There are some insane sun pictures taken by greeting card designer/self-proclaimed space cowboy (interesting combo) Alan Friedman IN HIS OWN BACKYARD. In my backyard? *peeking out curtains* My roommate passed out in his boxers. Oh -- here comes company! (It's a raccoon)
Using special filters attached to his camera Friedman captures some of the most lovely details of the Sun's roiling surface. The raw images are colorless and often blurry requiring numerous hours of coloring, adjusting and finessing to tease out the finest details, the results of which hardly resemble what I imagine the 10-million degree surface [fact check needed] of Sun might look like. Instead Friedman's photos appear almost calm and serene, perhaps an entire planet of fluffy clouds or cotton candy.
Who knew the sun was so beautiful up-close? Because every time I look at it through binoculars my eyes hurt and I get a terrible headache. Then when I can't see the TV later my mom tells me that's what I get. "Well maybe you should stop doing that." WELL MAYBE I'VE LEARNED TO LIKE IT, OKAY?
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Thanks to beeps, who prefers an ocean sunset with a tropical drink in hand. Yes please! And to RhymeDirective, who stares at his cell phone in bed at night with only one eye open and then when you look around the room everything is almost pitch black. I like doing that too!