|It was darker out than this photo leads one to believe. Time of this shot was around 1915 local.|
At any rate, I was excited about it, and watched the moon come up with something of the awe I had for things "out there" as I did when I was a kid. Though I was pretty young, I do remember Sputnik, one of my earliest memories. Also my paternal grandmother's cat was named Sputnik. He came along a year or so after Sputnik (the satellite), though that event was still a big deal. Everyone was terrified that the Soviets were far ahead of us in rocket, therefore, missile technology. Hard to get worked up too much about current events these days when as a youth we faced the imminent threat of mushroom clouds rising over our cities.
|To the right of the moon is a siren, used to warn us of storms. Also nuclear attacks, I'm sure. When I was a kid, my hometown sounded that siren everyday, to mark the noon hour (I think) and to make sure that it actually worked.|
So yeah, I get a little excited about the moon, the stars, the planets, and all the other things that are "out there." Would I like to go into space myself? No, while I did think of that in my youth, I realized that being in outer space wasn't my thing. I was content to stay close to the ground. Even if close was 30,000 feet. That was high enough for me, thank you very much. But those who do go into space have my admiration.
|The way the camera, sans flash, pulls in the available light makes the moon look as if it is burning, and not merely reflecting the sun's rays.|
|Waiting for the moon.|
|Chez Sarge in the gloaming.|
|The pond without flash...|
|...and with flash. (I'm still learning what this camera can do.)|
|One of The Missus Herself's many gardening projects. I believe these are called succulents, they are pretty cool plants. Yes, she has a few.|
|After glow in the west.|
|The moon, she rises. (No flash BTW.)|
|With the flash active, the night sky is shown as my eye perceived it. Dark, and somewhat forboding.|
Saturday I can't goof off, I have big plans. The Missus Herself has informed me that it's off to the barber with me, she can no longer abide my "mad scientist" look. Unlike some military retired folks, I don't feel the need to keep myself shorn as I did during my active duty days. It's shaggy I've become in my dotage. Why some days, I don't even shave!
It would make my old sergeant shudder it would.
I'd like to leave you with this flying video. Got it from Lex I did (via The Lexicans), he liked it, I like it. For some reason watching Swiss jets flying through the Alps is just cool. Most folks don't know just how warlike the Swiss can be, they were feared way back in the day. They're not all watchmakers and bankers, not by a long shot. (Yes, I know Buck, you'd rather there was jet noise, not music. Sorry old chum.)