Benjamin Nead
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The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other locales

Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:28 pm

Here are some shots taken earlier today (Saturday, April 2, 2016) at Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona. It's a 35 mile drive from midtown Tucson to the science research facility, which is owned and managed by the University of Arizona . . .

http://biosphere2.org/

Members of the Tucson Electric Vehicle Association attend Biosphere 2's Earth Month "What If" events each April to display our cars. This is our 3rd year doing so and we also had two Leafs and a BMW i3 in attendance today. This is the 1st weekend of outreach activities for TEVA in April. Next weekend, we'll be at Tucson Earth Day and, on the 30th, at Catalina State Park for the Tucson Solar Guild's annual Solar Potluck. I'll use this same thread for photos I'll be taking at these locales.

Starting with a fully topped-off pack this morning, the mostly uphill trip to Biosphere 2 was paced between 45 and 55mph and consumed a little over half the battery's capacity. I was able to plug in for about 6.5 hours at 120V while the vehicles were being displayed and it got back up to 15 bars for the trip home. The downhill return journey left me with a half capacity battery when I pulled up in front of the house. Fabulous weather, with sunny skies and high temperatures at around 78° F today.

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Benjamin Nead / Tucson, Arizona, USA
Secretary: Tucson Electric Vehicle Association (EAA chapter)

North American 2012 i-MiEV SE / Pearl White /CHAdeMO
Aka: "The Vanilla Jellybean"
Purchased used in Nov. 2015 @ ~18,000 miles

Phximiev
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:08 pm

Love it!
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Benjamin Nead
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:16 am

And here's a couple more . . .

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Benjamin Nead / Tucson, Arizona, USA
Secretary: Tucson Electric Vehicle Association (EAA chapter)

North American 2012 i-MiEV SE / Pearl White /CHAdeMO
Aka: "The Vanilla Jellybean"
Purchased used in Nov. 2015 @ ~18,000 miles

Benjamin Nead
Posts: 126
Joined: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:21 am
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:29 pm

And . . . the Biosphere 2 folks (thanks, Marsha) made a poster to celebrate our attendance, with a photo of my car I gave them the other week . . .

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Benjamin Nead / Tucson, Arizona, USA
Secretary: Tucson Electric Vehicle Association (EAA chapter)

North American 2012 i-MiEV SE / Pearl White /CHAdeMO
Aka: "The Vanilla Jellybean"
Purchased used in Nov. 2015 @ ~18,000 miles

Benjamin Nead
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:49 pm

This one comes under the heading of "other locales." A few miles from my house is a stunning, recently-completed mural of Mayahuel, the Agave Goddess. It faces west and the setting sun is the perfect time to snap a photo with a car in the foreground. There's currently some construction gear and temporary fencing just in front of it at street level. But I was able to park the Vanilla Jellybean in the slightly elevated lot across the street and, with careful placement, managed to hide most of the clutter. I'll certainly returning there at this time of day to work on different perspectives and light . . .

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Benjamin Nead / Tucson, Arizona, USA
Secretary: Tucson Electric Vehicle Association (EAA chapter)

North American 2012 i-MiEV SE / Pearl White /CHAdeMO
Aka: "The Vanilla Jellybean"
Purchased used in Nov. 2015 @ ~18,000 miles

Phximiev
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:05 pm

Great pic :!:
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Benjamin Nead
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:07 pm

Thanks. I'm going to wait until they're done with the street construction project and come back for another photo session. What you don't see in the above photo is that the car is blocking the view of a rather large backhoe! Once that construction is done, what I need to do is attempt to reproduce the current shot, but be able to stand on something - maybe 3 or 4 feet off the ground - for a better camera angle. I'd then be able to get the bottom details of the mural along with the car. The "fishbowl" aspect of the current photo would also be subdued and the building wouldn't appear to be leaning backwards.
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Benjamin Nead / Tucson, Arizona, USA
Secretary: Tucson Electric Vehicle Association (EAA chapter)

North American 2012 i-MiEV SE / Pearl White /CHAdeMO
Aka: "The Vanilla Jellybean"
Purchased used in Nov. 2015 @ ~18,000 miles

Phximiev
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:14 am

Perhaps you should try a drone with a camera, the new Phantom 4
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Benjamin Nead
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Joined: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:21 am
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:39 am

After I typed my last message on this thread, the idea of drone photography came to mind. Something tells me that I would attempt to find someone else with that equipment and just pay them the one time fee, though. So much other neat stuff I'd like to spend on the car first.
Benjamin Nead / Tucson, Arizona, USA
Secretary: Tucson Electric Vehicle Association (EAA chapter)

North American 2012 i-MiEV SE / Pearl White /CHAdeMO
Aka: "The Vanilla Jellybean"
Purchased used in Nov. 2015 @ ~18,000 miles

Phximiev
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Re: The Vanilla Jellybean visits Biosphere 2 and other local

Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:58 am

After my last message, I looked up the price . . . $1,399.00 . . .cough, gasp, and :shock:

Rental or borrow looks better.
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