Photographs and idle musings... and really quite random.

11th September 2014

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http://lightthiscandle.tumblr.com/post/97207470038/when-apollo-11-had-soared-away-from-cape-kennedy-i →

scanzen:

When Apollo 11 had soared away from Cape Kennedy I had kept my fingers crossed. I wanted man to succeed in making it to the Moon. If it couldn’t be me, let it be this crew, I thought, with what we in Russia call “white envy” — envy mixed with admiration. I was envious that America had asked a great deal of the crew of Apollo 11 and that here they were, accomplishing what was expected of them. But I was full of admiration, too, for what they were doing.

As I watched the grainy black-and-white images of Neil Armstrong taking his first tentative steps down the ladder of the lunar lander, it was the most amazing feeling. I held my breath as he touched the lunar soil very lightly with the tip of one foot before lifting his other foot away form the limb foot pad and letting go his grip of the flimsy metal ladder to stand full square on the surface of the Moon.

Only two live television broadcasts have ever made such an impact on me: Apollo 11’s lunar landing and, more recently, the terrible events of 11 September 2001, when we saw so many people dying before our eyes in the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

The first showed the best of mankind. It was a celebration of the strength of human intelligence and courage. The second showed the depth of evil to which man can sink. I feel, very deeply, that had the men responsible for the second act witnessed the first - an American citizen taking the first steps on the surface of the Moon - they never would have dared to carry out such evil.

On the morning of 21 July 1969 everyone forgot, for a few moments, that we were all citizens of different countries on Earth. That moment really united the human race. Even in the military center where I stood, where military men were observing the achievements of our rival superpower, there was loud applause.

-Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, from Two Sides of the Moon

so well said

I’m of the same mind as Leonov. The Apollo program and space research made a huge impression on me. I wish we had such a grand adventure to celebrate today.

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7th September 2014

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58 orbits around the Sun and I’m here.

58 orbits around the Sun and I’m here.

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5th September 2014

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Warm and sunny and September’s still like summer.

Warm and sunny and September’s still like summer.

Tagged: common michaelmas daisiespennington flashnature reservewild flowers

4th September 2014

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The Smiths - Unloveable →

For all my fellow melancholics out there…

I know I’m unloveable
You don’t have to tell me
I don’t have much in my life
But take it - it’s yours
I don’t have much in my life
But take it - it’s yours…

Tagged: the smithsunloveablemelancholymorrissey

3rd September 2014

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The Burning Man Time-Lapse to End All Burning Man Time-Lapses →

Wonderful and stunning.

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31st August 2014

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Austra - Beat And The Pulse (Original Full-Length Version) →

It’s my day for cooking up a big pan of veggie chilli and my kitchen music to cook by comes from Austra…

Tagged: austrabeat and the pulsefeel it breakveggie chilli

28th August 2014

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One of the benefits of having a pocketable camera handy is using it to help identify species… having wondered what the little blue butterflies were among the mauve daisies I was able to confirm a Silver-studded Blue (male) atop a Common Michaelmas-Daisy. Looking at an online map for the butterfly species distribution, Pennington Flash might well be the furthest north site for it. The wings are about a half inch in length.

One of the benefits of having a pocketable camera handy is using it to help identify species… having wondered what the little blue butterflies were among the mauve daisies I was able to confirm a Silver-studded Blue (male) atop a Common Michaelmas-Daisy. Looking at an online map for the butterfly species distribution, Pennington Flash might well be the furthest north site for it. The wings are about a half inch in length.

Tagged: pennington flashnature reservebutterflydaisysilver-studded blue

19th August 2014

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Writhen

Writhen

Tagged: treepennington flashnature reservetwistedbranchesnaturecontre-jour

11th August 2014

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Fever Ray - I'm Not Done →

So, I lost my head a while ago
But you’ve seem to done no better
We set fire in the snow
It ain’t over, I’m not done

Some do magic and some do harm
I’m holding on, holding on
I’m holding on to a straw

Who is the Alpha and What is made of cloth?
How do you say you’re sorry?
And there’s nothing to be afraid of

Is it dark already? How light is a light?
Do you laugh while screaming?
Is it cold outside?

One thing I know for certain
Ohhhhh I’m pretty sure,
It ain’t over I’m not done.
I can listen to this whilst I’m driving and I almost feel like I’m spiritually on fire. It’s gorgeous.

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6th August 2014

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the warhol: figment →

Webcam live view of Andy Warhol’s grave. Happy Birthday Andy xxx

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