Just watched the Indian F1 race where they started with a moment of silence for Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli. I haven't been following Indy Car so don't know much about Dan Wheldon, but bummed about Simoncelli.

Makes it hard to believe these guys can get back in their cars and on their bikes after things like that happen. Especially since these guys die so publicly and, with the moto deaths, so... I guess the word is obviously. Meaning you can see exactly what happens. Not to be morbid, but those moto crashes are disturbing.

The most heart-wrenching shot from the MotoGP race is Colin Edwards kneeling in the grass, pretty badly injured himself, looking back at Simoncelli on the track. You can't see his face behind his helmet, but the body language tells a lot.

I'm not usually one to get worked up about celebrity deaths, but like I said, these are just so... public.

Here are some photos I took of Simoncelli from the last two years at Laguna Seca.

Went to a zoo for the first time in my life...

And I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Most of the animals don't look "happy" in any way. I'm not sure how I would know, but even the frolicking of the lemurs seemed more stir crazy than anything else. The spaces just seemed too small, especially for one of the rhinos who was rolling a barrel around with his hornless (do they cut these things off or was he a poacher victim?) nose. It just seemed depressing.

We got to the gorillas almost last. And while it was amazing to see them so close, their faces are so human that the sadness really shows. Their eyes are just too much. Maybe they are perfectly content. Maybe because of the foggy SF weather there was just a mood over the whole place. Maybe I was mistaking the pride and dominance of the silverback as sadness over the tiny size of his territory, his minions sitting in plastic tubs like mental patients, the general ennui of the rest of them... I guess I should reserve judgement until I know more.

Here are some photos:

And here are some more from the gorillas. They really affected me...

Tales from Laguna Seca

Okay, not really tales, not yet at least. More just photos. I'll give the tales later.

Rossi in The Corkscrew

Stoner, your race winner.

Nicky Hayden in Rainey Curve!

Colin Edwards waving to the crowd in The Corkscrew.

Ben Spies and Colin Edwards.

This was going on trackside. Baby hummingbird fell out of the nest. Mama was feeding him.

Ben Spies in Rainey Curve, pretty much the best place to take a photo.

Ben Bostrom with Nicky Hayden coming in behind him.

Pedrosa! Those Repsol colors are awesome.

Turn 4, near the beginning of the race on Sunday.

Reigning World Champ, Jorge Lorenzo.

More will come, but I wanted to get a few of these photos up. And, of course, How the whole trip went.