If there are two things I want people to know about me before we become friends, is that I love train rides and that I prefer nights to days. Nights, you see, are magical. And so, I will always find a moment to create and share content that praises the night, in a never-ending attempt to make my feelings about the night, the moon and the stars understandable to those who aren’t just yet sharing my fascination with the star-spangled darkness.
Listen to the beating heart
Of the tired realm of blue,
When the sky clears out,
When the dust of light
When the year entire comes to pass,
When the Moons and Worlds align at last,
When we raise our prayers to the stars,
Far beyond the doubts and fears,
Beyond the darkened time,
When the cold day ends,
And the starlight reigns
When the cold day ends and warm night falls,
When the Silver Spirit my name calls,
When I enter Astral Temple’s halls,
I hope you enjoy!
My dream is to have someone record the vocals for it. If you want to, go ahead.
It’s thunder season, and it’s been a little underwhelming so far. I hoped to have an exciting collection of storm photos by now, and needless to say, I’m really disappointed. But, being room-bound due to temporary overutilization of my bike and the associated muscles, and the lack of other reasons to go out, I managed to finish a track which has been a WIP since last year’s storm season.
It’s hard to find somebody who doesn’t like storms. Of course, there’s hardly any weather that isn’t at least occasionally one way or another pleasing when observed from the inside of a cozy home, but thunders are extreme, aren’t they?
I have signed up for a project started by some wonderful bloggers, and which I want to introduce to everyone who might be interested.
Since there’s no chance in the world that I would explain it any better than people directly involved in starting the project in the first place, I’ll just quote and link bluefish’s post:
“In simple terms, the idea is for a group of bloggers to write a post based on the same topic every so often (I was thinking maybe once a month) so that we can have a collection of different perspectives on the same subject – I, personally, think that this has immense educational value!”
Sounds easy enough, and I know this will be both fun and valuable experience, so if anyone is interested, you should follow instructions explained in the original post right here.
There are two ways of wandering about and exploring the beautiful world during a lovely summer: in the company, or the right way. Now, I’m not as big a loner as I used to be, but I’ve tried it both ways, and let me tell you, the gift of wandering isn’t one that I should share.
I’ve discussed solitude before so I won’t be focusing on that again. But every so often I get reminded just how valuable moments you get to spend alone with yourself really are.
I’m used to biking alone. My brother, the only person who would occasionally go for a ride with me isn’t such a big fan of biking as me, so most of the time it’s just me and my thoughts. And I love it. More than that, I need it. But I’m great at it too.
We all know biking is great, and when you’re as big on alone time and pointless thinking as me, you can enjoy it as something more than just an exercise, and see it as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your thoughts. But last year, sometime in mid-August, so during the third month of pretty much constant biking I started to feel the need to get something more from this particular way of spending time. As my duties prevented me from embarking on a longer, few days long trips, I looked for something that would make biking more exciting, something that would add to it. And so, I have discovered Geocaching, one of humanity’s greatest inventions.
For those few people left who still don’t know what Geocaching is, a short explanation. Basically, it’s a game, in which participants attempt to locate caches, using (depending on a cache) GPS coordinates, written clues, maps or photos. Caches are hidden by other players, who inform about the new caches on one of many websites dedicated to the game. Once you find the cache, you write your name in a notebook or other piece of paper that’s usually provided, to signal your victory. It’s customary to leave a small token in the cache if the cache is big enough, it could be a coin from your country, a photo, etc.
Excellent news, my friends! My camera, which has been away from me for over a year, is finally back and ready to work. This means that the overall quality of pictures posted here will increase, and as I progress through life, improving my skill of taking photos, we’re potentially looking at a completely new world of photos by the end of the summer. And the probability of that is significant, as I have finally closed all remaining deals I had to make in my home-for-the-rest-of-the-year, and I’m free to roam through the fields and forests of my summer home area.
These last few days were really intense, as expected. A lot of time spent in a car, on highways, which of course I don’t mind, but what happened between the car rides was a bit tiring, especially mentally. However, I can finally say it’s all behind me, at least for another year, and I can focus on my work, and my most precious time after work, which I decided to spend on a bike, and with my good friend, the camera, in my hand.
One of the best things about nights and something that I neglected to mention back when I discussed them is that they’re followed by the sun’s greatest gift to humanity: daybreaks. Dawn seems to have a cleansing effect on people. New day, new opportunities, new quests. And the beauty of it, immeasurable.
So, long story short here’s the music I “wrote” about daybreaks. I hoped to capture the power of the sun filtered through the majesty of the early morning mists, as seen through the eyes of a well-rested man, who knows how to appreciate it all.
No lyrics for this one. I hope you enjoy it!
Every summer I pretend to make a decision to hit the road one early morning and do some photos. This time, I’ll do it. My camera should be back in a day or two, so who knows, maybe next week I’ll get to enjoy the daybreak?
And I mean, all of its aspects. World bathed in the first light of the day, and from an angle we’re most likely not used to. The world looks different when the sun shines from the east, especially so early. But the world smells different as well. The chill, the cool morning breeze is unlike any other wind. And the mists, my God, the mists. Magical.
If the day is going to be sunny, the incredible scenery of the early morning can set your mood… just right. It does for me.
You know, this is slowly starting to turn into a biking blog… July 6th has offered us more sun and heat than we could hope so it would be a crime not to go for another ride. A path of approximately 30km was devised, and I set off.
It was truly a summer day, and not just in name like the previous releases of this July disaster. Weather-wise, that is.
First and foremost, important update: a second cornfield has been located. Surprisingly, a year ago the same field was a host to corn, so there goes my theory of “corn can’t be grown on the same field two years in a row”.
Couldn’t contain myself, and set off for another trip today. As usual, not going to apologize for always travelling the same routes, nor am I going to be sorry for posting boring photos. Just, FYI.
As mentioned before, biking roads in my area are wonderful, and they create sort of a web, where you can get the same place each day for a year, and via different road every time. An opportunity I can’t help but abuse.
For today, I chose a path which I haven’t really travelled before. Some parts of it, but not the whole thing. And it was mostly a success, beautiful sights were identified, located and cataloged, both relaxing and more challenging routes were discovered, so it’s a win in my book.
The two most intense weeks of my life *technically* came to an end. And with that, I was finally free to move back into my summer home, and enjoy all the opportunities it presents, which I immediately started doing, as you can imagine.
Revisiting the old biking roads, and exploring some new ones is what I’ve been doing the last couple of days. Haven’t got the time to do much biking just yet, but I like to think I had an honest and ambitious beginning of the season.