She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn’t mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that. – Lisa Genova, Still Alice Whenever I see butterflies, they always remind me of change. Metamorphosis. The transformation and the inspiration behind the seeming end. The staggering beauty of possibilities! I have forgotten that they only live for a little while, until I stumbled upon the quote above. Yes, life comes to an end for all of us eventually … but this thought should never take away from the simple joys of living, the quiet yet profound impact of each moment, and the significance of a life lived well.
Sometimes, I cannot help but stare in awe at nature — even if it’s just a photo. The one featured above is an example of a natural phenomenon captured in Iceland where Northern Lights were passing through. For anyone who has ever played an MMORPG or who has seen alien movies, doesn’t this look eerily familiar? :) For more photos to marvel at, check out this article on AmazingFacts.
Andres is not your average San Franciscan artist. His medium is a beach at low tide and a rake! The fact that he spends hours creating these gorgeous patterns that span up to 100,000 sq. feet — and they’re all temporary — makes every piece all the more special. Visit his website for more stunning photos of his beach art.
Many of us have been to the beach countless times. I’ve felt the sand underneath my soles, have had to wash them off my surfboard, and it has collectively made me wiggle my feet (Elaine-dance style!) in efforts to dust them off flip-flops after a glorious day at the beach. Yet I found myself in awe when I saw Dr. Gary Greenberg’s series of microscopic photos of sand grains. Just look at that! They’re beautiful and I had to share with the world! More photos in SandGrains.com
Hakuna Matata! I love these things! Another Timon and Pumbaa moment is happening at a zoo in Netherlands as I type, actually. How awesome is that? Read on for more meerkat/warthog BFF stories from the Mail Online UK.
I know that there is a circle of life. Predators eat prey. Every once in a while, the prey outsmarts not only one — but two predators at the same time! I find this very amusing. Here’s to the underdogs. Or the gazelles of the world.
Sometimes, I still wish I’m a mermaid so I can swim with fish, turtles, dolphins, and other sea creatures all day. I may never learn to breathe underwater, but snorkeling helps me pretend when I peek at the world below the surface. Everything is quiet and a certain peacefulness embraces me once I am under.
This picture reminds me of my parents. No, they don’t look like elephants:) … but I know that the amount of unconditional love they poured out to us as we were growing up is enormous. Immeasurable. Though we’ve had our fair share of typical arguments (I was a teenager once, after all), I’ve grown to appreciate them so much more when I entered adulthood. Similar to this beautiful photo, you know there is so much unspoken connection between parent and child that your heart feels an embrace. And that’s how I feel the moment I walk through the door of my parents’ home. I know that some children in this world are not as fortunate to have a person care for them but I do hope that they meet someone at some point in their lives who will make them feel this safe, this loved. It’s a great feeling most tend to take for granted.