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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Big / The Sky

So big the sky. Our friend. Full of our sustenance. Our breath. And filled with beauty too. What we need to survive every minute and art, as well. Visuals.

How long can you stop breathing? Not long. Look around. This invisible resource is all around you. More valuable than gold. More beautiful than flesh. It does not grow old. It will be here. . . forever.

It is very large. The sky.

Flying A Kite At The Beach

 

It has been a cloudy few days punctuated with some clear, cool days. Fall weather is wonderful. Colorful leaves should be everywhere in a few days. We are barely in the 50′s this morning.

I walked the boardwalk yesterday and there were some kite flyers on the beach. There are still plenty of folks hanging out down there, hoping, I suppose, for one of those beautiful days that can happen at any time.

It’s all good in my mind.

It’s all lovely.

2012 Neptune Festival / Virginia Beach

 

This past weekend we were down at Virginia Beach for the Neptune Festival. It rained a good deal but not heavily and we were able to visit the vendors on the boardwalk and enjoy some of the musical performances.

And I’ve been working on some of the sand sculpture photos from the festival today. The sand sculptures were done in a tent. So you really can’t take photos of them that don’t include the blue carpet, tape, signs and people walking around the exhibit. Well, thanks to PS Elements I am able to remove all of that and, hopefully, allow viewers to focus on these incredible, transitory art works made out of sand.

I will add some more as we go along but here are a few. It was a great weekend. I walk/jogged (wogged) the board in over five miles per hour! That was a first. And the rain, as I said, was not a disappointment. Rain is lovely.

Here are some photos.

 

Virginia Beach Photos / Logan Pearsall Smith / Kahlil Gibran

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What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for Beauty, and never see the Dawn! ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

 

It’s Friday! And we have had some beautiful weather this week here in Virginia. It is cool and dry. The sun feels just right on the skin. A soft breeze has generally been around. You just couldn’t ask for anything nicer.

Here’s another photo of a recent storm down at the beach.

 

 

Lightening is all about maintaining balance between earth and sky. Nature does this in a beautiful way. Lightening is amazing to watch, right? But we could say, well, if nature (the earth) delights in having contact with us (see quote above) how do we explain the many lives that are lost each year to lightening strikes and other natural disasters?

In my view nature takes care of us in many ways but it is not about making sure everyone lives to be X number of years old. There is a difference between providing living things with clean air, food and water and protecting us until we keel over in a nursing home. Think about the recent hurricane that came ashore around New Orleans. People drowned in the deluge. But the storm relieved the suffering of many living things as it relieved drought in the middle of the U.S. .

Nature didn’t put up railings around the Grand Canyon. And people do fall into it and die. We are responsible for some things. And one of them would be to avoid getting hit by lightening if possible. Nature is not impersonal. I believe it responds to us as living beings. But it’s not going to protect us at all times.

Nature treats us a little differently than our mothers treat us. Although I can remember, long ago, my mother telling me I should join the army. I was being immature at the time and this was during the Vietnam War. Joining the army would have meant a one way ticket to the jungle and some man-made dangers as well.

So, maybe mothers and nature are not all that different. It’s complicated but also worth the time and energy to consider, “What is my relationship with nature?”. Have you thought about it lately?

From Walking To Jogging / A Different Perspective On Aging

I decided to run this morning. It was so wonderfully cool and dry out there. I’ve been walking for over a year now and generally follow a route through our neighborhood for 6, 8 or even 10 miles. But I have a dream. I would like to compete in a half-marathon and do it in 12 minute miles.

For the past year I’ve generally walked 16 or 17 minute miles. If you walk around you can usually go three or four miles in an hour. So that’s what I did. I was trying to shed fat. And I did that. But, something else happened as well. About six or seven months ago I was down at the beach doing this on the boardwalk when I saw an older guy doing the same thing. Except that he was jogging. He was several years older than me. Probably he was 70 years old although you can be fooled easily when trying to estimate the ages of some of these oldsters.

He was dressed only in a pair of running shorts and his skin glistened with sweat. He was very thin. And I thought. . . he looks so cool. He looks like something a sixteenth century Renaissance painter would produce. He looks like a saint. And he was jogged a long, long ways.

This guy has been a bright image in my memory for many months now. And I want to do what he is (hopefully) doing. I want to jog a long ways down the road. I want to run a half-marathon in about two and a half hours. I did it in 3.4 hours last November after walking for just a few months. And it took several days to recover. This year should be better. And next year too. I’m not concerned about how long it takes. My major interest is to discover how one can blunt the aging process with daily exercise (walking).

So today I jogged on the flat surfaces or when I was going downhill. I walked pretty fast the rest of the time. And I didn’t push it. It’s all about having a relaxed mind and body. It’s all about allowing this process to happen naturally….in “good time” as the old expression goes. And I finished 8 miles six minutes under 2 hours. That’s almost 8 fourteen minute miles.

I felt great afterwards. It’s important to feel good when you are done for the longevity of the project. I’m not trying to suffer out there. I’m trying to understand my body and teach my mind how to work with it.

This is how I intend to deal with the aging process. This is how I intend to “grow old”.

It makes that process, somehow, a lot more interesting.

 

 

A year ago. . .