Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rarefied Air

Timelapse movie: The Alps -- part II (night) from Michael Rissi on Vimeo.

A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When was the last time you clearly saw the Milky Way?

Milky Way graphic via Webweaver



nothingprofound said...

Lovely video and beautiful Exupery quote! He's one of my favorites.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

What an exquisite post!
Evelyn in Montreal

viridian said...

What beautiful images. thank you! for posting this.

~ Tabitha ~ said...

Here's how tired I am..I thought this post title read..
Refried Air.

** LoVeLy PoSt **

Maggie May said...

oh thank you Lydia!

Lydia said...

@nothingprofound- Happy you liked them. I'm only lightly familiar with his work and love this quote enough to learn more about him.

@Evelyn- Thanks much. :) I'll post a topical postcard here on Wed. for your postcard festival. Hopefully, I will get through that submission form successfully!

@viridian- My pleasure. I gained a lot of peace watching this particular vimeo.

@Tabitha- :) That's funny...but being exhausted is not, so I hope you are able to rest this weekend.

@Maggie May- Isn't that a beautifully-produced vimeo? It is a gift to us all in the rush-rush of our lives right now.

earthtoholly said...

That was gorgeous, Lydia. Thank you!

The last time I clearly saw the Milky Way? About a month ago when I was in KY. One night was especially clear and with the nearest small town 11 miles away, the sky was especially dark. I think I even saw a shooting star from out of the corner of my eye, but it was so quick...

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very informative and exquisite post. Have a great day dear Lydia!

Lydia said...

@earthtoholly- Thank you for telling me about your most recent viewing of the Milky Way. It must have been very peace-giving to you especially during that time in KY.
After the death of one of my dearest cats I wrote a poem in which I likened her to a shooting star I saw after she was gone. I'll post that one of these days.
Some nights during the summer I could see the Milky Way above our house, but the best view is 14 miles away at Silver Falls State Park in this big clearing in the forest each August when they have the annual Star Party there. I've learned so much about the night sky from the amateur astronomers who come and set up their telescopes for all to use.

@Phivos- Thank you, friend, and a great day to you also. :)

Erin Davis said...

Oh, this is making my day, Lydia. Thanks for posting this!

francessa said...

Lydia, the Alps-video is so beautiful! I grew up looking at all those mountains day in day out and I never got tired of watching them.

Lydia said...

@Erin- It made my day too. Just think what it was like to have Francessa's childhood! (comment below yours)

@francessa- I grew up looking at the Sierra Nevadas, which is a beautiful mountain range.....but certainly nothing like the Alps that watched daily. How special to have this comment of yours following the beautiful video.

francessa said...

Ah, Lydia, the Sierra Nevadas, they sound so exotic and wonderful to me. I looked them up in Google pictures and they certainly rival the Alps.

Lydia said...

@francessa- O my! I never thought of the Sierras as even close to rivaling the Alps. You have just given them new stature in my estimation! Anyway, we both had magnificent mountains to raise us up.



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