Nefelibata


Nefelibata (noun) Origin: Portuguese | ne·fe·LE·ba·ta One who lives in the clouds of their own imagination; An unconventional person.

YES!  I have always been inspired when I am on a plane and breaking through the clouds into the sunny blue sky.  Decades later, I still feel a sense of wonder that I am actually sitting in the sky.  I always choose an aisle seat because I love the freedom of standing up when I choose to and being able to move around without disturbing anyone.  However, when there is no one next to me I always move to the window for the take off and the landing.  It’s a magical view.  The turbulence through the clouds makes my stomach jump.  Not with fear or anxiety but with … I don’t even know with what. Imagination .. dreams.. wonder?  I don’t know.  I take about 50 photos and then just keep looking at them.  

I mean it’s a sense of adventure.  One day, a long time ago, someone was standing on the earth and staring at the sky.  Maybe pointing out elephants, puppies, witches, etc.  One day, a long time ago, someone had a dream, or a thought, or an idea.  Something that made them want to fly.  There are dreams about flying and about what clouds in dreams mean.

I have followed the clouds to so many great places.  I have lived in my dreams, in my head, and in my imagination.  I used to think it was just me that did this. However, I have talked to some folks who have admitted to me that they also live in their dreams.  I don’t think I will ever stop taking pictures of clouds. Don’t get me wrong.  I love the sun as much as I love clouds.  But I love them each in very different ways.  

I hope it is true that I will always feel this way about clouds. I think they will always amaze and distract me.  Guide me. Envelope me.  Push me forward.  They make me dance in the rain and chase the sun. They make me feel like I felt when I was a little girl laying down in the fresh cut grass behind my house.  They remind me of lazy summer days and crazy high energy storms.  I love clouds.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Clouds in the sky very much resembles the thoughts in our minds! Both changes perpetually from one second to another!”  – Mehmet Murat ildan

“I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.”   ~Mike Tyson
For a second I was almost jealous of the clouds.”  -Kamila Shamsie

Ok.. a dreamy break.  Or a break from the dreaminess of clouds.  A bit of a nightmare cloud picture.  I am not sure if these are Parawixia Bistriata spiders, but when you are walking under them does it matter?

The Parawixia Bistriata spiders have actually created such a massive intertwined web that it appears as if they’re raining down from the sky because they’ve taken over so much of the air space and it looks as if they’re floating down. … They build these cloud-sized spiderwebs which trap prey in the air.

“When you’re a kid, you lay in the grass and watch the clouds going over, and you literally don’t have a thought in your mind. It’s purely meditation, and we lose that.”  ~ Dick Van Dyke

“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.   ~Henry David Thoreau

Behind every cloud is another cloud.”   ~-Judy Garland

“I don’t know what my formula is. I only know I like my characters to walk in clouds. I like a little bit of the fairy tale. Let others photograph the ugliness of the world. I don’t want to distress people.”  ~ Leo McCarey

“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?”
“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean… That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor… And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen… I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”
“Uh huh… That’s very good… What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”
“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
― Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

Clouds – Dreams – Immagination:  Marina; Rad; Ambevert; Marie; Suzette; Eliza; ari; Trent; themouse; GS; Chen; LeDrakeNoir; phillip; Jeremy; noriega; Opher; still; sadje; mindfills; Timothy

Thalassophile


Thalassophile (noun) Origin: Greek  Someone who loves the sea, ocean; A lover of the ocean.

I was in the Navy for 21 years.  I lived on a ship for 12 months.  My dream has been to sail across the ocean on a sailboat.  I have not lived out that dream (only thing on my bucket list) but I still feel like one day I might.

I read the book “Unlikely Passages” by Palley and it only invigorated that dream of sailing.  I love water in general. But I love the sea most of all.

Unlikely Passages Paperback – 

Unlikely Passage is a sailor’s manifesto. Palley gave up a successfull career as an art dealer while in his late 50s and embraced retirement with a vengeance. He sailed away in his ship Unlikely and circled the globe. In doing so, he created his own universe-a small boat in a large ocean. Through a series of humorous anecdotes and illustrations, insightful observations, and practical information, Palley expounds his unique sailing philosophy.

sailboats on a beautifully lit waterway

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too”    ~ Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

boats in the distance Australia 2005

“To reach a port we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”  ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.”  ~ Christopher Paolini

Curacao Ocean View at Night

  “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.”  ~Mother Teresa

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”            ~Ryunosuke Satoro

Haute Pink Photography – Seattle Alki Beach

“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”  ~Sarah Kay

Sea:  Islandtraveler; Jeff; Beach; Marina; John; Laleh; masgautsen; citysonnet; Paul

Onism


Onism (noun) Origin: Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows | The awareness of how little of the world you will experience.

“The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange city names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die.”

ETYMOLOGY: Portmanteau of monism (the philosophical view that a variety of things can be explained in terms of a single reality) + onanism (alternative word for self-pleasure).

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Taking a picture of folks on a bus and feeling a little sad that I am not on that bus because they appear to be having so much fun.  Even when I am enjoying exactly where I am and what I am doing.

Being ok with where I currently am (Malabo), but wistfully wishing I was back where I was (Croatia here). So magical.  Sort of the grass is always greener attitude, which I hate.

“I looked through others’ windows
On an enchanted earth
But out of my own window–
solitude and dearth.

And yet there is a mystery
I cannot understand–
That others through my window
See an enchanted land.”
― Jessie B. Rittenhouse’

Greener grasses:  SMB; J-DUB; Planetmom; Brittnjess; Sarah; herman; Liv; meatnpotatoes; Joyce; KG; bratty; ninjawhales; Lyna; Brendan

Sehnsucht


Sehnsucht: (noun) Origin: German |An intense yearning for something far-off and indefinable.

ETYMOLOGY: From German words sehnen (to long) and Sucht (anxiety; sickness; addiction).

“There is a German word, Sehnsucht, which has no English equivalent; it means ‘the longing for something’. It has Romantic and mystical connotations; C.S. Lewis defined it as the ‘inconsolable longing’ in the human heart for ‘we know not what’. It seems rather German to be able to specify the unspecifiable. The longing for something – or, in our case, for someone.”
― Julian Barnes

“The greatest forces lie in the region of the uncomprehended.”
― George MacDonald

“Who then is to judge what is good, true, and beautiful? You are. Plato says it is the soul: the proper dimensions and proportions are already stored in our minds, and when we recognize the good, true, and beautiful– how is it that we do it? It is by anamnesis, the act of recalling what we have seen somewhere before. You must have received an impression of what is right somewhere else, because you recognize it instantly; you don’t have to have it analyzed; you don’t have to say, “That is beautiful,” or “That is ugly”; you welcome it as an old acquaintance. We recognize what is lovely because we have seen it somewhere else, and as we walk through the world, we are constantly on the watch for it with a kind of nostalgia, so that when we see an object or a person that pleases us, it is like recognizing an old friend.”
― Hugh Nibley

Amazing imagery:  Liz; Rotherbaron; Pawlo; woowee; soylani; olwen; johanna; schrati; Luwian; Jamiet

Natsukashii


Natsukashii (Adjective) Origin: Japanese | A happy recollection of an event or memory.

The adjective originally described wanting to keep something close or wanting to express fondness for something. Over time, this term was used more to describe happy reminiscences, leading to the modern meaning. Take note that this is different from a nostalgic longing, but more of joyous remembrance of a past memory.

I was trying to find a single picture to go with this word.  I could not.  I have more joyous remembrances of times past than nostalgic longings.  I tend not to focus on the things that went wrong.  I do sometimes miss what is no longer there but I can honestly say that I would generally never want to go back to any period of my life.

I have no regrets. Do not wish for do-overs.  I believe in the butterfly effect.  If you were able to go back and change just one thing.. what would be different now? You could not guarantee it would be better.  As a matter of fact, it would likely be worse. (you really should watch the movie) I love the journey.

I’m not trying to say it has all been good.  I have had some extreme rough patches in life and at times I have been quite devastated by the twists life has presented.  However, even those times have shaped me to be the person I am today.  The one thing that stands out when I look back on my photos is that at every point in my life, even the worst of times … I smile.  I smile and it’s genuine.

When I was about 13 or 14, one of my best friends in junior high gave me a birthday card that read, “The one who laughs… lasts.”  (Thanks JoNelle) It was true.  I did. I still do.

It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later. George Foreman

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Happy memories:  Arristela; paradise; nzain; vrunda; Jane; plaridel; Brendan; Teresa; reluctant; Jaya; Tim; wandering; sakshi; supreet; chinhooi; scribble; hope