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Monday 13 October 2014
A beautifully-sited mirror sculpture on Austvågøy in the Lofoten Islands, Norway. Created by American artist Dan Graham in 1996
“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different - deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.”
C S Lewis
Sunday 12 October 2014
Saturday 11 October 2014
One last photo of Stavanger's favourite monument before we leave forever. This time the tide is out so the rocks are visible, and a calm windless night produces the perfect reflection. They really are all different ....... honestly.
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Friday 12 September 2014
Thursday 11 September 2014
(image from Spaceweather.com)
As I photographed the hazy sunset this evening, I was annoyed by a speck of dust on my lens. No amount of effort would remove it, and I eventually concluded that it must be a sunspot. Imagery from www.spaceweather.com confirms that it was sunspot 2158. More excitingly, I realized that I took my photo just minutes after this sunspot had unleashed an X1 class solar flare.
Let's hope I'll have some aurora pictures to post in the coming days!
Wednesday 10 September 2014
"Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness.
It's like the ultimate rest.
It's better than the best sleep you've ever had.
It's a quieting of the mind.
It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings.
It keeps life fresh."