Stardust

By: clearlakemike , 1:30 AM GMT on March 23, 2014

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“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The inspiration for this blog entry came from Briar. :)















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“The whole world needs to pay attention” to what’s going on at Fukushima — “Magnitude of mess is actually staggering” — “We really don’t know how they’re going to clean it up” — “Reminds me of the cartoon Fantasia”
-- PBS Newshour science reporter Miles O’Brien


Miles O'Brien full interview on Fukushima and losing his arm on SoundCloud



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TEPCO Halts Fukushima Water Cleanup System Again





Fukushima - Wo bleibt das radioaktive Wasser?






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Apex Predators in Hawaii are OUT OF CONTROL, Shark Attacks up 500% as Fukushima Radiation Rolls In



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Make A Wish!
Spring Blooms
FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (joealaska)
It was raining big drops and blowing about 30 mph. I had no special guards for my lens, and I stand by these pics.
FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Dawn Dancer (LarryD)
We witnessed one of the most dramatic migrations on planet earth. The Sandhill Cranes moving though the Platte River valley near Kearney Nebraska. Truly impressive.
Dawn Dancer
Spring in Andalucia (PlazaRed)
Green meadows stretch out to Mount Zafmoragon, where the vultures nest.
Spring in Andalucia
Poppy Field (bstew)
Poppy Field
Yay Spring is here!! (BORN2TRAVEL)
Daffodils at Belton Park, so CHEERFUL !!!
Yay Spring is here!!
Snake Chaps (GardenGrrl)
Snake Chaps
A walk in the park (barbamz)
Reading beneath the Magnolia
A walk in the park
The Road to Springtime (boulevardman)
Winter is just about finished.
The Road to Springtime
Loveliness of spring (snek)
Loveliness of spring
Broken Dreams (BriarCraft)
Or so I thought when I saw this abandoned home east of Yakima, near Saddle Mountain NWR. Some family tried to make a go of it here, but their dreams did not come true.
Broken Dreams
Bottlebrush and warbler.... (photoandy)
Early morning light....
Bottlebrush and warbler....
april fools??? (got2dogs)
it's snowing :) Just when we thought spring was here!
april fools???
Paddling to the Sun (FlaglerBeachBreeze)
Stand Up Surfer at Flagler Beach.
Paddling to the Sun
Emerald waters (Beachfoxx)
iPhone photo
Emerald waters
Fogy day on Tudej hills (haestahban)
Foggy day on Tudej hills. Estahban, Iran.
Fogy day on Tudej hills
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Pristine..
Surf's Up! (hodgesmark)
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Surf's Up!
Joshua 3 (calpoppy)
Joshua 3
Antique Hay Rake amongst Wildflowers (CenTexWeatherGal)
Near Luling, Texas
Antique Hay Rake amongst Wildflowers

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36. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:58 PM GMT on April 07, 2014
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35. clearlakemike
9:28 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
Oh, you haven't walked on hot sand (or maybe you did when you were here on your jungle, lava and claustrophobia...get me outta here trip!!!) The black sand beaches here are like walking on hot coals sometimes.

I had the opposite problem on the NorCal beaches. My feet would turn blue from the cold. When I surfed in that hypothermia water (when I was young) I had wet suit boots, gloves and a wet suit cap. It was sort of a surfing burqa. Only a small part of my neck and ankles was exposed.
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34. calpoppy
8:24 PM GMT on April 06, 2014
That is so neat that you drove up the volcano for your pup!!! Even if you left a few carbon footprints :) your pup was worth it! A neat pic too!!!

My youngest son used to be stationed in Clearwater, Florida and it does have the most amazing beaches!! And cool sand, I have never been able to walk barefoot on California beach sand without hopping around cause it is so hot, LOL! I brought home lots of seashells :)

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33. sandiquiz
1:59 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
Happy napping:)

LOVE the photo from the top of the world:)
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32. clearlakemike
5:30 PM GMT on April 04, 2014


Emerald water by Beachfoxx Friday October 25, 2013 — Panama City Beach, FL

Cool iPhone photo! I am considering Florida as a potential future place to live, although, I would want to be in the Ft. Lauderdale vicinity on the southeast coast on the Atlantic. The gulf side of Florida has the most amazing beaches. White sand with lots of seashells and beautiful birds. I use to enjoy visiting there when my late father lived there.
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31. clearlakemike
4:31 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Quoting 28. Cloudyinthewest:
Hi Mike,

It is amazing how many shark attacks occurred in the past two years, from all the other years before on the graph.

Silver Springs had a little snowfall on Monday Morning while the temperature was 30 degrees, it's all melted now but, we had about two inches on the ground.

San Jose had over an inch and a half of rainfall over the past few days, so it looks like the rainy season has returned for the next two months for Central California.


Hi Dave, yes, that is a big increase and it was quite dramatic, if not traumatic.

Wow, that is a lot of rainfall for San Jose in a few days. That same thing is happening here, as I think I mentioned to calpoppy. We normally are supposed to get about what San Jose gets, which I think is 20 inches per year, where I am on the leeward, dry side also known as the Ka'u desert area.

Good news for Central California...and us!
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30. barbamz
4:22 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Wow, top view!!
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29. clearlakemike
4:18 PM GMT on April 04, 2014
Lol, Barb, "No way José"... I have been even higher up on Mauna Loa than the fake Mars astronauts. I drove up to the weather station where they have been studying climate change for the last couple of decades, I think, just to let my dog run in the snow, lol. I think they are measuring the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere up there. And the news is not good...especially with crazy people like me burning all that carbon just to let their crazy dog run in the snow on top of a tropical island!!

Recent photo of Mauna Loa viewed from Mauna Kea. Photo taken on March 17, 2014.

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28. Cloudyinthewest
7:16 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
Hi Mike,

It is amazing how many shark attacks occurred in the past two years, from all the other years before on the graph.

Silver Springs had a little snowfall on Monday Morning while the temperature was 30 degrees, it's all melted now but, we had about two inches on the ground.

San Jose had over an inch and a half of rainfall over the past few days, so it looks like the rainy season has returned for the next two months for Central California.
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27. barbamz
12:14 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
Fake Astronauts Move Into Simulated Mars Colony on Hawaii Volcano
By Carl Engelking | April 3, 2014 2:53 pm
There are very few people that would balk at the chance to spend four months in Hawaii. But let’s say you had to pass those four months shacked up in a 1,000-square-foot dome, shoulder-to-shoulder with five strangers who are only allotted eight minutes of shower time — a week. And, lest we forget, the only way you’ll enjoy the Hawaiian sunshine is by donning a frumpy, awkward simulation space suit each time you step outdoors.

Well, that’s the fate that awaits the six-member crew of NASA’s second HI-SEAS mission, which is meant to replicate, as closely as possible, what it would be like to live on Mars. The HI-SEAS simulator is built on jagged lava rocks 8,200 feet above sea level on the Mauna Loa volcano. It’s a desolate place that closely resembles the terrain of Mars. ...


Lol, you're in it, Mike?
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26. clearlakemike
4:51 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
Quoting 24. calpoppy:
Close call on the lightening strike, Mike!!! Glad all was okay, it can cause a lot of damage to the electrical as we have found out over the years. Mr. P came in the cabin after a particular close lightening strike to find our old weather station smoking as it sat on a cabinet!! There is still a burn mark on the cabinet. Burned out our landline phone and answering machine, which are separate units. Since we get a lot of lightening during monsoons we have made many changes to the electrical systems!!!

So glad to hear you are receiving much needed rainfall. Filling up your catchment!! We had a very small .002" in the next to last storm, if you can call it a storm! And the last storm, nada!!!


Wow...yes, I guess I was lucky after reading your story, calpoppy. I remember the monsoon season from when I was living in Palm Springs. Didn't happen as often as the high desert but I did experience some of it occasionally. The monsoon weather creeps up to the Bay Area once in a blue moon and freaks everyone out! lol

Yes, our catchment has received numerous free refills courtesy of Mother Nature this past winter!! What was the normal rainfall for your area before the drought? I remember you mentioned it somewhere but can't remember now. As I mentioned, we are receiving 2 " per month more or less this rainy season, although, March, which is supposed to be the wettest month here, we received 4.5 "! I saw that Hilo got 5-6 " just in one day recently!! lol Over there you can just leave your faucets running. Like little indoor waterfalls, LOL
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25. clearlakemike
4:27 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
Ah, you are a coding genius, Sandi. Thank you. Yes, the 's' is for 'secure'. I thought it was maybe because I don't display my photos (at least the ones from Hawaii, 'Public'.) But before all the changes it didn't matter...they still displayed here on WU if I just copied the URL and used the Image button. I will give it a test.


Afficher toutes les tailles
Moyen 500



Orchidée bambou

Bamboo orchid blooming along the back of my house (underneath the porch that got struck by lightning!)

Voila ! Merci !!
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24. calpoppy
2:20 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
Close call on the lightening strike, Mike!!! Glad all was okay, it can cause a lot of damage to the electrical as we have found out over the years. Mr. P came in the cabin after a particular close lightening strike to find our old weather station smoking as it sat on a cabinet!! There is still a burn mark on the cabinet. Burned out our landline phone and answering machine, which are separate units. Since we get a lot of lightening during monsoons we have made many changes to the electrical systems!!!

So glad to hear you are receiving much needed rainfall. Filling up your catchment!! We had a very small .002" in the next to last storm, if you can call it a storm! And the last storm, nada!!!
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23. sandiquiz
12:53 PM GMT on April 03, 2014
OK - the photo remained overnight so here goes... and actually, once I realised the issue, it was SO easy!

Open the photo you want and then click on the "THREE DOTS". Then click on "Download/All sizes". A box will open and at the bottom you see "View all Sizes". Hover over it and it changes to white from grey, then click on it.

When the next page opens, chose the size you want, I usually use the medium 500.
Once you have the size you want, right click to pick up and copy the url.

Come to your WU comment box and open the IMAGE tab at the top. Paste your copied url, then click OK

When it appears in the comment you MUST remove the s at the end of the http...because if you leave the s it won't appear! Without the s.... Voila!!

PS - close up the http and the : - do not leave a gap where the S was.:)

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22. clearlakemike
8:38 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
Yes, it was scary...I have never been that close to a lightning strike!! Yes, I am very impressed by the house, the circuit breaker and the water pump now! I was dreading what I would see when I went out...Armageddon, lol. There wasn't even a black burn mark.

Ok, sounds like a plan, Stan. Flickr is becoming grrr but it is giving me a chance to improve on my French reading skills again, lol. It is kind of cool viewing it in French.
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21. sandiquiz
8:29 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
WOW - bet that was scary!
But how wonderful everything worked again. Good for the circuit breaker!

When we had our new electricity meter fitted we were told it was much more sensitive than the old one. Oh, yes, it is. A bulb in the landing spotlight blew, and tripped the whole of the lighting ring!!
I have to get out the step ladder to reset it, so I hope it doesn't happen too often!! lol

I will explain how to get the photos from Flickr to here, once they have sat here for a day or two, and Flickr doesn't turn them to the dreaded red cross!!!
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20. clearlakemike
8:23 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
Great photo, thank you, lol. We had terrible thunder and lightning this past weekend. We rarely get it here. Lightning struck the back of the house!! I was sitting here at my computer by the window when I saw a blinding blue flash bounce off the back walkway roof, which is metal, and then arc and hit a water tank! It made a strange ping and then I heard the circuit breaker for the water pump click. After the lightning passed, I went out, didn't see any damage (as the house is grounded, I guess,)reset the circuit breaker and everything worked ok again, thankfully.
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19. sandiquiz
8:03 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
Here is today's photo of a daddy blackbird feeding his brood. He picked up four form the feeder, flew off, but dropped two, so he flew down to pick them up form the gravel before flying off!

From Flickr:)




Glad you are getting rain :) I find the sound of rain soothing, as long as it isn't accompanied by thunder or hail!!!
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18. clearlakemike
1:23 AM GMT on April 02, 2014


Severe 8.2M quake strikes Chile, tsunami threat to Hawaii being evaluated
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17. clearlakemike
12:04 AM GMT on April 02, 2014
Thank you, Briar. Just sneaking a few out from OPWP, ;-)...The sun is setting through my woods this time of year and I am enjoying it. We get to see more of the sunset until it moves north for the later Spring into Summer. We are down along the southern-west tip of the island.

I am also enjoying all the rain we are getting. It has done wonders for my garden. For years now, we have been struggling through drought trying to keep plantings alive with irrigation.

We have now received the 8th consecutive flood advisory. The rain just keeps coming...I am not complaining. I love listening to it on my tin roof.
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16. BriarCraft
11:15 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
Your March 27 photo series are portraits??? You have a couple of 10s there! What were you thinking?! I really love the orange "hot biscuit" and the sunset shows quite an artistic touch.

I am honored that you included Broken Dreams in your header selection. I'm definitely in good company.
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15. clearlakemike
4:41 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
Thank you, Pros and Sandi. Those are some strange looking rabbits, Sandi, lol...

Just left you a note on your Flickr photos (in French, mind you,) and will visit your blog soon. The War of the Roses is a landmark, I guess, in Anglo history and I am looking forward to reading what you wrote. I had forgotten until now that "your people", the Yorkshire's, perhaps, were involved. Anyway, I will read more soon. (Not making light of it just interesting that was the location...I haven't studied it for quite a long while now.)
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14. sandiquiz
2:29 PM GMT on April 01, 2014


Wishing you a very happy April, with healing laughter for the soul and plenty of Easter Eggs for the waist line!

Had a great weekend...wrote a new blog about an area I went to see on Sunday morning :)
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13. Proserpina
12:35 PM GMT on April 01, 2014
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12. clearlakemike
1:24 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Thank you, Barb. I just saw a friend who is an expert on Palms several days before you posted the first photo of the palm trees. I was going to try and remember to ask him what palms can survive the cold the next time I see him.

I know some can withstand a short hard freeze. They must shelter those. The palms in San Francisco are primarily hardier middle eastern types but it virtually never freezes in SF. It can get near to freezing sometimes but it is rare if it gets below.

This genus is very popular among palm enthusiasts for its ability to withstand cold, especially in the form of damp, cool summer weather with relatively mild winter weather. These palms often tolerate snow in their native habitats and are the hardiest trunking palms.

There must be some of these in SF, lol...damp, cool, summer weather, for sure! I think there are some like this in Golden Gate Park.
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11. barbamz
11:39 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
Guess, this is a sort of resilient Trachycarpus palmtree from Asia, Mike. And a think they would protect it in winter with some shelter wrapped aroud the tree, though I didn't visit this spot of the park in winter yet.


Source.
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10. clearlakemike
4:04 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Thank you, Barb. I wonder what kind of palms? Perhaps from North Africa to be able to survive the winter in Central Europe.
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9. barbamz
11:51 PM GMT on March 30, 2014

Tropical greetings from Mainz, Mike. Found these palmtrees outside - apparently the whole year, as they aren't in pots - in People's Park nearby.
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8. clearlakemike
12:36 AM GMT on March 27, 2014
GG , glad they have helped you! Thank you!!

Hard to stay positive sometimes.

Thank you, Briar. Yes, staying in the moment is a good way to steer yourself into a more positive state and having a camera in hand doesn't hurt. Better than a gun, I guess,...

The woman in the photo looks like she has just been released from Ocean Paradise Women's Prison!! lol

NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED IN OPWP.

But I sneak a few, lol

Theme song from the show, "Orange is the New Black"



Trying to hold on to my sense of humor, even when it gets twisted and dark, helps me too. :-)
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7. BriarCraft
10:51 PM GMT on March 26, 2014
I don't remember where I ran across this, but I saved a copy because, for me, it describes what living in the moment is all about.



And whenever I have a hard time appreciating this moment, all it takes is to purposefully pick up the camera. It has become a conditioned response.

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6. GardenGrrl
10:16 PM GMT on March 26, 2014
Hi Mike, great song by Jason Mraz. Going to have to get it from Amazon and add to my positive song playlist.

Hope you know how much some of the pictures and videos you post help me start the day or get through the day in a positive way. Your blog has made a difference in the quality of my life. Thank you.
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5. clearlakemike
4:41 PM GMT on March 25, 2014
Beautiful macro photo, Sandi! Great detail and lighting. Sorry to hear your head is still stuffed. Time for a decongestant?
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4. sandiquiz
9:04 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
My head feels like a dandelion....al full of fluff! I'd love it to blow away!!

Here is another photo for you.



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3. clearlakemike
9:06 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
I just watched a great movie, "Nebraska"...laughed so much. I could relate to some of the characters in the story so much.

Living in the moment or mindfulness can be liberating, I think, Briar. Not always easy and takes practice. I think stopping to take notice and record what you see in the moment and capture it that moment, i.e. a photo, helps in that practice. And the irony of it is that as time and space moves quickly on you still have the image of that moment Which has passed or gone wherever time goes.

That is a beautiful image, Sandi. I like it and the caption. I have always liked dandelions in that state also, just when they are about to blow away back to the earth. Is your house tented also? That must be claustrophobic!!
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2. sandiquiz
7:03 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
I love taking photos of dandelions, and have taken many macro shots of the yellow flowers and individual petals, but this one is my favourite of the full dandelion clock.

I have an A4 size in a frame on my bedroom wall.....



As for living in the moment....at the moment I am living inside a balloon, I just wish someone would stick with a pin!
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1. BriarCraft
3:11 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity."

-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


Thank you for presenting such a wonderful and wise quote. I collect memorable quotes and that one gets added to the collection.

The inspiration for this blog entry came from Briar. :)

I am honored!

and from your comment in my blog:
After becoming somewhat blasé about living in San Francisco and the nearby Northern California coast and mountains for about a quarter of a century, I did go out and rediscover the place again at a slower pace and more in the moment.


Living in the moment truly does make a difference in our perception, doesn't it?
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