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Planet Awe(some)

15 Mar

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What other unexpected wonders await us below ground?  The majesty and combination of natural effects and human imagination is a twin gift that instantly captivates and creates curiosity and the need for stories.

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ourismontheedge.com

 

Sharing the essence of an alternate perspective on mysterious new landscapes has always been a cornerstone in our myths, a glorious interlude of symphonic synchronisation bringing new light and fantasy, lavishly layered to those who look.  Those who seek to see beyond the norm.

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Metaspoon.com

 

Above ground, the awe and anger of the Gods brings both a triumph and terror to our lives, the awe of the observer who quickly finds insight into the subtly mysterious. Holding once inexplicable ideas in the mind, the infectious gift of knowledge and appreciation.

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Theguardian.com

Lifted up through the ages with a rising tide of understanding, purveyors of a gift.  Subconscious seeds growing to the full force of blossoming thought and realisation.  Crafting, forging through experience, soul and mind combine to create and learn, to forge elegance and distinction.  We have the potential to create magnificence to mirror our planets mood and natural architecture.

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Posted by on 15/03/2015 in My Writings

 

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38 responses to “Planet Awe(some)

  1. shadowoperator

    15/03/2015 at 20:00

    Really nice photos, and moving text, Ste J. Of course, I can deal okay with above ground and human architecture, but below ground always reminds me of H. G. Wells’s morlocks, and I have a firm prejudice against morlocks. I guess that’s why I don’t much care for caves! But the one you have the photo of is beautiful.

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    • Ste J

      15/03/2015 at 20:05

      I’ve done a bit caving and I am claustrophobic, watching The Descent didn’t help either so I deliberately went for the biggest cave in the world just so I wouldn’t cringe. The Morlocks are one fantastic creation but if I saw one I wouldn’t hesitate to poke it with a stick.

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  2. Chelsea Brown

    16/03/2015 at 00:10

    Our planet is truly amazing, great words, and fabulous photos Ste J.

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  3. writersideup

    16/03/2015 at 04:56

    Wow, Ste J, these photos are amazing—certainly AWEsome! The first one, with the man standing where he is, it gives me that really uncomfortable feeling I get, feeling like he’s going to slip off it into oblivion…worse than when watching “Fellowship of the Ring” when they’re making their way through Moria! Love the whole post 😀

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    • Ste J

      16/03/2015 at 20:38

      That feeling of oblivion has been a staple of so many stories. It was the same in Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama, that feeling of the abyss drawing down upon the one human representative. The soundtrack to Moria is epic, when it builds up to that underground hall…brilliant.

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      • writersideup

        17/03/2015 at 02:07

        Yep, amazing. These scenes give me that feeling you would have in a dream of falling off a high cliff. Brrrrr….

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        • Ste J

          17/03/2015 at 21:01

          I like that feeling, its so freeing and exhilarating yet frightening, in dreams that is, I tend not to jump out of windows or anything.

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          • writersideup

            18/03/2015 at 01:30

            lol…Ste J…I never do it purposely. I fall always by some freak accident which, if you knew me, isn’t all that far-fetched! lol I trip over my own feet sometimes, bump into walls…the list goes on…

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  4. Lyn

    16/03/2015 at 05:11

    I love that first photo in particular. It would make a great flash fiction prompt. I’m with you Ste J, see a Morlock, poke it with a stick (very hard!) 🙂

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    • Ste J

      16/03/2015 at 20:10

      Morlocks are like the lower class of the universe (Some even live around here!). If you wish to use it as a prompt please do!

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      • Lyn

        17/03/2015 at 07:35

        LOL yeah, we have some of them here too. We call them Bogans 🙄
        Super, thanks, Ste J, I just might. It’s given me some good ideas for an Andi and J’Sharn episode 😉

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        • Ste J

          17/03/2015 at 21:08

          I had to look up the term Bogan lol, I’m happy to give you ideas, it makes a blog worthwhile to do so.

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  5. quirkybooks

    16/03/2015 at 14:43

    Wow. Deep writing Ste. Good stuff. I like the Metaspoon photo the best, because of it’s colour and dynamism. Why does the first photo remind me of a slug and a walnut? I always see things others don’t. Usually in literature and photos. – quirky

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  6. Jeff

    17/03/2015 at 10:32

    Have you seen The Cave of Forgotten Dreams? It’s a Herzog film about a recently discovered cave with neolithic paintings. Great in 3D.

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    • Ste J

      17/03/2015 at 20:52

      I haven’t, my Herzog is sadly lacking but I am up for that and I have a pair of 3D glasses, filched from the cinema so I am well up for that. Cave paintings are fascinating, it is amazing to see the birth of human imagination put down for posterity.

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  7. vsvevg

    17/03/2015 at 13:13

    Curious post, I feel I must be missing something. Like what are morlocks? Are those really people in a huge crystal cave? Catch me up please 🙂 Not to say the prose isn’t lovely though, or rather to say it is.

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    • Ste J

      17/03/2015 at 20:51

      Morlocks are a fictional creation of H.G. Wells who dwell in the far future as seen in The Time Machine, I say seen, the book is much more fun of course. There really are people down there, it is amazing to see how tiny people are compared to the hugeness of it. The first picture is of the biggest cave in the world, so big it has a river running through it, a bit of a beach and a ton of forest as well.

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      • vsvevg

        19/03/2015 at 14:38

        Well that is amazing, the cave that is. Obviously I’ve never read The Time Machine. I did read Journey to the center of the earth recently though. It was really good! But no morlocks 🙂

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        • Ste J

          20/03/2015 at 20:41

          I loved that book, it was so visual and mysterious, I used to read it in the middle of the night to get that silent, alone vibe.

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          • vsvevg

            24/03/2015 at 23:22

            ME Too! cause I read it on my Ipad, which I usually read from in the middle of the night, and I loved that feeling it gave me 🙂

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            • Ste J

              25/03/2015 at 11:45

              It’s so much more atmospheric when there is nobody ruining the ‘I’m an underground adventurer’ though process by making noise which usually is followed by a flurry of tuts and sighs from me..

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              • vsvevg

                25/03/2015 at 11:47

                Yes, it was just crickets and owls when I was reading it, which seemed appropriate.

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  8. Seyi sandra

    17/03/2015 at 14:52

    I love this post Ste J! We live in such a wonderful world. Those pictures are so good!! Simply indescribable (though I already did!) Well done you!!

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    • Ste J

      17/03/2015 at 20:55

      It is sometimes easy to forget how wonderful the world is when all we get is violence and corruption on the news. I wanted to provide a tiny look at something amazing and let people explore the beauty from it. It was a pleasure to create the post becaue i knew that the right people were seeing it and would appreciate it.

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  9. Sheila

    18/03/2015 at 01:59

    This world is amazing, that’s for sure. We just have to remember to let it amaze us. I’ve never seen anything like that second picture of the crystals but have imagined something like that with Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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    • Ste J

      18/03/2015 at 09:05

      Can you imagine the first miners that saw that cave, nobody would have believed them at first! I loved Journey to the Centre of the Earth, it’s such a wonderful books, very visual and the dubious science gives it a B-Movie feel and so it could possibly be the perfect book.

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      • Sheila

        18/03/2015 at 20:56

        Hahah – I’ll have to read that one again if it could be the perfect book.

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  10. Sherri

    18/03/2015 at 15:26

    What an amazing world we live in and you capture it beautifully in photos and narrative. We so often forget what is right under our noses, just waiting to be marvelled at, captivating us, causing us to question, learn and enjoy. Now I want to go on an adventure…

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    • Ste J

      18/03/2015 at 19:42

      Once we see the things hidden in plain sight, it makes us wonder why we don’t see such beauty. If you are going on an adventure, don’t forget to pack sandwiches and an extra sweater and send me an invite please!

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      • Sherri

        19/03/2015 at 18:13

        You’ll be the first to know 🙂

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  11. readinpleasure

    18/03/2015 at 16:08

    Your words are beautifully poetic, Ste J. Amazing photos.

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    • Ste J

      18/03/2015 at 19:35

      Coming from a poet like yourself that is indeed a high honour, the photos are so inspirational it was hard not to find some accompanying words.

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  12. RoSy

    20/03/2015 at 17:23

    The world is full of Ooooohs & Ahhhhs inside & out!

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    • Ste J

      20/03/2015 at 20:44

      That is a better way of putting it than my verbose way, I should have gone with that!

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