Nature’s skyscraper… — Miracles Respectfully Preserved tm…

The above picture made me think a little about life and nature. It is easy for us to differentiate between the lush, green city parks and the man-made concrete and steel jungles surrounding them. One seems much more natural than the other.

But the reality is they are both as natural as the other. The buildings are products of humans beings that are products of nature. If they weren’t natural, they wouldn’t be there. I love the sight of skyscrapers rising as much as the flowers around them, and this is why I love city life.

This is a re-blog of Pamela Breitberg’s post seen via the link below.

Jerusalem Artichokes nod to distant man-made skyscrapers as they reach to the sky around Lincoln Park’s North Pond. The John Hancock is the high building with the two antennas. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg Obediant Plants seemed to mimic Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers in design and statue. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

via Nature’s skyscraper… — Miracles Respectfully Preserved tm…

Places I Need To See: This giant hand in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Whilst on the theme of giant statues from a recent reblog, this giant hand in Uruguay really caught my attention courtesy of Utochspring.

I imagine this is what it is like when a giant finally wakes from a long, long sleep and finally decides to take on the world and anything in it’s way. It was actually intended to look like a hand drowning to warn swimmers and surfers of the dangers of the waves, created by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal during the summer of 1982.

A pretty cool sculpture and one I would like to see in person. Full post below.

Travel Tuesday Tuesdays has for a long time been my least favorite day of the week. Some years ago I had a great spinning class to look forward to on Tuesday nights, during this spring and summer I played soccer on Tuesdays but now I have an empty hole in my calendar on Tuesdays so […]

via Travel Tuesday: 5 interesting places I been to — Utochspring

Places I Need To See: These gardens at Mt Fuji (and mini-Fuji!)

There is something magical about these shots. Firstly, Mt Fuji. Wow. Secondly, the incredible colours that grace the garden in the foreground make the backdrop even more remarkable.

Japan is a country I have always wanted to visit. A nation that is so different to my own, making it seem so much further away than it really is. I will get there one day, and believe me I will blog about every aspect of that journey when I get to it.

This re-blog is courtesy of Longitudinal Journeys, the post- along with some incredible shots- can be viewed by visiting her blog below. Thanks for the inspiration!

what happens when you suddenly see flower beds on all the sides? isn’t it the most beautiful feeling? I experienced it when I went to Pink moss which is also known as Fuji Shibazakura Festival, patterns of different flowers on the ground and Mount Fuji in background is the most beautiful thing in this whole […]

via PINK MOSS AT FUJI — LONGITUDINAL JOURNEYS

Places I Need To See: Texas Adventure…Space Center Houston — A Feeling of Chaos (Re-blog)

I have a love/hate relationship with space. All I want to do is learn more about this terrifyingly vast and potentially infinite, mysterious unknown that we are born into and hurtling through at incomprehensible speeds. I have honestly had mild panic attacks sitting down outside on a clear evening gazing at the stars… have you ever leaned over the railing from a skyscraper or cliff edge and had that sweaty palm moment? I get that sometimes whilst gazing at the skies.

I don’t think that is a common effect of something so romantic and breathtaking, and that being said, it doesn’t stop my fascination. If anything it helps to build it.

A Feeling of Chaos has typed up a nice piece on her visit to the NASA Space Center in Houston, a place I would love to see in my lifetime. To see a shuttle would be amazing. To see it piggy-backed by a 747? No words.

This immense power and capability only makes me wonder what the future has in store. I admittedly have been following Elon Musk’s SpaceX updates more than NASA, as he has been putting in some damn fascinating plans for Mars exploration and population. Will this be a competitor for NASA? If anything helps technology move forward, it is competition.

That being said, I am very jealous of this visit! You can read all about it below.

I am totally and utterly in love with outer space; and I have been since I was in the 6th grade. Anything and everything about space makes me act like a little kid in a candy shop. So I figured I would do whatever it took to visit Johnson Space Center…or at least the visitor […]

via Texas Adventure…Space Center Houston — A Feeling of Chaos

Places I need to see: Quake Lake

This re-blog is inspired by a place I have never previously heard of, courtesy of wewillfigureitoutblog.

The place? Quake Lake, southwest Montana.

What is so interesting? It is a lake that formed in 1959 after an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale caused an 80-million ton landslide, forming a dam on the nearby river. Sadly, 28 people died as a result of the event.

I have a fascination with events that completely change a place. Whether it is a town that is now abandoned due to radiation leaks or a campsite that is now a lake, knowing what it used to be and looking at how different it is today can be very eerie. Dead trees can be seen emerging from Quake Lake in the post below, an indication of how quickly landscapes can change on such a scale.

Thank you for bringing this place to my attention.

After grabbing dinner at the Old Town Café in West Yellowstone, we gassed up the “Escape Mobile” and headed north to connect with U.S. 287 — a highway we had traveled countless times across north Texas, but never across Montana. Hands down, the Montana portion is more interesting and beautifulwhile traversing the east bank of […]

via Drive Between Yellowstone & Mount Rainier National Parks ~ August 17-19, 2014 — wewillfigureitoutblog

Places I Need To See: Alcatraz

Alcatraz has always fascinated me, however it is a destination I haven’t researched as much as I should have. I guess this place falls under the ‘Dark Tourism’ category, a destination that you visit for the education and history more than a jolly good time.

That being said, the shots in this post by Samara and Mark over at Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget overlooking San Francisco Bay are stunning. To think this was the (I am sure very restricted) view for some highly dangerous criminals is crazy, many hotels would do time for the location and window view. It seems the view is where the luxury ends, this post gives an interesting glimpse as to what life was like in the cells for inmates. It seems like SF is not short of pleasant areas to unwind after the tour and a place I need to visit.

I will never complain about any hostel room ever again…

With a full day of exploring ahead of us we were of course up early this morning. Starting the day with one of the stranger hotel breakfasts we’ve had to date we were out the door by 9am for the almost hour long walk to Pier 33. After a bit of a wait – spent […]

via Day 141: The Rock — Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

I never knew Houston was this colourful…

Despite living in Texas for twelve fantastic months, I never ventured as far south as Houston. This blog post makes me regret that. The bright, optimistic street art in a city I overlooked in favour of other Texan cities was worth a re-blog. I hope Seersucker Optional and the city of Houston forgives me.

Houston is pretty awesome! As I said in my last post, Houston has really become a vibrant, artistic city! I was blown away by all the public art and painted walls. I thought I’d take you all on a little tour of the city, and highlight my favorite things to see! Main […]

via Colorful Greetings from Houston in Draper James — Seersucker Optional

Featured Photo by Felipe Galvan on Unsplash

A quick thank you

My blog has seen positive growth in recent months thanks to both religious and secular communities reading, commenting and sharing. 

No matter how large or small the viewing numbers, it is always exciting to see progress, especially on topics so important to me. 

I look forward to continued progress, finding great new blogs and finding inspiration from current ones!

Many thanks, 

Sam