Watch the Ending

July 7, 2011

This was amazing. I was looking hard, and saw a few things that weren’t quite right – but if I hadn’t been looking?


How could I not have known know about / The Cloud Appreciation Society /?

I, who so love clouds… who regularly pause to admire their intrinsic beauty, their infinite variety, their sweeping majesty or ephemeral mystery.

Mackerel speckled, fish bone stripes, rolling waves, cotton piles, anvil heads,  layered wonders… I can wax entirely and (probably) tiresomely prolix on the subject of clouds.

And yet, I never knew about this society.

It is in the UK, which partially explains it.

I once requested our library purchase a charming little book on clouds. How to identify the myriad varieties coupled with history, folk-lore. I thought it delightful, and was so pleased when the librarians agreed. (I assume they agreed, since they ordered it)

Clouds… water vapor, dust, particulate matter, pollution (alas) but, as with any scientific labeling, the knowledge of their form and function only makes them a greater delight.

I am a proud, and soon to be card-carrying member of the Society. How long for mail from the UK?

Many thanks to  / Krulwich Wonders / for the link.

Incredible power.  How can one conceive the force behind an explosion that produces these clouds?

Overwhelming beauty. How can one describe the magnificence of these clouds?

The evening and night images of the cloud show it no longer softly billowing ash, but a fiery column.

Nature: so tame, so friendly. When Nature reveals its other side, we remember how vulnerable we truly are; whether during the short-term, like this volcano or earthquakes and tsunamis; or during long-term world-altering events such as climate shift.

When Nature speaks, we can only listen and struggle to survive. 

This is amazing to watch, and pretty color, too!

Gorgeous Geology Photos

April 5, 2011

I really like geology. (I also collect rocks. When one has moved a lot, this is problematic. But I can’t bear to get rid of my favorites)

I took quite a few courses in geology. I recall researching a paper on the apparent association of earthquakes and lunar cycles which my prof pooh-poohed.  It made sense to me if only because the moon affects groundwater, which in turn could affect the friction levels in faults. At least, that was my nebulous hypothesis. 

The lunar influence is now recognized as a negligible but real factor. (So there, Prof. Dude!)

I came across these collections of images. Absolutely breath-taking. If only my internet connection was being cooperative tonight. But then, with the typical perversity of human nature, when I’ve waited for so long for a picture to load, I spend a lot more time looking at it. And they’re all well worth that extra attention.

Winners of a Geology Photo Contest  

Rock Formations that look like people

The next three are all as seen from space:

Impact Craters

Sand Dunes



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