Thursday, June 11, 2009


These photos were sent to me by two different friends. The photos from space were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. There are many more of outer space that are most remarkable. I can show those another time. The images of waves were taken by the number 1 photographer of surf: Clark Little. He captures magical moments inside the "tube", as surfers say.

The "liquid" is obvious, especially to anyone who has been struck by a wave. I really should put the "solid" in quotes, for while it may look solid from space, we know that the surface of the earth is mostly "liquid". (thank you, Lynn) Enjoy!

Earth with full moon

Earth with moon rising

Earth with new moon

Earth with clouds

And you want humor, too? I especially like the last two:

These are some of the winning entries in a recent year's Bulwer-Lytton contest (run by the English Department of San Jose State University), wherein one writes only the first sentence of a bad novel:

~ "Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens."

~ "With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned, unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeth that vied for competition, and a small straight nose, Marilee had a beauty that defied description."

~ "Andre, a simple peasant, had only one thing on his mind as he crept along the East wall: ‘Andre creep… Andre creep… Andre creep’."

~ "Stanislaus Smedley, a man always on the cutting edge of narcissism, was about to give his body and soul to a back alley sex-change surgeon to become the woman he loved."

~ "Although Sarah had an abnormal fear of mice, it did not keep her from eeking out a living at a local pet store."

~ "Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins often do."

~ "Like an over-ripe beefsteak tomato rimmed with cottage cheese, the corpulent remains of Santa Claus lay dead on the hotel floor."

~ "Mike Hardware was the kind of private eye who didn't know the meaning of the word 'fear'; a man who could laugh in the face of danger and spit in the eye of death -- in short, a moron with suicidal tendencies."


~ The sun oozed over the horizon, shoved aside darkness, crept along the greensward, and, with sickly fingers, pushed through the castle window, revealing the pillaged princess, hand at throat, crown asunder, gaping in frenzied horror at the sated, sodden amphibian lying beside her, disbelieving the magnitude of the frog's deception, screaming madly, "You lied!"


  1. WOW! Putting those earth/moon photos with the surf ones, the tides having been pulled by the moon. What a work of art you've created!

  2. There's something about penguins that always makes me laugh.