Archive for July 2008


the magic night

Stunning photos from The Magic Night series. (Via Feane’s FFFFOUND!) One of the most magical moments of my life, one of those moments I know I’ll remember clearly until the day I die, is seeing the northern lights in the middle of the night as I flew over Newfoundland on the way to Italy last year. The lights undulated like a living, breathing entity, and even though I knew there was a logical explanation for the phenomenon of color and light, seeing the lights filled me with a knowing that there’s more to heaven and earth than dreamt of in my philosophy.

Another magical moment I’ll never forget is seeing the Milky Way, clearly, for the first time. We were staying at a friend’s place in on the big island in Hawaii, lounging in the spongy grass out back, paying no attention to the sky. Our friend, who had been visiting the big island since he was a little boy, turned off the outdoor lights and told us to look up at the sky. Above our heads, instead of an inky black sky with thousands of twinkling stars (like the sky you camping in the woods), the sky was a dense, silvery mass of stars, almost but not quite as bright as the second pic above. (The big island is a special place for star gazing because the Hawaiian islands are floating in the middle of the Pacific, so there’s very little light pollution, which is why the observatories on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is one of the best locations on earth for astronomy.) If it wasn’t for the light pollution on the major continents, we’d all be able to see this silvery sight on crystal clear nights!

Posted at 10am on 7/29/08 | 6 comments | Filed Under: photography | read on


pacific coast

Swimming and sunbathing – pshaw! That’s what Mexico and Hawaii are for. Gimme pristine, empty beaches, even if I have to wear a parka in the middle of July.

Posted at 9pm on 7/27/08 | 1 comment | Filed Under: my photos | read on



Here’s a little something I haven’t been able to get out of my head since I came across it…

Sydney of Travel Shifts posted some short stories written by her little daughter, Iris (obviously a born writer like her mother), and here’s one of them…

One day it was nighttime — time to sleep.
And a bear comed and wanted to catch a star.
And the star said, “You can’t catch me!”
And the bear jumped and tried to catch the star.
And the star said, “You’re too big! If you want to catch me you have to come up to the sky — in a rocket.”
And the bear said, “Well, I don’t have any rocket.”

English is not Iris’s first language and for awhile she was confusing The End with Begin (spelled BEgin!), so that all her short stories would end with BEgin! rather than The End. And being that every ending is really a beginning, I think it’s a precious little “mistake”. From now on I want to end all my stories with BEgin!

Posted at 8pm on 7/27/08 | 3 comments | Filed Under: books & writing | read on



Charcoal gray Etsy discoveries.
And here.
You wouldn’t know it from my blog, but gray is my favorite color to wear. I think cherry is where I let my secret passion for color out to play.

Posted at 2pm on 7/27/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: etsy, fashion | read on


royal secrets

Margot and Richie 4-ever.

Via by damour

Posted at 3pm on 7/25/08 | 2 comments | Filed Under: film | read on



Some photos from my new camera, the Canon Powershot G9, a birthday from my sweet, sweet husband. Let me tell you, this camera is the shit. It’s small, lightweight, easily fits in my handbag, offers full manual control AND has a wide angle option (you have to buy the wide angle lens and adapter separately.) The G9 is a little pricey, well, it’s a lot pricey at $450 for a point & shoot, but if you don’t want to lug a clunky DSL wherever you go, but you want hi-res, high quality phtos, this camera is THE camera for splurging. And it’s got nifty retro styling. I’m in love with it. (Thank you, sweetie!)

Posted at 3pm on 7/25/08 | 6 comments | Filed Under: my photos | read on


when i heard the learned astronomer

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

-Walt Whitman

*A few moments after posting this, I came across this: the seven rules of astronomy :)

Posted at 9am on 7/24/08 | 1 comment | Filed Under: books & writing, photography | read on





Lunae and Recuenco.




Posted at 5pm on 7/20/08 | 6 comments | Filed Under: photography | read on


{artist} miranda meilleur

I’d like to take my tea like this, please. This cup, saucer, bowl and spoon look to me like they were swiped from the kitchen of woodland faerie… if they were a lot tinier. Such delicate rustic beauty crafted from silver and steel by Miranda Meilleur (I love the little silver spoons all lined up in a row on her home page.) Thank you kindly to dear ada for the discovery.


Posted at 6pm on 7/18/08 | 5 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on


the art of nesting

Bird’s nests always give me a thrill. I can’t help but marvel at how birds possess such innate architectural skill; their fragile nest creations are so measured and precise. The little flying nomads know just what they need, where to find it and and how to make it work. Native Kee found this fantastic series of photographs featuring nests and eggs of different bird species. I really like how the plain black background highlights the unique style and materials of each nest beautifully. See here for more lovely nests and info about the photographer, Sharon Beals.






Posted at 5pm on 7/18/08 | 4 comments | Filed Under: photography | read on

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