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The Eagle has Landed - In honor and memory of Neal Armstrong

This picture was taken in the Spring of 2011 on the Housatonic River. I had misfiled it in the 1400 photos I took over 2 days of a nesting pair of eagles. Majestic creatures I had never seen in real life. Editing and cropping the image I couldn't help but feel a bit patriotic about our national icon.

As to patriotism, I shall remember for the rest of my days the moment Neal Armstrong climbed down the ladder of the Eagle as I sat transfixed in front of a tiny black and white TV with blurry live pictures coming for the first time from the surface of another celestial body to our living room. For me, that first step was no "small step for man", I could hardy have been more excited if I was there myself. I felt at that moment as if he was taking that last step off the rungs especially for me. I have NEVER been more proud of my country and the vast possibilities before us as a nation and a species. Since his passing, I seldom look up at the lunar surface and not think of him for at least a second or two. Have no doubt, he is out there somewhere. I wish him all the best the vast universe has to offer. Rest well my friend. Your job here is done.
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This is an amazing picture +Matt Pollock, is it a composite or just one shot of Eagle + moon?
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I can't help but think of my grandfather and great grandfather whose generations put so much pride and labor into structures like these. I'm sure they felt they would last forever with the workmanship and heavy pig iron they put into it. Little did they know how change would come like a bullet train in the night speeding off into an unknown and uncertain future with little regard for their values or hard work. Somewhere beyond the vanishing points awaits our fate. Will we reach out and touch the stars or go off the rails on a rickety weather worn trestle which only needed a bit of care and a coat of paint to see it through another millennia?
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I can't help but think of my grandfather and great grandfather whose generations put so much pride and labor into structures like these. I'm sure they felt they would last forever with the workmanship and heavy pig iron they put into it. Little did they know how change would come like a bullet train in the night speeding off into an unknown and uncertain future with little regard for their values or hard work. Somewhere beyond the vanishing points awaits our fate. Will we reach out and touch the stars or go off the rails on a rickety weather worn trestle which only needed a bit of care and a coat of paint to see it through another millennia?
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+Matt Pollock - No worries at all, Matt - thanks a lot! :-)
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I can't help but think of my grandfather and great grandfather whose generations put so much pride and labor into structures like these. I'm sure they felt they would last forever with the workmanship and heavy pig iron they put into it. Little did they know how change would come like a bullet train in the night speeding off into an unknown and uncertain future with little regard for their values or hard work. Somewhere beyond the vanishing points awaits our fate. Will we reach out and touch the stars or go off the rails on a rickety weather worn trestle which only needed a bit of care and a coat of paint to see it through another millennia?
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Half a Degree of Separation

Very early yesterday morning Jupiter and the Moon were as close as I have seen them. In this shot the moon, Jupiter and the Albany Egg, Empire Plaza, Albany NY are within a half degree of each other.
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I can't help but think of my grandfather and great grandfather whose generations put so much pride and labor into structures like these. I'm sure they felt they would last forever with the workmanship and heavy pig iron they put into it. Little did they know how change would come like a bullet train in the night speeding off into an unknown and uncertain future with little regard for their values or hard work. Somewhere beyond the vanishing points awaits our fate. Will we reach out and touch the stars or go off the rails on a rickety weather worn trestle which only needed a bit of care and a coat of paint to see it through another millennia?
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I can't help but think of my grandfather and great grandfather whose generations put so much pride and labor into structures like these. I'm sure they felt they would last forever with the workmanship and heavy pig iron they put into it. Little did they know how change would come like a bullet train in the night speeding off into an unknown and uncertain future with little regard for their values or hard work. Somewhere beyond the vanishing points awaits our fate. Will we reach out and touch the stars or go off the rails on a rickety weather worn trestle which only needed a bit of care and a coat of paint to see it through another millennia?
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I can't help but think of my grandfather and great grandfather whose generations put so much pride and labor into structures like these. I'm sure they felt they would last forever with the workmanship and heavy pig iron they put into it. Little did they know how change would come like a bullet train in the night speeding off into an unknown and uncertain future with little regard for their values or hard work. Somewhere beyond the vanishing points awaits our fate. Will we reach out and touch the stars or go off the rails on a rickety weather worn trestle which only needed a bit of care and a coat of paint to see it through another millennia?
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Star Fall

A little fun with composite imaging. Created concentric star trails by taking about 100 30 second exposures with Polaris in the upper left corner then stacked them into one image. Overlayed the sky part of the image onto a shot taken during the summer of the Milky Way and galactic center in the southern sky and fine tuned the opacity to blend the two.
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