What’s one of the first things the news broadcasts on a continual basis? And what do you want to know — besides traffic? What info can help you for what to wear, what to pack, and what to prepare? Weather!
NOAA, the National Ocean Atmospheric Administration, has created a new global weather view map that is interactive. It’s not only fun and informative but beautiful and art in motion. Look at these views and check out the real-time animation for yourself.
NOAA_interactive global weather map via NOAA Environmental Visualization
Don’t forget to move the earth with your cursor to see other countries.
Who knew pressure could be so pretty!
NOAA_global weather winds
NOAA_gloabal weather precipitation
NOAA_global weather moisture
NOAA_global weather Temperature
I’m hoping the weather this week during vacation in Ocracoke, NC will make some memorable artwork on this global view map or at least be.
I often overlook trending videos in email promos from YouTube but for some reason this one caught my attention. It’s a pretty spectacular performance from a 13 member, all-Filipino troupe called, El Gamma Penumbra. They perform shadow dances with a message. This one happens to be about the dual character of Mother Nature — both beautiful and powerful.
There was no good reason why a I should hear a crackling crescendo from a large branch shearing from our backyard tree when I looked up on that clear, beautiful, 70 degree, slight-breeze, sunny-spring day. It was cool air more than a breeze, a picture perfect day. I decided to finally plant the plants that I had bought 3 days before. I was finally filling the pot by our tree with a fairly large caladium so it would show where a clematis used to be in that shady spot. I heard the cracking and thought, “what’s going on at the neighbors?” Then, when I looked up, the cracking was a large tree branch breaking. I saw it in slow motion fall and the sheared edge came directly toward my face. I couldn’t move. I was pinned between the table, tree and pot at the corner of the garage. I had to move forward to get out and that would be moving in the direction of the falling limb. I put my hands up and got ready to crouch. The tree limb landed on our garage roof. The branches bounced when hitting 3 neighbors’ power, telephone and cable wires (including ours) that formed a net underneath. Amazingly, nothing snapped. The wires are still holding up the tree. When I looked up the sheared base of the limb was 2 feet away from my head. Our outside lights averted a break again. The base is resting directly on them.
The caladium I was planting and getting ready to remove the bird’s nest when….
…this cracked and fell right above me
This is the second time a limb has broken after we’ve already had the tree cabled and pruned. That was a few weeks before my son’s wedding just after we had hung the patio lights. Only 2 bulbs broke but the wire never did.,
Although I was sitting in the back room when that larger tree branch fell on the roof (which we ended up having to replace) @ 2am, this recent break was much more scary. There was a flash where I thought this could be it. I can only say it must have been by the grace of God that it didn’t hit me.
This brush with fate made me think of a more beautiful rendition of a tree with Emma Hack’s brushwork. The female is camouflaged by the artwork. The tree envelops her.
I thought I’d turn this frightening experience into an enlightening Zen moment — to be in the moment, peaceful surrounded by Nature’s beauty and profoundness.
Emma Hack’ artwork has all of these attributes. Click link for previous post.
Being in awe of the beauty
Being brushed with Nature
Being Zen – One with Nature
And being thankful that I wasn’t actually whacked by a tree!
Unfortunately, this scheduled post never published when it was supposed to on March 19th. Good thing because it seems appropriate with Easter to post it now. I’ve changed some wording to put it in current context.
Spring is here! Already I hear birds chirping and see flowers popping up everywhere, in fashion that is.
Look at these gorgeous floral dresses and you can see a celebration of spring as well as beautiful artistic, flowery design.
I love how this dress flows. It reminds me of a Chagall
With the wild winter weather we’ve had, I wouldn’t be surprised if there might even be one more snowstorm [back in March]. However, this picture below shows the dichotomy in the window dressing, announcing spring with snow falling.
I bet you’ll see more fashionable flowers in these flowery dresses more than ever in the market for this spring season.
I like the 2 tropical ones on the far right
And why not? Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the flower’s power of simple yet pretty petals, especially when they can form such kaleidoscope of color, as seen from above in this Dutch landscape of Keukenhof Gardens.
We actually visited these gardens in Holland. It just happened to be right before most of the flowers were blooming.Bright, vibrant colors are not only prevalent in flowers but also in DC’s newest Marion Barry Mural. I think it’s a pretty good likeness and I like how it is portable, being painted on removable tiles that can be transported and installed in different locations.Getting back to celebrating spring with flowers, there is a new DCGardens.com website that shows what are the latest blooming varieties in the DC area and where to find them.
(not filled with all the snow & slush of recent snow storms).
Every year China puts on an elaborate and spectacular ice-sculpture festival at the Ice and Snow World in the Harbin Hellongjiang province. Here’s a recent preview and from what I’ve posted previously.
Another out of the ordinary wintry scene is Greg Dunn’s photo that looks like winter trees with their icy roots exposed. However, it’s his painting of “Cortical Columns” using neuroscience to create such imagery.
My father would be pleased to see neuroscience and art combined in such a beautiful depiction.
This is a followup to my last post, Art for the Shark.
What good timing. I just saw this video below that profiles the artists involved in the Seawalls – Murals for Oceans project.
I’m getting ready to go on a much-needed, sanity-break vacation next week, after my oldest son’s wedding this past Saturday, which was beautiful but I’m still processing. I’m also trying to get all the back-log of work done before taking my youngest son back to college. Visiting with family, friends and meeting guests and new extended family over the last 5 day weekend was both fun and exhausting. There will be a later post regarding, when I can reflect.
Just viewing this video gives me a sense of calm in the chaos. Seeing how much fun they had reminds me of my upcoming vacation, where I will be doing much of the same — except maybe not swimming with sharks (I hope). I just wish I also had time to draw, paint and absorb myself fully with art in the process. I will have to bring some work with me but I will, as I always, be thinking about art and will try to meet a goal of doing a sketch a day.
Although this is an appropriate post during the Discovery Channel’s famous Shark Week, my thoughts are with family as my son gets married in 2 days, but that will be a future post.
After seeing this video and reviewing some of the art, I have a new appreciation for sharks; even though, I’m one of those still affected by the movie Jaws and cannot easily swim in the ocean or any body of water that is not visibly clear.
PangeaSeed has done a good job to promote the positive PR for sharks. They create awareness through art of their plight in being overly fished just for their fins to make a popular, luxury soup in main Asian cities.
Some of the artwork has more of a political perspective than I would prefer but below are some of the many colorfully patterned pieces that first grabbed my attention from PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls Murals for Oceans event in Mexico and which lead me to their effort.
Photos source: Highsnobiety
This one and the next are truly beautiful
When you click this Highsnobiety link to the article source, hovering over the feature image will lead you to view many more murals.
I am mesmerized by the ocean’s sea and wildlife. It’s a whole other world that I hope to explore one day, possibly through learning how to dive. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. In the meantime, having fish are some of my favorite pets just so I can watch how they swim.
I’m both fearful and in awe of great white sharks and the majesty they intrinsically hold. Here’s my rendition in a mural I painted some time ago for a client on her son’s bedroom wall. It’s part of a two panel piece framing the window with more sea life represented.
I’m rushing to get my new website updated and completed before this current one expires. Check back, it will have a new look soon.
Here’s an opportunity to take your summer travel photos to the next level, like these below.
The National Geographic Society is having a summer Traveler photo contest. Hurry, it ends on June 30. You can also vote for your favorite Viewer’s Choice.
Because there is an ongoing epidemic killing our bees (of which I’d like to help with bee-keeps on my roof top garden one day) and because this photo of rivers in the California Baja desert are so beautiful, they get my vote for Nature’s Art seen through man’s lens.
Finally, try this fun thing to do — another Stumble upon find. A little addictive. No matter where you point your cursor, a picture with someone pointing to it can be found via Pointer Pointer. Freaky and how do they do that?!!