SpaceX Rocket Park

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We went out to California last weekend to visit our daughter. While we were there, we went by the SpaceX Rocket Park. The rocket on display is the first Falcon 9 to have landed again after launching its payload. Which required some pretty impressive engineering from SpaceX.

Across the street from the rocket, there is a mystery billboard.

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Apparently, there is a Japanese robot company trying to impress SpaceX with their engineering.

Down the street is the hyperloop test track, to test out impressive engineering of a different sort.

Alas, we did not see any evidence of The Boring Company. Which I guess is no surprise, since they do their impressive engineering … underground.

It was fun to go visit!

SuperBlueBloodMoon

SuperBlueBloodMoon:

  •             Super: the moon is closer to the Earth and so visually larger
  •             Blue: the second full moon in the month, nothing to do with color
  •             Blood: a total eclipse turns the moon a reddish color
  •             Moon: the Earth’s natural satellite!

I should have gotten up earlier and driven to my favorite spot with a good view to the west. But I didn’t, so I found a spot in the neighborhood to snap a few pictures before the moon set below the tree line.

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Camera geek info:

  •             Canon EOS 60D in manual mode set at f/4, 1/30 second exposure, ISO 800
  •             Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, set at 145 mm, manual focus on moon
  •             Tripod

 

Here I focused on the foliage instead of the moon and played around with color in post-processing. Which do you like better: the natural color or the more saturated color?

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Camera geek info:

  •             Canon EOS 60D in manual mode set at f/4, 1/30 second exposure, ISO 800
  •             Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, set at 200 mm, manual focus on foliage
  •             Tripod

Noticing the Details

One of my favorite books when I was young was The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards. In it, the children are encouraged to notice the details in the world around them:

“I want you to start noticing things. Once you get used to doing it you’ll never be able to stop. It’s the best game in the world.”

I think about noticing details when I find an opportunity to do macrophotography. I’ve found that icicles and sleet make great macro subjects. We don’t get them often, but we did this week, so I went looking for details to notice. Here is what I found:

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This one looks like a cocoon of light to me.

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I see a jester with a cap and a tassel in this one.  Here’s a closer view:

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I love the upside down tiny world in the water droplet.

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The orange background and orange spots in the ice were due to an orange road sign:

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I think it’s more striking in the macro photos.

What details have you noticed today?