My Thought For The Day

Dear Virginia:

Be inspired TODAY, if only for today…..because we no longer have yesterday and we’re not promised tomorrow.

Okay, now que the Rocky music… 🙂    Da, Da Da DAH, Da Da DAH…..

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Airshow – Andrews Air Force Base (Pictures and Video)

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ” – Lao Tzu.

This past weekend the skies were clear and the air was crisp at 5:00 a.m., perfect weather for waking up exceptionally early (for me) to make a trip to the Airshow. I’ve been living in the Washington D.C. area for over 4 years now and I’ve missed several opportunities at catching a show, including the last time the one at Andrew’s Air Force Base came around (only once every 2 years). So this year I was not going to miss it again.

This has to be one of the coolest events I have gone to in a long time, especially considering the show itself is entirely free, although expect to pay for your food for the day and who can realistically get out without buying some sort of souvenir (I bought a t-shirt).

I think the show easily and clearly demonstrates the ingenuity and perseverance of what we can accomplish as a people. It’s modern innovation at its finest and clear reflections of the human spirit to first dream and then accomplish going beyond even our own limitations, but even without the heavy contemplation, It’s an amazing time and one I won’t soon forget….I hope you enjoy the photos and video. 🙂  It’s only a small capture of the shear coolness that took place.

All photos taken 5.20.2012

video taken on 5.20.2012

Colorado (U.S.) : 50 Beautiful Scenic Photos

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

I recently got the opportunity to go and see someone really special to me in CO. Having never been before (and for many other reasons), I jumped at the opportunity and was amazed at how utterly gorgeous of a place it really is. While I am not going to share all of my personal photos here. I did go through the many photos that were taken over the course of my 5 days there (over 400 photos in all) 🙂 and decided I wanted to share these 50 scenic photos, that I believe really illustrate the truly untouched beauty that is Colorado.

The photos cover a wide range from the many hiking trips we took and are relatively completely untouched (I’ve only made very minor lighting adjustments to capture the images as closely as I saw them in person). Including places like: The Garden of The Gods and Pikes Peak – which is over 14,000 feet in elevation.

As always I hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for visiting. 🙂

All photos taken (4/18/12 – 4/22/12)

12 Inspiring Photos of Space Exploration

In honor of today’s once in a lifetime and historic opportunity to see the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle Discovery at the Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum. I thought it appropriate to do a post on 12 photos (with links) all courtesy of NASA.gov that I believe help to illustrate the continued importance of the space program and its effect on both our progress as a people and our own individual lives. The sheer beauty alone is Awe inspiring….I hope you enjoy!!

Screen Captured Image of Shuttle Discovery Landing (live Online)4.17.2012

 The Shuttle Discovery at the Dulles Airport – Virginia 4.17.2012

Messier 70

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/messier70.html

‘Mount Sharp’ On Mars

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20120328.html

 Saturn’s moons: Enceladus and Tethys 

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20120416.html

The Sun – (Eruption larger than the size of Earth)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/News041612-M1.7flare.html

 The Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/

Moscow at Night

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2221.html

Apollo/Saturn 501 Vehicle Preparation

http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/UTILS/search.cgi

(To find Image search keyword – Saturn)

Saturn V S-1C Stages in Assembly 

http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/UTILS/search.cgi

(To find Image search keyword – Saturn)

A Spiral Galaxy in Hydra

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/hydra-spiral.html

NASA Picture of the Day 4.17.2012

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120417.html