Memories of Mariner 9

I still remember when in 1976 the Viking lander landed on Mars.

Memories of Mariner 9

I was too young to remember the lunar landing (I was 7 without a TV) so the Viking landing was my first foray into a big astronomy event.

Viking 2 landed while Viking 1, the orbiter, photographed the landform that constitutes the so-called “Face on Mars”. That was July 1976. I was 13…

I remember see the pictures and thinking: “That looks just like earth. A desert on earth, but earth nonetheless

We had to wait until 1997 (with Pathfinder) to get another, albeit clearer, glimpse of our red neighbor.

Guess what, still looks like earth!

The Mars missions have always had wonderful names: Mariner, Viking, Pathfinder, Beagle, Spirit, Opportunity…

I was thinking of those missions when I was editing this picture. In this case, the opposite. How some things on Earth look just like Mars.

It’s all about our reference frame.

I’ll probably never set foot on another planet, but I can still dream and fly there with my images and my imagination.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere — Albert Einstein.

The Fantastic Voyage

The Fantastic Voyage

The Fantastic Voyage

I still remember the first time I saw the movie “Fantastic Voyage”... 

As a science fiction fan, it was the from the on-set a classic!

It made me want to learn more about the human body and I distinctly remember we were learning anatomy in high school around those years, so the concept was absolutely fascinating. 

I was watching some videos on the Affinity Photo Vimeo page, trying to learn to use the iPad applications, and somehow this came out of that effort. 

It transported me to that year when I first saw humans boarding a submarine to be shrunk down and injected onto a guy’s neck.

We are all traversing through life in a Fantastic Voyage...


On a recent trip to Mexico, we went to the usual tourist traps. There were plenty of T-Shirt purchases and knick-knacks for the house. All the stores had the "Calacas" (Decorated Skulls) which are a symbol used on "El Dia de Los Muertos" (Day of the Death).

I grew up listening to "Radio Novelas" (Soaps on the Radio) and one of them was Kaliman (The man from Kali). It was a daily radio show in the form of the radio shows from the 40s and 50s.

There were stories about this man from India that was sort of globetrotter investigator, going from country to country righting evil-doers.

I was also an avid reader of the Mexican comic books of Chanoc.

As such, the skulls were featured prominently in the show and comics. All this to tell you I have always wanted a skull for my desk...

Mind you, not a real skull. More of a paper-weight that somebody's cranium. ;-)

I finally got two on our trip to Mexico...


I took a picture of the big one and put the picture through several programs (FX Photo Studio, Affinity Photo, Topaz Studio, etc).

I had this image on my mind. It is an illustration similar to those glow-in-the-dark posters from the 70s. It is where I wanted to get with the edition and I think it came out nice.

I think it works very well with my memories of Kaliman and Chanoc!!