Antarctica.

August 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have a dream journey in life.

It started by reading Sara Wheeler’s book Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica.

This is a phenomenal book, especially for anyone who thinks that travel is the best way to expand and enhance your perspective both internally and externally. To me, travel is both selfish and selfless – if I don’t learn something new about both myself and another person, it was a failed trip. I go in with a completely open mind.

Terra Incognita shows just that. It is a beautiful read, and teaches you something without leaving the comfort of your own chair. It made me want to go to Antarctica more than anything.

Yes, I know that it is a harsh environment. Yes, I know that it is a challenging experience to even just get down there. But that makes it even more enticing for me.

And reading the adventure and seeing the pictures of any individual just makes me want to go even more.

I highly recommend the National Geographic’s piece on an excursion there: A man decided he wanted to climb Queen Maud Land. It is because of people who challenge themselves that we gain an understanding of our world. And if you prefer not to read, just look at the gorgeous and amazing pictures.

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Wow.

May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

It is ridiculously difficult to capture the electricity and light and feeling of a prairie or farmland storm.

Growing up in Iowa, these are phenomenons that you both cherish and fear. Storms in plains are incredible. Purple Rain is a song that no one, except a Midwesterner, really truly understands.

Today, I ran across this image:

It is one of the few photographs that actually capture SOME of the senses associated with these storms. Head on over to the photographer, Franz Schumacher’s site, or mymodernmet.com for more.

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