Portrait of a young swimmer at the shore.
Photographed with a 4×5 camera.
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Iceland is another planet. An alien world. Visiting the country one can imagine standing on Io, Europa and Callisto – 3 moons of Jupiter.
Io is a volcanic moon. Europa is an ice planet. And Callisto has an lifeless dark surface, not unlike the image above. Life on an alien world.
While driving on Rte 1, aka “The Ring Road”,
and somewhere between Hof and Fjallsarlon Glacial Lagoon in Iceland on the east coast,
I saw these mountains and clouds. My question is, how long before I return?
Nighttime at the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.
Many folks know about the El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California,
but…..there’s another one in Arizona. It’s on Rte 163 between Kayenta, AZ and Monument Valley.
Have no idea which one was named first, but both are beautiful.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco covered in fog.
Photograph made sometime in the morning on a visit to
San Francisco several years ago.
The waterfalls in my hometown – Paterson, New Jersey.
“The Falls”, as it is known to the city’s inhabitants, is a source of pride and history.
The city has a rich history – it was America’s first industrial city.
It is home to many famous people, including a favorite comedian of mine, Lou Costello
(of Abbott and Costello fame).
Locomotive engines were built here that were world renown. One of the first submarines was
launched from the Passaic River. New York City Theater plays would open in Paterson first.
It was known as “Silk City” (before the advent of artificial fibers).
The list goes on and on.
Today, at 4:17PM EST, will be the 48th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Approximately 6 hours later, Neil Armstrong exited the Eagle to set foot on the Moon. He was followed by Buzz Armstrong from my home state of New Jersey. As with millions (billions?) of people worldwide I watched the historic event on my TV at home. It was just my Mom and me.
Science and science fiction consumed me as a child. I saw many movies – today TCM is playing one of my favorites “First Men in the Moon”, original novel by H.G. Wells. Again, I saw it with my Mom. I had an advantage over the kids who grew up in the 1950’s and earlier who loved Sci-Fi movies – I could watch the REAL THING with NASA. Early Reality TV with actual drama – Gemini 4 with Edward White was “Walking in Space”!
Obviously I could not actually participate in the Grand Adventure. The closest I could get was building those Revell plastic models (or was it some other company?). I had them all – Mercury, Gemini, various Apollo kits, along with scif-fi models. I wished that I still had them all.
I also wrote to NASA. They sent me two books regarding careers. It was never a path I followed because I’m lousy in math, but I did buy a telescope. I could look if not travel.
If you go online today, locate a copy of “Full Moon” by Michael Light. He gained access to the original Apollo negatives and had new prints made. The copies most people have seen over the years are copies of copies of copies. That degrades the image. This book is breathtaking. I also recommend “From Earth to the Moon” produced by Tom Hanks for HBO on DVD. It’s a miniseries about the journey to the moon – the story on Earth and in space. Also “For All Mankind”. More interviews and footage. One final recommendation is a feature documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon”, produced by Ron Howard. This film was released in 2008 and features recent interviews with astronauts, along with space footage. And there are many more documentaries available.
The photograph above was taken at the 1964 New York World’s Fair Space Park. That young boy in the photo is myself.
Morning Fog in Provincetown.
Boats, a bird and a red ball covered in the Cape Cod Bay.
The photograph was made close to MacMillan Pier.
The Navajo Nation is home to Monument Valley. One of the most beautiful places
and backdrop for countless movies – John Ford’s “The Searchers, “Back to the Future III” –
to name a few. I visited in 2006 and will be returning this summer.
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