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.