Aurora over Icelandic Glacier

Aurora over Icelandic Glacier

Hello, my little geeks and nerdlings!

Saw this image first thing this morning over at the NASA’s APOD website and my eyes popped open!

aurora-iceland-reflection[Image Credit & Copyright: James Boardman Woodend (Images Inspired by Nature)]

Explanation: Several key conditions came together to create this award-winning shot. These included a dark night, few clouds, an epic auroral display, and a body of water that was both calm enough and unfrozen enough to show reflected stars. The featured skyscape of activity and serenity appeared over Iceland‘s Vatnajökull Glacier a year ago January, with the Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon captured in the foreground. Aurora filledskies continue to be common near Earth’s poles as our Sun, near Solar Maximum, continues to expel energetic clouds of plasma into the Solar System.

Eye-popping. I love this kind of stuff. No, seriously. I love it!

If you haven’t made browsing the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day website part of your morning routine, I strongly urge you to do so. If nothing else, you’ll see some great photos and maybe gain a little perspective on your life.

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

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

country-gate

 

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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This is more like it! (2): Moonlit woodland

There are many places that I truly enjoy only in daydreams.

Ideal places. Idyllic places.

Every once in awhile, I stumble across a photograph that captures what I feel is a perfect spot at a perfect moment.

fallen-trees-night

This is such an image. It could be last night. It could be 10 years ago. It could be 10,000 years ago.

Perfection.

It’s not that I would like to be there as much as I love the idea of being there.

I try to imagine what it would be like living in such an environment thousands and thousands of years ago.

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Tomorrow night (August 20, 2013) is a full moon in North America. Europe gets it tomorrow night.