Flying down to Sarasota

Jet Blue Airlines Airbus A320-232 at Sarasota SRQ airport in Florida

Photo by Chris L Smith at Sarasota SRQ

In the summertime SRQ is pretty much a sleepy town airport, the odd daily flight bringing business people and the odd tourist to visit the sweltering humid city of Sarasota.

Come November and for those plane spotters its like party time….. JetBlue, AA, United and even an abudance of private jets come to town.

1995 Canadair LTD CL-600-2B16 executive jet at Sarasota SRQ airport in Florida

The city comes to life, its snowbird season and as much as Floridian grumble at the increase in traffic on US41 Tamiami Trail and restaurants with 90minute waiting time, we love what Snowbirds bring to our economy…..

You can always spot a snowbird: When its cold us locals wear long pants, snowbirds wear shorts and have white legs.


Time to see…..

Autumn Colors at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire

Photo by Chris L Smith – Westonbirt, England – Available at

We all lead busy lives every day. It is so easy to be blinkered as to what is around us as we embroil ourselves in the daily trials and tribulations.  Just take five minutes to smell the flowers or to gaze upon natures magnificent colors …..Just one minute will add something new to your life…

Shopping for the Holidays

Line of Mail boxes numbered one to six on a wooden post

OK, so you know what to buy little John and Charlene but what about uncles, Aunts and the rest of the family? Are you going to hit the sidewalk or the shopping malls around Black Friday or are you going to buy from the comfort of your armchair?

I know what I am getting from my wife, a 6ft x 2ft photo of a B17 Flying Fortress to hang in my office.


I have already seen my present, it looks awesome and an unframed copy on high quality photo paper could be yours for $150 inc Shipping…..visit:


I just love vintage WW2 planes. I love photographing them and I love selling my images to people who have the same passion and Glycol in their veins!


Today I just edited three images of one of my favorite planes I photographed this year: The North American B25

Using a custom combination in Nik Silver Efex Pro, printed on Premium Matt Photo paper at 24x36inches and one (below) at 16x36inches…


Unframed 24×36 and 16x36inches, priced at $60 each including US shipping


Contact me to order or visit

Doing a spot of Painting


As you can see, I am not talking about watercolors or oils on canvas, I am talking baseboards! You know it’s difficult to paint baseboards when there is carpet, you either get paint on the carpet or you pull up the carpet. Here is a tip:

Get yourself a nice piece of thin but strong cardboard or piece of plastic. Place it at 45degrees to the carpet and baseboard, push it in tight and paint the baseboard. you will get a nice clean straight edge of paint on the baseboard and no paint on the carpet.

Enjoy your day, mine is filled today with white paint 🙂