Scintillate by Bodhi Smith

"scintillate" a new impression from bodhi smith...
with today being "good friday", a very important day in christianity, and with me not being of the christian faith, i wanted to give an entirely different spiritual meaning with my photography, one that similarly resonates with the message of peace and love happening despite the apparent darkest of darkness...
"many days the blues enter my life, and often that is a good thing...i need sadness sometimes to produce better artwork and write more words from my heart. sometimes pondering sorrow and regret inside helps me to create things more delicately beautiful on the outside. pain becomes pleasure as the blues scintillate into an luminous glow, warming my entire being knowing i have created something enduring that is endearing to others" ― bodhinku, sometimes cintillate
“i often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day” ― vincent van gogh, letters to theo
"souls of love breathlessly sail
towards the time when hours fail
to cope with longing here we are
chasing the speed of a falling star
miles and miles fleetly we go
down to the ocean, deeper the flow
waves now know their crushing tide
splashing between joy and pride" ― 
munia khan
here is some music which you might like to hear.. "under the milky way" by sia...this is a beautiful song with very meaningful lyrics to my impression here, it is a softly moody song with a melody that adds a wonderful ambiance as you continue to read the rest of my blog is a delicately beautiful cover of the original 1987 version of the song, "under the milky way" by the church...(just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the any song in this entire blog) 

"sometimes when this place gets kind of empty, the sound of their breath fades with the light. i think about the loveless fascination under the milky way tonight. lower the curtain down in memphis. lower the curtain down all right. i got no time for private consultation, yeah, under the milky way tonight. i wish i knew what you were looking for. i might have known what you would find. and there's something quite peculiar, something that's shimmering and white leads you here despite your destination under the milky way tonight. i wish i knew what you were looking for. i might have known what you would find...i wish i knew what you were looking for, i might have known what you would find under the milky way tonight, under the milky way tonight...the milky way tonight...ohhh, under the milky way tonight..." ― 
sia, under the milky way
"sometimes you hear a voice through space calling you, as a fish out of water hears the waves...come back. come back. this turning towards a wave of what you deeply love saves you" ― jalaluddin rumi, the soul of rumi  
"emotions are really just waves. they flow through us uncompromisingly, always made of a glowing high and a darker like a surfer, try to ride the highs and just float across the lows...and remember when you are low, your next scintillating high is always right there above you" ― bodhinku, scintillating waves
each of these definitions truly help give my impression here its meaning, as "scintillate" is defined in 3 ways:
1. to emit quick flashes of light as if throwing off sparks; sparkle
2. to dazzle or impress with liveliness
3. fluorescence momentarily when struck by a photon or charged particle.
you can see in the image how the stars scintillate as they sparkle; you can see how the waves scintillate as they throw off flashes of blue light, almost neon in their glow; the bio-luminescent plankton was brightly fluorescent momentarily when struck by other charged plankton particles in the motion of the waves; and as i stood on the beach this night, i was dazzled, impressed and in awe of this natural wonder i was seeing, the liveliness of light in the dark remoteness of wharariki beach...hearing only the waves meeting the shore and the warm breeze blowing across the sands through the tall beach grass, so peaceful in silence with not another soul around for nearly 100km...
i was truly memorized to take in all the significance of what a rare and glorious site my eyes were seeing...i did not want to leave all these glowing blue waves, all alone standing there in a warm ocean breeze, with the glowing milky way and the two brightest stars, sirius and canopus, to keep me company as they lit up the dark sky...and i would have easily stayed all night long had the event not ended around midnight about four hours after sunset...
but for me, as you know, the meaning is much more profound, especially with how the color blue is my absolute favourite color...pictured here are waves glowing luminous blue despite the plankton interact with each other in the energy of flowing waves and create their own light in the night...a darkness only pierced on this remote beach by the scintillating glow of the stars overhead and the scintillating glow within each wave coming ashore...creating a scintillating excitement inside of me, breaking through any sadness i had in my heart of being alone sharing only with others that which i will see in my memories and photographs i took that night on the beach...

and here is another quote from bodhinku to deeper realize this meaning, because honestly, it is truly what i feel in mixed emotions for the duality of meaning coming from my favourite color, the color of blue:
"notice the unexpected and beautifully glowing blue light-show created by bio-luminescent plankton in dark salty waters: it is a natural metaphor...your own salty tears when you're blue are the first step out of the sad darkness, they are only lighting your eyes to the glowing path leading towards scintillating love on the horizon" ― bodhinku, scintillate 
"where in the world would a star be without the love of the sky?" ― munia khan
"the wound is the place where the light enters you"  ― jalaluddin rumi, the soul of rumi   
more music you can listen to as you read on with my blog. this is another favorite song of mine, one most people might have never heard before, "waves" by blondfire ... this song is very poignant to this image, as well as very soothing at the same time and easy on the ears as you read along...  

"you hear them when you try to fall asleep. they crash to the shore, they come from the deep. as sure as the sun will rise, the sun will set. you taste the salt the closer you get...waves, picking you up, pushing you down, they're always around. waves, just like dream, silver and green, we live in between...they can carry you all the way to me. they can pull you out to the deep blue sea. oh waves, there are waves...empires will crumble to the sand. all that you love can slip through your hand. but you must face the ocean once again, follow the tides, wherever you've been...waves, picking you up, pushing you down, they're always around. waves, just like dream, silver and green, we live in between...they can carry you all the way to me. they can pull you out to the deep blue sea. oh waves, there are waves... ...waves, picking you up, pushing you down, they're always around. waves, just like dream, silver and green, we live in between...they can carry you all the way to me. they can pull you out to the deep blue sea. oh waves, there are waves"
 blondfire, waves
"now, even when i am not paying attention, invisible waves continue to fill me with her color, music, and love" ― bodhinku, invisible waves
this is wharariki beach (pronounced far-ah-ree-key) under the north-facing part of the milky way, with the two brightest stars in the entire sky, sirius (1st) and canopus (2nd), being seen in the image as well...also present are the bright stars of rigel and betelgeuse in the prominent constellation of orion the hunter. but with this being in the southern hemisphere on the south island of new zealand, orion is positioned upside down pointing towards the ocean and the archway islands in the image...very cool also is the pleiades star cluster, as well as the constellations of taurus (lookers left of orion) and gemini (just below orion's head)...
interesting note, sirius is currently the brightest star in the sky because its luminosity combined with its distance from earth...however, just 500,000 years ago, sirius was not the brightest star in our planet's sky, that honor belonged to canopus...and in about 100,000 years from now, sirius will again be moving far enough away from earth to once again relinquish its top status and become the second brightest star in the night sky to canopus once again...
back to the impression here before you...the stars and milky way are sparkling and gorgeous, seemingly casting stardust down onto the ocean water below...however, what truly makes this image so special and my experience here the coolest is not the stars in the sky above this picturesque beach, but instead the bio-luminescent plankton in the ocean water making the waves glow bright blue at night with the crash of each wave...a veritable erupting fireworks show, and one of mother nature's most beautiful happenings to watch...
when i booked this trip to new zealand, i centered the dates around planning for the possibility of seeing glowing phytoplankton (a.k.a. bio-luminescent plankton) at wharariki beach...the first night was crazy windy (relentless sand-blasting winds), so it did not happen. but on the second night, when the winds subsided, i was blessed to see such a magical display by nature with my own eyes...but my image here truly does not do justice for the beauty that my eyes truly got to witness...

just imagine the natural magic of glowing waves… it almost seems like an optical illusion. the surreal phosphorescent world of the movie avatar is actually not that far from reality. bio-luminescent plankton can create similarly astonishing scenes. dubbed as "tears of the ocean" or "sea of stars", the neon-glowing waves can be seen around the world, however, only exclusively at night.
add this fascinating phenomenon to the already fascinating sea stacks, islands, rock formations, seal colony, sea life, tide pools, caves, arches, endless sand dunes, long flat glassy beach (when wet), and phenomenal sunrises, sunsets, and the fact there are so few people around (and the beach is huge), this is one of those really cool beaches to just visit, explore, soak in the mystique, and hang out. it is extremely spectacular, and i have yet to see any photos that do its breathtaking beauty justice, including my own....
only caution here is the fact that once the sun goes down, or if you are hiking in the dark as i do, you need to exit the beach via and across the sand dunes, do not get lost, as it is easy to do when in the bottoms of the dunes, and with the wind, most footprints will be erased already...and there is a light beacon at the southern end of the dunes at the tree line to help, but if you find the beacon, you badly walked well beyond by at least 1km and missed the spot off the sand dunes onto the trail exiting back to the carpark at the, use your navigational skills to ensure you safely find your way without extra hassles and dangers...
wharaiki beach is truly an amazing world destination, i am lucky to have walked this beach four days and four nights in my life, and continually have its mystical memories in my mind anytime i want to recall it...

and right now, i cannot wait to be able to get back out into nature and feel this calm connection to the universe again, one that is so very difficult to discover right now while hiking on paths of concrete alongside noisy cars, with their bright lights underneath even brighter street lamps overhead, with only surrounding views of planted trees and sculpted landscapes among buildings and pavement...     

"why i do what i do
waves carried me so far from you
making us both so blue

because love i adore
waves will bring me home to this shore
always forever more

no love's like yours
dreamy waves on lonely shores
pour forth from my pores" ― 
bodhinku, "waves" (a triple haiku)
another really cool tune to partake, "my favorite color is blue" by robert delong (featuring k. flay) ...wonderful lyrics and melody with this tune...

"locked up, naked with socks i'm watching the phone ring. it's making me angry. it's making me mad. maxed out, minimum wage, my brain is a time bomb i'm saying goodbye, mom. i'll see you again striking a pose, smiling in photos without any reason with people that i'll never know...i'm out of control, live in a fictional prose. i took an oath, it's killing me though, because i don't believe in the things that i do, and now my favorite color is blue. and now my favorite color is blue....roped up, rot in a cage. i'm having a breakdown drinking at a playground, tequila for one. too short, walk in the streets, i'm hating my haircut. you say that you're here, but you live on the sun...burning a kite, i'm at a funeral, nothing unusual. baby, i do what i like. looking to fight, smoking a blunt and a pipe. taking a bite, worm in the apple. i knew it would happen, because honey the vermin survive. swerve to the side, been driving all night. i'm thinking of changing my name, thinking of wrecking a home. because loving and hating are one and the same. and i'm feeling like everyone's feeling alone. i'm just looking for something to soften the blow. a second inside of the truth. i don't see light because now my favorite color is blue, and now my favorite color is blue..." ―
 robert delong (ft k.flay), my favorite color is blue 
"so beautiful are waves glowing luminous blue despite the plankton interact with each other in the energy of flowing waves and create their own light in the night...a darkness only pierced on a remote beach by the scintillating glow of the stars overhead and the scintillating glow within each wave coming ashore...creating a scintillating excitement inside of me, breaking through any sadness i had in my heart of being alone that night on the beach" ― bodhinku, scintillating glow
one of the of the most spectacular sights on a starry night walk on the beach or during a night dive in the ocean is to witness the hundreds of tiny star-like bioluminescent phytoplankton scintillating like a starry sky as you move through the dark water. towards the end of a dive, just shield your underwater flashlight and wave your hands through the water in front of you, and be mesmerized by the tiny glowing specs of plankton. so what kind of plankton are these? and how do they emit that bluish glow that you see in my impression of the glowing blue plankton in the waves?  

certain creatures both on land and sea can produce light through chemical reactions taking place within their bodies known as bioluminescence. the bioluminescence results from a light-producing chemical reaction also called chemiluminescence. certain types of chemicals when mixed together produce energy which "excites" other particles on vibration and generate light which causes the glow. the group of chemicals involved to make plankton glow are broadly termed luciferins and the light is produced by a series of oxidation reactions set off by a catalyst called luciferase. the bioluminescence in plankton is very high in several forms of plankton and is a form of cold light or luminescence.  

plankton consists of any drifting organism (plant or animal) that inhabit the oceans and provide a vital source of food to larger aquatic organisms such as fish. a vast range of plankton, both zoo plankton and single-celled animal plankton are known to be bioluminescent. bioluminescent phytoplankton occur in all the world’s oceans. the most common of these are dinoflagellates which are tiny unicellular marine plankton also known as fire plants.

dinoflagellates are the most common source of bioluminescence in our oceans and the chances are the sparks–not quite as bright as those made by high performance spark plugs for your car, but still bright–stirring up in waves crashing, or flying off your oar, or the bow or wake of your boat are billions of tiny dinoflagellates or copeopods.  These creatures get their name by their ability to swim by two flagella, which are movable protein strands attached to their bodies.

bioluminescence is used to evade predators and acts as a defense mechanism in dinoflagellates. dinoflagelletes produce light when disturbed and will give a light flash lasting a fraction of a second. the flash is meant to attract a predator to the creature disturbing or trying to consume the dinoflagellate. the light flash also surprises the predator causing it to worry about other predators attacking it, making the predator less likely to prey on the dinoflagellate.
"i believe the night i’ve never met
hides one elusive star i need
to divide me between darkness and light"― 
munia khan   
"the light we see from the stars took millions of years to reach our eyes, so when we are looking at the stars, it is like looking back into time, so far far away. the night sky is a time machine where magic happens in the form of eternity, and truly nothing ever, imagine if love was just like this starlight..." ― bodhinku, whar far away
wharariki beach is a beach slightly west of cape farewell, the northernmost point of the south island of new zealand. this north-facing sandy beach is accessible only via a 20-minute walking track from the end of wharariki road. the road end is approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the nearest settlement, the small village of puponga. a campground is located along wharariki road, but the area surrounding the beach is devoid of any development. wharariki beach is bordered by puponga farm park, with the wider area more or less surrounded by the northern end of kahurangi national park.
the beach is flanked to the east and west by cliffs, but due to the flat topography of the area behind it, the beach area and the grassy dunes behind it are quite exposed to winds...
wharariki beach is perhaps best known for the archway islands, featured frequently in photos in new zealand landscape calendars. it is also the default lock screen image and one of desktop wallpapers on microsoft's windows 10 operating system. the archway islands are a group of four rock stacks or small islands, with even the largest one of them measuring only about 300 by 200 meters (980 by 660 ft).
the largest of the islands is closest to the mainland and adjoins wharariki Beach; it is generally not cut off by the sea. the second island lies about 150 meters (490 ft) offshore and is relatively flat and vegetated. the remaining two islands are typical rock stacks, with the larger one 66 meters (217 ft) tall and containing two natural rock arches, giving rise to the naming of the group of islands...
this place is a screensaver classic: a long, open beach where blue sea foams white onto sparkling sand, framed by sculpted cliffs with, as its focal point, a set of pierced islands.
although word is getting out, often there's no-one else to be seen here, unless you count the colony of fur seals playing in the rock pools. wharariki beach, at the northernmost tip of the south island's coast, is famously remote, rugged and spectacular, and even more special for not being always accessible.
a half-hour drive from the small town of collingwood takes you to the car park by the campsite. from there it's a brisk twenty-minute walk across sheep pastures and farmland, through bush, and a grove of coastal trees, and then over ridged sand dunes to get to the sea. here, you'll find a wide expanse of fine white sand full of golden sparkles, and not one footprint. that's as much because of the almost-constant wind as the remoteness: the sand is always on the move, and can even sting a bit on bare skin on a gusty day.
first, you'll notice the unimaginatively named archway islands and the rock stacks, close to the beach and sculpted by the restless sea into satisfyingly artistic shapes. then you'll look closer, and find fur ones, in late summer found playing in the rock pools. and maybe you'll be lucky and even espy a leopard seal snoozing in a shady cave. look closer still, and you'll see the sandstone cliffs are layered with conglomerations of rounded pebbles, some of them marble.
the wind has been hard at work here as a sculptor too: behind the beach are matted thickets of bent and stunted manuka and grasses, forming permanent waves of vegetation. everywhere you look there is a natural glory to admire, and interact with: paddling in the stream and rock pools, poking into the sea caves, making driftwood sculptures, running and jumping down the huge dunes. even if you're not alone, the beach is big enough for everyone to have their space.
always at visit at low tide. keep an eye on the don't want to be caught out, getting trapped at the end. and don't even think about swimming here: the waves are fierce and the rip currents are powerful. visit earlier in the morning or later in the evening, as sunsets and sunrises can both each be magnificent...and the view of the stars on a cloudless night is nothing short of spectacular. of course too, if it's exfoliation you're after, be sure to visit on a windy day...
"it is truly all about you, do what is best for yourself, that which you know as real truth in your own heart, and you will truly help out everyone around you, everyone else in this world will benefit from your own selfish decision to believe in yourself..." ― bodhinku, be selfish   
"be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. you can feel the stars and the infinity of the sky, then life seems almost enchanted after all, since life, in spite of everything, is like a fairytale" ― vincent van gogh, letters to theo   
my choice of the perfect tune to listen: "scintillate" by atwood  this is a really beautiful song with perfect lyrics to accompany my newest impression here...
"i said you always scintillate (got my arm around ya). two stars in one place (there's a night without ya). you could brighten up my day (the sun ain't got shit on ya). you always scintillate, scintillate...i said you always scintillate (got my arm around ya). two stars in one place (there's a night without ya). you could brighten up my day (the sun ain't got shit on ya). you would always scintillate, scintillate...lights out, we'll find out what's on my mind really, right close, maestro...that's when i find my vision. i know, i shine on and then the night really lights within me. i try and find the kind that i can ride for i made a wish on a shooting star that i would take this shit and turn it into a star. i might just yell into the dark, come back to the start. i'm gonna try whatever we are...i go round with it, with it, down with it, with come on, you can save me a song. sing us all in a kitchen, i go round with it, with it...down with it, with it, baby come on, you can save me a song, sing us all in a kitchen... i said you always scintillate (got my arm around ya). two stars in one place (there's a night without ya). you could brighten up my day (the sun ain't got shit on ya). you always scintillate, scintillate...i said you always scintillate (got my arm around ya). two stars in one place (there's a night without ya). you could brighten up my day (the sun ain't got shit on ya). you would always scintillate, scintillate...holding on to solid ground so i don't fall into the cosmos. see constellations through the clouds and float until we let it all ignite the horizon, outshining orion. winking at me from the stratosphere like diamonds, you're an arabesque chandelier that hangs in the silence, illumines the glowing crescent moon. i thank my lucky star that through the dust and gloom i'm floating next to you...i said you always scintillate (got my arm around ya). two stars in one place (there's a night without ya). you could brighten up my day (the sun ain't got shit on ya). you always scintillate, scintillate...i said you always scintillate (got my arm around ya). two stars in one place (there's a night without ya). you could brighten up my day (the sun ain't got shit on ya). you would always scintillate, scintillate (we both know where we are)" ― atwood, scintillate 
"if you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. you will feel its rhythm. go with this flow. you will notice things. the path to happiness lies ahead" ― siddhartha gautama buddha, the dhammapada
"be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. when you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you" ― lao tzu, tao te ching  
"other people are bright; i alone am dark. other people are sharp; i alone am dull. other people have purpose; i alone don't know. i drift like a wave on the ocean, i blow as aimless as the wind. i am different from ordinary people. i drink from mother nature's breasts" ― lao tzu, tao te ching  
"when life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, it’s often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. when faced with a feeling of stagnation and confusion, it may be helpful to take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to simply reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities on the basis of that. this can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see which direction to take" ― dalai lama xiv, the art of happiness
“human beings
are made of water...

we were not designed
to hold ourselves together

rather run freely
like oceans
like rivers" ― 
beau taplin, hunting season  
"you are all the places you have been, the sights you have seen, the marvels you have achieved, and every soul you have touched. each passing moment is another brushstroke on the canvas. so rise, live always with passion and heart, and someday you will look back on your life and see a work of art" ― beau taplin, the wild heart 
"sitting and watching humanity in the midst of a global crisis is an interesting thing...i’m analytical at the best of times, but seeing how people deal with the chaos we find ourselves in the middle of is fascinating, heartwarming and at times horrifying...there are some who disavow the scientists that are working tirelessly to save us, seek conspiracy around every corner and look for anyone to blame for our woes. i applaud their creative energy, though i do find the never-ending, "out there" theories exhausting at times. then there are those who seek to terrify everyone with their click-bait and their fear mongering. those that would profit off the misery and suffering of others, hoping to pad email lists or pocketbooks fueled by greed and corruption. this is scary as hell, no one is disputing that. but i have a lot of disdain for those who would needlessly put fear into others during this time in order to gain....this is a dark night of the soul for humanity, of that there is no doubt. it’s a lot to take in and a lot to make sense of. there is great wisdom in all of this, although it can be hard to see in the darkness. how we need to be more self sufficient. how the old system was broken and not working. how we need a new path forward. it highlights the hypocrites, the greedy and the flat out liars among the peasants and kings alike. the world leaders that are so self-centered and blind that they should never hold office again, and frankly i hope when all this is over are held accountable for their treason against’s time to start looking to our own lives and what needs to be shifted. we shouldn’t need a global shut down to ground us in our houses in order to follow our dreams and do what we want. i keep hearing people saying what we should do with this time or how they would spend it following their dreams. well if that isn’t a wake up call to look at our their lives and decide how they want to live it, then i don’t know what is. there shouldn’t have to be a crisis of this magnitude to give ourselves permission to do what we want with our lives....when this is over, i want you to promise me one thing; start to live in alignment with the truth of who you are and what you want. be the change you want to see in the world. and please, stop waiting for tomorrow. because tomorrow might never come. this has shown that the old way was a house of cards and we need to be what we want from this moment on. the time has come to rewrite the playbook and create the future we want....we are, as always, in this together" ― c. ara campbell, it is time for the world to change  
"the night is full of stars,
and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance.
the night wind whirls in the sky and sings.
i can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
i loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.
on nights like this, i held her in my arms.
i kissed her so many times under the infinite sky.
she loved me, sometimes i loved her.
how could i not have loved her large, still eyes?
i can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
to think i don't have her. to feel that i've lost her.
to hear the immense night, more immense without her.
and the poem falls to the soul as dew to grass.
what does it matter that my love couldn't keep her.
the night is full of stars and she is not with me.
that's all. far away, someone sings. far far away.
my soul is lost without her" 
― pablo neruda, twenty love poems and a song of despair
"no one can posses an afternoon of rain beating against the window, or the serenity of a sleeping child, or the magical moment when the waves break on the rocks. no one can posses the beautiful things of this earth, but we can know them and love them. it is through such moments that god reveals himself to mankind" ― paulo coelho, brida 
"i have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the waves, the stars, and everything created in the universe. we were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul" ― paulo coelho, the alchemist  
"let yourself get carried away by the night from time to time. look up at the stars and try to get drunk on the sense of infinity. the night, with all its charms, is also a path to enlightenment. just as a dark well has thirst-quenching water at its bottom, the night, whose mystery brings us closer to the mystery of god, has a flame capable of enkindling our scintillating soul hidden in its shadows" ― paulo coelho, adultery  
"a certain darkness is needed to see the stars" ― osho, absolute tao
“you start fighting with the waves, you will be defeated. fight won’t help; you will have to accept the waves. in fact, if you can accept the waves and let your boat, however small, move with them and not against them, then there is no danger. waves are there; you simply allow. you simply allow yourself to move with them, not against them. you become part of them. then tremendous happiness arises" ― osho, awareness: the key to living in balance  
"staring at the stars was like staring backward in time, since some stars are so far away that their light takes millions of years just to reach us. that we see stars not as they look now, but as they were when dinosaurs roamed the earth. the whole concept just struck me as…amazing somehow" ― nicholas sparks, the choice 
"come with me,
and we’ll leave it far and far away—
(only you and i, understand!)

but i come with a dream in my eyes tonight,
and knock with a rose at the hopeless gate of your heart—
open to me!
for i will show you the places nobody knows,
and, if you like,
the perfect places of sleep.

ah, come with me!
i’ll blow you that wonderful bubble, the moon,
that floats forever and a day;
i’ll sing you the jacinth song
of the probable stars;
i will attempt the unstartled steppes of dream,
until i find the only flower,
which shall keep (i think) your little heart
while the milky way comes out of the sea" ― e. e. cummings, 100 selected poems
"in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty" ― martin luther king, jr., autobiography  
"meditations of evolution increasingly vaster: of the moon invisible in incipient lunation, approaching perigee: of the infinite lattiginous scintillating uncondensed milky way, discernible by daylight by an observer placed at the lower end of a cylindrical vertical shaft 5000 ft deep sunk from the surface towards the centre of the earth: of sirius 10 lightyears distant and in volume 900 times the dimension of our planet: of arcturus and canopus: of the precession of equinoxes: of orion with belt and sextuple sun theta and nebula in which 100 of our solar systems could be contained: of moribund and of nascent new stars such as nova in 1901: of our system plunging towards the constellation of hercules: of the parallax or parallactic drift of so-called fixed stars, in reality ever-moving wanderers from immeasurably remote eons to infinitely remote futures in comparison with which the years, threescore and ten, of allotted human life formed a parenthesis of infinitesimal brevity" ― james joyce, ulysses  
"if you believe in something, believe in it all the way. here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. in this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn...and fairy tales come true...a land dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those of you who wish upon a star, and keep on believing, your dreams really do come true" ― walt disney, twelve princess stories  
"there is something about the ocean that never fails to amaze me, the way she never fails to kiss the shores even though they leave her temporarily, and the way her waves can be both calm and scintillating, with the way she never fails to sooth my soul" ― tilicia haridat 
"the universe is an ocean up on which we are the waves. while some decide to surf, others venture to dive in" ― charbel tadros   
"let me peer out at the world through your lens. let me see how your blue is my turquoise and my orange is your gold. suddenly binary stars, we have startling gravity. let's compare scintillation...let's share starlight” ― naomi shihab nye, time you let me in
"the waves move a faint horizon, the rush of love and the surge of grief, the respite of peace and then fear again, the heart that beats and then lies still, the rise and fall and rise and fall of all of it, the incoming and the outgoing, the infinite procession of life. and the ocean wraps the earth, a reminder. the mysteries come forward in waves" ― susan casey
"i wish to spend a lifetime near a beach where loneliness will be the glimmer of scintillation prancing upon ocean waves… rising and falling only for my breathing" ― munia khan
"my heart can feel the softness of a star
only when the moon stays afar
i lay my mind on the pillow of sky
where sleep dares not ever to pry" ― 
munia khan
"stars are always dancing. sometimes they dance twinkling away with the rhythm of your joyful heart and sometimes they dance without movement to embrace your heartache as if frozen sculptures of open-armed sadness." ― munia khan
"being empty makes me whole sometimes. i wonder if every hollow hole has its own solidity of fulfillment" ― munia khan
"let my toes teach the shore, how to feel a tranquil life through the wetness of sands...let my heart latch the door of blackness, as all my pain, now a blue sky understands" ― munia khan
"the stars are but tears 
shed by a myriad 
of unrequited dreams; 
each sparks with fire 
and guides its light homeward 
when a dream is revealed" ― 
basith, autopsy of the seasons  
"go so far far away, that you stop being afraid of not coming back" ― eve ensler, i am an emotional creature 
"there in the starlight are my highest aspirations. i may not reach them, but i can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead”  ― louisa may alcott, the abbot's ghost
"behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the milky way. so for every man who has ever lived, in this universe there shines a star....but every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the sun. and many--perhaps most--of those alien suns have planets circling them. so almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven--or many of those potential heavens and hells are now inhabited, and by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest is a million times farther away than mars or venus, those still remote goals of the next generation. but the barriers of distance are crumbling; one day we shall meet our equals, or our masters, among the have been slow to face this prospect; some still hope that it may never become reality. increasing numbers, however are asking; 'why have such meetings not occurred already, since we ourselves are about to venture into space?'why not, indeed? here is one possible answer to that very reasonable question. but please remember: this is only a work of fiction. the truth, as always, will be far stranger" ― arthur c. clarke, 2001: a space odyssey 
"if i were the ocean ...
i would raise you onto my gentle waves 
and carry you across the seas 
to swim with the whales and the dolphins 
in the bio-luminescent lit waters,
so you might know peace.
if i were the stars ...
i would sparkle like never before 
and fall from the sky as gentle rain,
so that you would always look towards heaven 
and know that you can reach the stars" ― camron wright, love forever
“god breaks your heart, and keeps breaking your heart, until it stays broken" ― jalaluddin rumi, the soul of rumi  
"take a deep breath, inhaling slowly, counting one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four...and then slowly exhale counting the same 1001-1002-1003-1004...repeat this 222 times...and i guarantee you will feel better about everything, because you will see that just breathing is heavenly..." ― bodhinku, heavenly
the impression which you see here are two separate exposures (created in post processing) of the same frame taken at the same time, and layered together as my photography i always use filters to create longer exposure effects and to balance the light in my composition in camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one get the effects and balance i was looking for, i used one filter...
for this, i chose to use the progrey g-120z holder in combination with the 0.3gnd progrey g120 aurora filter in an inverted position to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned it, as the waves glowing in luminescence were much more brighter than the upper parts of the composition, about 1 stop brighter than the rest of the darker parts and shadows in the rest of the composition...
i wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this semi-long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my trusty dolica tripods in combination with the progreyusa filters which i use with every photo i take...
"weird that this is neither here nor there...i am by no way condoning alcoholism, but ever notice the clarity drinking a good beer, glass of wine, or doing a shot of liquor provides?? sometimes i need that poison in me, it cleans me out, so i can go on..." ― bodhinku, cleansing
"contemplate without thinking. stop the world. slow down everything. shut off the noise. relax. seize this moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colors of light that envelope you. see the melody and harmony that floats about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhinku, my world
above all else as always, i hope this message and impression find you well.


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