Monthly Archives: January 2010

First Full Moon of 2010…

Being a “Cancer” with the Moon as my planet I was amazed at how bright it was this evening. It was almost like daylight. The trees casting shadows and all. This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon. Makes me want to howl.

There are lots of sites that tell you how to photograph our closest planet. A tripod recommended. I tinkered around with the settings on my camera and this photo was taken at ISO 250, a shutterspeed of 1/400 of a second at f/20 with a 300mm lens.

Enjoy and Happy Howling!

Peace, Love and Planets,

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Oceans…

Ever stand on a beach and look out over the ocean and try to fathom how really, really large it is?

But alas, I’m usually too busy watching the sun sink down to the other side of the world making it morning somewhere else and also thinking “Panama” is out there somewhere.  I more or less grew up there.  But that’s another blog.

Looking off the balcony and watching people on the beach I began to realize how kind of small we really are compared to things. I closed my eyes with the sea breeze blowing across my face listenting to the waves and drifted off in to a really nice nap.

Peace, Love, and Sunsets,

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Blue Rails…

Living in and around the city these days I don’t see alot of trains. I don’t know what it is about railroad tracks that conjurs up emotions of travel, mystery about where they go, and alot I cannot really explain. I remember stories of the homeless, and hobos that ride the rails – are they extinct? Are there any hobos left that ride the rails from town to town?

 Blue Rail © 2010, Robert Barrett

I look at train tracks and think of hobos and travel. If there are any hobos left I envy them their freedom. Bills? Work? Stress? The IRS and just living paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know. Just one of those things.

I look at train tracks and watch them stretch out all the way to where the sky almost touches them. The shiny top of the rails worn smooth as chrome reflecting almost like a mirror. Yet I don’t see the beast that rolls on them very often.

Shiny Blue Rails © 2010 Robert Barrett

Yet, when I do happen to see a train it almost inspires excitement. How long? How many cars? And to watch the cars go by and see the grafitti from around the nation plastered on the side of the railroad cars announcing “We’re Here!”. It’s awesome. I hope they never wash or paint the railroad cars because I think it’s an art form unto itself.

Down The Track, © 2010 Robert Barrett

I didn’t see alot of graffiti today. Alot of newer looking cars. It was almost awesome to stand next to a fast moving train while it rolls by oblivious to your existance. The noise from the wheels on the tracks and the wind generated by the fast moving cars. The power. Unstoppable.

I had a good time wandering around shooting pictures and just plain thinking. Mostly about when things were a little less complicated. Wishing it were just as simple as hopping a train and finding adventure somewhere else. But alas, I have to get work now. I do love my job and cannot complain. But trains take me back to a simpler time.

Peace, Love, and Blue Rails,

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Airports…

I love aircraft and airports. I love flying. I love watching them. Almost like watching birds just twice as noisey.  I like trucks also – but I have to tell you I have a TON of respect for anyone that can guide a 747 around a taxiway.

China Bound © 2010, Robert Barrett

Technology is amazing. How something that big can even fly. I sat and watched the hussle and bussle for quite awhile. 

 Founders Plaza, © 2010, Robert Barrett 

At DFW Founder’s Plaza people come to plane spot, take their kids to watch airplanes, hang out, and listen to Air Traffice Control.  I had a great day picking up my nephew and stopping by Founders Plaza and watching the comings and goings.

Arrival, © 2010, Robert Barrett

Departure, © 2010, Robert Barrett

The aircraft seemed to be mostly American Airlines (After all, Dallas is their major hub), but occasionally you’d catch a Mexicana Airbus or other airline from around the world.

Mexicana Airbus, © 2010, Robert Barrett

I wish I could have stayed there much longer. Next time I have the gas and time I may just spend a whole day there just to see what I can see.

It may seem boring to most. But I’ve always dremt of flying. Someday I will. I’m still saving to try and get a private pilot’s license.

Peace, Love, and Blue Skies,

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