May 16, 2016

Something Wonderful: Milky Way Over Quiver Trees



With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


In front of a famous background of stars and galaxies lies some of Earth's more unusual trees. Known as quiver trees, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow to tree-like proportions. The quiver tree name is derived from the historical usefulness of their hollowed branches as dart holders. Occurring primarily in southern Africa, the trees pictured in the above 16-exposure composite are in Quiver Tree Forest located in southern Namibia. Some of the tallest quiver trees in the park are estimated to be about 300 years old. Behind the trees is light from the small town of Keetmanshoop, Namibia. Far in the distance, arching across the background, is the majestic central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. Even further in the distance, visible on the image left, are the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, smaller satellite galaxies of the Milky Way that are prominent in the skies of Earth's southern hemisphere. APOD: 2016 May 15 - Forest
To see the very large array....


Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 16, 2016 8:38 AM
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Posted by: ghostsniper at May 16, 2016 11:43 AM

"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world." Just so.

Produced, directed, and presented by God.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at May 16, 2016 8:38 PM

The image reminded me for the first time in years of a poem I wrote when I was 14, over fifty years ago. A columnist named Agnes Dow put it in her column for the newspaper, and I was thrilled—it is a remarkable thing to see your own words in a serious newspaper. I hope I remember it rightly. And I apologize to Gerard because it includes the word “awesome”—though I believe it is a proper usage.

Last Night I Stood And Watched a Show
By Minta Marie Morze

Last night I stood and watched a show—
It lingers in my mind.
I remember it where’er I go.
In every way I find
That I am better off because,
Though urgent matters pressed,
I took a little time to pause.
And out of all the rest of things, I chose
To stop and stand and heed
A sight that fills my heart, and grows
Each time I feel a need
For something that can calm my soul,
And bring to my heart peace.
And help me work to reach my goal.
I hope I never cease
Remembering that wondrous sight
The stage was planned with care,
As though it were the opening night
And all the critics there.
The lighting was superbly set
To give an awesome glow:
Bright burning reds and yellows met
With pinks and golds below.
And, Oh! The plot,
‘Twas grand and clear,
It told a tale divine,
A theme of life and hope, not fear—
A theme for all mankind!
It was a tale I’ll not forget,
And each night I’ll applaud
Once more, the play called Sunset
By the Author known as God!

Posted by: Minta Marie Morze at May 17, 2016 12:13 AM

I find it staggering to realize that atoms from the same Periodic Table of Elements that compose the reality of the extraordinary spectacle in the picture above, combine in my brain in such a way that I can be reminded of, and remember the words to, something that I wrote in 1963.


Posted by: Minta Marie Morze at May 17, 2016 12:39 AM

In this rare rare case "awesome" it is.

Posted by: vanderleun at May 17, 2016 8:30 AM

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that's truly fine, keep up writing.

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