Shining on Shangai!


From Traum Schallplatten official:

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Stratus.


Relief for the sore eyes from the wounds inflicted on Nature by Man. A timeless zone, where bodies float through a dream, in aimiable surroundings. Where a solitary prick of light may form a beacon of hope for a lost soul, a slowing down of the crazed hubbub to a more genial state of affairs. Where an echo of a peace, lost long ago, might find its floundering owner again.

Hug a Cloud Today!


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Image by yours truly, from Nice, France.

I started reading The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney and found it thoroughly enjoyable, witty and funny. There is also a site for cloudspotters, called the Cloud Appreciation Society. Check it out and marvel at the beautiful photographs, poetry and comments of the members.

10 Reasons You’ll Never Look at Sunsets the Same Way Again.


From highexistence.com:

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A thin blue line shoots across the horizon and that is the mark. You know the sun will eventually set underneath that line, but until then, the moment where it crosses that line, you are witness to one of the most beautiful sights in the Universe.

Here are a few things these earthly wonders called sunsets have taught me over the years:

1) Everything Adds

Beautiful pastel hues of orange and yellow shine bright around the sun, but as you expand your perspective the entire rainbow of colors is there. Soft baby blue and turquoise clouds float calmly through the open sky. Streaks of dark purple and red dash like the strokes of a mad painter.

A sunset is not a single color, and every new color adds beauty. Why would this world be any different? You matter. Your unique story, your unique gifts will add to this Universe – it is your choice if you want it to be the bright yellow or the soft turquoise.

2) Change just is

A sunset is when change is most evident. Where the sun that has been moving all day, now, finally seems to move in a way that matters. The scene transforms and every moment brings a different sunset. Every second something changes and makes the scenery just a little bit different, just a little more unique.

Change is neither good or bad – change is. It will happen, and continue to happen, and therein lies the beauty. Because routine bores us and just when the novelty in our life seems to be wearing off, the Universe will change it. Not for better or worst, just different.

3) Your Experience is Unique

Even if we are identical twins standing next to each other, we will not be looking at the same sunset. Your entire life, even the way the breeze shakes your shirt and not your twin’s, every single experience you have ever had, adds towards an increasingly complex experience that cannot be the same as anyone else’s. Your sunset is your sunset – your life is your life.

Every second you are adding to your own unique universe – make the next second matter.

4) There is Only Now

Just like every existence is unique, so is every moment. The sunset you are seeing now, you will never see again. “You have never been older, and you will never be this young again.” Enjoy the now; enjoy this sunset.

5) It Doesn’t Always Make Sense

How can a ball of fire that is millions of miles away— something that sucks in life and spits out fire—create something as beautiful as a sunset, as beautiful as life? How can such beauty hold such destruction? How can light that blinds only be seen during certain moments? Why must darkness always follow?

There are usually more questions than answers, live for the questions. As answers, well, they change… read above.

To read the five other reasons, click on the link at the top!

Skypunch! – Wow


From  Wikipedia, <click here!> to read more

A fallstreak hole, also known as a hole punch cloud, punch hole cloud, skypunch, canal cloud or cloud hole, is a large circular or elliptical gap, that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds. Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation particles (see supercooled water). When ice crystals do form it will set off a domino effect, due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.

Image from Buckle up, Bitches

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