Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The morning was gray. Rain-filled clouds hung over the city threatening to unleash their contents. An almost autumn like breeze pushed the seawater onto the docks with forceful ease. Despite the cool, calm and clearly efficient workers, the boat left a few minutes late. What started off as an average voyage turned to anything but that. A sudden gale blasted through the islands defenses and rocked the waters. Turbulent, violent and free, the waves crashed about, rocking the small vessel and her load. As sudden as the gusty winds appeared, they disappeared. Vanished in the cool crisp air, relinquishing their grip on the sea and the boat. Sailing, sailing she went on the calm open waters like a hot blade through butter. Not a splash or wave. Silent waters. Eerily quiet waters reflecting large gray clouds shutting out the day. Still waters; waiting for the coming storm.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
This photo of the Milky Way Galaxy has been feeding my muse for the past couple of days since I found it. What I find so amazing about is that it was produced by a amateur photographer, Nick Risinger, who spent an entire year photographing the night sky in various regions. It took him over 37,000 exposures to complete this beautiful masterpiece of our night sky. For someone like me who lives in a city where seeing a star in the night sky is rare, this photo reminds me of my early childhood when I could stare up at the night sky in awe at the sheer beauty and mystery of the universe. Forget counting sheep, I counted stars! ( I miss those days.) Check out Mr. Risinger's website, Photopic Sky Survey. An awesome feature of the website is you can actually zoom in on different areas of the picture (I mean reeeally zoom in) without losing the clarity of the photo. This picture will be feeding my muse for a long time!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I love all things space and universe. It is truly one of the last frontiers. It is so vast, there is no way we could ever know all that there is to know about the great mysteries in outer space. The photo above is of Cat's paw Nebula, a very active star nursery in our galaxy. Is that amazing or what! Although extremely massive, hot and violent, it is a beautiful testiment of the beginning of life. This image captures a 50-light-years-wide swath of swirling gas and dust that is home to several tens of thousands of young stars, including brand new blue stars just a few million years old! Awww, how cute is that,(and scary given the extreme condition in which a star is born!) at a few million years old, they are barely youngsters!