Weekly photo challenge: Near and far

Maybe it was the ┬árecent death of Neil Armstrong, or watching “In the Shadow of the Moon,” but it was all a reminder of how close we once were to our companion in the sky and how far away we seem to be now. ┬áMaybe some day we’ll return to walk on the lunar surface.

While China and other governments have their sights set on moon, in the U.S. we seem to be entering a new cycle of space exploration spearheaded by private sector firms such as Scaled Composites and smaller companies such as Armadillo Aerospace. The next decades should be interesting.

REACHING FOR THE MOON — Pines stretch toward the sky as the moon stays up late.

The challenge page and other interpretations for this week’s theme: