the slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in the fall was featured on the cover of this year's Sonoma County crop report. The report outlines the current state of Sonoma County agriculture. The report indicates that 2013 rainfall was the lowest recorded in Sonoma County history in the last 120 years. Heavy rains in Nov and Dec of 2012 mitigated the impact of the dry 2013 conditions somewhat and the total dollar value of Sonoma County's agricultural output increased by 4%. The report confirmed that 2013 provided an excellent growing season for winegrapes, resulting in high quality and quantity. More than 270,000 tons of winegrapes valued at over $600 million were processed, which represents the largest winegrape harvest in Sonoma County history.
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Aerial Photography of California’s Great America

aerial photo California's Great America

This aerial photograph of California's Great America amusement park in Santa Clara shows the Gold Striker wooden rollercoaster, which was added to the park this year, together with the Star Tower at the right and Xtreme Skyflyer at the left. The park, originally constructed by Marriott, opened in 1976. Since then it has had numerous owners including the City of Santa Clara, Kings Entertainment Company, Paramount Parks and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, the current owner. The new San Francisco 49ners stadium is currently under construction adjacent to California's Great America.
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Aerial Photography of Louisville, Kentucky

Aerial Photography of Louisville Kentucky

This aerial photograph of Louisville, Kentucky shows the Louisville Extreme Park and a portion of the East Market district in the foreground together with the interchange of the I-64, I-65 and I-71 freeways. The Riverwalk and the Louisville Slugger Stadium are visible directly behind these features. In the middle ground is the downtown Louisville skyline including the Clark Memorial bridge, the KFC Yum! Center, the PNC Plaza, the AEGON Center and the Louisville International Convention Center. The chimneys of the R. Gallagher Generating Station, a coal burning power plant located on the other side of the Ohio river, in New Albany, Indiana are visible in the background.
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Aerial Photographs of the New Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge

Aerial Photograph Bay Bridge Eastern Span

Final construction necessary to place the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge into service is underway in this aerial photograph created August 30, which shows the new eastern span tower, the old cantilevered span, and in the left background the western suspension span of the Bay Bridge. Dust is visible at Yerba Buena island where work is taking place to connect the eastern span to the tunnel passing through Yerba Buena. San Francisco's downtown waterfront is visible in the background.
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Aerial Photography of Riverside Park Manhattan

aerial photograph Riverside Park, Manhattan, New York City

This aerial photograph of the Manhattan skyline shows Riverside Park, the Hudson River, West Side Drive and the Upper West Side in the foreground. A portion of Central Park and mid town are visible in the background as are One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), the Empire State building, Brooklyn, Jersey City and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
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Aerial Photography EAA AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh

Aerial photograph EAA AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh Wisconsin

Aerial Archives created a series of aerial photographs of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh, the largest gathering in the world of aviation enthusiasts on the morning of August 1. This view faces east toward Lake Winnebago and runways 18-36 left and right of the Whittman Regional Airport (KOSH). In the foreground on the right is the display of Cessna Aircraft Company. In the middle ground on the left are the exhibit hangars of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty and Rockwell Collins. In the middle ground on the right are the exhibit hangars of Bendix King by Honeywell and Garmin. Beyond the exhibit hangar of Aircraft Spruce & Specialty toward the runways is the FAA control tower, the busiest control tower in the world during the event. The FAA has staffed a tower at the EAA convention since the 1960s. FAA controllers compete to work the event which is known among controllers as the “Super Bowl” of air traffic control. More than 10,000 airplanes arrive for the event. Many thanks to Don Voland of Aero Optics, Inc and Nick Anderson, the pilot who flew the Bell-47 helicopter from which these aerial photographs were created.
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Aerial Photography Chicago

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This aerial photograph of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan shows the Navy Pier in the foreground, the Willis Tower and a portion of Millenium Park on the left and the Chicago river and Trump Tower toward the center of the photograph.
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Aerial Archives Murals on Display at East Bay Regional Park District’s Big Break Visitor Center

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Two large aerial photography murals of the Sacramento River Delta are part of a new exhibit at the Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley, California. The exhibit, designed by Nick Cavagnaro and Doyle Wegner of the East Bay Regional Park District with assistance of Frank Binney and Associates, provides insight into the Delta’s geography, history and uses. Three fourths of Delta lands are used for agricultural purposes as illustrated in this aerial photograph. Because of the Delta’s fertile peat soils and controlled marine influence, it produces a yield per acre that is almost 50% higher than California’s average.
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Aerial Photography of USS Nimitz Transiting San Francisco Bay

Aerial photography USS Nimitz

Super-carrier USS Nimitz arrived in San Francisco on May 27 in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. This aerial photograph shows the Nimitz as she is departing the San Francisco Bay area. Preceding her arrival, Nimitz departed from Naval Station Everett Washington, where sailors, accompanied by their friends and family, embarked on a three-day Tiger Cruise, which allowed the guests to experience a taste of life at sea. The Nimitz is an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy, and is one of the largest war ships in the world. Her length spans a staggering 1,092 feet (333 meters), she weighs 101,600 tons and the landing area (located on the flight deck) is only 300 to 400 feet long! To put this into perspective, let’s compare a land based airport runway to the Nimitz landing area. Generally, a land based runway can span anywhere from one to over four miles long. That is an huge difference to the Nimitz mere 300 to 400 feet of landing area. To stop incoming planes is no picnic. The ship is equipped with four arresting wires connected to a hydraulic system, which is meant to trap the aircraft, making it come to an abrupt stop in a span of two-seconds. The pilots are guided into the landing area by the Landing Officers. Pilots know they are on the correct glide path if an amber light on the deck, known as the ball, is lined up with the horizontal row of green lights. If the ball is too high, so is the plane. This indicates to the pilot that an immediate go around must occur, known as the bolter. All Nimitz class carriers are run on nuclear energy, which means their power will virtually never shut off. To stop the ship, power must be reduced to about one or two knots, at which point, the ship is extremely susceptible to wind and water conditions. This is why the Nimitz is accompanied by two smaller ships (as shown in the aerial photograph above) known as pilot tug boats. The outer sides of these boats are lined with rubber so that they can maneuver the carrier in the direction of its anchoring and docking location. Due to the massive size of the Nimitz, it takes at least a mile or more for the ship to come to a complete stop after reducing its speed. Understandably, the Nimitz was unable to dock in San Francisco, so she was maneuvered to her anchoring area, which is an extremely exciting ordeal, because the Nimitz had not anchored for two years prior to her arrival in San Francisco. When the ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge, one could not help but notice sailors lining its edge. Known traditionally as manning the rails, this is a method of saluting or rendering honor when entering or leaving ports. Knowing that the Nimitz was currently on a Tiger Cruise, one can assume that the entire crew was on board, including their family and friends. This would bring the number of people on board to roughly 5,000 (not including family and friends). Its passing was definitely a sight to see, and will be remembered for years to come.
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Aerial Photography Transbay Transformation San Francisco

aerial photo Transbay Center San Francisco

Numerous construction sites around the Transbay Center development site and its proximity to the SoMa district in San Francisco promise to transform a portion of the city and its skyline in the next several years. This aerial photograph shows the One Rincon Hill tower and the western ramps of the Bay Bridge in the foreground, the Transbay Terminal Center construction site toward the center, the San Francisco financial district behind it and the amount of space still available for development in this part of the city.
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