Everything that comes to mind distilled through life

the bounty of Summer’s beauty
from years in the past

especially roses

click the gallery

and two of the grand white flowers that grew for me

beloved cannas inside

beloved cannas

Casablanca Lilies

Casablanca lilies

~~~ in the depth of Winter it is good to remember ~~~

vm © 2014

Southern Land but not unknown … Patagonia, the land of the southern hemisphere, centuries ago fabulous and mysterious, not only qualifies as an interesting land of gauchos, horses, and endless plains, but even its waters are thought-provoking, full of action, more colorful than the land itself. And here is proof, from NASA of course:

patagonianshelf-plankton bloom

December 2, 2014

NASA: Late spring and summer weather brings blooms of color to the Atlantic Ocean off of South America, at least from a satellite view. The Patagonian Shelf Break is a biologically rich patch of ocean where airborne dust from the land, iron-rich currents from the south, and upwelling currents from the depths provide a bounty of nutrients for the grass of the sea—phytoplankton. In turn, those floating sunlight harvesters become food for some of the richest fisheries in the world. … read the article here …   

~~  for a BIG closer look click here  ~~
~~  similar images, all beautiful, 2009 to 2014  ~~

PS: If you are somewhat “braniac” like me you may enjoy this:
more than you ever wanted to know about fabulous Patagonia 


Credits: NASA images by Norman Kuring, NASA’s Ocean Color Group, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Michael Carlowicz, with Norman Kuring. Instrument(s): Suomi NPP – VIIRS




Well… Nothing interesting is happening lately. I do not go out very much. Still working against the effects of altitude. So when something happens right outside my sliding glass door I use the screen as a sort of canvas, like this:

outside in front

 the dining room chandelier light reflects into the door glass
and becomes a bling decoration hanging in the snowy branches of the tree

bling reflection


bling reflection detail

…. that’s all for now folks… ! …

vm © 2014

Abstract versions from pictures of everyday objects are sometimes interesting. I like to twist and alter images into something else than their original impersonations. I think many of us like to play like that.

My bedroom and living room have  large windows, which I like, but they look onto the street of the complex so I have to keep the blinds closed until I hang some drapes. At night the streetlight from outside casts tree shadows onto the bedroom blinds, like an arabesque design. Rare passing cars also reverberate. I tried to take pictures of those effects but was not able to set my simple camera correctly. These images are what I obtained. I reworked all of them of course. I call these abstract-night-views. Semi-abstract: some are actually recognizable.

the bedroom
night window

multicolor abstraction


 living room reverberations

soft charcoal
light charcoal

charcoal cat sleeping
charcoal cat sleeping


vm © 2014

[ apologies for the initial misspelling in the title of this post … I thank the gracious readers who overlooked it, it is ‘planned’ not ‘panned’ !! ]

Every week the NASA Space Weather news arrives into my mailbox. It is always interesting and sometimes I post images from it. But I had not seen this exploding stratospheric balloon before. It makes for some great photography as a minimum, especially since the pictures were taken by an automated camera. They also are rather abstract images, if we did not know what they show…


On Nov. 23rd, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a Space Weather Buoy to the stratosphere. Carried aloft by a suborbital helium balloon, the payload contained a pair of X-ray/gamma-ray sensors to measure cosmic radiation levels inside Earth’s ozone layer. About 90 minutes after launch, this is what happened: the balloon exploded.


pop1_strip exploding balloon

It’s supposed to do that. As a weather balloon ascends, it expands into the rapidly thinning air high above Earth. The diameter multiplies until the growing sphere is as wide as a small house. Eventually, the rubber fabric of the balloon reaches its elastic limit, and it ruptures. If it didn’t, we would never get the payload back!

This balloon exploded at an altitude of 102,986 feet. The almost-silent blast was captured by a camera looking up from the payload below. Next, a parachute opened and the payload descended to Earth, landing in a remote corner of Death Valley where an Earth to Sky recovery team retrieved it yesterday. / etc. 

Text and images credits: NASA Space Weather, Nov. 29, 2014.

Thanksgiving morning we went for some fresh air along the Clear Creek path in Golden, CO. The hard cold weather has changed to very bearable temps which are normal for November into December. I am still adjusting to the altitude and I am not yet feeling my best, but I took some snapshots of the place

My son lives in Golden. The city was the original capital of Colorado. It has a gracious downtown that does not look like a tourist destination. It has retained the calm of real life as a small American town with under twenty thousand inhabitants. Coors beer is brewed here with the celebrated alpine waters from the Rockies. Its university is the famous Colorado School of Mines. The streets carry art depicting the history and myths of the place. I particularly liked the cowboy statues, my son prefers the trout fisherman, which is huge, with a very tall rod, pulling-in a large brown trout amid rushing waters captured in bronze.

~ Street art in Golden CO ~

The Clear Creek is now covered with ice left by the bad weather that skirted us earlier, but in Summer it is a white water run for kayakers, rafters, and others adventurous souls. It is not very wide. I was told that at first snow-melt from the high Rockies it can become turbulent, requiring good skills to run it.

Here is a little school house that looks like it came out of a fairy tale book, but it was functional for the City of Golden until the 1950s – of course I do understand that it is a very very long time ago in the U.S. ! ( oh, hum, I come from Europe where nothing is old until 300+ years have passed…). The landscape is all brown in Winter. It becomes green in Summer.

vintage elementary school

vintage elementary school, isn’t it cute?

 here is a log fence that reflects a rustic style of living 

log fence

detail of the rustic fence

detail of the rustic fence

DIGITAL CAMERA a beautiful blue spruce
Winter treea Winter tree slightly enhanced

DIGITAL CAMERAstreet view in residential Golden  

~ this instead is a recent snowfall in Idaho ~
snow in Idaho nov. 2014
my friend Lori’s backyard, November 2014, Eagle, ID

LP © 2014
all other pictures vm © 2014


16 minus 4 …

 That is not second grade arithmetic but the temperature and wind-chill outside at 4:21 p.m. today, November 10.
For those in the Celsius world
temperature:  minus 8.88889; wind chill: minus 20.

Two simple snapshots, from inside my living room.
This is the first approach of Nuri, the so-called Bering Sea Bomb, which is only going to edge by us, while it sends the jet stream into a polar vortex to other parts of the U.S. You will see that in the news.

Nevertheless, the high earlier today was 64 and we were in the low 70s yesterday. Today it is only very light snow, but naturally more cold weather is expected with further snow in the next few days. I will overdress and go outside to take a few more shots if the scenery improves by tomorrow.  

This is my minor report from a Colorado corner. The real thing is on the weather news.  

Update November 16: snow now at 4 inches, temp. still freezing but brilliant sun outside. ( and arthritis acting up…)


vm © 2014

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Originally posted on Opinionista per caso Viola:
[gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="9562,9563,9564,9565,9566,9567,9568,9569"] Fotografie di Violeta Dyli

I am still hassling and dealing with the ins and outs of U-Haul cartons and boxes at my Colorado apartment, so no photos worth posting yet, but NASA gave me these two ideas. 

1 – A one-eyed giant in the solar system

one-eye giant the eye of a space dinosaur?

NOOOH :… An eerie, close-up view of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. Hubble was monitoring changes in Jupiter’s immense Great Red Spot (GRS) storm on April 21, 2014, when the shadow of the Jovian moon, Ganymede, swept across the center of the storm. This gave the giant planet the uncanny appearance of having a pupil in the center of a 10,000 mile-diameter “eye.” For a moment, Jupiter “stared” back at Hubble like a one-eyed giant Cyclops.

Text & Image Credit: NASA/ESA/A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center) Caption: Ray Villard, Space Science Telescope Institute Acknowledgment: C. Go and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

Here is Jupiter in its full power
jupiter eye NASA
neat isn’t it? or should I say ‘cool’ ….


and for those nostalgic readers who opened this looking for the famous iconic image
here it is 


2 – Staying warm in space

YF-12A forebody heater 1971 NASA DFRC EC71-2789 (copy neg)

The Flight Loads Laboratory at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center is celebrating 50 years. It sprang into existence during the era of the X-15 rocket plane and the YF-12 and SR-71 Blackbirds, and was dedicated to testing the latest in high-speed flight.  

In this image from 1971, the YF-12 forebody’s radiant heating system is being tested at the Flight Loads Laboratory under conditions experienced at Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound, over 2,000 miles an hour.

Eventually the entire airframe was tested in the lab, always with the goal to collect data, validate parts and reduce risk to the aircraft and the pilots who flew them. Text & Image credit: NASA 


This simple snapshot through the screen door shows Fall trees right outside my living room
view from sliding glass door~ end of October 2014  ~

vm © 2014

All is green

The green challenge is so appropriate for me !

I am now in Lakewood, Colorado: the Denver area is very green of natural trees and vegetation. The green effect and the continuous open blue skies are the most noticeable difference between this area and the Idaho valley where I lived.  

My back protested fiercely about the thirteen hours of riding thru desert-like heath and moors, full of nothing but very short stubby sage bushes – between Boise in Idaho and Denver in Colorado.  The trip was rather exhausting, but I am now on the mend and resting.  My son came to take me to Colorado, with my two cats, and what boxes / stuff could fit in a truck with a trailer …

We saw very cute and elegant pronghorn antelopes in the southern Wyoming moors. Snow flurries in October slowed us down as we left Wyoming. 

I am living in a cute small apartment full of overflowing packing boxes while I wait for furniture to arrive when my daughter also moves to the Denver area. Very few pieces of my furniture did fit in the trailer. Now, in the meantime, I am trying to imagine how I will creatively set up this new space. Always an interesting idea, to start over again.

As my first return post, for Cee’s challenge, I have gathered a few green color pictures. I hope in the future to be able to go out and snap some shots of where I live and of the landscape. By then only the fir trees will still be green, and there are so many here ! but never mind…

a California buckeye

 a California buckeye that I grew from a  nut found in the Santa Clara Valley hills

most beautiful grass!

tall green grass of Idaho


green lawn with sun streaks in Idaho


an old drawing of mine not unlike the southern Wyoming landscape, except that those moors are all brown

green trees

green tree tops in Idaho in June 

green reflections

green reflections at home in California

green  transparency

green transparency at my son’s home in Colorado

chicken coop

 and this  – believe it or not – is  a chicken coop seen from the terrace


Cee’s green challenge is here

about the American antelope Antilocapra americana


vm © 2014


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