You don't have to be an astronaut... to see these are out of this world!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

A colleague of mine recently returned from Florida, and had a relative who worked at Cape Canaveral.  She saw scheduled to be there for the most recent lift-off of the Shuttle, but that particular launch was delayed, so she couldn't witness the launch in person.

But he did give her some photographs, that we ordinary plebians, we mere mortals rarely get to see.  Here are a few, and I'll share more over the next few days.  They are some truly remarkable images.

These photos are so good, they might have been taken by Richard Weisser.

Look at how hot the flames are coming from behind the shuttle... they're not yellow hot, or white hot... they're INVISIBLE hot ... till they cool down to BLUE!   Wow.

I thought you might enjoy them.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Ralph Haseltine
Carol Stream, IL

Being a photographer myself, it is truly a treat to see some of the shots that I know I could never get (I DO have shuttle launches though..grins). The space walk is truly a beautiful shot. It puts things into perspective when you see the earth behind the astronaut and we realize just how small we are and how large the universe is...thanks for sharing!


Mar 24, 2009 11:20 AM #1
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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Ralph... I have been on your site and have seen your dusk photos... they are a treat!  I am also a student of photography...

I'll have more of these coming... keep an eye on this spot.

Mar 24, 2009 11:23 AM #2
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

This is amazing and I appreciate you sharing them.  However, Richard would have stamped his name on them.

Mar 24, 2009 12:03 PM #3
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Who you calling a plebian?  BTW, love the new hairdo!! 

Great shots!  xxoo

Mar 24, 2009 12:19 PM #4
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate

Cool photo's Alan.  I like the way you have done your hair.  I see that you are still fooling around with the photoshop. 

Mar 24, 2009 12:37 PM #5
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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Melody Botting (echo: Melody Botting, Melody Botting)...  maybe NASA didn't allow Richard to put his name on these... don't they look like they could be his?

Susan, certainly not YOU... you are the farthest thing from a plebe, that I know...

Larry, thanks... Craig Rutman made this iteration for me.

Mar 24, 2009 12:52 PM #6
Roy A. Peterson
Domicile Analysis of Texas - El Paso, TX

Hey Alan, those are great photos of the shuttle, very nice.

                                                                    ~ Life is Good

Mar 24, 2009 01:57 PM #7
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Alan, very cool...we have a fellow Rainer in Florida who is just a short distance from the launch site and is now taking pictures of launches (and a lot of other great stuff) Her name is Gail Macmillan and she is lots of fun too!

Mar 24, 2009 02:15 PM #8
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Alan, I witnessed Apollo 13 take off from Cape Kennedy when I was 11, It is awesome to see. This was the fight that took up the moon rover so there was additional interest in the payload and getting a vehicle to the surface.

Mar 24, 2009 11:51 PM #9
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Alan, great shots, all I can say is up, up and away!!

Mar 25, 2009 12:25 AM #10
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Roy - wait'll you see some of the rest.

Russell - I'll look her up, thanx

Steve - I remember when they renamed it Cape Kennedy... and now it's back to Canaveral

Caren - more good ones to come.

Mar 25, 2009 12:41 AM #11
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Alan, those are beautiful pictures of a truly amazing feat.

Thank you, my friend, for sharing them with us!

Now about that mere mortals and plebians remark.....Speak for yourself!!!

By the way, two of my favorites when using them in the context you did in your blog are "sheeple" and "troglodytes"

Mar 25, 2009 01:03 AM #12
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Wow, Alan, these are amazing! The third one is absolutely beautiful! Whoever took the photo must have been able to feel the heat, don't you think? I don't believe I would want to be floating ou there like that. Not something I aspire to, but glad someone else does! Thanks for these.


Mar 25, 2009 02:53 PM #13
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

I've seen all 3 of your posts....give me some more high up views.  It's gorgeous Alan!  Really.

Mar 26, 2009 02:52 AM #14
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

I'm really glad you've enjoyed them, Larry... and thanx for commenting on each one, so that I know you were here... I'm appreciative.

Mar 26, 2009 04:32 AM #15
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