Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Day the Sun Stood Still II

Yup, it’s been a busy season, but I still hate to miss an astronomical event:

That’s the sun going down behind the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, on the summer solstice, taken from Seapoint in Huntington Beach, where the angle on that single day makes for a perfect lineup of sun with bridge.

Last year when I went out to take that picture Ma Nature provided a thick overcast, so there was no bridge on the horizon, and no clear sunset.

This year I hustled down there to grab the shot and arrived almost too late. It’s important when communing with nature that you pick a place where there’s good parking and you won’t have to stand around for 15 minutes waiting for Nature to get going with the show. If I’d had an extra 15 minutes, I would have taken a panorama, but I was still hiking over to my usual spot when the sun impatiently dropped anyhow, rather rudely not waiting till I was in position.

I squeezed off the last shots my batteries would allow, and I finished a roll of film too, and then, show over, I hustled back to the car. With 12 minutes still on the parking meter, I backed out and drove over to Main Street for a pretzel.

Happy Solstice!

1 comment:

CaliforniaGirl said...

You see the sun and I see the moon. Nice pictures, but what is that fuzzy stuff on the horizon? Your niece took a sunset shot when she was over on the coast for the biology field trip a couple of months ago. She was pleased with the color, but she was sure the camera was having focal issues, because the horizon was blurry. You seem to have the same issue with your camera too. Around here, the horizon may be higher than yours, but it is as sharp as a knife.