I’ve begun posting shots from my trip to LA, but I will back up a bit here. We took the Amtrak (that’s the passenger rail service here in the states, for those unfamiliar) out to the coast, a 48 hour trip from Chicago to Los Angeles’ Union Station. I took a few photos from the train, though I packed the wrong lens on my carry-on and was stuck with my wide angle the whole trip. Here’s what I managed to get.
A mountain in New Mexico
There is something about crawling out of bed 15 minutes before we’re supposed to be leaving, grabbing my gear and heading out into the dark, bitter cold that I simply love. Well, not so much the cold part, screw that. I’m a bit of a not-a-morning-person who perversely loves mornings and tends to wake up early anyway. Tabula Rasa, on the other hand, is a not-a-morning-person who doesn’t wake up early and merely tolerates mornings. This had led to some disagreements as to what hour we leave on our trips. This time we compromised and I’m happy we did or our frostbite would have been worse.
It all paid off for us as we reached the third floor and the sun came over the horizon.
I have barely started editing my shots from Saturday, but it was fitting to start off with the beginning of our day: sunrise. I;m not sure if any of my shots will turn out to be memorable, but I won’t soon forget how really, really fucking cold it was.
For all of winter’s austerities, there are riches to be found for those who look.
The star known as Sol, our sun, accounts for over 99% of the mass in our solar system. It is 109 times the radius of Earth and you could fit over a million Earth sized planets inside of it. We travel around it at around 67,000 miles an hour give or take a bit depending on how close we happen to be at a given time. That can vary between around 91,300,000 miles and 94,400,000 miles depending on where in orbit we are. It is a thermonuclear fireball producing 3.8 x 10^23 kilo-watt hours, all in one hour.
All in all, I’d say that is pretty damn amazing, wouldn’t you?