JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1640 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6753 times:
Good stuff, Phil. Thanks for posting. There are a couple of spots on there I wasn't aware of.
A question and a comment on "The Mounds". I was there a couple of weeks ago and there were a couple of soccer games in progress. I felt really odd walking around the edge of an active game to get to the mounds, and once there I was in clear view of the coaches and players (it looked like a grade-school game going on). Having cameras anywhere near kids these days is a recipe for a bad day. I felt really uncomfortable, but since I only planned to stay about a half-hour I toughed it out. Is that a city park, or private property? Has anyone ever been challenged there by a coach or parent?
You indicate that a 100-400 lens in preferable there, and that's probably optimal. I have a 300mm lens, however, and have found that to be more than adequate. I have a number of A.net shots taken there with the old consumer-grade 300mm. Brooksville Park down the road is also a good spot for 22L arrivals, although the planes are much more overhead than at The Mounds.
Finally an anecdote about The Mounds. I was there last summer, and a game was in progress right below me. It was apparent that one team was from the area around the park and couldn't care less about the air traffic, while the other team was from further out in the 'burbs. The team from the 'burbs was not having a good day. Finally I heard their frustrated coach yelling at them: "Guys!! Pay attention to the game and not the airplanes!!!".
BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4075 posts, RR: 55 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6743 times:
The mounds is a spot that I actually think I'm going to stay away from, mostly due to ticks. The last three times I was there, I came home with ticks, sometimes several. Bugs there seem to ignore all bug spray, too.
As for the soccer games, that field was jsut recently renovated, and I understand that it is a public city park (I forget the name of it). I've gone there during games and never had an issue.
I think I did once hear a story where someone called in about a guy maybe taking pictures of kids, but that's because he was sitting in the car the whole time, and the school which is across the street was in session.
BigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4075 posts, RR: 55 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6736 times:
Quoting Paulinbna (Reply 3): Phil when you say one your site that the cops have visited people there. Does that mean they tell them to stop shooting or just check IDs and let them alone?
It rellay just menas that police have AT LEAST showed up and checked IDs. Most incidents just involve the police showing up and having a talk or checking IDs and leaving us be, but some have been worse.
Each location has their own stories about police interactions. You can read about them on the site's message board in the "Spotter Blotter" forum.