Over the Top

OVER THE TOP

Explanation: The central bulge of our Milky Way Galaxy rises above a sea of clouds in this ethereal scene. An echo of the Milky Way’s dark dust lanes, the volcanic peak in foreground silhouette is on France’s Réunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean.

OverTheTop_Perrot(Image Credit: Luc Perrot)

 Taken in February, the photograph was voted the winner of the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest’s Beauty of the Night Sky Category. This and other winning and noteable images from the contest were selected from over a thousand entries from 55 countries around planet Earth. Also featured in the contest compilation video (vimeo), the moving images are a testament to the importance and beauty of our world at night.

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Thanks, as always, to NASA and their amazing Astronomy Picture of the Day site.

This is more like it! (5): Country Gate

Saw this and had to share it… and the haiku poem it inspired in me.

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Sun low in the sky

A spectrum of autumn hues

Lonely country gate

I am at best a mediocre haiku poet… but I so love the style.

I try to write according to my own personal rules.

  • Each of the three stanzas must be capable of standing on its own (i.e. no splitting of one longer sentence into two or three stanzas);
  • There should be a reference to the seasons, nature or the elements.

This is for Susan, my poetic muse. I miss you.

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