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SpaceX Rocket Park


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.


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!



  •             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.


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?


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:


This one looks like a cocoon of light to me.


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


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



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


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

What details have you noticed today?