Fifty Years Ago On A Sea Far, Far Away

I’m reasonably certain anyone wanting their fill of Apollo 11 has been thoroughly satisfied with the coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. I vaguely remember it but — as I’ve mentioned before — to my then 16-year-old eyes and expectations, it didn’t seem that extraordinary.

I mean, yes; amazing that we went to the moon, but — at the time — it was a foregone conclusion that it would happen. Not only that, many assumed that it was just a precursor to us going to the stars (and no, I don’t mean the Kardashians . . . they weren’t a thing back then).

We know the rest of the story . . . but, perhaps, when you have a chance and you remember to do so, raise your eyes and really look at the moon.

I confess to my current ignorance as to where Apollo 11 landed. I knew once, oh so long ago, but today, I had to look it up. And then, I wanted to map it onto my own photo of the moon.

Take a moment to ponder that twelve people landed on that spot (roughly a quarter of a million miles away)

It was surprisingly difficult finding simple references to locating the landing site. Many of NASA’s photos of the site are close-ups and my cursory look didn’t land me on any page that explained where to look when staring up at the Moon . . . hence this post.

I used a combination of sources to map the site as accurately as I could on my photo. Here’s a close-up.

I could be (on that scale) a millimeter or two off from the exact location. I triangulated a number of photos using surrounding terrain features and intersected a number of lines to come up with that spot.

HERE is a neat photo from NASA that shows the footprints path the crew left on their visit.

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Haines – Alaska Cruise 2017 – Part 2

Note: this is a long post. If you just want the photos, go to the bottom and check out the gallery sans the witty, incisive, profound, and irreverent banter.

This is the second post documenting our September 12, 2017, visit to Haines, Alaska, a long-delayed continuation of my documentation of our 2017 Alaska Cruise. Previous posts relating to this cruise can be found HERE. The following introduction is the same as that post so that’s something else you can skip.

There’s a gallery at the end of this first post and a SmugMug gallery HERE. Photos in SmugMug can be viewed full-size. Note that the SmugMug gallery will contain all the photos from Haines; those from this post (Part 1) will be in there when the post goes live and those of the next post(s) (Part(s) 2(3,4,n+1)) I’ll add as those posts go live.

You can click on the photos in the body of the post to see a larger-but-less-than-full-size-version. If there’s a panorama, I’ll link the full-size files but be warned . . . they’re typically huge. Huger than people have ever seen before. Don’t click on those links unless you’re enjoying a biggly Interweb connection. Also, if you have biggly Interweb but you’re reading this on a phone — which is sad; VERY SAD — I wouldn’t bother with the full-size photos because they are HUGE; huger than anyone else’s huge photos. 

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More Dragonflies of June 2019

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  This is the same gallery as the previous post; I just added the photos below to the gallery.

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

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Dragonflies of June 2019

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

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Nearby American Kestrel

As the title implies, there’s an American Kestrel nearby. I often drive past it because I don’t have the time to stop, but on two occasions, I stopped the car and got out, Camera in hand.

The first time, he took off before I even had the chance to sneak up close . . . I shot a burst of 20 photos with the Nikon D7500. None were great but . . .

Before you scoff at how piss-poo that photo is, here’s what the original looks like out of the camera . . .

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An all too common modern tale

“I believe this thing, and I’m tired of people telling me I might be wrong, even if they have information supporting their arguments.”

“Well, now, you’re in luck! It just so happens our group also believes the same thing and we don’t trust information that doesn’t support what we think. You should join us.”

“Really? There’s a whole group of people who believe the same thing I do?”

“Yup.”

“And, you have arguments to counter people who don’t believe this thing?”

“No; we just exclude them from the group and then we ridicule them, marginalize them, and sometimes threaten them.”

“Wow, that’s nice! That way, I would never hear that I’m wrong about this thing. How do I join this group?”

“Well, you just show up and start repeating what you already know, and other people in the group will nod their head. And then, they will repeat the same thing, and you nod your head. Plus, everyone works hard to find only stuff that supports what we all believe.”

“That is amazing! I can’t wait to join in the fun; finally, I will feel at home and won’t feel intimidated by arguments supported by facts!”

“Arguments supported by facts?”

“Sorry, ‘lies’; I meant, intimidated by lies.”

“Now you’re getting it. Plus, we can also discuss this other thing and these other two things we all believe.”

“Wait, what?”

“Well, everyone in the group also believes this other thing and these other two things.”

“But, wait . . . what if I don’t believe this other thing and those other two things?”

“Well, then you cannot be part of this group. We can’t have people disrupting the group and making others feel uncomfortable. Wait; are you saying you don’t believe this other thing and these other two things?”

“Uh . . . to tell you the truth, I could go either way about that other thing and those other two things don’t sound right to me.”

“That’s too bad; I think you would have liked our group.”

“Wait; you mean I can’t join?”

“Well, you know how you don’t like hearing challenges from people who doubt what you believe?”

“Yes . . . Oh, I see; others in the group don’t like hearing challenges about their beliefs!”

“That’s right; we all march in step, and we don’t question each other; it’s what makes us a family.”

“I argue with my family all the time.”

“Well, we don’t allow arguments; it’s our number one rule.”

“But, what if I have a question or hear a challenge from someone outside the group? What if I have doubts?”

“Oh, don’t worry; the group is very good at keeping everyone on an even keel and doubt-free. We’ll make sure you remain doubt-free. That is the strength of numbers at work.”

“And that works?”

“Well, there are the occasional so-called ‘independent thinkers‘ who insist on questioning stuff, but we oust them from the group, and then everyone shuns them. It works pretty well at keeping everyone in line. Besides, there aren’t that many of them. Uh . . . you’re not one of them independent thinkers, are you?”

“Who, me? No, I try to do as little independent thinking as possible. But, wait; are you saying thinking is not allowed? That seems strange.”

“Oh, we think all the time . . . as a group. You’ve heard how ‘two heads are better than one?‘ Many heads all thinking the same thing is multiple times better than that. In fact, we pride ourselves in our thinking ability and we all agree our thinking is tops. It makes it much easier to counter or even dismiss things we don’t agree with because, obviously, as a group, we are much smarter than any one person with facts . . . er . . . I mean, with lies, and therefore, we can’t be wrong. Besides, being wrong makes us uncomfortable and everyone knows it’s lies that make people uncomfortable whereas our truth wraps us in a comfortable — and unassailable — cocoon.”

“You’ve sold me! It sounds exactly what I’ve been looking for. Now I won’t have to think for myself or even question myself because I have the support of my group.”

“Welcome aboard!”

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. . . how about a third round of random Nikon D7500 photos?

A third bout of Nikon D7500 photos shot here and there and other places some of which are near here or there or other places.

As you can see, we begin with a duck. A Mallard. Also, we have rain. The rain and the Mallard share the spotlight.

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