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Michael A Koontz has been at 8 events

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Landscape Photography Community4,094*Landscape Photography Community:  My Favorite Season* Find your favorite landscape photograph from your favorite season of the year and share it to the event!! General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community and represent a season of the year: spring, summer, fall, winter. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, October 27, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 9) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so anyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #25: My Favorite Season2014-10-20 22:00:00686 
Margaret Tompkins134,150*Landscape Photography Community:  A River Runs Through It* General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community and there are no limits on follower count.  We welcome the millionaires!! 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph and it must feature a river running through the landscape.  It can also be a stream or waterfall surrounded by the landscape. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, March 31, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC Contest # 11: A River Runs Through It2014-03-24 21:00:00480 
Margaret Tompkins134,150*Landscape Photography Community Fans, This is the contest that you have been waiting for!!  Give us your best Landscape Photograph of 2013!* *SPECIAL RULE THIS TIME ONLY*: The date/time in the Photo Details of your photograph MUST indicate that the photo is from 2013. Those that do not will be deleted. *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph. 5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than January 6, 2014, 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at January 8, 2014, 3 pm CST. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC People Choice Contest # 5 : Best of 20132013-12-30 22:00:0010 
Margaret Tompkins134,150*Landscape Photography Community Fans, Let's have some more FUN!!!* Welcome to the Landscape Photography Community People's Choice Contest Theme of Trees Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a landscape photograph with at least one tree.  It can be 1 tree, 10 trees, or a whole forest.  It can be a big tree or a baby tree.  It can be any species of tree. 5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than December 23, 2013 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at December 25, 2013 3 pm CST. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC People's Choice Contest # 4 Trees2013-12-17 02:00:0010 
Margaret Tompkins134,150Landscape Photography Community Fans, Let's have some FUN!!!Welcome to the Landscape Photography Community People's Choice Contest Theme of WaterRules1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community.2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed.3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community.4) This must be a landscape photograph with an element of "water", the water may be a lake, waterfall, river, ocean, bucket of water, drop of water, etc. and the water may be in any form such as frozen, steam, or liquid.5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!!6) Photos must be posted no later than December 9, 2013 5 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed.7) Voting ends at December 11, 2013 5 pm CST.LPC People's Choice Contest #3: Water2013-12-03 02:00:00237 
Greg Griffin12,944*ATTENTION  Landscape Photographers!!!* *People's Choice Event in the Vista World* The *Landsacape Photography Community* proudly announces the People's Choice Event in the Vistas Category.   *YOU CHOOSE THE WINNER  -  YOU BE THE JUDGE !!!* All Landscape Photography Community members may post *ONE* photograph during the event.  You vote with your "+1" on the photos that you like in the event.  The photograph that gets the most votes or "+1s", wins the contest!  That photograph will be shared to the Inspiration Category as the *#PeoplesChoice*  !!  The photographer will be added to the special Landscape Photography Community Inspiration Circle at the end of the month. *Rules and Details* 1. You MUST be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2. Only one photograph per photographer - the others will be deleted. 3. The photograph MUST be original work by you! 4. The photo MUST be a vista of a natural landscape. *No Cityscapes.* 5. The photo MUST be shared directly to the event, NO links to external web sites are permitted. 6. Vote on as many photos as your want.  Your "+1" is your vote. 7. Campaigning is allowed and encouraged!!  Get all of your friends to come to the community and "+1" your photo.   8. *Time to post photographs: Monday May 20, 2013 9.00 am UTC - Sunday May 26, 8.00 am, UTC.*  9.*Time to vote: Monday May 20, 2013 8.00 am UTC  – Wednesday May 29, 2013 8.00 am UTC.* 10.  All photographs posted to the event after Sunday, May 26, 2013 8.00 am UTC, will be deleted.  11. Check your time zone here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html +Greg Griffin  Lead Moderator of the Catch All category will moderate this contest!   *YOU are the Judge!!*   *Good Luck!*People's Choice Event in the Vista World2013-05-20 11:00:0010 
Leigh Diprose31,813CONDITIONS OF ENTRY1.  Add +Leigh Diprose  OR  +F Stop Lounge  to your circles.2.  Be a member of the Google+ Photographers Community     https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/1151923066916879117603.  Enter only ONE photo to this event - it has to be your best photo.4.  SHARE  this event with your circlesHOW DO I ENTER?Follow the CONDITIONS OF ENTRYWHAT IS THE THEME?There is no theme. Simply enter only ONE of your best photos.WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?The Top THREE photos selected by the judges will each receive 1x Sony DSC TX20 Digital Still Camera.See the specs here: http://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dsctx20/specificationHOW WILL THE PHOTOS BE JUDGED?There will be 10 judges.Each of the 10 judges will choose their favourite photo.The photos selected will form the finalists.The selected finalists will then be judged on a Judges Google+ Hangout and be given a score out of 100 on the following criteria -How creative, original and what the technical quality is like in the photograph.HOW WILL THE TOP THREE PHOTOS BE CHOSEN?The three photos that receive the highest score from the judges will be selected as the winning three photos. These three finalists will be announced LIVE on a Google+ On Air Hangout on Leigh Diprose's YouTube Channel.In the event the winner is disqualified for any reason, the photograph that received the next highest total score will be chosen as one of the winning photos. REMEMBER TO WIN A PRIZE YOU MUST FOLLOW THE CONDITIONS OF ENTRY (located at the top)WHO ARE THE JUDGES?+André Appel  +suzanne clements +Leigh Diprose +Joshua Fisher +Andy Gray +Kev Isabeth +Don Noll +Jack Salzke +helen sotiriadis +Duncan Wright THE LITTLE LEGAL SECTION - THE SMALL TEXT   1.    You acknowledge that is Your responsibility for protecting your entry against image misuse by any third party. Leigh Diprose assumes no responsibility and will not be liable for any image misuse.2.   There are no alternatives available for the prize winner.3.   The winners photo will be published online on www.fstoplounge.com; the F Stop Lounge Google+ page, F Stop Lounge Facebook page and the Google+ Photographers Community.4.   Photoshop and other editing techniques are allowed.5   The prize will be sent to you within a reasonable time. 6.   Your submission must not contain content, material or any element thatGoogle+ Photographers Photo Competition - *To Enter Follow the Conditions of Entry below*2013-01-31 18:00:00558 
European Photo144,191Come join +European Photo  #EuropeanPhoto  and +Charles Lupica +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Manuella Betaille +Manuel Votta +Michael Muraz and +Susanne Ramharter for our first event. Please tag your images with #EuropeanAutumn  and #EuropeanPhotography  - no other tag is needed but you can mention one or more curators if you like.This event is for sharing images that say "autumn in Europe" or "Autumn festival".  In Europe many of the biggest festivals of the year take place in September, October, and Novemeber.  In September and October there are many "harvest festivals" such as the Fete des Vendanges in Neuchatel Switzerlland or perhaps you went to the Octoberfest in Germany?  Both Europa Parc and Disneyland Paris put on extensive Halloween themes.  So this weekend, Friday to Sunday, pleass join our event and share with us your images of autumn in Europe.  We would especially like to see images that show autumn in classic European cites or landscapes, like this image of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lavaux, Switzerland.Image credit: +Charles Lupica © All rights reserved.European Color and Festivals2012-10-26 00:00:00372 

Michael A Koontz has been shared in 555 public circles

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Andreas Levi59,964Some of my awesome inspirators, supporters and friendsHere are some of fantastic peoples which I met on G+ and in real life, for instance on some photo walks and photo tours.You can find in this circle not only great photographers, of which I get a lot of ideas for my work, you find here many interesting nice guys (and ladies) with different interest, all very active, and - for me the most important part - all very kind peoples. With this circle I like to say a big thank you. Thanks for all your inspirations and for your kind comments, feedbacks, conversations, critiques and much more.A little note: I'm not in this circle, but if you get a notification, then you are inside^^ If you like, feel free to share this circle. Have a great day! #thankyou  2015-01-28 15:25:424700519
Gailen Mapes75,719Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera I-K - 26 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-27 11:25:53150111
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche16,133┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v23  CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________*●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v23 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:  +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #share   #patagonia   #Hotel   #howardJohnson   #TrequeLauquen  2015-01-26 12:03:23493123
John Sean11,366This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-23 06:13:25493000
Debashish Samaddar31,505Engager's Show & TellIf I sent you a notification, you are in this circle.This is a circle of people who have engaged with me in the past three weeks.First of all, thanks for all the reshares, comments and plusses. I appreciate it all. I may not be able to respond to you individually but I am aware of it and appreciate it.As you have already seen all my posts, I will just highlight a few:A winter morning in Maine from more than 10 years ago with some fall leaves from couple years ago. This may be my most viewed photoL1.https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/cP5LcvUZZfrA "brief" essay on the meaning of the sacred syllable OM: https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/82qFftzRozeMy introductory post for the +VSCO grid photo series: https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/ENcqci8pzgcMy night train post that touched a lot of people:https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/cN9vakVziL3That's it!You can also follow me on Instagram atinstagram.com/dsamaddarand on Facebook atfacebook.com/snappenstanceIt would be great if you commented with one (or more) of your posts too. There is no requirement to reshare, but resharing will probably help you get more followers and engagement and precious metals and gems :)))) (I had to strikethrough that as some people don't understand jokes!)But plusses and reshares are always appreciated.There are more engagers but I had to choose a cut off point in order to keep it manageable. If you were left out, it was either because of the cut-off or because I made a mistake. I wasn't trying to leave you out on purpose. Also, this circle is at full capacity (just about) so it would have been hard to add any more.2015-01-19 12:21:3649611321
Circles and Photography35,863Builders 5    1.16.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle   2015-01-16 21:44:58408003
Gert Jan Hermus45,904You are in this circle of great and active photographers, bloggers and other content creators.Reshare it and let GooglePlus become acquainted with the talent in this group of people!  #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2015-01-16 21:10:08403572676
Dubie Bacino122,755Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (15th Edition)This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me, the best place is my appearoo page: http://appearoo.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU, connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautiful photography. Rain in itself is the master of special effects; from lightning strikes to water drops, mirror reflections t2015-01-15 17:13:20459212742
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche14,779┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Patagonian Gems  v2  CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊___________________________________________________*●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Patagonian Gems v2 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #Hotel   #ruta5  2015-01-15 15:58:36496649
Mohammad Hamza0+1 & reshare this circle if u want to be in my next next circle #circleshare   #circle  2015-01-13 16:14:10434000
Ekaterina Bogdanova1,286GO GO GO!!! Add me and you will be added!Hello my friends!!! Here is my weekly #daycircle. There are people who are interested in the latest #video   #news   #funny    #logistics   videos and funny prints. Also I added people who RE-shared my last #circle . 2015-01-13 00:25:25338001
Neil Bailey7,507If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately. Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles #Botswana  #krabi #thailand #phuket #vietnam #vietnam #hanoi #vietnam #ho_chi_minh_city #ahrain #iran #iran #tehran #iraq #iraq #baghdad #iraq #basra #israel #israel #tel_aviv #jordan #jordan #amman #kuwait #lebanon #lebanon #beirut #oman #oman #muscat #qatar #qatar #doha #saudi_arabia 2015-01-12 10:19:17359151530
Review Car Models0BEST CIRCLE 10 JANUARY 2015------------------------------------------------                BEST Circle Share By Review Car Models                          New Year Share and Be Shared                    If you want to be shared in this circle                          Boost your visibility on Google+                 Watch entertainment video                    FULL Car Models                                   Car PICTURE                2015 Car VIDEO                   Share the circle! GET MORE QUICKLY CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER ON GOOGLE+HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE------------------------------------------------Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.-------------------------------------------------FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/k1HNfE-------------------------------------------------    #Automotive    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #Audi    #Ferrari    #Vehicle    #Honda    #UsedCars    #Auto    #AutoRepair    #Lamborghini    #Chevrolet    #Driving    #ClassicCars    #Nissan    #CES2015    2015-01-09 21:41:24500000
Dirk Müller20,299Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2015-01-09 09:00:1549910118
Gert Jan Hermus45,308Check out one of my circles of great photographers, bloggers and active plussers! ;-) #cirlceshare   #circle   #photography   #blogging  circle circleshare2015-01-09 08:21:1733710414
John Wood24,532This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Kiribati #Korea #(ROK) #wait #Kyrgyzstan #Laos #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jam. #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macau #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Mayotte #Mexico 2015-01-03 07:22:13430234
Nigil Haroon25,306Dear AllHappy New Year.Here is a great circle of super google plus users that I have discovered over the past year. Most of them are Amazing Photographers with tremendous work posted daily on their profiles. Others are enthusiasts or hobby photographers that are very engaged.I thank you all for your wonderful contributions. Please add and share if you like this circle. #circleshare   #circlesharing  2015-01-01 06:27:575001629
Neil Bailey5,960If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately. Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles #circleshare #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople #circlecount #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #saturday #saturdaycircleshare #saturdaycircles #topsharedcircle 2014-12-29 09:59:074897711
Christopher Prins50,984Active Engagers CircleThis is a circle of active people on Google+ who have engaged with me over the past 7 days. If you're looking for active people on Google+ who will plus and re-share your work, this would be an ideal circle for you.__________________________________To Be Included In Next Weeks Circle------------------------------------------------------------Option 1: Share this post.Option 2: Plus, share or comment on my posts during the week.This circle was curated using +Circloscope #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-12-28 23:40:493309553151
Jan Havrda44,066*Zombie Attack!*Grab this circle in case of the emergency. This is an essential group of people you need for a fight with bloody enemies of any kind. Even immortals.This is *Not-A-Zombie* circle made of meatpopsicles. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle   #Not   #A   #Zombie  2014-12-27 23:35:09406611690
Georg Srama37,583Thanks a million! Circle #3 December 2014. Thank you for your great support over the last few days. I appreciate this! This circle is now also the basis for +Georg Srama Photography Who is in the circle? We have circled each other. You have supported me over the last few days. Not everyone in this circle is a photographer, but many. Publication period: end of the month.Plusses, comments and re-shares are always highly appreciated. Anyone plus mentioned in the post is also in the circle. Please send me a private note if you want to be removed from this Circle. If you are not in this circle and you want to be in ... you should support me! :-)This circle is monitored by  +Circloscope 2014-12-27 07:40:142771139
Gailen Mapes74,369Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera I-K - 26 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-26 11:34:37146000
John Nuntiatio55,252#newcircle #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-12-23 20:15:03335010
Neil Bailey5,146If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle2014-12-22 07:02:43494342768
Harry Day11,679*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!! 4. Publicly share this circle...!!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-12-11 11:21:54449704693
Dubie Bacino116,401Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (14th Edition)This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me -@Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU , connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautiful photography. Rain in itself is the master of special effects; from lightning strikes to water drops, mirror reflections to 2014-12-09 12:49:47485383159
Debashish Samaddar28,102Engager's Show & TellIf I sent you a notification, you are in this circle.This is a circle of people who have engaged with me in the past two weeks.First of all, thanks for all the reshares, comments and plusses. I appreciate it all. I may not be able to respond to you individually but I am aware of it and appreciate it.I usually list the posts for the period of engagement (2 weeks) but you have already seen it, so I will just highlight a few posts:A monochrome photo from Millennium Park near Boston:https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/FKfsSCERnXHA surreal composite image: https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/GwkVDPQLDD8A green butterfly that no one seems to have seen before: https://plus.google.com/104952228420449716209/posts/LDpuDn4qLY5It would be great if you commented with one (or more) of your posts too. There is no requirement to reshare, but resharing will probably help you get more followers, engagement and precious metals and gems. :)))) But plusses and reshares are always appreciated.There are more engagers but I had to choose a cut off point in order to keep it manageable. If you were left out, it was either because of the cut-off or because I made a mistake. I wasn't trying to leave you out on purpose. #circle   #circleshare2014-12-07 14:58:564918337106
John Cleese6,425Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle #googleplus #google #thankyou 2014-12-06 11:10:07464123
Domenico Mallimo32,145Hi friends! I'm glad to share with you this #mixcircle :DTo be added in the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Do +1 t the post.  2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing).   3 - Include the circle among your circles.   4 - Share the circle (include yourself).   #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #circlefriday #fridaycircle #circle #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #slivermetalcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #chiudiilcerchio   my website http://www.slivermetal.org/http://bit.ly/Navigare2014-12-05 10:15:30496161121
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche9,257 ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v8 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_______________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v8 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #alojamiento   #ruta5   #trenquelauquen   #HowardJohnson   #hotel  2014-12-04 14:31:24495325
Richard Green88,785Engagers Showcase Circle, December 1, 2014If I sent you a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of the posts listed below, in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. I have not posted much in the last couple of months because I have been too busy, and so it has been a long time since the last reshare of the circle.Everyone mentioned below is also included in the circle.Millcreek Canyon Vista (reshared from +Tom Malloy)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/HuXLKw4GBwjAvoiding the unavoidablehttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/TnW3pTWt6d7Hydrangea flowershttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/3LDn2js6pWpMicroscopic Victorian arthttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/ieybEmL7tUCApproximating e using the digits 1–9https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/W5E6HyihSuY“Vertebral 03 – Pendant Lampshade” by cordycepthttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/eSo9svRbLapCentred polygonal numbershttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/QowshFUnPZ2Reinventing the wheel: Reuleaux polygonshttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/gDxTM5Ko8hbSunrise at Maroon Lake (reshared from +Jason Hill)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/hvWMqo1HwvVSchmidt arrangementshttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/eM3adto6nsj“Dream Creatures” by Elido Turcohttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/ckjru8sN6AG“The Awakening III—Rebirth” by Luc Railhachttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/KyNg9DD4YnXPoincaré and topologyhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/bmnd2URRAsfLytham St Annes (reshared from +Paul Haworth)https://plus.google.com/1015848892828789210522014-12-01 22:15:07443146111188
Jean Neymar0This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Share the circle (Publicly)2 -Include me in your circles3 - Add +1 to the post.#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar #news   #travel   #travelphotography   #update  2014-11-29 19:29:48397001
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche8,947┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊ BRILLIANT PEOPLE v1 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊___________________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the BRILLIANT PEOPLE v1  Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2014-11-28 23:43:024956811
John Sean5,255This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar #news   #travel   #travelphotography   #update  2014-11-28 12:49:39392101012
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Gailen Mapes72,137Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera I-K - 26 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-26 11:38:46148212
Daniel Gibbs11,490This circle contains people who are very active on Google+.People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.If you want to continue or wish to get in the next version, please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#themecircle #magnetixcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circlemeup #addcircle #bestcircle #coolcircle #cookies #sharedcircles #ripplescircle #follow4follow #followme #engagerscircle #publicsharedcircles #circlegeek #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-25 07:03:284858210
Gert Jan Hermus41,529Circle of this Sunday:I am happy to share this great circle of talented and interactive photographers with you.Add them to your own circles and experience the inspiration of these people!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sundaycircle  2014-11-23 10:09:10428151128
Arif Baltacı1,756#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia         Hello again my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 14. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-11-22 02:02:21361000
Daniel Gibbs10,567Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #Norway #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle2014-11-17 12:09:04395326
Sharon Caroline2,650Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+! Add them all!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this. :)Circle by : http://informasidoang.blogspot.com/#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-17 08:15:33501221927
Robert Connor24,193Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #Estonia #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle2014-11-17 06:46:18363556192
Evie Jayanti1,432Here is the circle of some of my G+ friends from east and west. If you received a notification, it means that you are included in this circle.I might have missed some friends in this circle, don't get mad, get even, comment here :D and you will be in my next share. There are no specific requirements to be included in this circle, but if you are included, re-sharing this circle will help you gain more visibility in G+.2014-11-15 20:45:42370000
Dubie Bacino112,659Inspiring on Google+ Curated by +Dubie Bacino (13th Edition)>> Let's connect on Tsu! https://www.tsu.co/opajdara << This is the circle I go to when I find myself in need of beauty and inspiration. It's made mainly of photographers, but also other people who I find post intriguing, provoking, and inspiring content. This is a very colorful group. One thing they have in common, besides me, is inspiring content that will enhance your Google+ experience. -----------------------------------------When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month:  - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).-----------------------------------------To connect with me -@Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------If you are on #TSU , connect with me: https://www.tsu.co/opajdara. If not, check it out, it's the new social network that pays you revenue for your online activity! -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkness and light, please join us: http://bit.ly/16tts8kRAIN PHOTOGRAPHYBad weather can give us some of the most beautif2014-11-13 14:53:524496961148
Colin Wilson8,566Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle #googleplus #google #thankyou 2014-11-13 12:36:27397686382
John Sean3,794This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar #news   #travel   #travelphotography   #update  2014-11-12 12:55:29486637
Kelly Dombrowski27,086#artist   #circleshare   Artist circle 22014-11-08 20:48:29373102
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2014-07-06 05:14:59 (54 comments, 4 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

the far away tower
the tomorrow that was today, climate change and the state of the Caribbean Coral Reefs

As if global warming, wars, and major wildlife extinction, famine and human caused air pollution isn't bad enough, our ways of life have also caused the Caribbean corals to suffer a decline of more then 50% since the 1970s. So devastating in fact that today all that remains is about one-sixth of the original coral cover 

The primarily reason is entirely man made and not a natural decline, a huge contributing factor is the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

music of the day
Arch Enemy - avalanche
http://youtu.be/tRHzcDxaP_o


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2013-12-12 13:10:58 (48 comments, 22 reshares, 159 +1s)Open 

Tales of Winters Realm

To celebrate my first published book, a short 9.99US$ 75 pages photography and poetry book i am giving away 500 copies of it for free to you guys.

To have a chance of getting the book for free, all you have to do is plus 1, comment or re share this post and at the end of December (December 29) i´ll simply create a circle of 500 selected g+ user and share a high resolution 300dpi pdf version of the book with you guys. In other words, it should be a beautiful little read on your retina+ powered phones, tablets and displays of choice :).

Tales of Winters Realm

The photo i posted in this post is one of the ones included in the book and to see a couple more and also to read an excerpt or two you can always visit my website, a Norse View.com, which later during 2014 will in fact launch it´s very own streaming book reading service,a... more »

Most plusones: 213

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2014-09-19 10:10:18 (23 comments, 9 reshares, 213 +1s)Open 

Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)
140 million stars centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined

Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes. Visible or not, you always know that they, just like wild brown bears and the shy wolf and wolverine, the hawk and the eagle are always there. Watching, learning, waiting, living their life, equally curious about you as well as cautious.

Just like your fellow human beings never vanish just because they are temporarily out of sight.And up there in the sky. The sun and the moon do the same dance, from dawn to dusk, through all of man kinds history. Living life´s of... more »

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2015-01-21 12:28:00 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

the science of health
to go from age 30 to 80 years old, how does that affect your cardio, body fat and lean muscle mass?


Your fears are more likely then not saying that you will grow fat and tired while losing lean muscle mass in both body and mind, no matter what you do. Right?. 



Science will however,  say - no, that is not true



A healthy man (or woman) that is living a sedentary life (not being physically active in a daily physically challenging way by doing cardio and lifting weights week in week out) will indeed lose about 30% of his or her lean muscle mass going from a biological age of 30 to 80.  And the decline in cardio levels are even higher and more rapid.

But hold your horses and think about that for a while. 

music of the day
slipknot - wherein lies continueh... more »

the science of health
to go from age 30 to 80 years old, how does that affect your cardio, body fat and lean muscle mass?


Your fears are more likely then not saying that you will grow fat and tired while losing lean muscle mass in both body and mind, no matter what you do. Right?. 



Science will however,  say - no, that is not true



A healthy man (or woman) that is living a sedentary life (not being physically active in a daily physically challenging way by doing cardio and lifting weights week in week out) will indeed lose about 30% of his or her lean muscle mass going from a biological age of 30 to 80.  And the decline in cardio levels are even higher and more rapid.

But hold your horses and think about that for a while. 

music of the day
slipknot - wherein lies continue
https://play.spotify.com/track/4nmXKnPOuMDVI8gVir3D9C


30 percent is a big negative thing yes, but 50 years of sedentary life is even bigger. And did you really think that sitting still and avoiding all physical, daily challenges, for 50 years would not make anyone weaker, slower, less durable and more fat?

Of course, you did not. 

No one would for one second believe that anyone could get away with that.

So, let us not for a single second, confuse the effect that 50 years of sedentary life will have on any healthy person, with the hugely beneficial health and physical and emotional state the same individual would have - if they would, instead have chosen to spend those 50 years living a physically fit and active and healthy life. 



Truth is, that same healthy person can do the same 50 year journey from age 30 to 80 years of age, and if everything in life would have been the same way, except that he or she would be eating healthier and staying physically active on a daily basis, that person would instead find themselves either improving their lean muscle mass and cardio performance, or keep and maintain it. Or. at the very worst, they would lose a handful of percent instead of 30 and they would keep their body fat levels at their desired amount, as well as maintain or increase their cardio performance.

All depending on their starting point and level of "fit and active and healthy" daily lifestyle commitment of course. 


Short list of healthy, easy to do lifestyle choices you can start making today and keep on making for all of life


- Take a walk early in the day outside, for 20 to 30 minutes (we all need some daylight). 

- Eat more fruit and whole grains. Eat eggs, berries, peanuts, slow carbs and protein rich food like sugar-free yogurt, free walking chicken, and fish. 

- Avoid soda, sugar, additional salt, alcohol and red meat. 

- Avoid low quality, fast carbs but do not ever be afraid of carbs from fruit and berries. 

- Lift weights (roughly) 3 to 4 days per week. 

- Get up and move around for 5 to ten minutes every other hour or so during the day, don't sit still and do not stare at a tv or computer screen all day long without those small active breaks. Not taking those small breaks will hurt both your body, health and eyes. 

- Drink coffee but not after 17.00. (coffee is super for both your health as well as your workouts)

- Avoid smoking 

- Do yoga, dancing or martial arts (or similar high intense cardio workouts) one, two or three days per week.

- take a very high paced short sprint run 1 to 2 days per week
 
- Have as much yummy sex every week as you feel like, all of life (it isnt just fun, it also brings with it health benefits and allows you to maintain your sexual desire and performance).

 

And if keeping your body fat level in check (or reducing it) is a part of your fit and active, healthy lifestyle. Then, accept this simple reality. 



The quality of your food and physical activities matters the most for your health and fitness level. But if the quality is there and you already do cardio and lift weights week in week out. And you are still adding body fat - then eat less.


Your body will not be able to add or maintain it´s body fat level if you are working out and keeping physically active on a daily level and eating good quality food, unless you are eating too much. 



The saying holds true, enjoy using it or loose it, and it holds true for all aspects of our body and mind and health. 


for the entire health article visit our website
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=yourfitnesstribe-jan2015-fitvsage


#anorseview  
#healthyliving  
#fitbeyond40  
#fitnessmotivation  
#naturephotography  ___

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2015-01-18 13:26:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

photo of the day 18 Jan, 2015
photographer +Mike F Shaw 

Gorgeous work from Mike that manages to capture that very same and crucial essence of life, tomorrow, compassion and sanity in both visuals and words.

+ a bonus early bird 2015 poem from me lol, since i havent posted anything so far this year. and besides, this beautiful rhino and Mikes capture of him/her inspired me to dip my creative toe in the grand new that is 2015.



two little souls
was borne, a tiny few
apart
in space and time
they crawled into the light

two little souls
wild and free, bruised
and bumped upon
the shores and tiny little leafs

strawberries
sultry wet, the whipped cream stirred
and tasted
there was

a butterfly
and a tigers cub
on asteroids and sunshine beams

their laughter
walked
danced while softly into the... more »

Our Living History

Would we destroy building of historic interest?
Would we crash and ruin classic cars just for the sake of it?
Would we slash the old masters hanging in our museums?
Would we burn down the libraries containing the books of our nations?

If the answer is no then why do we insist on pushing the living history we have to the brink of extinction and beyond?___photo of the day 18 Jan, 2015
photographer +Mike F Shaw 

Gorgeous work from Mike that manages to capture that very same and crucial essence of life, tomorrow, compassion and sanity in both visuals and words.

+ a bonus early bird 2015 poem from me lol, since i havent posted anything so far this year. and besides, this beautiful rhino and Mikes capture of him/her inspired me to dip my creative toe in the grand new that is 2015.



two little souls
was borne, a tiny few
apart
in space and time
they crawled into the light

two little souls
wild and free, bruised
and bumped upon
the shores and tiny little leafs

strawberries
sultry wet, the whipped cream stirred
and tasted
there was

a butterfly
and a tigers cub
on asteroids and sunshine beams

their laughter
walked
danced while softly into the night
they kissed
and perfectly lived, bled and loved
hurt at times but often smiled

at rainbows and clouds
the fingertips of water and rain

an ocean of souls
one day 
finally met in
this changing sea of life
that always remains
shores forever still
so unexplored
yet


step by deliciously
infinite our
sensuous steps
always march into the
wonders of tomorrow

the fall of some is all
that is forever left behind in dust forgotten
kissed and lived
we

make love like 
one and many

entirely
and pleasantly 
perfect the stars
our past of moonlight gazed 
and caressed
the
feathers
and birds

unrestrained
freely adventurous and mutually
the string
of souls that is the
craft of orphaned humanity
only and truly
ever grows
in the
perpetual merger
of beauty strength
pleasure and joy that lay
in the progress
that is the rest of all our

life
enjoyed 

laughed forever more
as they kissed and made love
fucked and loved
like one that was forever 
much more


boundless and infinite
through space and time
we always build new snowflakes with our souls and kisses

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2014-12-26 09:29:42 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

From the Roman Saturnalia and the vikings yule to the Christmas Day truce of 1914 and all the way ´til 2014
In German the truce was called, Weihnachtsfrieden, and in French Trêve de Noël

Across the trenches where men from all sides dutifully had been killing each other for their leaders and their nations, at the eve of Christmas, from both sides, men laid down their weapons and for a few days, they laughed, shared coffee, played soccer and hurled snowballs at each other. I am sure, some even made a snow angel or two as french and English exchanged words and respect with germans. Not everyone embraced the spirit of christmas of course. Not because they did not believe in Santa claus or wished for christmas gifts of their own.

But, i of course dont think that anyone really cared about that in the christmas day truce of 1914, it was simply about being alive and enjoying andce... more »

From the Roman Saturnalia and the vikings yule to the Christmas Day truce of 1914 and all the way ´til 2014
In German the truce was called, Weihnachtsfrieden, and in French Trêve de Noël

Across the trenches where men from all sides dutifully had been killing each other for their leaders and their nations, at the eve of Christmas, from both sides, men laid down their weapons and for a few days, they laughed, shared coffee, played soccer and hurled snowballs at each other. I am sure, some even made a snow angel or two as french and English exchanged words and respect with germans. Not everyone embraced the spirit of christmas of course. Not because they did not believe in Santa claus or wished for christmas gifts of their own.

But, i of course dont think that anyone really cared about that in the christmas day truce of 1914, it was simply about being alive and enjoying and celebrating life and peace and each others right to exist and breath without fear of a bullet taking your day away. And so, for a few days mortal enemies celebrated christmas in the best possible way ever. They did it in peace and they they did it together with the very same people that they had tried to kill the day before, and soon would try to kill again. 


General Sir Walter Congreve

The English general, Sir Walter was not one of those that braved the chilly winter to come up out of the trenches and wine and dine with the German soldiers. No, he did not want to risk any german with such a high ranking goal, and while his men engaged in a game of soccer with the german soldiers, he actually plotted to find a german sharpshooter whom all by himself had killed so many English soldiers that the general did not believe that even a dozen of any other german soldiers combined would topple his kill count. So, according to the personal letters that he wrote himself, he instead used the christmas day truce to locate the sharpshooter. ^



“My informant, one of the men, said he had had a fine day of it & had smoked a cigar with the best shot in the German army, then not more than 18. They say he’s killed more of our men than any other 12 together but I know now where he shoots from & I hope we down him tomorrow. I hope devoutly they will.”



How that played out in the end, i do not know, just as i do not know which side won the various soccer games being played. But i do know that the very first german and English soldier that braved their life and rose up from their protected trenches to dare approaching the enemy,in that moment they gave every person no matter side the best christmas present ever. And they all, for a few days, truly understood what is meaningful in life. Taking a life never is, giving life, peace, freedom, rights, equality and a voice, however, always is. 

And no, the great christmas truce, was not a universal thing, it was not a giant cease fire for all. Which of course makes it even more remarkable and precious. It happened at some parts of the frontline, and it was individual people on all sides that created that peace, people, not nations and their stubborn leaders. Individual people dared the bullets and they created the real meaning of christmas right there in the flesh. 

Christmas is not about religion, as so many today would like us to believe. It is not a christian invention and it is not about holy men and jesus toddlers. Not that there is anything wrong with you celebrating christmas for those reasons.

Nor is it about richness, language or culture. Nor is it about Santa claus or shiny new playstation 4´s. It´s a world wide thing that has been enjoyed and celebrated for various reasons and in various ways for tens of thousands of years. The one central theme that actually matters tho is, the joy and celebration of life. Real life in the flesh, the only real one that we are all living and hopefully enjoying, in the flesh, right here and now.



From the romans and their Saturnalia, to the vikings Yule which lasted for a whole twelve days - a christmas tradition predating the "jesus xmas" by thousands of years. (and combined, the reason why. in the end, the christian christmas ended up also choosing Dec 24 as the day of celebration, it simply made it easier to sell christianity to the ungodly vikings and their European pagan brethrens and the equally pagan romans), From christians and the pagans. all over the world and time, Christmas have always been a celebration of the gift that is physical life. 

So whoever you are, wherever you are. I hope you had a wonderful one, and i hope that 2015 becomes a better year for you then it ever has been before.

website version for the complete article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=xmas2014

#anorseview  
#christmas  
#christmasdaytruce1914  
#winterwonderland  ___

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2014-12-19 08:47:27 (13 comments, 7 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

and soon there will be, year 3 in the 697 olympic
but we thankfully call it 2015

And if you wonder why that is? Well the roman empire left after it a great many things. And one is the calender used by the majority of the worlds daily tongue and life.

Our current global calender became a thing BC46 when Julius Caesar (a kick ass roman guy and without a doubt my fav Roman emperor) decided that the out of whack seasons needs to stop.

The season where out of whack because up until that point the roman year had 354 days per year instead of roughly 365, so every year the seasons got a little bit more out of sync with nature (not that it´s helping us right now but back then it did). So Good ol Julius added a bunch of days to that year, and decided that the roman empire needed to track the sun instead of Moon to bring the current and future seasons back in sync.more »

and soon there will be, year 3 in the 697 olympic
but we thankfully call it 2015

And if you wonder why that is? Well the roman empire left after it a great many things. And one is the calender used by the majority of the worlds daily tongue and life.

Our current global calender became a thing BC46 when Julius Caesar (a kick ass roman guy and without a doubt my fav Roman emperor) decided that the out of whack seasons needs to stop.

The season where out of whack because up until that point the roman year had 354 days per year instead of roughly 365, so every year the seasons got a little bit more out of sync with nature (not that it´s helping us right now but back then it did). So Good ol Julius added a bunch of days to that year, and decided that the roman empire needed to track the sun instead of Moon to bring the current and future seasons back in sync.

In total he added 67 days to that year, making it the longest ever in the history of man kind. And then, on Jan 1, BC 45 we had the calender we still use, and a year with 365 days per year (roughly).

No pesky back and forth discussions between opposing stubborn politicians about what needs to be done :).

But before the "julius" calender which we all enjoy. There where others too, for instance, the Greek calender which became a thing all the way back in 776BC. And the greeks, as the cool and combative people that they where decided that to keep track of pesky appointments we had to have proper physically enduring games (and boy, do we need that today at all work places). so they funded the Olympic games, and the first one became their year zero.

And so, by that old calender, 2015 is/would be called, Year 3 in the 697 Olympic.

But, no matter what version you prefer. Or where you live, or what culture you eat and what particles you breath.

Merry xmas and a jolly happy, better then ever 2015 to you all.

music of the day
in the end by Anthrax
https://play.spotify.com/track/0QxERGysNwumavN6oYBX6o

#macrophotography  
#lifein2015  
#juliuscaesar  
#anorseview  ___

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2014-12-02 07:32:46 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

war Of the worlds
xmas book present for you all

If you are in the moood for a good sci.fi book while you count down to xmas. a Norse View and 'the War of the Worlds' written by H. G. Wells to the rescue. And, yes, while our book reading site is pay walled, in the case you have already used up your own 2 monthly free reads, this is my personal xmas gift to you since clicking the link in this post will let you read this book free of charge.

So, happy reading, and happy counting down to xmas, and dont forget to let Santa know that Michael´s been a very good boy giving the entire world a book reading xmas gift =).

And if this sci fi book isnt of your liking, then perhaps Minority report, which we also just published, and which happens to be a more modern sci.fi tale then the "steam punkish" world of "war of the worlds" might be more your... more »

war Of the worlds
xmas book present for you all

If you are in the moood for a good sci.fi book while you count down to xmas. a Norse View and 'the War of the Worlds' written by H. G. Wells to the rescue. And, yes, while our book reading site is pay walled, in the case you have already used up your own 2 monthly free reads, this is my personal xmas gift to you since clicking the link in this post will let you read this book free of charge.

So, happy reading, and happy counting down to xmas, and dont forget to let Santa know that Michael´s been a very good boy giving the entire world a book reading xmas gift =).

And if this sci fi book isnt of your liking, then perhaps Minority report, which we also just published, and which happens to be a more modern sci.fi tale then the "steam punkish" world of "war of the worlds" might be more your cup of tea (personally tho i strongly feel that you should read both :P)

And funnily enough, Minority report, is of course, just like this book, another great sci.fi read turned hollywood blockbuster by Tom Cruise.

and yes of course, not to forget, there´s a photo or two of mine too from this autumn included in this beautiful and visual book read :).

Enjoy.

war of the worlds by h g wells
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=thewar-of-worlds-hgwells

#anorseview  
#waroftheworlds  
#bookloversgiftguide  
#landscapephotography  ___

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2014-11-25 12:22:01 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

life in the Anthropocene
Vol. 05, shooting stars and dying Rhinos

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 the "intensive protection zone" project that has slowly been building up in the southern part of Kruger National Park, saw an uptick in the urgency of relocating the illegally hunted and endangered South African Rhino to more protected areas of the vast national park when South Africa, home to 80 percent of the world's rhinos, announced the bleak reality that 1,020 rhinos had already been illegally killed so far in 2014.


Setting a sad trend of illegal poaching always exceeding the previous year's record numbers. At the end of 2013, 1,004 rhino casualties was the new low, and for 2014 that stain on humanity has already been shattered leaving us with all of December to up the killing number even further. 

music of the day while you are... more »

life in the Anthropocene
Vol. 05, shooting stars and dying Rhinos

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 the "intensive protection zone" project that has slowly been building up in the southern part of Kruger National Park, saw an uptick in the urgency of relocating the illegally hunted and endangered South African Rhino to more protected areas of the vast national park when South Africa, home to 80 percent of the world's rhinos, announced the bleak reality that 1,020 rhinos had already been illegally killed so far in 2014.


Setting a sad trend of illegal poaching always exceeding the previous year's record numbers. At the end of 2013, 1,004 rhino casualties was the new low, and for 2014 that stain on humanity has already been shattered leaving us with all of December to up the killing number even further. 

music of the day while you are reading our article
Eyes of the dead by Machine Head
https://play.spotify.com/track/1fIMmIAE0XttzsgF6uHCYS

But while the numbers of illegally poached Rhinos keep on increasing year by year, a growing number of people and projects are doing their very best to put an end to at least this stain on humanity.

And with the "intensive protection zone" project under way things might never have looked more hopeful long term speaking for the South African White Rhino.


rhino facts

There are actually five different Rhino species still roaming this world, and amongst them, the Java Rhino which is believed to be made up of less then 40 rhinos.

Rhino horns are made of keratin, similar to a horse hoof, and yes, keratin is also the key component in human hair and fingernails. The Rhinoceros horn is also rich on calcium and melanin. 

Some of the current Rhino species have two horns, like the black and white rhino. While others, like the great one horned rhino only have one horn. 

The black rhino can actually grow a horn more then 51 inches long (130cm +)

Rhinos poop a lot, so much so that i am not even going to write the number here :). But if you have ever owned or been around horses or cows, i am pretty sure you already imagined that an animal as big as a rhino can poop crazy much, especially so when you take in to account that the Rhino actually dont sleep much, and that they spend most of their time awake walking around doing nothing but munching on grass - well, pooping too, food and poop, just like a giant toddler in other words :). 

Read the website version for the rest of the article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=shooting-stars-and-dying-rhinos-nov2014

#anorseview  
#endangeredspecies  
#photography  
#rhino  ___

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2014-11-12 22:15:05 (24 comments, 5 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

workout inspiration - healthy living
chest and abs + chins


When it comes to keeping healthy, fit and toned i have always maintained that something is always better then nothing. And that something should always be done as intense and challenging as possible. Simply put because your body and your health adapts to what you demand of it. Or if you so prefer to think of it as, what you give it. 

And now, if you are one of the many that feel like i dont have time, i would like to, but i just dont have time so i better sit here for 5 hours watching tv until i fall asleep. 

Binge watching game of thrones is perfectly fine. I do that too :).

But you should know that science has proven me right, and more then once, the latest is the findings that as little as 3 intense minutes per day actually improves health and body composition in big ways foro... more »

workout inspiration - healthy living
chest and abs + chins


When it comes to keeping healthy, fit and toned i have always maintained that something is always better then nothing. And that something should always be done as intense and challenging as possible. Simply put because your body and your health adapts to what you demand of it. Or if you so prefer to think of it as, what you give it. 

And now, if you are one of the many that feel like i dont have time, i would like to, but i just dont have time so i better sit here for 5 hours watching tv until i fall asleep. 

Binge watching game of thrones is perfectly fine. I do that too :).

But you should know that science has proven me right, and more then once, the latest is the findings that as little as 3 intense minutes per day actually improves health and body composition in big ways for otherwise out of shape and unhealthy living people. 

So no, i am not going to tell you to limit your active life style to 3 intense minutes 7 days per week. But what i am saying is that if you are really out of time and energy in your daily life, dedicate at least 3 minutes to going ape shit crazy intense with your body. And after 10 years of doing so (even better if you start training more over time, perhaps even training like me and my gf do ) you will thank me. 

music of the day
Sail into the black by Machine Head
https://play.spotify.com/track/0xqEVwFtWT6X7xN9VFGj4V


chest and abs + chins, the workout 

While doing my regular chest workout recently, it just felt way to good and kick ass, so for fun i ended up throwing in 3 super sets once i was finished consisting of hanging leg raises and chins. And while that of course have nothing to do with working your chest muscles, sometimes, mixing it up for nothing but pure fun and additional challenge is the small, out of place stuff, that keeps us fit and toned and healthy for decades upon decades instead of just a few months per year or in a far away distant past time. 

bench press

4 warm up sets, i normally do 5 reps during my warm up sets, but i am enjoying switching minor stuff up for the time being, so right now my warm up consists of 10 reps per set. 
5 working sets, 8-14 reps. As heavy i can go while keeping it intense and strict. The amount of reps is as many as i can do in that set, i simply dont have the strength for one more repetition, at least not that time and in that set. And the range of 8 to 14 is a good measurement for if the weight is to heavy or to light. 

incline bench press

5 set x as many reps as i could muster, 8 - 12 seemed to have been the range. I haven't done incline in quite a while so this too is a nice change of pace for me. And these two exercises are really all i need right now for my pecs. I am neither looking to improve my strength or size, for me it´s all about keeping fit and toned and healthy and if possible improve my toned state a little bit over the future years. But reality is, i am really happy with my current health and form, and pecs for me doesnt seem to need more to maintain or slowly improve strength and size. 

Hanging leg raises, super set with chins

3 set of each, around 10 reps per set for hanging leg raises and 15 to 20 reps per set for chins. 
Well, i was pretty dead tired on the final set so perhaps it only ended up being 12 or 13 reps, i dont really remember right now as i am writing this, but this is after all for your enjoyment, to serve as a slight workout inspiration thingy. Or to perhaps inspire you to start working out, even if that is as little as 3 intense minutes per day. 

cardio 

All rounded off with a 20 minute intense hiit mma workout. Nothing fancy, just me kicking and punching on a big floor standing sandbag while keeping a constant fluid movement going with my feets - and yes, just like i lift weights, i (and my gf) do this all out, intense and challenging. Just the way you should train too. 

And not to forget, the day started with a beautiful 20 to 30 minute morning walk outdoors once one to two cups of coffee had been devoured as the rejuvenating life saver that it is :)..

website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=workingout-inspiration-chestabs-chins-nov2014

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Little Snow By Brothers Grimm
Enhanced in writing and visuals, 2014, a Norse View

To celebrate our latest book publishing, "Little Snow", we are giving away 100 free, "a life time of reading" accounts. Just make a comment here in this post, with your email and i will add you to our website, giving you a life time of ad and subscription free reading.

And if you dont feel like publically posting your email, leave a public comment on this post that you sent me your email via a private message here on g+.

I´m a bit busy this week, but i´ll add 100 people from this post before the end of the week.

Enjoy and cheers.

And for those of you who miss out on the free accounts. The first 200 000 users will be able to pick up a life time of ad and subscription free reading for as little as a 5US$ one time payment.

Yes,t... more »

Little Snow By Brothers Grimm
Enhanced in writing and visuals, 2014, a Norse View

To celebrate our latest book publishing, "Little Snow", we are giving away 100 free, "a life time of reading" accounts. Just make a comment here in this post, with your email and i will add you to our website, giving you a life time of ad and subscription free reading.

And if you dont feel like publically posting your email, leave a public comment on this post that you sent me your email via a private message here on g+.

I´m a bit busy this week, but i´ll add 100 people from this post before the end of the week.

Enjoy and cheers.

And for those of you who miss out on the free accounts. The first 200 000 users will be able to pick up a life time of ad and subscription free reading for as little as a 5US$ one time payment.

Yes, that is crazy affordable of course, which is why it´s limited to the first 200 000 users, it´s after all not like we are done developing our website and service yet. And we are also taking our time adding books, but in a few years you´ll have thousands of books to read online, from any device of your choosing, so it seems like a fair two way street.

Anyway.

Here is parts of the first chapter and the rest of the book you can read by following the link at the bottom of this post to our website.

music of the day
In comes the flood by Machine head (kick ass song!)
https://play.spotify.com/track/7xFSlXDpjrcoCo4a1MxrT6

Chapter 1

a child of snow

once upon
a Time

Once upon a time, in northern lands and forever lost in the middle of a frosty winter, when the flakes of snow were still falling like whitest feathers down from the sky, a queen whom we shall give no name. 
Because her name has been since long lost, like names and memories so often are was sitting right next to an open, man sized, window. Her mind going astray as she was sewing without really paying attention to the motions of her needle, the moving fingers and the growing quilt, instead her eyes and mind kept looking and wandering out through the window, searching beyond it´s frame of blackest ebony. 

All while her mind took in the calming beauty that the falling snow and vista provided for her contemplating mind, as the flakes danced beneath the softly swimming and always turning northern light, all of a sudden she haphazardly pricked a finger deep with her needle, and three little drops of blood one by one, emerged from her ruptured skin and slowly they let loose and fell from her finger as a silent as a flake of snow they hurled through air before landing in the window frame. 

And to the queen, the red looked for some reason, quite pretty as it slow and soundless spread it´s wings and fingers upon the white fluffy snow before her eyes. 

Translucent and contrasting against both the white snow and the dark wood found in the frame of the window, a stray, perhaps even odd, thought went through her mind as it so often does for most of us several times a day. Emerging from somewhere hidden, in the splitting of a second, with no rhyme or reason the oddest thoughts usually comes to play inside our minds, and so it did in hers moments before thoughts blurted out as words. 

"Would that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the window-frame."


Like a tale from vintage Hollywood



And would you not know it, as the tale is now told in countless books and movies,face to face whispered and retold from parents to child with each passing generation, that no more then 7 month after the night in question, the queen who that night had been made pregnant without ever knowing so, gave birth to a little daughter. A child who´s skin was as white as snow and porcelain, not a blemish or hint of other tones was to be seen, the new born girls lips was as red as the blood her birth had let loose, and upon her head,a few strains of hair was already as black as blackest ebony would contrast upon whitest porcelain. 

And to no surprise, since such a child, born outside of all that is ordinary could of course not go unnoticed, even if she had not been the Queens only child, and soon after her birth she was known, far and wide throughout the land as the girl 'Little Snow'. 

Gruesomely, like snow covers the greens and flowers at the end of autumn, when the child was born, the Queen died seven nights after, believed to have been natural consequences from the strain that it had been to giving her body and hearts entire strength and life to bring her newly born out in to this wild world of ours. 

Some of course saw the death of their Queen as a bad omen, and others really thought none the more of it. Childbirth was a strenuous task for even the fittest of mothers and it was all to common in this age that the poor mother died as a result of giving birth. In some places, it still is. Life certainly was unkind and hard for females, pregnant or not, Queens and peasants alike. A seldom few of course could not help but to whisper in the evening dark of curses and demons. A witch or two even met a grizzly end in the fires of stupidity, and perhaps, they had not even been witches to begin with, but just ordinary women, falsely accused as so often happened in days now lost. 

But perhaps, i should mention that they where of course all right, for the tale of "little Snow" was born in equal amounts of joy and sorrow, as it was in love and the foul deeds of the darkest soul and minds. 

Her real tale, which i will disclose for the world to see with these pages, is a tale of lost secrets, evil deeds, great love and happy endings. It is a tale from the hidden things that you are unaware of in our daily life. The truth is that in the night, demons and strange magic do crawl the meadows and upon the clouds of sand and dreams, sandman is real. 

But for now, let us get back to the tale of 'Little Snow' 

Strangers talked and whispered, and yet the truth was that no one knew anything for sure, and as such, since it involved their royal masters, no one dared to mention these things aloud in the light of day and soon every day life went back to it´s normal state of mind all throughout the kingdom. 

The birth and death of child and Queen, soon forgotten.

The next twelve months or so, perhaps it was a few more month´s or weeks less, my memory isnt entirely accurate, you know how it is. We know what happened, but the little details are like fog, its there in one moment and slightly different the next. It´s the way of life and just how our mind remembers things i´ve been told in recent days. Oh, the marvels of scientific progress. So, while the dates of yesterdays seems to slip my mind, and in all honesty, the exact amount of time that passed is of course not relevant at all. Time followed quite swiftly and it was a string of seasons of mixed feelings. 

Some mourned their dead Queen, most really did not care either way. Some cared about the girl, or something else. But for the king, at least in public, he was both mourning a dead wife, which is hard work for most, and a Queens passing is more then that, a public affair wet and stained in the affairs of kings and noblemen. But also entwined with the entire nations and his own personal celebrating of the new heir and child. It was a time of duality. 

But as Kings do, the old King went on, found new lovers with whom he enjoyed the pleasures of the flesh and minds of numerous willing ones, both high and low they where, most for free, and i am sure, some for pay. 

Some came willing, and some where sadly coerced, family honor and favors, and all. Ah, the ways of the old sordid world. sometimes more then one at a time, and that is of course not weird at all, gladly today tho, something that all involved are allowed to do by their own choosing, instead of just forced to do. 

Well, such where the ways of kings, allowed to live and enjoy freely, if they actually where strong enough to take the freedom that was theirs, what actually comes natural to the insides of heart and mind of most, and yet, most royals somehow lived their entire life in the shackles of a nation and all it´s meaningless decrees. But in some ways that was, and still is, of course the life of the most ordinary of men and women too, a public veil of lies designed to make life less instead of more for obscure reasons that borders on soul mutilating insanity. 

The new Queen, sculpted like a fairy like Jolie

read the rest of the book here
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2014-10-25 19:58:59 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Tardigradous conversations with my gf
life in the Anthropocene Vol. 03

Outside the sun and the moon are both painting a very vivid and clear blue sky, sharing and moving across the very same canvas in broad daylight.

The light from the rising sun is sharp and beautiful today, perhaps not so much for a classically schooled portrait photographer, but the way it illuminates the branches and leafs, all the frosty still life caught in the breath of approaching winter.

There is only one simple word crafted to properly describe the natural scenery that lay unfolded before my eyes this morning.

Beautiful.

music of the day
Slipknot - Killpop
https://play.spotify.com/track/6AAZigYqOch79lKcrSBOv0

When i opened the door and stepped outside earlier today, i was greeted by the chilly touch of wintry air and in near silence.... more »

Tardigradous conversations with my gf
life in the Anthropocene Vol. 03

Outside the sun and the moon are both painting a very vivid and clear blue sky, sharing and moving across the very same canvas in broad daylight.

The light from the rising sun is sharp and beautiful today, perhaps not so much for a classically schooled portrait photographer, but the way it illuminates the branches and leafs, all the frosty still life caught in the breath of approaching winter.

There is only one simple word crafted to properly describe the natural scenery that lay unfolded before my eyes this morning.

Beautiful.

music of the day
Slipknot - Killpop
https://play.spotify.com/track/6AAZigYqOch79lKcrSBOv0

When i opened the door and stepped outside earlier today, i was greeted by the chilly touch of wintry air and in near silence.

For a second.
Or even for a few, the only thing heard was the crunchy sounds beneath my feets, from the tree squeaking in the boardwalk outside our bedroom as i stepped out of the warmth and out  to greet the frost and chill,.

The leafs and grass that broke instead of bend beneath my feets. 

And then, i noticed up  in our ancient and since long, giant pine tree that i could hear the chit chatter from the wild Squirrels that have laid claim to not just the surrounding forest, but our house as well.

They where probably wanting to know why i was up at this unusually early hour and perhaps they where trying to find out if i had considered how cold it had actually been for them during the night.

Yes, i am quite sure they scolded me for the past nights sub zero temperatures, telling me that i had to reimburse the poor Squirrels by hanging out food earlier this year then i did last winter :).

Well.

As a silent response to them ganging up on me, what they got, was to see how i went back inside, picking up my Nikon, and our 70-200 as well as the macro lens, stepping right back out in to the beauty of this frosty morning. With gloves on my hands and a jacket keeping me warm.

The Squirrels where now moving around high up in the tree and like it so often seems that truly wild animals somehow know when people are looking at them in ways they think is inappropriate, as soon as i zoomed in and started tracking them with the camera, they darted away, descending rapidly down the tree and branches.

Shouting out little words at me as they moved out on  a long branch and from there jumping through air to the next tree, one of our birch trees. I panned, zoomed, tracked and took a few clicks with the camera, not that i had any hopes of getting any photos in focus.

But the beauty of the frozen branches and the squirrels backlit by the sun as they wildly flew down the trees and branches, cascading little leafs in to the air as they moved like a desert storm through the frozen world, it was if nothing else a majestic view in all it´s simplicity, and a magical way to start our day. 

And if nothing else, i knew i wanted to try and capture one of those incredibly vivid little moments for my sleepy gf that was still on her nightly date with sandman, tucked away i am sure in a sultry and quite sensual dream. (well, what can i say, that is what i always hope she is dreaming of, naughty is fun after all :P)

No idea if i succeeded of course, the photos are importing to lightroom as i write these words. Well, not technically true, since what you are reading right now is of course a re telling, because these words where first told to my gf when she finally caught up to me and opened her beautiful sleepy head eyes.

Words that i told, as i kissed her sensual lips good morning, to paint a window back in time. Words and a gesture of love painted against the backdrop of lifes very own slice of grandeur that in all it´s little moments played out this morning when i stepped outside. 

And is that not what love actually is.

The vibrant beauty and raw unpolished positivity, lust and energy of life itself.

The very best that life is, all by itself, as wild and free as nature itself, a wild tree, never stuck in place, but instead growing and running wild amidst the frozen lakes and soaring eagles, untangled, untamed, wild, gentle, rough, naughty, sweet and soft and fluidly vivid.

It just is, perfectly as it is. Ment to be unrestrained, unchanged. Marvelled at and enjoyed for what it is, and not what flawed people desperately try to sculpt it to be in vain. It simply is and it cant be denied or changed, it can be bumped and bruised, and people can flee from it, but it cant be altered or contained.

Well, life and love and people, to me is a marvellous creation, walking hand in hand just as it is, never more and never less, and on mornings like this one, you have to wonder how anyone could ever not understand and love the entire nature of that "beast" that is life and love and people..

But then again, as a species we also walk hand in hand with our flaws and while our flaws are most of the time as beautiful as our very best parts, some people are a tad lost and would happily punch the nuke earth and all people button, over and over again and again.

No matter if it is something as natural and easy as love and life and sexual fulfillment, desires and real needs, heck as a world spanning species we cant even properly share things or acknowledge simple reality.

That too is true, but it is just one aspect of this wonderful life and planet. And like night and day needs each other. The bad in life and the bad people dont ever make life shine less.

It do create some interesting, and sad, facts of life.

And as a result, today we have a world where hunger still affects 850 million people around the world.

All while, if you feel like being a bit tongue in cheek. 1.46 billion people are a little bit more then casually overweight. Add to that, that perfectly fine food for hundreds of millions, even billions get´s thrown away year in year out.

But we also have a beautiful world, where each year, equality grow a bit stronger.

Where the knowledge that what we actually need is a more humane world, a healthy and sustainable world keeps growing stronger. Heck, even the pope and co have started to realize that the world need a more humane world and less abuse and judgmental views that, de facto only diminish life instead of making it more.

We are also living in a day and age where we break barriers like never before. The promise of clean energy grows stronger and closer every day.

And while we and our lineage have, for millions of years been earth bound, we now might just be decades from colonizing other planets for the first time as well as mining asteroids in space.  And to enjoy taking the mile high club to never before seen heights and places.

Today.

People that are choosing to live healthy lives have never before aged in such a graceful, healthy and young way. And that too just keeps on improving. Providing people with healthy, long, adventurous and fulfilling life´s decades after previous generations where all used up, dead and buried.

We also have people rocketing through space, skydiving from the black void up there, just like Eustace did just recently, when he began his dive from an altitude of 135,908 feet (41,424 meters) and remained in freefall for about four-and-a-half minutes. Before opening his parachute he had maxed out at a top speed of 1,320 kilometers per hour (822 mph).

Today, same sex couples are allowed to be married in more places and countries then ever before. Females are considered to be equals to men in their needs, sexually, emotionally, intellectually in more places and mind´s then ever before.

Not only are both genders considered equals but girls are allowed to say both yes and no, to every aspect of life, love, sex and relationships.. Well, not every where and not in every mind, but in a growing number of healthy and sane people (and countries)

Solar and other sustainable technologies are not feverish made up dreams of promise anymore, but actually fully working technology that rapidly improve. And so forth.

Yes our world still have lot´s of issues, way to many even.
But they are shrinking and rapidly so. But sure, there are still abusive and backwards people, insane or just confused or evil, call them what you want.

Our species and planet is still plagued by people that are stubbornly working against all those sane and wonderful changes, trying in vain to dial back the clock to a more unequal, unhealthy and sad period of time without real rhyme and reason or empathy and fulfilling pleasure for all. Some even maintain that women cant legally drive a car.

But you know what, let them waste their own life away, fading away in the light of the inevitable promise that is the future.
.
You cant stop the ocean from moving, it always carve it´s own way through time, and so is fortunately life on Earth doing to, always improving.

Life is wonderful, and so are you, so make it more.

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2014-10-17 21:56:22 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

wings of a raven, chapter 03
charcoal eyes

Outside the sun was sparkling bright as the rays of light bounced around on the frosty surface of crunchy leafs and grass. Branches turned to popsicles on the barren trees that guarded the streets, a long, straight line of ancient forests, standing guard along the sidewalk

The waitress looked outside the floor to ceiling windows as she reached without thinking for the big cup of coffee, like a trained robot her delicate fingers put the cap on top and with a smile she handed one giant, cup of black coffee over to her customer.

music of the day
Machine Head - Descend the shades of night
https://play.spotify.com/track/1Btj1Z4nVMS7nqTCa2ylEf 

The door opened with the familiar digital beep as the customer nodded and turned towards his table.And through it the tunes of street music launched it´sa... more »

wings of a raven, chapter 03
charcoal eyes

Outside the sun was sparkling bright as the rays of light bounced around on the frosty surface of crunchy leafs and grass. Branches turned to popsicles on the barren trees that guarded the streets, a long, straight line of ancient forests, standing guard along the sidewalk

The waitress looked outside the floor to ceiling windows as she reached without thinking for the big cup of coffee, like a trained robot her delicate fingers put the cap on top and with a smile she handed one giant, cup of black coffee over to her customer.

music of the day
Machine Head - Descend the shades of night
https://play.spotify.com/track/1Btj1Z4nVMS7nqTCa2ylEf 

The door opened with the familiar digital beep as the customer nodded and turned towards his table.And through it the tunes of street music launched it´s assault, like a hymn of madness and pulsating life she could hear "Machine Head" churning away the nine minutes long "Wolves" and for a moment her spirit lifted and a sense of elated joy took hold of her mind and heart, dancing and moving with the wild chugging of music as she handed the next customer their cup of coffee. Customer number 47 she thought to herself and with a chuckle she thought of the never ending line of coffee being handed out as a string of pearls and swines romping around the globe, never ending, always growing the line of pearls and swines danced through life.

One black
 cup of coffee and a smile please


Her mad thought bursted out in a spontaneous laughter, almost making her spill the warm coffee all over her petite and sensually shaped feminine hands and sculpted nails.

A voice pulled her back to the room, and there he was "One black cup of coffee and a smile sweet girl", She smiled a real smile this time, from her toes all the way to the beautiful caramel chocolate colored eyes. "Coming right up boy". They had known each other for more then three years by now. An instant and magnetic attraction on all levels, sexual, intellectual, emotional and more. Something about him made every fibre of her being come alive.And not just in that familiar sexually loaded way, but she felt at ease. Alive and burning bright, happy, thrilled, turned on, calm, at home and wild, tamed and set free, all at the same time. 

No matter what they talked about, no matter what they did or how her day had unfolded otherwise, his presence was ever there, in spirit, mind, body and soul, even when he wasn't physically around. 

Haha, it is pure madness she thought, but oh so wonderful and unlike anything she had ever experienced before. And most remarkably of it all was that she knew that it was entirely mutual. She had always known that, long before the first kiss ever happened. 

As he took the cup of coffee their fingers touched and a jolt of pure happiness and raw, unadulterated passion surged through them both. With eyes all sparkly from the smile he felt inside he let his fingers trail hers for a brief moment as he whispered, "tonight?". Just as she was about to nod with anticipation, the radio buzzed to life all by itself and a scratchy old sounding recording full of static and noise, screeched out 

"A canvas tent, close flapped and secure was erected and inside the tent a fire started…Fitting a big canvas affair that had the appearance of a diver's helmet on the head of "Big Chief" Mason, a full-blooded Indian from the Walpole Reservation, Canada, Charles P. Salan, then sent the Indian under the flaps into the smoke filled tent. The smoke was thick enough to strangle an elephant, but Mason lingered around in the suffocating atmosphere for a full twenty minutes. He came out of the tent 'as good as new'"



They simultaneously laughed, as their eyes still held each others gaze, and the customer right behind her boy, looked just as surprised, as he spoke - "That was odd?, I have been buying my morning joe from you for years and i´ve never heard even a beep from that radio before? Did you fix it". 

No she replied, that was truly odd, odd but funny, i thought that old relic was dead and buried since long. A well, i guess, everyone and everything has a last hurrah in them. 
The man nodded back, "I think you are damn right about that, we all have a final hurrah, yes we do". 

And as abruptly as the broadcast had started, the radio went dead silent with a final eruption of white noise reaching out of it´s vintage internals, and with the sound, the electrical light that had jolted back, illuminating it´s dials once again, like in yesteryears, faded out to black as well. As if a ghost of electricity had turned around in it´s deep sleep, awoken for a brief second before the mythical ghost of sandman once again pulled the blanket over it´s slumbering face..

read the first three chapters at our 4k friendly book reading website/platform

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=wings-of-a-raven-shortadventures-beneaththestarry-dome

The original version of this photo is another one which i shot and turned in to a once in a life, high res metal print, as a part of my gf´s birthday present.


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2014-10-10 09:09:02 (25 comments, 5 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Seasons of life

in the dark tranquility
winter builds without an end
it 
nears the corner of tomorrow 
like a howling wind and avalanche 
that builds and slowly turns 

unleashed from within 
winters subtle embrace 
Like touches upon your bare skin 
from the warming snow of mother earth 
wind swept, freefalling 
we tumble
down the flowing hills 
beneath starry skies of northern lights 

warm breath 
and melting snow 
embrace 

inside every flake 

a kiss 
right beneath your ear 
the tingle 
and whisper in the 
covenant of night and day 
that never ends 

inside 
out 
Our hot chocolate and sultry 
dressed high priestess 
we undress 
the sensuous cup of life 

we crave and takedelight 
drink the li... more »

Seasons of life

in the dark tranquility
winter builds without an end
it 
nears the corner of tomorrow 
like a howling wind and avalanche 
that builds and slowly turns 

unleashed from within 
winters subtle embrace 
Like touches upon your bare skin 
from the warming snow of mother earth 
wind swept, freefalling 
we tumble
down the flowing hills 
beneath starry skies of northern lights 

warm breath 
and melting snow 
embrace 

inside every flake 

a kiss 
right beneath your ear 
the tingle 
and whisper in the 
covenant of night and day 
that never ends 

inside 
out 
Our hot chocolate and sultry 
dressed high priestess 
we undress 
the sensuous cup of life 

we crave and take delight 
drink the light of sun and rays 
on winters snow, the sparkling flakes and light 
a sense of dew, right before a lions roar 
it turns to brightly 
erupting ice 

cascades that dance 
on the tip 
of our tongue, all wet and moist 
it melts and slowly flows 
across 

a reminder of my touch 

Soon to melt and stir 
your dew with tongue 
and fingers 
as the day once more 
perpetually breaks, 

it sees us 
once again 
walk the meadows 
of the wild not forgotten 
like the spring and winters seasons 
a snake that gives birth to time 
our circle goes, for all of life 

without and 
outside restricting minds 

as we dress and undress 
in life´s beautiful light 
we float together
by the tides of ephemeral life.

happy bday sweet daisy


website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=ephemeralbeauty-ofperpetuallife

Music of the day
Machine head - Now we die
https://play.spotify.com/album/1vwC74NCHZjWWEDKcQut9c

Grow a brain - the state of the world

As of September 22 787 Rhinos had already been illegally killed in South Africa during 2014, to sustain the need for superstition and meaningless trinkets on display amongst the wealthy and selfish.

The price for raw Elephant ivory in China was $2,100 per kilogram. and that better then gold economy is of course the primary reason why more then 100 000 Elephants have been illegally killed in just 3 years.

Dont turn a blind eye to injustice and stupidity people, no matter if it is about equality and sexual pleasures, the environment, your income, same sex rights or wildlife. Things improve as we shine a light on what is wrong, and for every year there are less things wrong in this world. So keep on talking, keep on thinking and keep on growing as human beings, enjoying this ephemeral life.

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2014-09-19 10:10:18 (23 comments, 9 reshares, 213 +1s)Open 

Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)
140 million stars centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined

Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes. Visible or not, you always know that they, just like wild brown bears and the shy wolf and wolverine, the hawk and the eagle are always there. Watching, learning, waiting, living their life, equally curious about you as well as cautious.

Just like your fellow human beings never vanish just because they are temporarily out of sight.And up there in the sky. The sun and the moon do the same dance, from dawn to dusk, through all of man kinds history. Living life´s of... more »

Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)
140 million stars centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined

Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes. Visible or not, you always know that they, just like wild brown bears and the shy wolf and wolverine, the hawk and the eagle are always there. Watching, learning, waiting, living their life, equally curious about you as well as cautious.

Just like your fellow human beings never vanish just because they are temporarily out of sight.And up there in the sky. The sun and the moon do the same dance, from dawn to dusk, through all of man kinds history. Living life´s of their own no matter if we see them or not.

And far beyond our moon and the sun. Other galaxies roam about, building little birds nests and mountains of space dust. A sea of wild flowers growing in the light of another star, unknown, unseen by our eyes, but always there.

In one such galaxy, called M60-UCD1 (such a sexy name, right?) in the center of what actually is quite a tiny galaxy, relatively speaking it is tiny for a galaxy, a giant black hole whirls around, spinning in the center like a magnetic wheel holding it all together, in total, this black hole, holds the same mass as 21 million Suns combined together.

music of the day
Prayer of the refugee by Rise against
https://play.spotify.com/track/0nRauaGzlpH62t9bAnfv12

21 million suns merged together? think about that for a second or two as you down your cup of black coffee.

And if you think that is an incredible number all by itself (and it is), unfathomable even, then consider for another second as you take a bite of your breakfast sandwich - butter, Cheese and tomatoes? (if not, that is a delicious way to eat a sandwich).

The closest neighbour galaxy to M60-UCD1 has a black hole that holds the mass of 4.5 Billion suns joined together. And some scientists are starting to think that these two massive black holes and their entire surrounding galaxies are about to join forces.

Not that it actually matters right here and now, not this little friday at least, not for us. But it´s still an amazing thing, all the life that keeps on ticking, living, growing, being and enjoying life as it is, no matter if we see it or not.

have a great weekend everyone. 

#anorseview  
#blackhole  
#floralfriday  
#photography  
#writerswrite  ___

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2014-09-10 09:22:50 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

the devil in i
song and lyrics by slipknot, 2014

Undo these chains, my friend
I’ll show you the rage I’ve hidden
Perish the Sacrament
Swallow, but nothing’s forgiven
You and I can’t decide
Which of us was taken for granted
Make amends...
Some of us are destined to be outlived

Step inside - see the devil in I
Too many times, we’ve let it come to this
Step inside - see the devil in I
You’ll realize I’m not your devil anymore

Under the words of men
Something is tempting the father
Where is your will, my friend?
Insatiates never even bother
You and I, wrong or right
Traded a lie for the leverage
In between the lens in light
You're not what you seem

Step inside - see the devil in I
Too many times, we’ve let it come to this
Step inside - see thedevil in I
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the devil in i
song and lyrics by slipknot, 2014

Undo these chains, my friend
I’ll show you the rage I’ve hidden
Perish the Sacrament
Swallow, but nothing’s forgiven
You and I can’t decide
Which of us was taken for granted
Make amends...
Some of us are destined to be outlived

Step inside - see the devil in I
Too many times, we’ve let it come to this
Step inside - see the devil in I
You’ll realize I’m not your devil anymore

Under the words of men
Something is tempting the father
Where is your will, my friend?
Insatiates never even bother
You and I, wrong or right
Traded a lie for the leverage
In between the lens in light
You're not what you seem

Step inside - see the devil in I
Too many times, we’ve let it come to this
Step inside - see the devil in I
You’ll realize I’m not your devil...
I’m not your devil anymore

Your station - is abandoned
Fool you cause I know what you’ve done
Sensation - Depravation
You should’ve burned when you turned on everyone

So step inside - see the devil in I
Too many times, we’ve let it come to this
Step inside - see the devil in I
I know you’ll find your answers in the end
Step inside - see the devil in I
You’ll realize I’m not your devil... anymore

So step inside - step inside
See the devil in I, see the devil in I

music of the day
the devil in i by Slipknot
http://youtu.be/9wKw3oGb9-g

Or is it the god in someone else
by me :P

in the darkness 
Satan waited
laughed as god, the earth created

or so the story of made beliefs
to our very days
works it´s fiction to sway our delicate minds

to repress, deny
our inner self´s, the radiant
lustful ways
our thoughts and needs
so beautiful
real joy´s and laughters
of both 
girls and men

on this planet, contorted lies 
they want us to live
for someones mind so twisted
to separate, control
diminish, miniscule - with intent, 
the ugly wicked
lies of life
makes less
as plentiful the starry sky with truth one day, from one planet,
it swelled
with a hundred
million, billion suns from around
our neighbourhood 

twisted truth, opposed to life
they carved
a web of lies, in the name of god

slut shamed, denied, filth and sin ful wicked
from lust to pain, from love to shame, from natures gift
in lust and joy and wonders all
they made them hellish whores and closed asylum doors, until all girls 
where rendered

obedient slaves afraid in shame 
of their fulfilled
delicious minds, their very own 
our sensually
pleasured 
natural life

  #anorseview  
#macrophotography  
#equality  
#poetry  ___

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2014-09-01 10:41:02 (35 comments, 2 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

the Sage and fools of yesterdays and Tomorrow

Each yesterday serves as a worn manual of life already lived, lessons learned and ignored, joys and sorrows made, experienced, forgotten and remembered.

Sometimes the yesterdays lived and revisited are nothing but an anchor  holding us down to the abyss of darkest waters, steels and chains to keep us from living today and tomorrow. Used as tools by others and ourselves to prevent life from being more. But sometimes those past days already lived hold the sweet spots of what was actually the best moments of our life and when they do, those moments if not ignored, but instead remembered and welcomed, can be a stepping stone to take whichever turn we actually wish and want and need the rest of our own life to be to make it more instead of less.

The sum of it all is tho, that life is lived today and shaped in the wake of... more »

the Sage and fools of yesterdays and Tomorrow

Each yesterday serves as a worn manual of life already lived, lessons learned and ignored, joys and sorrows made, experienced, forgotten and remembered.

Sometimes the yesterdays lived and revisited are nothing but an anchor  holding us down to the abyss of darkest waters, steels and chains to keep us from living today and tomorrow. Used as tools by others and ourselves to prevent life from being more. But sometimes those past days already lived hold the sweet spots of what was actually the best moments of our life and when they do, those moments if not ignored, but instead remembered and welcomed, can be a stepping stone to take whichever turn we actually wish and want and need the rest of our own life to be to make it more instead of less.

The sum of it all is tho, that life is lived today and shaped in the wake of tomorrow and born from all of life´s yesterdays. And the necessity of life, is not other peoples words or opinions, but your own actual needs.

There are no books and life coaches, no priests or leaders, no neighbours and spouses, lovers or children, teachers, friends and foes, no proclaimed do´s and don'ts of others, that can decide what another human being actually feels and thus truly needs to have lived a fulfilling life as close as it is possible for that person to do so. The only thing that matters to life´s fulfillment for each and everyone of us, is the moments in life that makes it truly feel more to each and one of us - instead of less.

So whatever your yesterday was, no matter others yesterdays, no matter your today.

Make sure to fill your tomorrows with as many moments that makes life feel more - to you (and to give that same freedom to all else)

music of the day
Hammerfall - Bushido
https://play.spotify.com/track/3Gq7H7vascpr44GR65eSQy

#anorseview  
#healthyliving  
#photography  
#sultrythings  ___

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2014-08-24 18:52:54 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

dancing together, in a sea of daisies
Fit, healthy and active, leg and abs, vacation workout

Sometimes we mix it up by going heavier with our workouts, sometimes there is less weights,more intense workouts, or less intense and more rest in between each set. Some times there is more sets, sometimes less sets.


And sometimes we simply mix it up by going a tiny bit different.

Working out and keeping both healthy, fit and toned is about keeping at it during the entirety of your life span, or at least for as long as you are interested in keeping fit, healthy, toned and active. And as such, at times we change it up in both big and small ways, and so should you too when you feel the lazy, uninspired, bug setting in. 

There is nothing spectacular about this workout per se. But it was vacation time, incredible heat and warmth and lot´s of wonderfull... more »

dancing together, in a sea of daisies
Fit, healthy and active, leg and abs, vacation workout

Sometimes we mix it up by going heavier with our workouts, sometimes there is less weights,more intense workouts, or less intense and more rest in between each set. Some times there is more sets, sometimes less sets.


And sometimes we simply mix it up by going a tiny bit different.

Working out and keeping both healthy, fit and toned is about keeping at it during the entirety of your life span, or at least for as long as you are interested in keeping fit, healthy, toned and active. And as such, at times we change it up in both big and small ways, and so should you too when you feel the lazy, uninspired, bug setting in. 

There is nothing spectacular about this workout per se. But it was vacation time, incredible heat and warmth and lot´s of wonderful leisure. And it still kicked our legs and ass the proper way. So perhaps someone else will find a good amount of inspiration here to mix it up and as such keep chucking away at the never ending mountain climb that we all have to do on a daily basis to keep (y)our health, body and mind in a perpetually healthy and fun state. 


music of the day while you are reading
Slipknot - the heretic Anthem
https://play.spotify.com/track/3OYZWMm5m2DEwq2Tc1ukTh


Squats - warm up

The warm up exercise for the day 3 set x 5 reps of light weights. You pick and go what suits you, light enough not to kill yourself, but with enough weight to get your entire body working in a safe and easy way 

Dead lifts - warm up is all done, and it´s time to get real 

Increase your weights to a level where it´s still not 100% of your capacity, but enough to tell your body it´s time to work hard. In my case i found this to be a suitably easy weight even for a hot and draining warm summer day. Yet not light enough to let my body think we where just fooling around.

2 set x 5 reps (130 kg/286lbs)

Increase the weight once again, still not 100% of your capacity, but even more challenging then the last two sets. 
The reason we keep doing 5 reps is simple, you strain your body due to the weight and the challenge that is deadlifts, but by keeping the number of reps down to 5 you are not exhausting yourself in every set. 

2 set x 5 reps (150kg/330 lbs) 

The last 3 sets are the real ones, and you can now set the weight as high as you can safely go today. And the number of reps should be as high as you can go. But if you start doing more then 12 reps that means the weight is to low. So for the last 3 sets, go all out .You know that you´r legs and toned ass will thank you later on. Not to mention that Deadlift is the Queen of exercises. Squats are usually called the king of leg exercises, and perhaps it do challenge your legs and ass a single % more then deadlifts, but on the other hand. Deadlifts will challenge your entire body. From your butt and legs to your lower back, upper back, your neck and arms and shoulders and tummy. So give it your all and see your entire body and health improve.

3 set x 10-12 reps (180kg/396 lbs) 

sprint run - the out of place, weird exercise

You of course typically do not do sprint runs in the middle of your leg workout. But this is part of the mixing it up part. And when you sprint for short distances and close to or at your max speed. 
You´d be surprised of not just the health benefits to your bones and heart, lounges, diabetes, body fat and other things. But also how much it actually involves your ass and legs, and entire core of your body. In short, short distance sprint runts at or close to your max speed is surprisingly similar to doing dead lifts and squats. And as such, whenever you feel like mixing up your leg workout. dont be afraid of throwing in a few short 100m dash sprints. 

3 x Short, 100m sprint rush as fast as you can go + an equal distance of lower paced jog in between. And when i say, as fast as you can go, i do mean exhaust yourself at 90% to 100%. Do not hold back. 

Squats - the king is back

Dont kid yourself, after 3 squat warm ups, lots of dead lifts and 3 sprint runts you will have to lower your weights compared to what you normally do. But that doesnt change how wonderful squats is. Neither from a health perspective or when it comes to building that hot and sexy girl/guy ass and legs. So this time, pick a weight that feels like it will kill you for the day and go all out. Just as with dead lifts, if you do more then 14 reps it´s way to light and you should increase the weight, but to avoid the risk of injuries, if you cant do more then 8 reps, lower the weight slightly. 

3 set x 10-14 reps as heavy/light as you need it to be to hit those reps, and short on rest in between sets). 

lounges with barbell 

You can of course use dumb bells instead. But we used a barbell. and like with squats, i´d be very surprised if you didnt have to lower your weights by now. In fact, if you dont, i´d say you´ve been holding back earlier on :P 

1 set x 10 reps, repeat for both legs straight away until you have reached 5 reps per set, and then you take off the barbell and do one more set per leg without weights. 

mma lounges - the second, mixing it up exercise 

This was just for fun. "lounges" without weights, but with punches on a boxing bag for each rep. Alternate yours leg between every rep. 
Do a straight punch as you do your lounge step out movement. And then you do a cross at the lowest point of your movements, and on the way up you do a hook to the bag and dont hold back on the speed and power in your punches. Finish with a powerful knee to the bag before doing one rep for the other leg and continue until you are all happy and good :). 

tummy - hanging leg raises

 3 set x as many reps as you can go. If it´s to hard for you to do it with your legs straight out, just bend your knees and lift only your "knees" to your chest. 

All done!. Hoping you enjoyed this workout as much as me and my gf did when we crushed it :).

The photo is one more capture from the magical summer of 2014 But since i felt that the summer album is starting to have to many photos and you can also see the first early bird days of Autumn outside i decided to put this one in the Autumn album :).


Website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=fitandactive-vacationworkouts-legandabs-yourfitnesstribe

#anorseview  
#fitnesslifestyle  
#birdphotography  
#lifeisbeautiful  ___

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2014-08-19 12:34:39 (32 comments, 2 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

Naked skies and silent walks
photo and text are both from the visually rich 2014 version of"little snow", a book originally written by The brothers Grimm, and made a tiny bit more sensuous and adult by me, soon to be published at a norse view 

Excerpt from chapter one
music of the day  
Slipknot, the negative one
 https://play.spotify.com/album/6w6IWjTgNxph6odfrhXr7T
official video
Slipknot - The Negative One [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Once upon a time, in northern lands and forever lost in the middle of a frosty winter, when the flakes of snow were still falling like whitest feathers down from the darkling sky, a queen whom we shall give no name, because her name has been since long lost, like names and memories so often are, was sitting right next to an open, man sized, window. Her mind going astray as she was sewing without reallypa... more »

Naked skies and silent walks
photo and text are both from the visually rich 2014 version of"little snow", a book originally written by The brothers Grimm, and made a tiny bit more sensuous and adult by me, soon to be published at a norse view 

Excerpt from chapter one
music of the day  
Slipknot, the negative one
 https://play.spotify.com/album/6w6IWjTgNxph6odfrhXr7T
official video
Slipknot - The Negative One [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Once upon a time, in northern lands and forever lost in the middle of a frosty winter, when the flakes of snow were still falling like whitest feathers down from the darkling sky, a queen whom we shall give no name, because her name has been since long lost, like names and memories so often are, was sitting right next to an open, man sized, window. Her mind going astray as she was sewing without really paying attention to her needle, fingers and the growing quilt.


Instead her eyes kept looking and wandering out through the window, searching beyond it´s frame of blackest ebony. whilst she soaked up the calm beauty that the falling snow provided her contemplating mind. As the flakes danced beneath the softly swimming and always turning northern light, all of a sudden she haphazardly pricked a finger deep with her needle, and three little drops of blood one by one, emerged from her raptured skin and slowly they fell down upon the fluffy snow, as silent as a flake of snow they hurled through air before landing soundless in the window frame.

And to the queen, the red looked for some reason, quite pretty as it first fell as in slow motion and then to lay down on a white pillow to spread it´s wings and fingers upon the snow, translucent and contrasting against both white snow and the dark wood found in the frame of the window.

As she saw it unfolding, a stray, perhaps even odd, thought went through her mind as it so often does for most of us. Emerging from somewhere hidden, in the splitting of a second, with no rhyme or reason the oddest thoughts comes at times to play inside our beings.

"Would that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the window-frame."

And as the tale is now told in books and movies,face to face, it came to be that no more then 7 month after the night in question, the queen who had by all accounts already been pregnant without ever knowing so, gave birth to a little daughter, a child who´s skin was as white as snow and porcelain, not a blemish or hint of other tones, and her lips was as red as the blood her birth let loose, and upon her head,a few strains of hair was already as black as blackest ebony upon white porcelain.


Such a child could of course not really go unnoticed, even if she had not been the Queens only child in life, and soon after her birth she was known, far and wide throughout the land as the girl Little Snow 

And like snow covers the greens and flowers at the end of autumn, when the child was born, the Queen soon after died from giving her hearts entire strength and life to her one child.

Some of course saw it as a bad omen, and others thought none the more of it. And a few even whispered of curses and demons in the villages both near and far. Accounts even tells of a witch or two that met a grizzly end, or perhaps, they where just ordinary women, falsely accused as so often happened in days now lost. 


After a year of mixed feelings, the mourning of his dead wife and the joy and celebrating of the new heir and child. the old King went on, found new lovers and the pleasures of the flesh of numerous willing ones, both high and low they where, until he one day took to himself a new Queen.

She was a beautiful woman, so much so that he and many others all had courted her, with words, gifts and token of lust and sometimes, even love.

Strikingly gorgeous and quite feminine with limbs so petite and delicate, like the rarest of flowers, she was as proud and haughty as she was beautiful and the king made for a suitable choice, a choice of her own vices and desires and not a husband by others will and doing.

 
Despite her appeal to all men and women, and lovers of both sexes, her heart could not bear that anyone else should ever surpass, or even come close to her own beauty. And i tell you now that if someone could peek inside her delicious skin and figure they would see the dark brooding demon that had long festered and thrived inside her heart and mind. Consuming nectars of her delicious blood, lust, physical pleasures, soul and mind, infecting her self esteem and taking her self image a sensuous slave, even her orgasms would send shivers through her delighted master.

And oh how the demon loved his sensual host, a body and mind so delicious, rich and ripe with the pleasures of willing lovers, men and women all provided countless of devouring fun.

And in her bedchambers, the kings new wife had a wonderful, and quite enchanted, looking glass, and every day , when she stood bare naked or fully clothed in front of it, she could not keep herself from gazing at her own beautiful build. 

Day by day she would slowly drown in her own eyes, cheek, and sensuous lips, the curvature of her hips and firm breasts, the feminine tummy and firm butts and legs. Until the demon inside reared it´s head, poked and probed and she once again, had to say

 
"Looking-glass, Looking-glass, on the wall, Who in this land is the fairest of all?"

the looking glass would of course - as always, completely honest tell the truth, 
"Thou, O Queen, art the fairest of all!"

Answers that both demon and the queen for the moment, quite enjoyed allowing them both to close their eyes and dream with comfort. A beautiful woman and her master, deep inside.

#anorseview  
#books  
#landscapephotography  
#brothersgrimm  ___

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2014-08-17 08:08:47 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

photo of the day 17 August
photographer +Dirk Wüstenhagen 

Like from a history book, this scene wraps it gentle fingers around your skin and neck like a lovers touch slowly going downwards. Holding your gaze and sending goosebumps as the fingers trace your naked skin :).

Great work Dirk

#monochromeworld   #green   #crow   #moodymondayphoto   #mist  
crow in haze
have a nice Sunday!
http://wuestenhagen-imagery.photoshelter.com/___photo of the day 17 August
photographer +Dirk Wüstenhagen 

Like from a history book, this scene wraps it gentle fingers around your skin and neck like a lovers touch slowly going downwards. Holding your gaze and sending goosebumps as the fingers trace your naked skin :).

Great work Dirk

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2014-08-13 10:14:40 (18 comments, 8 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

the mountain of life
this Summer, the summer of 2014, My already long, and wildly wonderful life, always lived of my own choosing, in a world of infinite beauty was gifted with the by far, best days and moments and joy, of my entire life

Made unique and perfectly complete, not due to the grandness of those moments,nor the words, price tag or anything superficial and equally irrelevant. But made complete and wonderful due to being enjoyed together with the love of my life.

And it is, especially so when already having lived an already rich and rewarding life, when the small and seemingly ordinary, every day stuff like kissing someones lips, touching their strands of hair and skin.

When showering together and working out in the gym and creating adventurous and spontaneous food and thoughts in the smallest moments.

When an encounter with a loud mouthed... more »

the mountain of life
this Summer, the summer of 2014, My already long, and wildly wonderful life, always lived of my own choosing, in a world of infinite beauty was gifted with the by far, best days and moments and joy, of my entire life

Made unique and perfectly complete, not due to the grandness of those moments,nor the words, price tag or anything superficial and equally irrelevant. But made complete and wonderful due to being enjoyed together with the love of my life.

And it is, especially so when already having lived an already rich and rewarding life, when the small and seemingly ordinary, every day stuff like kissing someones lips, touching their strands of hair and skin.

When showering together and working out in the gym and creating adventurous and spontaneous food and thoughts in the smallest moments.

When an encounter with a loud mouthed snake, bumblebees and hovering dragon flies sniffing the garden flowers. The flow and serene tranquility of watching a movie together.

When the feel of the worlds best vanilla ice cream melting on our tongues and lips and the aroma of brewing morning coffee creates perfect moments no matter how they enfold. When laying down by serene summer lakes listening to the seagulls never ending conversation, watching them float by on streaks of wind and the fish is jumping over the surface of the lake.

When enjoying calm evening swims together makes your heart entirely happy. When waking up and going to bed fills you with joy and calm and when making love entirely freely with unrestrained yum makes body and minds on all involved reach places  never seen.

When all those simple things and so many more somehow manages to eclipse the sandy shores of all your dreamed up needs, wishes, hopes and joy without ever trying to be anything more or less then what it is.

Life and the person, relations and everything in between enjoyed as it is and for what it is all while, somehow you are happier and more complete and calm and satifisied then ever before. Even beyond your every hope. When unimportant details matter not and never takes away from the enjoyment of all the little things that person is. 

That is when you know that you have climbed the mountain of life and found it´s real gold just as it is in that person (or people) that you are walking with.

This summer, i climbed that mountain and this little simple image was one of many shared moments this Summer (and some obviously ended up also being photos) that one by one, all made life more radiant and complete then i ever thought it could be. 

For me, in my long and happy life, to have climbed that mountain and reached a place i never thought existed, that is beyond words in every little way.

Life is great, and with the right, great company even more so - share, enjoy and do it all  by your own needs, filling your own heart and mind, soul and body with yummy fun and life loving pleasures. What others think about what makes you the happiest you can be in life, that matters not =).

#anorseview  
#summer2014  
#breakfastclub  
#lifelessons  
#lifeisbeautiful  ___

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2014-08-01 13:19:36 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

naked ants and their little cows
a crappy photo from the summer of 2014 that i still enjoy very much, showing a Scandinavian Ant species caring for their little aphid milk cows

ants make sure their "cows" stay properly fed, warm and safe. Whenever a plant has been depleted of it´s nutrients the ants will carry their cows to a new food source and If other, more predatory, insects attempt to harm the cows, the ants will defend them fiercely and some of the ant species even go to such lengths as to seek the eggs of aphid predatory species, destroying the aphid enemies before they even hatch.

During winter some of the ant species even tuck the aphids away, safely in the midst of their nests, attending even to the aphid´s temperature and humidity levels.And then, come spring (and during summer),  the ants once again carry their cows to a bunch of new plants to feedan... more »

naked ants and their little cows
a crappy photo from the summer of 2014 that i still enjoy very much, showing a Scandinavian Ant species caring for their little aphid milk cows

ants make sure their "cows" stay properly fed, warm and safe. Whenever a plant has been depleted of it´s nutrients the ants will carry their cows to a new food source and If other, more predatory, insects attempt to harm the cows, the ants will defend them fiercely and some of the ant species even go to such lengths as to seek the eggs of aphid predatory species, destroying the aphid enemies before they even hatch.

During winter some of the ant species even tuck the aphids away, safely in the midst of their nests, attending even to the aphid´s temperature and humidity levels.And then, come spring (and during summer),  the ants once again carry their cows to a bunch of new plants to feed and one of natures most fascinating - and mutual - co living cross species relation continues for one more year.

yeah i know, the photo is not one of the greatest technical macro photos made, but i still like, very much, the feel and lightning, and the way the ants and their little milk cows mutual happy fest came out.

#anorseview  
#naturephotography  
#antsandaphids  ___

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2014-07-08 06:48:29 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

photo of the day 8 July, 2014
photography +Rob Dweck 

A summers morning and the scent of moist dew kept you company amidst the fluttering song of birds near, and far away hidden in the distance, an owl kept calling for her mate with the regular beat of your heart.

Your legs dangling from the wharf where the boat lay moored and your toes barely gracing the surface of the water, as if not to disturb the clear, silent mirror that was it´s reflection. And then you smiled at the sheer beauty of all that is life.

Gorgeous work by Rob.

Enjoy your day all of you, and now i am off to a lake side view myself :).

Here we are, more than half way into March and I'm just now doing my first G+ post of 2014. I'll skip the excuses and just apologize for my long absence. Hopefully I'll be around a bit more in the near future.

I'm also apologizing for posting this image once again. I'd love to post something new, but it wasn't much of a contest when it came to choosing an image for this years edition of the +Plus One Collection. Of all the photographs I made last year, I consider this one my best. 

There's still time to submit one of your images for inclusion in the book that will benefit The Samburu Project (http://www.thesamburuproject.org). All of the submission info can be found at https://plus.google.com/+IvanMakarov/posts/c54Y13Ljif2.

#PlusOneCollectionIII___photo of the day 8 July, 2014
photography +Rob Dweck 

A summers morning and the scent of moist dew kept you company amidst the fluttering song of birds near, and far away hidden in the distance, an owl kept calling for her mate with the regular beat of your heart.

Your legs dangling from the wharf where the boat lay moored and your toes barely gracing the surface of the water, as if not to disturb the clear, silent mirror that was it´s reflection. And then you smiled at the sheer beauty of all that is life.

Gorgeous work by Rob.

Enjoy your day all of you, and now i am off to a lake side view myself :).

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2014-07-06 05:14:59 (54 comments, 4 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

the far away tower
the tomorrow that was today, climate change and the state of the Caribbean Coral Reefs

As if global warming, wars, and major wildlife extinction, famine and human caused air pollution isn't bad enough, our ways of life have also caused the Caribbean corals to suffer a decline of more then 50% since the 1970s. So devastating in fact that today all that remains is about one-sixth of the original coral cover 

The primarily reason is entirely man made and not a natural decline, a huge contributing factor is the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

music of the day
Arch Enemy - avalanche
http://youtu.be/tRHzcDxaP_o


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the far away tower
the tomorrow that was today, climate change and the state of the Caribbean Coral Reefs

As if global warming, wars, and major wildlife extinction, famine and human caused air pollution isn't bad enough, our ways of life have also caused the Caribbean corals to suffer a decline of more then 50% since the 1970s. So devastating in fact that today all that remains is about one-sixth of the original coral cover 

The primarily reason is entirely man made and not a natural decline, a huge contributing factor is the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

music of the day
Arch Enemy - avalanche
http://youtu.be/tRHzcDxaP_o



Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs
1970-2012


As the study is called, is the result of three years of work by 90 experts overlooking and analyzing over 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since the 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish. 

But, as bleak as that simple reality sounds. Just like human caused and deadly air pollution and global warming can be halted and in some regards, reversed if we take responsible and appropriate action now, so can the decline and eventual death of the Caribbean corals be averted by restoring the parrot fish populations and improving other environmental factors, some already mentioned, such as putting an end to overfishing and excessive coastal pollution, as well as reducing the negative impact our unsustainable fossil fuel industry is having on all life down on Earth. In fact, everything we do to reduce the on going climate change onslaught will also benefit the health of our oceans, fish population and thus the Caribbean corals helping them both to recover as well as make them more resilient to future climate change impacts. 


The numbers
what nature provides and we seem inclined to turn to ashes


The Caribbean is home to 9% of the world’s coral reefs, which are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. The reefs, spanning a total of 38 countries, are vital to the region’s economy.

They generate more than US$ 3 billion annually from tourism and fisheries and over a hundred times more in other goods and services, on which more than 43 million people depend.


website version, a Norse View
what can i say, it looks much prettier for the eye to read :P
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=State-of-our-Oceans-Caribbean%20corals-june2014

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2014-06-30 21:50:13 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

Chapter '12 - pride and prejudice'
from our photography rich, 4k friendly, 2014 version of 'Pride and Prejudice' , link to the entire book can be found at the end of this post

music of the day
Arch Enemy - as the pages burn
https://play.spotify.com/track/4I9qtk6mvj3GwVYzSIu6IQ

Chapter 12

In consequence of an agreement between the sisters, Elizabeth wrote the next morning to their mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for them in the course of the day. But Mrs. Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Jane's week, could not bring herself to receive them with pleasure before. 


when Answers

are not propitious 

to
ones wishes


Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at leastn... more »

Chapter '12 - pride and prejudice'
from our photography rich, 4k friendly, 2014 version of 'Pride and Prejudice' , link to the entire book can be found at the end of this post

music of the day
Arch Enemy - as the pages burn
https://play.spotify.com/track/4I9qtk6mvj3GwVYzSIu6IQ

Chapter 12

In consequence of an agreement between the sisters, Elizabeth wrote the next morning to their mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for them in the course of the day. But Mrs. Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Jane's week, could not bring herself to receive them with pleasure before. 


when Answers

are not propitious 

to
ones wishes


Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeth's wishes, for she was impatient to get home. Mrs. Bennet sent them word that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday; and in her postscript it was added, that if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well. Against staying longer, however, Elizabeth was positively resolved—nor did she much expect it would be asked; and fearful, on the contrary, as being considered as intruding themselves needlessly long, she urged Jane to borrow Mr. Bingley's carriage immediately, and at length it was settled that their original design of leaving Netherfield that morning should be mentioned, and the request made. 

The communication excited many professions of concern; and enough was said of wishing them to stay at least till the following day to work on Jane; and till the morrow their going was deferred. Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other. 

The master of the house heard with real sorrow that they were to go so soon, and repeatedly tried to persuade Miss Bennet that it would not be safe for her—that she was not enough recovered; but Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right. 

To Mr. Darcy it was welcome intelligence—Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough. She attracted him more than he liked—and Miss Bingley was uncivil to her, and more teasing than usual to himself. He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should now escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity; sensible that if such an idea had been suggested, his behaviour during the last day must have material weight in confirming or crushing it. Steady to his purpose, he scarcely spoke ten words to her through the whole of Saturday, and though they were at one time left by themselves for half-an-hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book, and would not even look at her. 

On Sunday, after morning service, the separation, so agreeable to almost all, took place. Miss Bingley's civility to Elizabeth increased at last very rapidly, as well as her affection for Jane; and when they parted, after assuring the latter of the pleasure it would always give her to see her either at Longbourn or Netherfield, and embracing her most tenderly, she even shook hands with the former. Elizabeth took leave of the whole party in the liveliest of spirits. 

They were not welcomed home very cordially by their mother. Mrs. Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again. But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle. The evening conversation, when they were all assembled, had lost much of its animation, and almost all its sense by the absence of Jane and Elizabeth. 

They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough-bass and human nature; and had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to. Catherine and Lydia had information for them of a different sort. Much had been done and much had been said in the regiment since the preceding Wednesday; several of the officers had dined lately with their uncle, a private had been flogged, and it had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.

Read the entire book directly at our website
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Author: Jane Austen
Additional photography and web adaptation: Me and teresa.

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2014-06-25 08:32:30 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 112 +1s)Open 

from summers not yet done
but with seeds already sprouting

Illegal wildlife trade - including massive illegal logging and poaching is now estimated to contribute not only to the extinction of animals and climate change and harming the future health of us all, but financially speaking as much as $213 billion US dollars a year in funding to not just greedy merchants, nations and corporations, but also organised crime, and global terror groups and militias responsible for ethnic cleansing.

report by Interpol and UN
http://www.unep.org/unea/docs/RRAcrimecrisis.pdf

like a lone some wind
that caressed
for the briefest moment
their sheltered
leafs
and deeply
Colored, dark raven birds
inside the eye
of this waiting storm

a Silent growl
at first softly spreads
from the land
of the... more »

from summers not yet done
but with seeds already sprouting

Illegal wildlife trade - including massive illegal logging and poaching is now estimated to contribute not only to the extinction of animals and climate change and harming the future health of us all, but financially speaking as much as $213 billion US dollars a year in funding to not just greedy merchants, nations and corporations, but also organised crime, and global terror groups and militias responsible for ethnic cleansing.

report by Interpol and UN
http://www.unep.org/unea/docs/RRAcrimecrisis.pdf

like a lone some wind
that caressed
for the briefest moment
their sheltered
leafs
and deeply
Colored, dark raven birds
inside the eye
of this waiting storm

a Silent growl
at first softly spreads
from the land
of the north

auburn colored
they swayed
so subtly
sensuous
autumns wildly shattered
red little leafs
in the slowly moving breeze
from our land of the north

for a moment
it seemed they might
hang
forever and ever
in the grasp of air
right before
the howling storm
from within
like a torrent of thickest might
the devouring serpent
of the northern seas
like a maelstrom
unyielding

destroys and tears
like wildfire through
the rampant
southern lands

branches beneath the trees
upon their broken flesh

we sweep across
the fields
of battle worn cries
their bones i hurl
break and crush
with swiftest ease

in our dance
we
paint
with rain so red up in to the air
clouds of dust
a tad darkly mute
the sun itself
so dimmed
and obfuscated

made up beasts
of shattered corpses
dried up blood
their silent cries, bloodied knives
torn down
empty 'holy' houses

their dead preachers of
hollow lies and abusive minds
on the streets
all scattered
beneath their thrones
of worthless greed

Mesmerized
behind a giant tree
i find solace in this bloody day and field
as my eye

a butterfly it catches
it wings
stretched 
out
flirtatious 
and my skin it grace
with its silent touch

wordless it crafted
for us all
a stream of poetry in the beam
of sunlight and my giant tree

right there
the wind
and I, we paused
in tranquility 
right next to the graceful dance
of this butterfly
to bathe and drink
in its life
so vividly

all while
the world it cried itself
a lonesome stream
of tears of joy
to grow
once more

music of the day
Arch enemy - Avalanche 
https://play.spotify.com/track/34k9o7SjESiqgva0vDBmlu

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2014-06-13 07:35:05 (24 comments, 5 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Fit beyond 40
active, fit and healthy, becoming ageless

Life as a young, fit, healthy and toned guy/girl does not end in your 20´s, your 30´s, 40´s or 50´s, not even in your 60´s or 70´s (and that fit and healthy, young and happy feeling "limit" that people have pushed on to each other since the dawn of man kind will only keep on moving up, up and up). 

Yes, there are of course things that do change as we mature and grow through life. And while some of them are outside of our control, almost all of the things related to getting out of shape (and therefore less healthy) over the years is mainly due to the continued accumulation of your own habits and choices and not so much about the quite minor biological changes happening. 

Yes, there are biological changes happening in our living, breathing beings that are directly linked to aging, but asurpris... more »

Fit beyond 40
active, fit and healthy, becoming ageless

Life as a young, fit, healthy and toned guy/girl does not end in your 20´s, your 30´s, 40´s or 50´s, not even in your 60´s or 70´s (and that fit and healthy, young and happy feeling "limit" that people have pushed on to each other since the dawn of man kind will only keep on moving up, up and up). 

Yes, there are of course things that do change as we mature and grow through life. And while some of them are outside of our control, almost all of the things related to getting out of shape (and therefore less healthy) over the years is mainly due to the continued accumulation of your own habits and choices and not so much about the quite minor biological changes happening. 

Yes, there are biological changes happening in our living, breathing beings that are directly linked to aging, but a surprising big amount of them are quite small and can be greatly, if not entirely offset by your choice of lifestyle. (the lower testosterone production in men and girls is a great example, the real, biological change really is small, but it do affect us. However, as scary as that might sound, that effect can be greatly averted, perhaps even made entirely mute and reversed by your daily active, life style choices). 

And the things, big and small, that we cant directly control today, such as the length of our telomeres or when our bodies tells us that we are not able to produce a baby anymore, our changing hair color and so forth - well we dont actually have to waste energy worrying about what we cant change right?. Just as no one can lay out in the sun 8 hours per day for all of life and win that battle against the sun. We all need sun light, it´s actually healthy and necessary for us, but like with most things, there is a fine limit where it goes from enough to be healthy and rejuvenating for us and to much and thus - destructive. 

But you know what.
 
Even in the so called, big ass cases that turns brave men and women in to a deer caught in the head light of a car - such as cancer, Alzheimer's and our biologically possible life span, our sex drive and wits.

Science are making progress by the leaps and bounds as i write this and you read this. And most of those things, as big as they might seem , and therefore seemingly out of your control, already do get greatly affected by your own basic life style choices such as food and training. 

Life might feel overwhelmingly big at times, and most people dont even want to consider cancer, it´s big, it´s ugly, it´s evil and it´s chaos. 
But even cancer, the chances of getting it or surviving it can be made much worse (or better) by your own daily choices - and we are not talking about a few percent here, but a mountain of a 40% increase in surviving cancer just by eating healthy - and keeping fit and active. 

In fact, the accumulation of a persons choices, as opposed to their biological age and their genes, is primarily the age related decline we most often see in others when we talk about people getting old and out of shape (or how some seem ageless and as young and healthy, vital and horny, happy and witty as always) 

music of the day while you are reading our article
Never forgive, Never forget by Arch Enemy
https://play.spotify.com/track/235eysQ30Aag46SBMR0kHL

we Age
according to our life style choices

But for a moment, let us step back from the big ones, such as your biological life span and cancer. And let us focus on something easy. Your lean muscle mass, body fat and general health. 

The reason for that is that really big health advantages - no matter your age - starts with that basic reality that no one actually has to settle for more body fat as we age unless we allow it to happen (or life throws us a big can of shit and hale storms) 

And that no one really has to loose muscle mass, unless we allow it. Grow slow and week, confused and tired - and yes, you got it, no one have to settle for a loss of libido (at least not due to age). 

In most cases it comes down to how you eat and train and keep active, healthy and happy, week in week out. Why so many end up being and looking more out of shape in their 40´s then compared to how they used to be in their 20´s is due to the 20 years in-between of eating crappy food (or to much of the good food), drinking and drugs, choice in relationship - and training to little. 

And vice versa 
the Pendulum goes both ways

People that look fit, young, toned and sexy in their 40´s and 50´s and 60´s do so due to keeping their discipline and choice of life style week in, week out. There is no magic or secrets to it, there is no genetics preventing you from getting in better shape (or out of shape) even tho some people are of course blessed with good genetics that makes it easier. That is all it do however, making it easier by a few %, genetics play a very small role in how 50 years of life will affect you, far, far, far less then your own daily choices do. So much so that it doesn't even deserve to be a consideration for you. 

So, no matter where you are on the scale of life. Dont get discouraged. Just go out and claim the baby steps that you need to be who you want your future self to one day be. 

It´s all about making a choice of how you want to progress in health, body and mind the next 20, 30 or 40 years and then sticking to it. 

a Simple general formula

Take this as a general guide for your healthier and more active life style, transforming yourself ageless. 

1. Lift challenging weights 4 to 5 days per week - 40 to 60 minutes per time. 
2. Walk, daily for 20 to 30 minutes - outside (you need sunlight too). 
Do high paced and intense - challenging - sprint based cardio for 10 to 20 minutes 2 to 3 days per week. Early in the day, or directly after your weight lifting. 
3. Eat Healthy and not to much 
4. Give yourself the sleep your body needs, not what your mind think you need.
5. Enjoy, life, love, sex - get rid of what is not working for you.

Website version

a more visually easy to read version of this article + tips and advice, from food to eat, how often to train, what exercises to do - such as squat, deadlift, close grip bench press.

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=fitbeyond40-yourfitnesstribe

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2014-05-29 10:45:03 (41 comments, 15 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

Velveteen rabbit - 2014
Photo by Teresa, as can be seen in our newly released photography 2014 version of the children story book velveteen rabbit

You can read the entire book free of charge at our website in a beautiful and visually rich 4k book format. As a nice bonus it works directly in your browser, from any device you might own (unless it lacks internet :P)

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Buy it and own it

Or if you so prefer, you can buy it for 5US as a drm free and downloadable 300 DPI pdf here https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D4tbwh5

Or read it at Scribd as a part of their subscription service here
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If you buy it via our website or directly from the tiny pass link, that purchase will also give you a life time of ad free and... more »

Velveteen rabbit - 2014
Photo by Teresa, as can be seen in our newly released photography 2014 version of the children story book velveteen rabbit

You can read the entire book free of charge at our website in a beautiful and visually rich 4k book format. As a nice bonus it works directly in your browser, from any device you might own (unless it lacks internet :P)

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=the-velveteen-rabbit

Buy it and own it

Or if you so prefer, you can buy it for 5US as a drm free and downloadable 300 DPI pdf here https://dashboard.tinypass.com/download?did=D4tbwh5

Or read it at Scribd as a part of their subscription service here
http://www.scribd.com/doc/226927641/Velveteen-Rabbit-2014

If you buy it via our website or directly from the tiny pass link, that purchase will also give you a life time of ad free and subscription free reading at our website anorseview.com (just use the tiny pass account to log in to our website and disable all of our future ads) valid for all current and future books and long form articles that we release.

music of the day
Rainbow in the dark - dio tribute by Corey taylor
https://play.spotify.com/track/1X2WaGiFArLRFCgPYvetiv

chapter 1, the velveteen rabbit

Part Magic
Part Life
christmas Morning


HERE was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his Ears were lined with pink sateen. 
On Christmas morning, when he sat wedged in the top of the Boy's stocking, with a sprig of holly between his paws, the effect was charming. 


There were other things in the stocking, nuts and oranges and a toy engine, and chocolate almonds and a clockwork mouse, but the Rabbit was quite the best of all. 
For at least two hours the Boy loved him, and then Aunts and Uncles came to dinner, and there was a great rustling of tissue paper and unwrapping of parcels, and in the excitement of looking at all the new presents 


the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten


For a long time he lived in the toy cupboard or on the nursery floor, and no one thought very much about him. He was naturally shy, and being only made of velveteen, some of the more expensive toys quite snubbed him. The mechanical toys were very superior, and looked down upon every one else; they were full of modern ideas, and pretended they were real. 

The model boat, who had lived through two seasons and lost most of his paint, caught the tone from them and never missed an opportunity of referring to his rigging in technical terms. 

stuffed
with sawdust

The Rabbit could not claim to be a model of anything, for he didn't know that real rabbits existed; he thought they were all stuffed with sawdust like himself, and he understood that sawdust was quite out-of-date and should never be mentioned in modern circles. 

read the rest of this beautiful children photography story book
Originally written by Margery Williams

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2014-05-21 11:52:31 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

Queen of snails
a path for everyone

No big thoughts or words for this one. Just a joyful breeze through spring and summer and all life´s beauty.

From the snail and their little queen, to the elephants and mammoths of yesteryears, you and me, the alpha male and tiny wolf cubs. The mountain gorillas and European Bison, the short haired bumblebee that mounts it´s return from extinction back to European soil from the depth of Swedens mythical and forestry Viking land.

To the tigers, city dwellers, meat eaters and vegans.

music of the day
into battle - Ensiferum
https://play.spotify.com/track/1VDa4GOx3OV4Fua6X0DT7l

Life is beautiful, and it has a healthy, sustainable and fulfilling room for us all to walk and do our own fulfilling path that we enjoy, thrive, live and love in by our own choice without needing to destroy life andt... more »

Queen of snails
a path for everyone

No big thoughts or words for this one. Just a joyful breeze through spring and summer and all life´s beauty.

From the snail and their little queen, to the elephants and mammoths of yesteryears, you and me, the alpha male and tiny wolf cubs. The mountain gorillas and European Bison, the short haired bumblebee that mounts it´s return from extinction back to European soil from the depth of Swedens mythical and forestry Viking land.

To the tigers, city dwellers, meat eaters and vegans.

music of the day
into battle - Ensiferum
https://play.spotify.com/track/1VDa4GOx3OV4Fua6X0DT7l

Life is beautiful, and it has a healthy, sustainable and fulfilling room for us all to walk and do our own fulfilling path that we enjoy, thrive, live and love in by our own choice without needing to destroy life and this planet for everybody else.

Summer is here!. Horrah.
Have a great one everybody, and make it count (for you)

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2014-05-14 06:13:25 (30 comments, 6 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

and together with last nights Sandman came a summers dream
all the way from the cities of tomorrow

The lushness of vertical gardens and clean air, silence and empty streets. Playgrounds and architecture, parks and leisure - all free of air pollution.

On the outside our vertical cities, and high up above, wind rips at, re fuels and powers the flying turbines that together with the solar stations, located far out in space  provides the cities of tomorrow with clean, healthy and sustainable energy.

No fossil fuel dirty vehicles to be seen.

music for the day
As the pages burn by Arch Enemy
https://play.spotify.com/track/4I9qtk6mvj3GwVYzSIu6IQ

And through the winding city, driver free cars, trains and busses skips along, silently and casualty free, their wheels turning and spinning over the roads and drive ways, that provide both solar... more »

and together with last nights Sandman came a summers dream
all the way from the cities of tomorrow

The lushness of vertical gardens and clean air, silence and empty streets. Playgrounds and architecture, parks and leisure - all free of air pollution.

On the outside our vertical cities, and high up above, wind rips at, re fuels and powers the flying turbines that together with the solar stations, located far out in space  provides the cities of tomorrow with clean, healthy and sustainable energy.

No fossil fuel dirty vehicles to be seen.

music for the day
As the pages burn by Arch Enemy
https://play.spotify.com/track/4I9qtk6mvj3GwVYzSIu6IQ

And through the winding city, driver free cars, trains and busses skips along, silently and casualty free, their wheels turning and spinning over the roads and drive ways, that provide both solar powered energy as well as light and information, a fleet of non polluting vehicles, recharging at night as well as in transition.

The foods in our stores are grown and harvested within or just outside the city limits. Apple trees, oranges, strawberries, wheat, even eggs, milk and insect farms grown all year round, without pollution and meaningless transportations on their way from farmer to producer, to store and customer.

And outside the city limits, nature and wildlife, roamed again, free of our unsustainable clutches, moving and changing in their own natural ebb and flow. Healthy,  protected, grand and at times, a provider of adventurous rejuvenating visits.
 
Our planet smiled, as our oceans once again where free of plastics and man made chemicals. As our own health improved, so did mother nature.

And inside the garden of trees, deep within the natural parks of our vertical cities, people walked, enjoying a summers dream.

Longevity and ageless life. Consuming healthy food without the 20:th century profit driven, but harmful ingredients and backwards nutritional values that had plagued humanity.

Health care once again actually was about real health and not just covering up symptoms with pills that caused more harm then good for most, doctors not faced with endless lines of exhausted and empty patients. 

Obesity a memory lost as sugar was removed from all foods and the percentage of protein was greatly increased. Providing a healthier population with less body fat and healthier levels of lean muscle mass. Causing ripple effects that included a sharp decline in elderly related injuries, and the near end of diabetes as a wide spread disease.

Lowering the cost of health care, while also increasing the quality of medical aid once required.

And as Alzheimers was derailed and we harnessed the power of rejuvenating our telomeres, in the cities of tomorrow we all got to explore centuries of healthy and vital adulthood instead of decades.

Those where the glimpses that sandman brought with him from the healthy cities of tomorrow.

telomeres?

read this if you are wondering what our little tail equipped telomeres are :P.

http://www.medicaldaily.com/honing-fountain-youth-deeper-understanding-telomeres-sheds-light-aging-and-cancer-280184

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2014-04-29 19:16:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Added photos to Fine Art Fantastic Award 2014.

Added photos to Fine Art Fantastic Award 2014.___

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2014-04-22 13:49:59 (27 comments, 10 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

Our beautiful Earth - 2014 
The land of fairies and gnomes

Todays date tells us that today is Tuesday April 22, 2014, a beautiful day for you i hope. It certainly is such where i am. The sun is shining and the air is clean and healthy and behind me the coffee is brewing as i type these words and in a few hours i have a romantic date waiting with my beautiful girlfriend. Yes, today is a beautiful day by all accounts.

Earth day 2014

But today is also Earth day, and for most that might be just another Tuesday. However, considering that we live in a world that needs us to change course today - both as individuals and one mutual global society and to rapidly grow a more proper awareness, not just in words but in the way we do and see our world, health and shared reality. Let us reflect for a mere second upon our beautiful Earth. 

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Our beautiful Earth - 2014 
The land of fairies and gnomes

Todays date tells us that today is Tuesday April 22, 2014, a beautiful day for you i hope. It certainly is such where i am. The sun is shining and the air is clean and healthy and behind me the coffee is brewing as i type these words and in a few hours i have a romantic date waiting with my beautiful girlfriend. Yes, today is a beautiful day by all accounts.

Earth day 2014

But today is also Earth day, and for most that might be just another Tuesday. However, considering that we live in a world that needs us to change course today - both as individuals and one mutual global society and to rapidly grow a more proper awareness, not just in words but in the way we do and see our world, health and shared reality. Let us reflect for a mere second upon our beautiful Earth. 

music of the day
Beautiful with you by Halestorm
https://play.spotify.com/track/7e7HOmWvWP12DfPT8oj7ok

Earth - the oldest kid on this block

 What your personal belief systems are, is as always your personal belief and choice - and nothing else. 

It is human nature to make our own personal choices, and that freedom and desire to carve our own path in life and thought is a tremendously beautiful part of what makes us all tick

Be it religion or lack of, be it greed and dirty harmful oil, or growing slow, going weak and out of shape and unhealthy instead of the other way around. Reading books or not. Enjoying sex or not. To drink your coffee pure black or having it served as a bowl of cream with a splash of coffee to go.To do others biddings instead of enjoying and doing life in a meaningful and fulfilling way.Cats or dogs, Ice hockey or painting. 

Those are your choices, shaping and forming the way you live the rest of your remaining days.Making tomorrow´s world nothing more then what we are choosing to create out of it. No, it is true, that we can not change the fabric of reality, or to carve unlimited richness out of every situation. But as always, you and no one else, within reason - make and shape your own future and thus - you either choose to help and improve or hinder and lessen all our´s tomorrow. 

Life is made up by basic facts that we all do live in and by, facts that do not change no matter your culture, origin, the color of your skin, your preferred sexual activities or your taste in Star Wars movies, your choice of divine deities or the preferred color of your garden gnomes cap. So let us talk about Earth. 

Name: Earth
Age: 4.54 billion years, give or take a few millions of years
Origin: Orbiting the sun in the milky way galaxy as the third planet from the sun. Earth is the only planet in this corner of the Universe that is not named by us after a roman deity but instead it´s name comes from the language of the Anglo/germanic tribes. 
Life: Yes, Earth is capable of supporting a vast number of intelligent life forms. Ranging from sea dwelling creatures like Dolphins and whales to Homo Sapiens, Neanderthals, Birds, Monkeys and other intelligent species like pigs, dogs, cats.

Today we know that Earth is but one of many planets in the Universe capable of supporting life. Potentially speaking, there might be hundreds of millions of planets with some form of life. 
Mass: 5,972,190,000,000,000 billion kg 
Equatorial Diameter: 12,756 km 
Polar Diameter: 12,714 km 
Equatorial Circumference: 40,030 km 
1 Moon. 

And yes, Earth, does not move in perfect speed or rotation. Just as life and climate continually change and adapt to what we do, our planet´s course through space changes too, nor is our day actually 24 hours (but very close to it) or our magnetic field an infinite constant. As life changes ,so do our living, breathing planets too, and the entire universe. 

Climate: Right now the climate at large is warming up and changing, globally speaking, in an artificially exaggerated and harmful way that affects all of Earth and all species, from the changing sea levels to a loss of ice and snow, changes in trepidation and agricultural and biodiversity loss. All due to Homo Sapiens continually putting select corporate and individual profit first for far to long, and at the expensive of, at large, our own and the planets health and well being. Our planet can still partially recover from this neglect, or at the very least, slow down and prevent the worst case scenarios - if we give it a helping hand, and if we do it globally now. 

Food: In the hunt for both growing profit and production capacity humanity industrialized food production. Which is a potentially good thing. But sadly not to produce healthier food in a more effective and less harmful way. Instead we set out to scavenge and poison large areas of Earth as well as exterminated a large portion of other species and or each other. Even as beneficial species as the Wolf and other apex predators. Our leaders having decided that it was more important to produce food that was as profitable as possible instead of producing food that was as healthy and sustainable to eat and produce as possible. As a result, today, the majority of people on this planet do not drink and eat affordable Water, milk and food with a proper nutritional value and density, but instead buy unsustainable and unhealthy beverages and food. Our water,money and natural resources being wastefully used up, instead of providing us all with a healthier and longer life, a large part of our food industry and world, produce and support unhealthy beverages, food and unsustainable energy, countries and corporations 

Air quality: In more sustainable countries and areas, the air quality and nature itself is still at large, a joyful and healthy experience. But in a growing number of cities and countries all over the world, the air quality today have been destroyed to such an extent due to our unsustainable lifestyle choices that hundreds of millions of people already have their natural life span cut short with decades due to the low and unhealthy air quality they are forced to breath. And if all countries all over the world do not prioritize a healthy air quality and honest debate about science, climate and health, the current air pollution problem will only continue to grow as well as spread. After all, no countries air, water, land or food production is shielded from the rest of the world. 

tomorrow

But not all is black and grim. It is more then possible for all of us to make a sustainable profit on sustainable and healthy practices and industries. 

Politicians and corporations could make powerful changes today to create a healthier and more sustainable world for us all to live and thrive in. If they wanted to. 
All energy producers could go green, affordable and sustainable today, if they wanted to. And they could all make a solid and very healthy amount of profit while doing so. 
All food producers could put an end to creating unhealthy and harmful food. If they wanted to. And they would still make a healthy living producing actually healthy and sustainable food. 

Our water crisis could be adverted by all of us, from individuals to countries, politicians and corporations being less wasteful with clean fresh water. Instead of fracking and coca cola, we could all drink healthy water and healthy, nutritionally rich beverages such as milk. 

No car manufacturer today needs to produce unsustainable and polluting cars. No computer, phone, tv, tablet manufacturer needs to create hardware that is not clean and green. 

No one needs to destroy the rain forests in the Amazonas or Sumatra, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. India or Burma to create toilet paper and palm oil. Nor do we need infinitely profit growing revenue. Making the same amount of profit year in year out is really all a company do need to remain profitable. 

No farmer alive - or country - needs wolves and other positive animal species to go extinct No farmer needs to produce unhealthy and unclean food that destroys the very earth it´s farmed from. No one needs hazardous pesticides to produce whole grains, potatoes, strawberries and apples. And no person alive needs to snort Rhino horn or eat shark fins. 

There is not a single politician that actually needs to stand up and lie to the world, claiming that air pollution is due to sand storms in Sahara. Or that Tar sands oil - or fracking - is needed to produce jobs and energy or that poor and unemployed people needs to starve or live on the streets and go without proper and real health care while we lower taxes for the richest people and corporations 

But we do need to choose to not do life in that wasteful and quite retarded and selfish way. 

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2014-04-16 19:58:31 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

a Little cat and stray ants

In the belly of a planet, high up above us amongst the stars and icy cold radiation of infinite space a new moon was born.

Slowly gestating in the comfort and safety of it´s parents giant shadow and gentle touch. And outside in the vast playground it´s older siblings where running around like busy little bees, waiting for the new arrival to break free and shatter it´s parents bonds and join the other 60+ siblings on the merry go round.

Yes. this is a mighty big family.

Not just in numbers, but in size and scope too.

The biggest and oldest child is known as Titan, a fitting name for this play ground bully that towers mighty over the other kids with a diameter of more than 5,000km and a mass that nearly doubles that of Earth´s own Moon.

The youngest one, that is still to young and small for us to beenti... more »

a Little cat and stray ants

In the belly of a planet, high up above us amongst the stars and icy cold radiation of infinite space a new moon was born.

Slowly gestating in the comfort and safety of it´s parents giant shadow and gentle touch. And outside in the vast playground it´s older siblings where running around like busy little bees, waiting for the new arrival to break free and shatter it´s parents bonds and join the other 60+ siblings on the merry go round.

Yes. this is a mighty big family.

Not just in numbers, but in size and scope too.

The biggest and oldest child is known as Titan, a fitting name for this play ground bully that towers mighty over the other kids with a diameter of more than 5,000km and a mass that nearly doubles that of Earth´s own Moon.

The youngest one, that is still to young and small for us to be entirely sure that it will ever manage to break free from Saturns hold and thus give birth to the planets 63 known Moon have already been given the name of Peggy.

While scientists today, of course, arent entirely sure exactly if Saturn have managed to give birth to all of it´s 62 moons (or if there´s been more of them in the past) Saturn do give birth to new moons through the planetary rings of debris, dust and rocks that surround it. As we all spin through the Universe, the debris making up Saturns massive and vast rings clumps together over time and once a new body of mass have managed to grow big enoug it slowly breaks free from it´s parent planet by sheer mass and the energy that mass creates.

In the end giving birth to a new moon in our own little corner of the galaxy.

Music of the day
Halestorm - Freak like me
https://play.spotify.com/track/3Akw1yw6W6bQ7GXB0FCoe5

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2014-04-11 13:09:04 (31 comments, 5 reshares, 161 +1s)Open 

winters taciturn disposition and Aprils warmth

the sweet escape
in aprils warmth

an end of silence
and birth of light

the wings of birds and reflected sun
a buzz of sprouts
and tiny things

winters taciturn disposition 
and aprils warmth

spring anew is here

music of the day
Halestorm - daughters of darkness
https://play.spotify.com/track/6LlulaQFzRuypfDLBPCWUq

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winters taciturn disposition and Aprils warmth

the sweet escape
in aprils warmth

an end of silence
and birth of light

the wings of birds and reflected sun
a buzz of sprouts
and tiny things

winters taciturn disposition 
and aprils warmth

spring anew is here

music of the day
Halestorm - daughters of darkness
https://play.spotify.com/track/6LlulaQFzRuypfDLBPCWUq

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#spring2014  
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2014-03-27 09:43:40 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

The bay and the sycamore, the oak and the cypress

beneath a dwelling of trees
right next to where 
this creek it reached
a lingering bay
where winter and spring
always
meet to kiss

in the dew of drops

something born
in the 
changing 
and melting of ice

from inside
the lush blossoms
of petals swollen

in the mixing of sunborn warmth
and winters wet

something moist
sultry spreads and lustful grows
with pleasured aching

to open 
for 
ever more

without an end
the wetness grows

in this kiss of lust
and life next to the 
sycamore
and still
growing oak

music of the day
Sepultura - Under Siege
https://play.spotify.com/track/7ClvtgVDQ9eNtT6eKlNzk7

#anorseview   #ph... more »

The bay and the sycamore, the oak and the cypress

beneath a dwelling of trees
right next to where 
this creek it reached
a lingering bay
where winter and spring
always
meet to kiss

in the dew of drops

something born
in the 
changing 
and melting of ice

from inside
the lush blossoms
of petals swollen

in the mixing of sunborn warmth
and winters wet

something moist
sultry spreads and lustful grows
with pleasured aching

to open 
for 
ever more

without an end
the wetness grows

in this kiss of lust
and life next to the 
sycamore
and still
growing oak

music of the day
Sepultura - Under Siege
https://play.spotify.com/track/7ClvtgVDQ9eNtT6eKlNzk7

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2014-03-21 10:46:45 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 121 +1s)Open 

sangua Mama

a label, Sangua mama, born in lacking hearts and anger, and my humble, floral sun which is born in smiles and wonder.

Once, she was a proud girl. Before their superstition and anger stripped her shivering soul bare naked in the streets earlier this year.
Once, she smiled upon the rays of sun. Before they cut her skin deep with knives, fueled by hate, fear and a burning wish to destroy something dear and beautiful.
Once, she enjoyed making love. Before burning hot rods of metal where inserted inside her genitals, tarnishing and burning flesh - destroying her for all of life.

Once, she proudly walked these streets of ours and the forest roads nearby. Once her mind jumped in joy as the fluttering birds let their song fly free upon the wind that caressed her hair. Once, was a calm reality before they tortured her outside in the burning midday sun,... more »

sangua Mama

a label, Sangua mama, born in lacking hearts and anger, and my humble, floral sun which is born in smiles and wonder.

Once, she was a proud girl. Before their superstition and anger stripped her shivering soul bare naked in the streets earlier this year.
Once, she smiled upon the rays of sun. Before they cut her skin deep with knives, fueled by hate, fear and a burning wish to destroy something dear and beautiful.
Once, she enjoyed making love. Before burning hot rods of metal where inserted inside her genitals, tarnishing and burning flesh - destroying her for all of life.

Once, she proudly walked these streets of ours and the forest roads nearby. Once her mind jumped in joy as the fluttering birds let their song fly free upon the wind that caressed her hair. Once, was a calm reality before they tortured her outside in the burning midday sun, outside in the streets next to their homes and in view of the public eye, a torture ment to steal her life and pride in front of an ocean of cheering children, fearful people and smug police. 

Her crime was severe in their fearful minds, 

In the cities and country side of Papua New Guinea in the year of 2013 the fact that she was a female was enough of a crime. 

A female in the wrong place and unprotected from the strength and numbers of brothers and a caring husband when the angry mob scavenged their streets for a witch to blame for the death of a 6 year old. And no, this beautiful woman was not related at all to the illness and death of that unfortunate boy. 
She was just born a female and she was just in the wrong place when the angry mob claimed her to be a witch. Torturing her in the open place, ruining the rest of her life while 600 people stood looking by. 
In Papua New Guinea, a poor developing country, but rich on natural resources, a new kind of anger and filthy evil has grown, for decades slowly burning over the fires of poverty and injustice while rich corporations steal their natural resources. 
Unemployment and poverty rises, and a people left to the wind to be exploited as rich corporate owners carve new gold in mining and other exploits. 

And as this divide grows it has provided Papua New Guineas old superstitious beliefs of dark magic and witches with a new and much worse kind of heartless evil that no one opposes - it´s most evil incarnation comes in the shape of angry, some times drug fueled mobs that takes their anger out on any random "witch" they encounter. 

This girl escaped alive at least. Now hiding in safety away from the mob that not just once, but twice sought her out to torture her for her crimes of being a women. 

But she is not a sad and unfortunate exception if that is what you are thinking as you read these words of mine. Similar things happens all the time.
Some numbers actually claim that 90% of all females in Papua New Guinea has now suffered similar gender based violence and abuse. 

Abuse that by law is forbidden but in reality, not opposed by anyone except for at times some officials almost desperate words claiming it is wrong and that it needs to stop.

The question that ponders upon my mind is why the hate.
Why the ignorant fear that has zero ties to the reality of poverty and dying children. Why once again the commercial exploit by already rich corporations and their owners. Why the silence from the world and the powers that we for a short while allow to protect our daily life, to provide safe guidance and protection. Why do the world and its leaders allow the planting of these selfish seeds again and again and again.

Hate breeds hate.
Fear breeds fear.
Ignorance and exploit breeds both and together it can only produce a sadly smiling world. So, why?.

But no worries, dear reader - as bleak as some events in this world might feel (and are), as clouded as the judgment of some are - as far as i am concerned, i am myself - as i think these thoughts and write these words for you to read, i am still marveling at my wonderful day. 

Still enjoying life as bright and loving and free as it should be for you and everybody else too.

Neither of us should ever turn a blind eye to the reality of the day. Neither of us should be the silent one that by not speaking up approves of the real wrongs in life.
No one should allow society going down the wrong path out of fear for things that actually hold very little power in the world.

But as we keep these very real things in our minds, we should - actually, we need to still enjoy and marvel at the wonders in our daily life, the sunset, the singing birds, the grace of your lover, the beauty you stare upon in your mirror.

We should all enjoy the littlest marvels in a kiss upon our lips, the cascading waterfalls and the art that fills our mind and soul with awe. But neither of us should shy away from acknowledging the reality of the things gone wrong. Simply because no one needs to close their mind to the dark in life to enjoy the magic of life.

We should, remain equally fascinated by mankind's shortcomings as we are by the discoveries that each unfolding morning brings with it - we live in a day and time where it now seems that we will 'soonish' be able to verify the existence of multiple, never ending universes.

People talk about billions of habitable planets, humanity colonizing mars and our life expectancy skyrocketing in just 20 to 30 years.

Each day born holds dark and sadness in the world, such as the situation in Papua New Guinea, but it also holds joy and proud moments such as when Wendy stood up for equality and females in Texas June 2013, and for every single day of all our lives, things such as this is but one of a million different questions and wonders and sadness that our gorgeous life gives birth to each and every day.

Questions and marvels, sad facts of someones pain and mournful day, someones joyful smiles and all equally deserving of being seen and heard, told and considered just as the wonders of life and my floral sun.

"lawless behavior of some police had destroyed community confidence and trust", Official Police review in PNG regarding human rights violations


Violations of human rights and gender based violence in Papua New Guinea had reached such widespread levels in 2007 that the government conceded they had actually been feeding crime, insecurity and a breakdown in the rule of law. 

The then acting Governor-General, Sir Paulias Matane noted in 2007, “the constabulary, instead of protecting and serving the community was being seen more as a threat to our very security.” 

- But despite situations such as NPG and prism and the war on women, we all should have high hopes for tomorrow.

Reality is, every day and every year - life improves worldwide.

With the ever growing "educated voice" of this growing worldwide conscience of citizens that hears and see, talk, learn and listen to and from each other outside of state controlled media and reality obfuscated, silently curated news.
Outside news born from the agenda of simple minded corporate lobbyist and extremist organizations that shy away from the reality of science and life, empathy and care, the world slowly becomes more aware, more emphatic, caring and human.
And slowly do we all create a more just and equal world where the horrors that plagues every day life of so many will have less room to grow and hurt, and that change happens for every day and breath you take with eyes and mind that see.

So, i am now wishing you a wonderful rest of this day and week =)

deja vu

I wrote 'Sangua Mama' almost a year ago, both on my website and here on g+, but i sadly picked such a crappy photo for the g+ post that in the end, after having looked at it´s ugliness for a couple of months i  could not resist deleting the entire post :P. But, i think this writeup deserves a home on g+ too, so here it is again, but with a much better photo of mine to go with it :P

website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=29-06-sangua-mama

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2014-03-09 13:52:24 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

wings of a Raven

In a dream forgotten, climbing inside a bell tower.
Or was it, simply 

a memory lost. A moment from life it surely was
although i still did not knew, if it came from a life already lived.

Or, a life, yet to be seen and felt.

High up above, a ravens wings could be seen.
Flapping before they came to rest and the bird´s eyes eerily twitching sharply before focusing on me.

Curiosity and familiarity i swear, could be seen in the eyes of the bird.

Like a taste, upon the back of my tongue. Something came to mind and then, life and time seemed to slow and my heartbeat too.

It´s thump inside my skull and ears, like a breath of words once washed away in the rain and stormy winds that snatched the words from my lips. It was as if i was still talking, but making no sounds at all.

All aroundme... more »

wings of a Raven

In a dream forgotten, climbing inside a bell tower.
Or was it, simply 

a memory lost. A moment from life it surely was
although i still did not knew, if it came from a life already lived.

Or, a life, yet to be seen and felt.

High up above, a ravens wings could be seen.
Flapping before they came to rest and the bird´s eyes eerily twitching sharply before focusing on me.

Curiosity and familiarity i swear, could be seen in the eyes of the bird.

Like a taste, upon the back of my tongue. Something came to mind and then, life and time seemed to slow and my heartbeat too.

It´s thump inside my skull and ears, like a breath of words once washed away in the rain and stormy winds that snatched the words from my lips. It was as if i was still talking, but making no sounds at all.

All around me. Light came to fade from both my eyes and in it´s touch upon my skin i could feel it vanishing in mere seconds, as if it was all sucked away.

Why i wondered, 'what am i doing here'. 'how can this be real'.

Like fire in my mind, it burned, like a stream of white waters rushing ahead to crush the river bed and sand castles, the skin burned and prickled and then..

Silence and stillness as before my eyes and beneath the raven.
A magnificent elephant bull, convulsed in a sharp spasm before collapsing towards the ground.

Soundless it tusks seemed to defiantly hold on to the frozen air as if to force it´s body back up, but then, they to hit the mud and dirt. Forcing a gust of dust exploding in a silent cloud

I tried to move my head, or at least i think i tried?
Did my throat itch?

Did i even think that, or is this not even me?. The thought echoed inside me as fingers separated from the soil itself beneath the animal carcass , wrapping around it´s dead body and slowly pulling it down in to the eager earth and out of sight.

As the last of the elephant carcass vanished from my sigh my world seemed to twist around itself and heavy fog swallowed everything and me.

I knew. I knew the air should suddenly be hard to breath, it was as if i knew that my skin was actually burning from the putrefied air and smog that poisoned me by the second. 

Detached, the words forming in my mind, 'i am detached from my body' this is a dream i thought. Or was it really?`

My fingers and hand suddenly stretching out in front of me, carving in the vapid air, as if to create an opening to once again see.

To see the raven above me.

My eyes searching, my mind burning, i carved and carved, faster and with growing desperation before my blood froze to a million shards of ice inside of my veins.

Things where moving.
Around me, moving towards me, away from me?.

Shadows in the fog, shapes without form. Moving silently i thought, but the words echoed back in my mind, 'perhaps there is sound, and i just cant hear anymore'

Who am i? I tried to remember
Where am i. And then i knew, long before i could see it.

Amongst the moving shapes of shadow there was a woman, a woman behind a mask that helped her breath in this air that was killing me.

The world began to twist and warp and the raven cried out my name

music of the day
Linkin Park - Somewhere i belong
https://play.spotify.com/track/3fjmSxt0PskST13CSdBUFx


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2014-02-27 13:41:18 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
a collection of short stories by
Arthur Conan Doyle

Before you start reading this short chapter, The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle, and not written by myself -  i only made the photograph this time around,  but it is well worth reading if you for some reason have missed out on the original Sherlock Holmes stories (this book is a public domains work by now so you can safely and legally read this entire chapter here on g+) , do take a moment to hit play and enjoy todays musical choice to help put your spirit and mind in the perfect place as you indulge in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 

Enjoy the read and look :).

music for the day
Heaven & hell - atom and evil
https://play.spotify.com/track/0XpZAAs0gUwh0FdVGvE5Pm

The Five Orange Pips

When I glance over my notesan... more »

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
a collection of short stories by
Arthur Conan Doyle

Before you start reading this short chapter, The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle, and not written by myself -  i only made the photograph this time around,  but it is well worth reading if you for some reason have missed out on the original Sherlock Holmes stories (this book is a public domains work by now so you can safely and legally read this entire chapter here on g+) , do take a moment to hit play and enjoy todays musical choice to help put your spirit and mind in the perfect place as you indulge in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 

Enjoy the read and look :).

music for the day
Heaven & hell - atom and evil
https://play.spotify.com/track/0XpZAAs0gUwh0FdVGvE5Pm

The Five Orange Pips

When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes cases between the years ’82 and ’90, I am faced by so many which present strange and interesting features that it is no easy matter to know which to choose and which to leave.

Some, however, have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have not offered a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of these papers to illustrate. Some, too, have baffled his analytical skill, and would be, as narratives, beginnings without an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and have their explanations founded rather upon conjecture and surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to him.

There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are points in connection with it which never have been, and probably never will be, entirely cleared up. 

The year ’87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater or less interest, of which I retain the records. Among my headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the British barque Sophy Anderson, of the singular adventures of the Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the Camberwell poisoning case.

In the latter, as may be remembered, Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man’s watch, to prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time—a deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of them present such singular features as the strange train of circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. 

It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales had set in with exceptional violence.

All day the wind had screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like untamed beasts in a cage. As evening drew in, the storm grew higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in the chimney.

Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the other was deep in one of Clark Russell’s fine sea-stories until the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother’s, and for a few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker Street. 

“Why,” said I, glancing up at my companion, “that was surely the bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?” 

“Except yourself I have none,” he answered. “I do not encourage visitors.” 

“A client, then?” 

“If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more likely to be some crony of the landlady’s.” 

Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and towards the vacant chair upon which a newcomer must sit. 

“Come in!” said he. 

The man who entered was young, some two-and-twenty at the outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of refinement and delicacy in his bearing.

The streaming umbrella which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about him anxiously in the glare of the lamp, and I could see that his face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is weighed down with some great anxiety. 

“I owe you an apology,” he said, raising his golden pince-nez to his eyes. “I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug chamber.” 

“Give me your coat and umbrella,” said Holmes. “They may rest here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from the south-west, I see.”

“Give me your coat and umbrella,” said Holmes. “They may rest here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from the south-west, I see.” 

“Yes, from Horsham.” 

“That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is quite distinctive.” 

“I have come for advice.” 

“That is easily got.” 

“And help.” 

“That is not always so easy.” 

“I have heard of you, Mr. Holmes. I heard from Major Prendergast how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal.” 

“Ah, of course. He was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards.” 

“He said that you could solve anything.” 

“He said too much.” 

“That you are never beaten.” 

“I have been beaten four times—three times by men, and once by a woman.” 

“But what is that compared with the number of your successes?” 

“It is true that I have been generally successful.” 

“Then you may be so with me.” 

“I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me with some details as to your case.” 

“It is no ordinary one.” 

“None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of appeal.” 

“And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of events than those which have happened in my own family.” 

“You fill me with interest,” said Holmes. “Pray give us the essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards question you as to those details which seem to me to be most important.” 

The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out towards the blaze. 

“My name,” said he, “is John Openshaw, but my own affairs have, as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the affair. 

“You must know that my grandfather had two sons—my uncle Elias and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire upon a handsome competence. 

“My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson’s army, and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel.

When Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where he remained for three or four years. About 1869 or 1870 he came back to Europe and took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham. He had made a very considerable fortune in the States, and his reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to them.

He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or three fields round his house, and there he would take his exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any friends, not even his own brother. 

“He didn’t mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the time when he saw me first I was a youngster of twelve or so. This would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years in England.

He begged my father to let me live with him and he was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would make me his representative both with the servants and with the tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in his privacy.

There was one singular exception, however, for he had a single room, a lumber-room up among the attics, which was invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or anyone else to enter. With a boy’s curiosity I have peeped through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such a room. 

One day, it was in March, 1883 

“One day—it was in March, 1883—a letter with a foreign stamp lay upon the table in front of the colonel’s plate. It was not a common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all paid in ready money, and he had no friends of any sort. ‘From India!’ said he as he took it up, ‘Pondicherry postmark! What can this be?’

Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he still held in his trembling hand, ‘K. K. K.!’ he shrieked, and then, ‘My God, my God, my sins have overtaken me!’ 

“ ‘What is it, uncle?’ I cried. 

“ ‘Death,’ said he, and rising from the table he retired to his room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. 

“ ‘They may do what they like, but I’ll checkmate them still,’ said he with an oath. ‘Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.’ 

“I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to step up to the room. The fire was burning brightly, and in the grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the envelope. 

“ ‘I wish you, John,’ said my uncle, ‘to witness my will. I leave my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest enemy.

I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can’t say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper where Mr. Fordham shows you.’ 

“I signed the paper as directed, and the lawyer took it away with him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every way in my mind without being able to make anything of it.

Yet I could not shake off the vague feeling of dread which it left behind, though the sensation grew less keen as the weeks passed and nothing happened to disturb the usual routine of our lives. I could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by man or devil.

When these hot fits were over, however, he would rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it were new raised from a basin. 

“Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those drunken sallies from which he never came back. We found him, when we went to search for him, face downward in a little green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden.

There was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, brought in a verdict of ‘suicide.’ But I, who knew how he winced from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and of some £14,000, which lay to his credit at the bank.” 

“One moment,” Holmes interposed, “your statement is, I foresee, one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me have the date of the reception by your uncle of the letter, and the date of his supposed suicide.” 

“The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks later, upon the night of May 2nd.” 

“Thank you. Pray proceed.” 

“When my father took over the Horsham property, he, at my request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and ‘Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register’ written beneath.

These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw. For the rest, there was nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle’s life in America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier.

Others were of a date during the reconstruction of the Southern states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had evidently taken a strong part in opposing the carpet-bag politicians who had been sent down from the North. 

“Well, it was the beginning of ’84 when my father came to live at Horsham, and all went as well as possible with us until the January of ’85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the breakfast-table.

There he was, sitting with a newly opened envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the outstretched palm of the other one. He had always laughed at what he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon himself. 

“ ‘Why, what on earth does this mean, John?’ he stammered. 

“My heart had turned to lead. ‘It is K. K. K.,’ said I. 

“He looked inside the envelope. ‘So it is,’ he cried. ‘Here are the very letters. But what is this written above them?’ 

“ ‘Put the papers on the sundial,’ I read, peeping over his shoulder. 

“ ‘What papers? What sundial?’ he asked. 

“ ‘The sundial in the garden. There is no other,’ said I; ‘but the papers must be those that are destroyed.’ 

“ ‘Pooh!’ said he, gripping hard at his courage. ‘We are in a civilised land here, and we can’t have tomfoolery of this kind. Where does the thing come from?’ 

“ ‘From Dundee,’ I answered, glancing at the postmark. 

“ ‘Some preposterous practical joke,’ said he. ‘What have I to do with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such nonsense.’ 

“ ‘I should certainly speak to the police,’ I said. 

“ ‘And be laughed at for my pains. Nothing of the sort.’ 

“ ‘Then let me do so?’ 

“ ‘No, I forbid you. I won’t have a fuss made about such nonsense.’ 

“It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate man. I went about, however, with a heart which was full of forebodings. 

“On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in error.

Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram from the major, imploring me to come at once. My father had fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered his consciousness.

He had, as it appears, been returning from Fareham in the twilight, and as the country was unknown to him, and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in bringing in a verdict of ‘death from accidental causes.’ Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of murder. There were no signs of violence, no footmarks, no robbery, no record of strangers having been seen upon the roads. And yet I need not tell you that my mind was far from at ease, and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been woven round him. 

“In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an incident in my uncle’s life, and that the danger would be as pressing in one house as in another. 

“It was in January, ’85, that my poor father met his end, and two years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended with the last generation.

I had begun to take comfort too soon, however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in which it had come upon my father.” 

The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried orange pips. 

“This is the envelope,” he continued. “The postmark is London—eastern division. Within are the very words which were upon my father’s last message: ‘K. K. K.’; and then ‘Put the papers on the sundial.’ ” 

“What have you done?” asked Holmes. 

“Nothing.” 

“Nothing?” 

“To tell the truth”—he sank his face into his thin, white hands—“I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight and no precautions can guard against.” 

Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for despair 

“Tut! tut!” cried Sherlock Holmes. “You must act, man, or you are lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for despair.” 

“I have seen the police.” 

“Ah!” 

“But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with the warnings.” 

Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. “Incredible imbecility!” he cried. 

“They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in the house with me.” 

“Has he come with you to-night?” 

“No. His orders were to stay in the house.” 

Again Holmes raved in the air. 

“Why did you come to me,” he cried, “and, above all, why did you not come at once?” 

“I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major Prendergast about my troubles and was advised by him to come to you.” 

“It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than that which you have placed before us—no suggestive detail which might help us?” 

“There is one thing,” said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat pocket, and, drawing out a piece of discoloured, blue-tinted paper, he laid it out upon the table. “I have some remembrance,” said he, “that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is undoubtedly my uncle’s.” 

Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from a book. It was headed, “March, 1869,” and beneath were the following enigmatical notices: 

“4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. 

“7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and 

John Swain, of St. Augustine. 

“9th. McCauley cleared. 

“10th. John Swain cleared. 

“12th. Visited Paramore. All well.” 

“Thank you!” said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it to our visitor. “And now you must on no account lose another instant. We cannot spare time even to discuss what you have told me. You must get home instantly and act.” 

“What shall I do?” 

“There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must put this piece of paper which you have shown us into the brass box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say that all the other papers were burned by your uncle, and that this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do you understand?” 

“Entirely.” 

“Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I think that we may gain that by means of the law; but we have our web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the guilty parties.” 

“I thank you,” said the young man, rising and pulling on his overcoat. “You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall certainly do as you advise.” 

“Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you go back?” 

“By train from Waterloo.” 

“It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too closely.” 

“I am armed.” 

“That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case.” 

“I shall see you at Horsham, then?” 

“No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek it.” 

“Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every particular.” He shook hands with us and took his leave.

Outside the wind still screamed and the rain splashed and pattered against the windows. This strange, wild story seemed to have come to us from amid the mad elements—blown in upon us like a sheet of sea-weed in a gale—and now to have been reabsorbed by them once more. 

Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk forward and his eyes bent upon the red glow of the fire. Then he lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. 

“I think, Watson,” he remarked at last, “that of all our cases we have had none more fantastic than this.” 

“Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four.” 

“Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the Sholtos.” 

“But have you,” I asked, “formed any definite conception as to what these perils are?” 

“There can be no question as to their nature,” he answered. 

“Then what are they? Who is this K. K. K., and why does he pursue this unhappy family?” 

Sherlock Holmes closed his eyes and placed his elbows upon the arms of his chair, with his finger-tips together. “The ideal reasoner,” he remarked, “would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.

We have not yet grasped the results which the reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment.

It is not so impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one occasion, in the early days of our friendship, defined my limits in a very precise fashion.” 

“Yes,” I answered, laughing. “It was a singular document. Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Those, I think, were the main points of my analysis.” 

Holmes grinned at the last item. “Well,” he said, “I say now, as I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster all our resources.

Kindly hand me down the letter K of the American Encyclopaedia which stands upon the shelf beside you. Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from America.

As to what it was he feared, we can only deduce that by considering the formidable letters which were received by himself and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those letters?” 

“The first was from Pondicherry, the second from Dundee, and the third from London.” 

“From East London. What do you deduce from that?” 

“They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship.” 

“Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that the probability—the strong probability—is that the writer was on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. Does that suggest anything?” 

“A greater distance to travel.” 

“But the letter had also a greater distance to come.” 

“Then I do not see the point.” 

“There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send their singular warning or token before them when starting upon their mission. You see how quickly the deed followed the sign when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter.

But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those seven weeks represented the difference between the mail-boat which brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the writer.” 

“It is possible.” 

“More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly urgency of this new case, and why I urged young Openshaw to caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay.” 

“Good God!” I cried. “What can it mean, this relentless persecution?” 

A relentless persecution and important papers 

“The papers which Openshaw carried are obviously of vital importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way as to deceive a coroner’s jury. There must have been several in it, and they must have been men of resource and determination.

Their papers they mean to have, be the holder of them who it may. In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an individual and becomes the badge of a society.” 

“But of what society?” 

“Have you never—” said Sherlock Holmes, bending forward and sinking his voice—“have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?” 

“I never have.” 

Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. “Here it is,” said he presently: 

“ ‘Ku Klux Klan. A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to the sound produced by cocking a rifle. This terrible secret society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country of those who were opposed to its views.

Its outrages were usually preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic but generally recognised shape—a sprig of oak-leaves in some parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the perpetrators.

For some years the organisation flourished in spite of the efforts of the United States government and of the better classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.’ 

“You will observe,” said Holmes, laying down the volume, “that the sudden breaking up of the society was coincident with the disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. You can understand that this register and diary may implicate some of the first men in the South, and that there may be many who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered.” 

“Then the page we have seen—” 

“Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, ‘sent the pips to A, B, and C’—that is, sent the society’s warning to them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellow men.” 

It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came down. 

“You will excuse me for not waiting for you,” said he; “I have, I foresee, a very busy day before me in looking into this case of young Openshaw’s.” 

“What steps will you take?” I asked. 

“It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. I may have to go down to Horsham, after all.” 

“You will not go there first?” 

“No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the maid will bring up your coffee.” 

As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a chill to my heart. 

“Holmes,” I cried, “you are too late.” 

“Ah!” said he, laying down his cup, “I feared as much. How was it done?” He spoke calmly, but I could see that he was deeply moved. 

“My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading ‘Tragedy Near Waterloo Bridge.’ Here is the account: 

“ ‘Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it was quite impossible to effect a rescue.

The alarm, however, was given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats.

The body exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, which should have the effect of calling the attention of the authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages.’ ” 

We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and shaken than I had ever seen him. 

“That hurts my pride, Watson,” he said at last. “It is a petty feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that I should send him away to his death—!” He sprang from his chair and paced about the room in uncontrollable agitation, with a flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and unclasping of his long thin hands. 

“They must be cunning devils,” he exclaimed at last. “How could they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!” 

“To the police?” 

“No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may take the flies, but not before.” 

All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in the evening before I returned to Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o’clock before he entered, looking pale and worn. He walked up to the sideboard, and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, washing it down with a long draught of water. 

“You are hungry,” I remarked. 

“Starving. It had escaped my memory. I have had nothing since breakfast.” 

“Nothing?” 

“Not a bite. I had no time to think of it.” 

“And how have you succeeded?” 

“Well.” 

“You have a clue?” 

“I have them in the hollow of my hand. Young Openshaw shall not long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!” 

“What do you mean?” 

He took an orange from the cupboard, and tearing it to pieces he squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote “S. H. for J. O.” Then he sealed it and addressed it to “Captain James Calhoun, Barque Lone Star, Savannah, Georgia.” 

“That will await him when he enters port,” said he, chuckling. “It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him.” 

Captain Calhoun and the clues in the hollow of my hand 

“And who is this Captain Calhoun?” 

“The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first.” 

“How did you trace it, then?” 

He took a large sheet of paper from his pocket, all covered with dates and names. 

“I have spent the whole day,” said he, “over Lloyd’s registers and files of the old papers, following the future career of every vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in ’83. There were thirty-six ships of fair tonnage which were reported there during those months. Of these, one, the Lone Star, instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported as having cleared from London, the name is that which is given to one of the states of the Union.” 

“Texas, I think.” 

“I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must have an American origin.” 

“What then?” 

“I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque Lone Star was there in January, ’85, my suspicion became a certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present in the port of London.” 

“Yes?” 

“The Lone Star had arrived here last week. I went down to the Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by the early tide this morning, homeward bound to Savannah. I wired to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the Goodwins and not very far from the Isle of Wight.” 

“What will you do, then?” 

“Oh, I have my hand upon him. He and the two mates, are as I learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are Finns and Germans. I know, also, that they were all three away from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has been loading their cargo. By the time that their sailing-ship reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder.” 

There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for news of the Lone Star of Savannah, but none ever reached us.

We did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough of a wave, with the letters “L. S.” carved upon it, and that is all which we shall ever know of the fate of the Lone Star.

And if you enjoyed the read, then you will be happy to know that you can read the rest of the book here (free of charge) http://www.anorseview.com/?q=The_Adventures_of_Sherlock_Holmes_chapter2

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2014-02-16 09:37:23 (33 comments, 4 reshares, 137 +1s)Open 

a Song of silence

and nothing more was left behind then the gentle sound of silence 
Or was there not, something calling 
when dream turned to day

Health benefits of dairy

For quite a few years, some health 'experts' tried to steer people away from consuming dairy products, but personally i´ve been saying for a very long time that anyone being serious about their health and keeping fit and active should in fact embrace and include dairy in their daily food.

And as such, i´m happy to see that proper and current science is steadily growing a bigger and more solid case for getting back to promoting dairy in peoples diets. 

Sure, some people are allergic to various dairy products and others might want to skip milk and cheese and yogurt due to the often poor conditions of dairy farm animals. But from a health and foodpers... more »

a Song of silence

and nothing more was left behind then the gentle sound of silence 
Or was there not, something calling 
when dream turned to day

Health benefits of dairy

For quite a few years, some health 'experts' tried to steer people away from consuming dairy products, but personally i´ve been saying for a very long time that anyone being serious about their health and keeping fit and active should in fact embrace and include dairy in their daily food.

And as such, i´m happy to see that proper and current science is steadily growing a bigger and more solid case for getting back to promoting dairy in peoples diets. 

Sure, some people are allergic to various dairy products and others might want to skip milk and cheese and yogurt due to the often poor conditions of dairy farm animals. But from a health and food perspective it´s a no brainer to include on a daily basis.

Things to keep an eye on

Do stay away from dairy products with added sugar (just like you should stay away from any food with added sugar).

Buy with your heart and brain (if possible) and go for dairy products from grass fed, free walking cows. Ecological farmers not feeding their cows hormones and keeping them indoors 24/7 do not only produce a healthier product for you, but their farming in general is also kinder for our environment. We need less pesticides in nature and on our food and less resource drain on our environment. Not more.

Benefits of dairy in your fit and active - and healthy - life

It helps you lowering your body fat%

It contains some of the best slow, quality carbs and high bio value proteins you will find in any food resource - essential and positive parts in increasing your lean muscle mass.

It contains quality vitamins and minerals that helps your bone mass and general health.

And no - dairy does not make your blood levels go crazy, it will not make you fat or give you diabetes.

And finally - even tho you might think a bowl of yogurt is "poor" food, it´s easily one of the best quality staples in your diet - choke full of quality nutrition, and it do that at a price point almost no other food can match.

So, instead of wasting money on gainers and food replacement nutrition, go all out on milk and yogurt, cheese and heck - throw in a yummy protein powder too and you´r all set with quality food at a very low price point. ANd the savings you make, use em on berries and fruits, nuts and chocolate - and a gym membership :).

science stuff

A recently published study in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Healthcare analyzed dairy fat intake and central obesity among a group of middle-aged men over a 12-year period. Researchers found that high intake of dairy fat (from foods like butter, high-fat milk and whipping cream) was associated with a lower risk of central obesity, while low intake of dairy fat was associated with a higher risk of central obesity.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23320900

Please note the study wasn't focusing on fit and active people, but if you are, like me, a fit and active person, that of course only improves on the health benefits and only makes dairy an even saner choice since you obviously care about your health and keeping fit and the quality of food becomes even more important if you do keep fit and active.

A second study published in the European journal of nutrition that reviewed a total of 16 science studies found the same conclusions,  linking high-fat dairy foods with a lower risk of obesity.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810464

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2014-02-12 09:17:12 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

photo of the day 12 Feb, 2014
photographer +Johan Swanepoel  

I simply do not need to say anything about this beautiful piece of art, straight from life and more precious and perfectly beautiful, as it is then any man made trinket

the black Rhinoceros

Let us Tremble
As it steadfast moves
The crunchy Earth
Seemed

to whisper
in puffs of dust

a leaf through air
came to rest, on top
its mighty crest

graceful
the song of
crickets near

music of the day
Starving vultures - bleeding through
https://play.spotify.com/track/0581ytf464IbLqJCWh1cQe

The tides of man

And then we contemplate the tides of man that moves like the rise and fall of sea, one part a selfish beast that cries out in night whenever it cant stockpile even more - of whatever, was deemed it´s latest in the moment drug likefi... more »

Black Rhinoceros - Etosha
www.johanswanepoel.com___photo of the day 12 Feb, 2014
photographer +Johan Swanepoel  

I simply do not need to say anything about this beautiful piece of art, straight from life and more precious and perfectly beautiful, as it is then any man made trinket

the black Rhinoceros

Let us Tremble
As it steadfast moves
The crunchy Earth
Seemed

to whisper
in puffs of dust

a leaf through air
came to rest, on top
its mighty crest

graceful
the song of
crickets near

music of the day
Starving vultures - bleeding through
https://play.spotify.com/track/0581ytf464IbLqJCWh1cQe

The tides of man

And then we contemplate the tides of man that moves like the rise and fall of sea, one part a selfish beast that cries out in night whenever it cant stockpile even more - of whatever, was deemed it´s latest in the moment drug like fix.

And then there´s the lost wanderer, that knows, but doesnt do as the wells run dry.

But then again, there are those that do water the plants and color the sky, breathing life for all it is, and that is where i will put my moneys worth :).

this should have been called - the worlds illegal trade in horn
Because it is not a problem of one nation, it is a problem and symptom of the entire globe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26081168

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2014-02-04 13:45:17 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

the bridge and the abyss

While not news to anyone that is interested in health and a healthy life style. I still found it worthwhile to do a post about recent studies in cancer and how much impact our choice in life style have as opposed to our genetics. 

So to keep it short for once =).

music of the day
Bleeding through - Starving vultures
https://play.spotify.com/track/0581ytf464IbLqJCWh1cQe

If you are looking for more incentive to start being a bit more active on a daily basis and to eat healthier and to shed some body fat while you tone up a muscle or two - and keep on doing it for all of life.

24 million people per year are thought to get cancer annually by 2035. 
Half of those could be prevented tho - in part by choosing to eat healthier food and by staying fit and active since not only the food we eat, but thea... more »

the bridge and the abyss

While not news to anyone that is interested in health and a healthy life style. I still found it worthwhile to do a post about recent studies in cancer and how much impact our choice in life style have as opposed to our genetics. 

So to keep it short for once =).

music of the day
Bleeding through - Starving vultures
https://play.spotify.com/track/0581ytf464IbLqJCWh1cQe

If you are looking for more incentive to start being a bit more active on a daily basis and to eat healthier and to shed some body fat while you tone up a muscle or two - and keep on doing it for all of life.

24 million people per year are thought to get cancer annually by 2035. 
Half of those could be prevented tho - in part by choosing to eat healthier food and by staying fit and active since not only the food we eat, but the activity level with which we "entertain" our body and health and the amount of body fat are all directly linked to an increasing cancer risk.

The other part is down to society by improving upon air pollution and other negative environmental factors.

As for the role of genetics, only 10% of cancers are actually affected by inherited genetics. Our choice in life style and continual health and the shape of "society" where we live (air pollution, sustainability, green and clean, food/water quality, farming and industries et cetera) is much more important.

From keeping physically active every week to drinking less alcohol, not smoking and not sun bathing to much.

healthy advice, tried and true

As i said, nothing new, but still worth repeating since surprisingly many still seems to be unaware of how much their daily small choices affect major long term health.

Quote from the article

In the UK, about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through being a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and being regularly physically active

These results show that many people still seem to mistakenly accept their chances of getting cancer as a throw of the dice, but by making lifestyle changes today, we can help prevent cancer tomorrow

It advises a diet packed with vegetables, fruit, and wholegrains; cutting down on alcohol and red meat; and junking processed meat completely

link to the bbc article
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26014693

So - dont postpone the start of you taking those 20 minutes daily walks and chucking around some challenging weights at least 2-3 days per week :).

And in a related but separated study, it was proved that, keeping fit and active (and eating healthy) increases, by a wide margin, your chances to survive cancer even if you have already been diagnosed with it.

What if i am already sick with cancer

In a related but separated study on how a fit and active life style affects your chances of defeating cancer once diagnosed with it, researchers found that men who expended 12,600 kilojoules or 3,100 calories on a weekly basis through physical activity were 48 percent less likely to die of any cause during the follow-up period.

The research team found that the most active survivors were 38 percent less likely to die from cancer and 49 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than the least physically active cancer patients.

You can find this particular study in the January issue of the Journal of Physical Activity & Health



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2014-01-25 14:48:42 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 131 +1s)Open 

snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

Or so the story would go, if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on story as well as choice of words or love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, like wise, feel an outmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors  - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the country side and deep forests. as well as tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles. 

But, they certainly appreciate the outcome of their work, for without natures editors, our dear politicians and color blind corporate leaders (they only see black and red after all) would have run us all head first in to a world of hurt - even more then alreadyi... more »

snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

Or so the story would go, if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on story as well as choice of words or love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, like wise, feel an outmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors  - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the country side and deep forests. as well as tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles. 

But, they certainly appreciate the outcome of their work, for without natures editors, our dear politicians and color blind corporate leaders (they only see black and red after all) would have run us all head first in to a world of hurt - even more then already is the case.

music of the day
In my sword i trust by Ensiferum
https://play.spotify.com/track/2jvhoUj6rTyQHZ0XrVR7dv

From the tiny, miniscule stuff to the bigger, broader pencil strokes of climate change and global events such as WW 1 and 2, The Gulf war(s), air pollution, outsourcing, equality, poverty, fresh water, food production, it´s quality and price and environmental impact as well as scarcity and distribution. Emissions goals and clean, sustainable energy vs short term profit for unsustainable, dirty and life damaging energy producers and other corporate ventures.

- If left unchecked, as bad as things are today.

It would have been tremendously much worse without conservationists and scientists to at times shine a light on the simple reality so many others want to dismiss entirely as soon as it does not line up with their own short term profit.

Sometimes those things are big and easy to see - such as how air pollution in China affects other countries and not just the poor Chinese people living in the daily smog that cuts their life expectancy short by up to 20 years. Air pollution they of course would never have to endure in the first place if the rest of the world did not outsource unsustainably cheap and dirty production to China in the first place.

But sometimes important things are quite small and seemingly insignificant at first glance.

One such thing often over looked by decision makers as well as your neighbor is bumble bees and their siblings, and yet another one is apex predators and the positive net worth they give us and the rest of the world just by existing.

It might feel like an easy to make decision to sacrifice yet more local land to a hungry coal mine corporation - profit for the politician in charge, profit for the workers, and most of all, profit for the corporate leaders. A win, win and then some more win, win situation.

But, then again. That is nothing but short term thinking, and a lack of capacity for seeing hard to accept truths and easy to forget long term effects when someone waves potentially billions of US$ in profit for the next 20 years in front of you.

Reality is, that even tho we might all live in different countries, and different cities and counties within those countries. Even such small things as bumble bee populations affects not just the local farmer, but the entire globe in the long run.

And so do our friendly apex predators of the world.

When we remove apex predators in one country and region, we just dont remove a predator from the top of the food chain. They are not just competition for our occasional and almost always, for fun, recreational food hunt, or an abysmal threat to our livestock animals.

Apex predators also keeps us safe and healthy, globally speaking.

Apex predators and our world

When one country kills off it´s wolf population it´s prey tend to chew off to much of the vegetation and start spreading to many diseases.

And even tho it might not be an obvious or a simple truth that wolf haters want to acknowledge, simple reality is that keeping a healthy number of wolves in a country is a positive thing not just for the wildlife population as a whole, it also allows nature a more natural and healthy balance and keeps pest such as rats down to, for us and nature, much more healthy levels. 

The evidence for this are plentiful and can be seen all over the world.

One such case is Yellow stone park in USA. Where the reintroduction of Wolves quickly transformed the wildlife and nature itself in a positive way. Wolves turned out to be the best park ranger and conservationist the park had ever seen.

But there are plenty of similar case studies to be found in Europe and Asia as well, where simple facts is that healthy numbers of wolf´s and other apex predators keeps moose, elk, rats and other animals, such as the beaver, down to naturally sustainable levels that actually benefits not just nature and wildlife, but people too.

And unlike us, they do it without exterminating any part of the ecosystem. The beaver deserves a special spotlight tho.

In the case of the beaver, an increase in wolves actually aids the endangered beaver by increasing it´s numbers (hence the earlier mention of sustainable numbers), the wolf and the beaver both help us homo sapiens by creating a healthier breeding ground and nature, river beds and such.

And as the wolves aid a positive growth of trees and vegetation and healthier rivers, the numbers of beavers also rise due to the increase in both available nutrition and places to live. 

zero threat

A startling thing with some peoples proposed hatred towards wolves (and other apex predators) is that wolf´s pose zero threat to people.

But not only do they not hunt and kill or even harm people, most countries in the world actually reimburse farmers when they loose live stock. To such a degree that plenty of farmers are believed to make up wild life losses just for the profit it generates for them.

Farm animals that would, most of the time, end up being slaughtered in the end anyway.

All in all, this simple reality makes it even more puzzling why people in 2014 are still so afraid or even hateful towards having wolf´s and other big predators in their country.

One such, otherwise enlightened and wonderful country is Norway.
Whom year after year is doing it´s very best to exterminate the wolf from it´s country. And for no good, productive or sane reason at all.

If we want to stick to reality that is.

Sharks, Tigers and other fluffy kittens

Like the wolf, the shark is another both feared and loathed - but beautiful and wonderfully positive to keep around apex predator.

No, i am not suggesting that you should breed great whites in your swimming pool or raise a wolf pack in your apple tree garden.

But sharks just like the wolf packs of our world keep nature in check. And they do so in a safe and sustainable way. And while sharks, just like wolves can be intimidating for sure, and for good reasons of course. They pose, in reality, a miniscule threat to people.

In fact, sharks do far more good then harm for us.
And as such, shark cullings such as the one Western Australia from time to time wants to engage in - serves zero reason to exists.

It will never save a single human being from a shark attack and it will never deter a shark from getting close to a beach or surfer. In fact, it can only function as a shining beacon that attracts sharks.

Not to mention that like wolf´s and tigers and lions, sharks and most other apex predators are endangered and cant take us going on retarded killing sprees.

And yes, going after apex predators is more or less a retarded thing to do because, science, facts and simple reality gives us no incentive to do so. It gives us zero benefits but plenty of negatives to cull or even exterminate our apex predators.

the bumblebee

And just like our humble and quite snugly bumblebee, removing apex predators does not affect just the nearest beach or city block or farmer. It causes global ripple effects that in the end touches us all.

Bumblebees are needed to pollinate crops, crops that feeds our entire world. From apple trees to grains and honey. Without bees humanity loses out not just on natural beauty in the shape of animals and florals, but already strained food resources.

Food resources that are already under mounting strain from both the sheer number of people as well as a gradually increasingly warmer climate (which will make it much more harder to grow food in the current big food producing countries), ineffective food distribution, rising prices and a lack of water resources.

And yes, those food resources, the land they grow in, our forests, our bumble bees, and us people - the unbalanced pressure on all that increases even further by removing our apex predators from the top of the watch line that otherwise keep things in balance.

From shark finning to pesticide usage in farming, shark culling, climate change, shale gas, coal mines, palm oil, air pollution, food harvests, fresh water, bumble bees, sustainable energy, storing of chemicals and quality of life.

We should all be thankful for the editors that keep our so called leaders from making things even worse. God knows, they dont have an easy time doing their job because plenty of people with nothing but a selfish short term view could not care less about the global effects on what they do.

And as we spread our footprint even more, it becomes rapidly much more crucial that we start to acknowledge that we do need to be sustainable and adapting in our approach to both nature, climate and animals.

For our own species long term survivability as well as all our quality of life. We need both the tiny bumblebees as well as the gracelike predators to help us make this world a more balanced and healthy place for all of us.

Politicians and corporate leaders can be partially blind, and that is okay, they are after all just our minority elected servants and our candy land manufacturer - but the world as a whole has to become smarter and rapidly so. 

Neither of us live in an isolated island separated from the rest of the world. We all live on the same planet and neither of us need to sacrifice the rest of the world to have a great life. That is solely the selfishness of the Koch brothers and their likes, and today we write January 25, 2014 and no one should believe such nonsense anymore.

Just as no one should be stupid enough to believe that chinese people dont want an equally happy life and clean nature as we do. Nor that their environmental issues does not affect us. Or that the world will do just fine if we keep producing things the way we do know.

It might be positive for your yearly bonus to destroy the nature of West Virginia USA looking for more coal mines ,shale gas or other minerals, or to kill off all the Sumatran rain forests and wildlife just so you can buy cheaper toilet paper one more year.

It might make you sleep better to claim that nothing is going on with the rising sea level outside the US east coast, or at least it might be good for your voting numbers this year to make it illegal to talk about.

Just as how killing a few Western Australia sharks or Norwegian wolves might give you a few easy points amongst voters and especially so if you promise it will somehow manage to create more jobs tomorrow. And it might make a few religious extremists all happy and jolly good feeling to hear that Earth exists in another reality without science, progress and evolution. Just as some confused people seems to think that god cant exist if people are allowed to only have healthy relationships.

But in the long haul, you are chopping off your own leg as well as every body elses too. From work, income, to food, climate, equality, fulfilling lives, education, health care and every other way too. Neglecting the reality of us all living on one tiny little marble - is simply no better then those peddling rhino horns to superstitious people being sick in cancer or suffering from sexual dysfunctions.

No matter what fantasies you sell, it does not change reality.

Western Australia shark cull
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/20/western-australias-shark-cull-faces-legal-challenge-from-conservationists

1000+ rhinos killed in South Africa during 2013
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/17/1000-rhinos-killed-south-africa-2013

Unsustainable shark finning,one part of killing more then 70 million sharks per year
http://www.upworthy.com/heres-a-fact-about-sharks-and-humans-thatll-stay-with-you-every-hour-on-the-hour-today?c=ufb1

Green sea turtles starving to death (due to lack of apex Sharks, pollution and poaching)
http://www.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=3&articleid=17915224

Wolves in Norway (and other places in Europe and USA)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2014/jan/14/save-wolves-not-whales-norway

A world without apex predators
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/01/13/brink-world-without-large-predators?cmpid=organic-share-googleplus

update

This quite fitting article about pretty much the same thing as my own post where posted by The guardian the day after i made this post so i decided to update my own post and link to this article as well.

How the threat to lions, leopards and wolves endangers us all
http://gu.com/p/3m7xn

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2014-01-07 22:30:29 (20 comments, 5 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

Beowulf of Gautelfr, A Vikings tale
The myth, fiction and reality from the Norse world of Vikings

I am sure a great many of you know of the fictional Norse hero Beowulf, once upon a time made immortal through an Anglo Saxian prose and in more recent days getting up close and personal with the nakedness of Angelina Jolie on the movie screen. 

But did you know that the adventures of the fabled hero Beowulf, where, very much steeped and born in the ways of real Scandinavian Viking tribes and their real life history, life, wars, religion and culture.

Worth noting, if you read the story, is that the many Christian references in Beowulf was much more about the Anglo Saxian authors own Christian world view and beliefs then the Scandinavian Vikings themselves whom at best could be said to have been curious about Christianity, just as Vikings old gods while thought to... more »

Beowulf of Gautelfr, A Vikings tale
The myth, fiction and reality from the Norse world of Vikings

I am sure a great many of you know of the fictional Norse hero Beowulf, once upon a time made immortal through an Anglo Saxian prose and in more recent days getting up close and personal with the nakedness of Angelina Jolie on the movie screen. 

But did you know that the adventures of the fabled hero Beowulf, where, very much steeped and born in the ways of real Scandinavian Viking tribes and their real life history, life, wars, religion and culture.

Worth noting, if you read the story, is that the many Christian references in Beowulf was much more about the Anglo Saxian authors own Christian world view and beliefs then the Scandinavian Vikings themselves whom at best could be said to have been curious about Christianity, just as Vikings old gods while thought to have been real aspects of nature and life, did not actually play that much of a truly impactful role in daily life - No stranger or less natural or "important" then rain and sunshine.

Beowulf, the Gautar

As a gautar (as the people and tribes from that area of Sweden where called in old Norse) hero, and later king, Beowulf was born and lived, and subsequently died in a part of Scandinavia that is today called Götaland, Sweden.

A name that, when translated to English would mean 'land of the Geats' , a fitting homage to all modern day Scandinavians lingering Viking heritage and ways. 

The Geats.
Or as the people in that area of Sweden are called in modern day Swedish, götar, lived and still live a thriving life closely located to the river Göta älv.

The river, Gautelfr

Göta älv, was in turn, in old Swedish called Gautelfr, so the fictional hero Beowulf, was in other words from Götaland, Sweden, and hence my choice of caption for this post.

A Norse Viking from Götaland, who´s adventures and travels through Northern Europe was given immortal life between the fragile pages belonging to an Anglo saxian scribe.

Writing and prose, fueled by inspiration from the real life, death,myth´s, religion, culture, ways, wars, peace - politics and adventures of all the Nordic vikings and their influence on the world and countries they all lived and journeyed through.

Beowulf himself was, like the heroic tales of Hercules and Akilles, just another mortal man, gifted with the unusual strength of 30 men, but still a mere mortal man of flesh and blood, neither an Asgardian or Olympian god,demon or super hero.

Born in Sweden, but a universal hero, worthy of all Norse men and women. And today, most likely also the most famous Swedish person and Viking to ever have lived in the flesh or fiction - surely making both Thor, Odin and other norse men and women some what proud of his life, ways and adventures :).

Personal inspiration or just world building?

Authors often weave wondrous tales of myth, magic, advanced, almost unreal technology, fantastical worlds and dark arts.

But, for many good authors, no matter how incredible their story and heroes might be, there is also much reality to be found, little details, cutting edge science, lost cultures, religion, uncovered treasures and greater then life people as well as ordinary people passing through the authors life. People and events, facts and nature, that get´s to live incorporated in their fictional wonders.

So perhaps, the real life ways and adventures of some old and by now forgotten Viking king or Warrior from the midst of Sweden and the land of Geats even served as a more personal inspiration for the heroic tales, or a personal trait or two of Beowulf. 

Just like the life and fortunes in daily life of real individuals most likely served as inspiration for the written, less fictional, events and people in the Bible.

Or it was just a gifted scholar wanting to put to print the tales and reality of Vikings without having one particular person as inspiration.

And for that we should all be thankful since Vikings sadly did not put much fictional and non fictional events down in proper writing by their own doing, at least there is not much that have survived until today.
 
Beyond the people of Beowulf we do know that the original scribe weaved fiction with events from reality, like the raid of Frisia, taking place ca 516, an event that happened in real life and also depicted in the tale of Beowulf.

Geat Vikings where described as "bold, and quick to engage in war" in historical literature and many richness of Kings and Vikings inhabiting Götaland and other parts of Sweden and Scandinavia, where made from frequent plundering of the roman empire and other parts of Europe.

Wars and treasures down south

The wars in southern Europe and the many raids of the roman empire, as well as trade and expeditionary journeys both west and down to the middle east and Russia did not just create rich in wealth and knowledge Viking tribes however, it also put a strain on the Geat, and all the other Viking tribes, their defenses, population and life back at home.  

And found in between the fictional elements of Beowulf, it also describes the foundation of today´s Swedish culture, country and ethnicity as well as the rest of Scandinavia and Finland.

Sweden is a modern day nation born from the Viking tribes of Geats and  Sweonas making peace with each other and joining forces, forming a bigger and more stable, equal and safe kingdom.

In Beowulf this is described as the Geats rallying behind a Sweonas (Old English for the Svear Viking tribes) King, raising him to sit in power on a mutual throne, in one mutual kingdom.

Most likely happening as much in part due to the resource drain from all the Viking raids, trades and wars in Southern Europe, and in equal parts, because making peace and forming a more powerful mutual unity with your closest neighbor is of course also desired from having a peaceful, safe and prospering home to live in.

Later on, that Norse, Viking Kingdom would one day be known as  today's Scandinavian country Sweden. A peaceful, equal and very liberal and nature rich and loving country and like our Scandinavian Viking neighbors, brothers and sisters in other Nordic nations, rich on quality of life and many ideals that where present already in the kingdoms of Vikings.

Happily today, all of the Nordic countries has kept to the lessons learned and refined and improved upon the positive values and traits of the Vikings, keeping the belief in equal nations, life´s, relations and values for all, enjoying and appreciating land and wildlife in harmony and sustainability. Calm and friendly, curious about life and science, open to others religion and cultures yet not very boastful or religious ourselves.

Best of all, we decided over the years to leave the war´s and plunder behind us :). But, as polished and peaceful as we all are today as individuals and societies

 - In Scandinavia, each and everyone of us, are still very much proper and fierce vikings in soul, bones, heart, mind and body and every fiber behind our calm minds and exteriors, so in the end, it is the same but different, the same but better.

And we are all still Vikings of Gautelfr and other Norse places no matter if we live in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland or somewhere else.

The first page from the original tale (Language has been updated to modern English tho, or you´r minds might have suffered the pain of implosion :P)

music of the day
From afar by Ensiferum
https://play.spotify.com/track/4ZKvHj2KUk3RirEqNO6C4j

Beowulf of Gaeutelfr - a Vikings tale (page 1).

Lo! the Spear-Danes’ 

Glory through splendid achievements 
The folk-kings’ former fame we have heard of.
 
How princes displayed then their prowess-in-battle. 
Scyld, their mighty king, in honor of whom they are often called Scyldings.

He is the great-grandfather of Hrothgar, so prominent in the poem. 
Oft Scyld the Scefing from scathers in numbers 

From many a people their mead-benches tore.
 
Since first he found him friendless and wretched, 
The earl had, had terror: comfort he got for it, 
Waxed ’neath the welkin, world-honor gained, 

Till all his neighbors o’er sea were compelled to. bow to his bidding and bring him their tribute.

An excellent atheling! After was borne him.

A son is born to him.

Who receives the name of Beowulf - a name afterwards made so famous by the hero of the poem. 

A son and heir, young in his dwelling, 

Whom God-Father sent to solace the people. 
He had marked the misery malice had caused them, 

That reaved of their rulers they wretched had erstwhile 
Long been afflicted. The Lord, in requital, 
Wielder of Glory, with world-honor blessed him. 

Famed was Beowulf, far spread the glory 
Of Scyld’s great son in the lands of the Danemen. 

The ideal Teutonic king lavishes gifts on his vassals. 

So the carle that is young, by kindnesses rendered 

The friends of his father, with fees in abundance 
Must be able to earn that when age approacheth 
Eager companions aid him requitingly, 
When war assaults, they serve him as liege men: 

By praise-worthy actions must honor be got.
 
Mong all of the races. At the hour that was fated 
Scyld dies at the hour appointed by Fate. 

Scyld then departed to the All-Father’s keeping 

Warlike to wend him; away then they bare him 
To the flood of the current, his fond-loving comrades, 

As himself he had bidden, while the friend of the Scyldings 
Word-sway wielded, and the well-lovèd land-prince 

Long did rule them 

The ring-stemmèd vessel, 
Bark of the atheling, lay there at anchor, 

Icy in glimmer and eager for sailing; 

By his own request, his body is laid on a vessel and wafted seaward.

The belovèd leader laid they down there.
Giver of rings, on the breast of the vessel.

The famed by the mainmast. 
A many of jewels, Of fretted embossings, from far-lands brought over, was placed near at hand then; and heard I not ever.

That a folk ever furnished a float more superbly with weapons of warfare, weeds for the battle. Bills and burnies; on his bosom sparkled many a jewel that with him must travel.

On the flush of the flood afar on the current. And favors no fewer they furnished him soothly.
Excellent folk-gems, than others had given him 

He leaves Daneland on the breast of a bark. 

Who when first he was born outward did send him lone on the main, the merest of infants: And a gold-fashioned standard they stretched under heaven. High o’er his head, let the holm-currents bear him.

Seaward consigned him: sad was their spirit, Their mood very mournful. Men are not able No one knows whither the boat drifted. Soothly to tell us, they in halls who reside.

Heroes under heaven, to what haven he hied.

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2013-12-26 11:01:07 (38 comments, 1 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

beneath summers rain and winters falling flakes of snow

Q A question if i may. How do you know that you are a real photographer?
A Considering that we are now launching ourselves headfirst in to 2014, a real photographer is right now thinking silently, I really should take a mortgage so i can buy a 100" 4k UHD tv. It will make my photos look so beautiful on the living room wall and no clutter from having to many prints, a perfect win win

Bull fighting, UFC and modern day bravery

A test of bravery and manhood. 
From cage fighting to cliff diving, the old gladiators of Rome and the blood stenched sand of the Coliseum they bled and died on. 

No matter if you are starring down your opponent on the icy battle grounds of modern day ice hockey arenas or jabbing your fists in the face, templar and ribs of an MMA fighter, homos... more »

beneath summers rain and winters falling flakes of snow

Q A question if i may. How do you know that you are a real photographer?
A Considering that we are now launching ourselves headfirst in to 2014, a real photographer is right now thinking silently, I really should take a mortgage so i can buy a 100" 4k UHD tv. It will make my photos look so beautiful on the living room wall and no clutter from having to many prints, a perfect win win

Bull fighting, UFC and modern day bravery

A test of bravery and manhood. 
From cage fighting to cliff diving, the old gladiators of Rome and the blood stenched sand of the Coliseum they bled and died on. 

No matter if you are starring down your opponent on the icy battle grounds of modern day ice hockey arenas or jabbing your fists in the face, templar and ribs of an MMA fighter, homo sapiens and all other human sub species have always had numerous ways of testing the limits of our own bravery.

Sometimes, as with the Gladiators of the Roman empire, it was not so much a voluntarily test of your own bravery and physical limits as it was a blood filled and cruel, coerced entertainment for the masses.

music of the day
Atom and Evil by heaven and hell
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Other times throughout our history that test of bravery have been more about daring yourself and not so much about a fight to the death.

From cliff diving to taming wild horses. And today we have arguably physically hard and demanding sports such as UFC, boxing, ice hockey, american football and so forth that can still get violent, still get bloody and ugly, and if you are unlucky, cause major injuries. Sometimes even cause the loss of someones life.

But while those sports and the challenge they hold for your own body and mind can end badly, they are sports. They are something you do by your own free will.

While very few actually enjoy the pain of getting kicked and punched, it is an adrenaline filled thrill to step in to the ring with someone else.

From the flow of adrenaline to the determination it takes, the joy of winning, not just against your opponent, but also against your self just for stepping in to the ring in the first place.

To overcome your mental barriers, to best the other person and your own fears. To unleash the fight and flight mechanism and conquer it. To go beyond your own strength, your own mind and you´r body´s pain and to overcome it.

That is real bravery.

Win or lose, modern day martial art´s fighting is a mutually agreed contest between two equal fighters that both wants to be there.

And win or lose, it is entertaining both to participate in as well as to watch this modern day test of bravery, will, strength and skill between others.

It is also, like most modern day sports, fairly regulated.
You get health check ups, and you are never forced to take a fight, you do it by your own free will and you quit when you have had enough.

Yes, it´s not pain free, even winning will take it´s toll, even winning will leave injuries and pain, for days and weeks after wards. But that is part of why it is a thrill. That price to pay is why it is a test of bravery that men and women are pushing themselves hard to do and overcome.

Win or lose, is not an option for the bull

But to win or lose is never an option for the bull.

UFC fighters win and lose, they start and end their career at the say of their own will. And they get paid to have their fun.

All of those things make it a fun, but hard and brave challenge and sport. And none of it applies to bull fighting.

Yes, of course, the matador is brave. No one could debate that.
It takes great courage to stand even remotely close to a bull, even when it is already drained of blood, weak and dying.

And anyone that thinks otherwise, feel free to step out on any grassy plain with a healthy and mature bull and tell me it did not take quite a lot of courage to do. 

Yes, it takes courage to do, even tho a bull is a fairly calm and peaceful animal most days of the week, it is mighty, strong and very capable of dealing out a world of pain to a puny human being.

But, bull fighting is not a sport.

It is a ritual sacrifice of the bull.
And it is not a fair fight, it is not something the bull can win, even if he cripples or even kills the matador (which do happens at rare times).

Even if the bull wins, he dies.

Even if the bull wins, he suffers in pain and a slow death.

And unlike a modern day cage fighter or ice hockey player.
The bull is not paid to do it, he has no benefits, there is no price and yummy retirement on green pastures to look forward to.

For the bull, there is no way out.

age old Culture

Bull fighting is age old culture.
Yes it is.

But it is also, nothing but animal abuse, masqueraded as a sport.
A long, and prolonged, bloody sacrifice of a living animal and not even a popular "cultural event".

The majority of people that attend modern day bull fighting are tourists looking for a taste of ancient entertainment and culture, reminiscent in many ways of the Roman Gladiator games.

A proper fight to the death.

But it is not a fair fight, it is not something the bull have asked for.
It is not pain free, and it can only have one winner - the matador.

Bull fighting is nothing but animal abuse.
And just as we do not condone domestic violence in Europe, nor gladiator games at the Coliseum, or label girls as mentally ill for enjoying sex, i fail to see how torturing a bull to a slow death and calling it a sport have a place in an evolved modern day country such as Spain.

If bull fighting have a place at all. Is it then not time to actually make it all about bravery?.

Why not remove the sword and spears, leaving the matador with his 'capote' and bull on the arena as the only tools beyond his own body, and nothing more.

No piercing spears to shed the bulls blood, just the matador dancing his 'veronicas' with possible death and injuries only for the matador looming on the horizon to test his skill and bravery against.

Veronicas - a graceful dance, named after Saint Veronica’s wiping of Christ’s face with a cloth

That graceful dance between bull and matador, as the only ingredient of bull fighting, that would be a real test of bravery.

A test of bravery without bloodshed for the bull at least. Allowing the bull a new day to sit out under the tree, smelling the fresh flowers on his green pastures as he awaits his next matador dance.

It would also allow the "art" and culture of bull fighting to continue. Allowing new crops of young matadors to grow up, wishing for and training to become matadors. 

It would just take away the pain and death and abuse of the bull.

But, perhaps the truth is that the audience isnt there for the matador anymore, perhaps the audience is there for the blood and ritual sacrifice of the bull, perhaps they are there to enjoy it´s pain and slowly, suffocating death and honestly, could care jack shit about the art and culture, nor the matadors bravery.

I dont know, but i do know that most people, globally and in Spain, do not approve of animal abuse at all, just as most sane people would never dream of a world where females aren't allowed to vote, work or enjoy sex.

So for me at least, i do think that it is time for bull fighting to adapt and become an art form without the animal abuse part, or die as a cultural happening. 

inspiration behind this post
Interview with the former Colombian bullfighter Álvaro Múnera, aka “El Pilarico, now turned Animal activist.

http://www.vice.com/read/bullfighter-152-v15n10

Bullfighting as it is

Around 10 000 bulls get abused and killed every year due to bullfighting.

The ritualistic slaughter takes place in several stages, with the picadors being the first to draw blood by driving their lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles, removing the bull’s ability to lift his head and to make him weaker and unable to pose a threat to the matador due to the severe blood loss and damaged muscles.

Secondly the banderilleros will take over and proceed to stab the animal with brightly colored darts called banderillas and chasing it around to weaken and exhaust it further.

Finally, the Matador then emerges with his capute and sword, enticing the bull to do a few more rushes before the final killing blows called estocada.

The entire kill from start to finish might take 15 to 30 minutes.

But in reality, it starts several days before the public show, "preparing" and weakening the bull before it´s final, ritual sacrifice.

Bull fighting per se does not produce a lot of money anymore from tourists and spectators, nor does it employee a huge number of people.

But instead tax payers is  providing the hundreds of millions needed each year for bullfighting to continue on the 1,200 government-funded bull ranches and dozens of state-sponsored bullfighting schools in Spain.

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2013-12-17 23:36:12 (30 comments, 2 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

wintry whispers of New York

Did you bring your suitcase
our old worn trunk
for now 
we heed
through the falling snow
with gloves 
on our hands
and flakes upon hair

down the empty streets
of the sublime 
long forgotten 
subtly summry 
soft remains
of this once 
again submerged 
New York 
in Christmas time

the wintry whispers
from
falling snow

Have a great holiday, new years eve, merry xmas, 圣诞快乐, Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or whatever way you call it and do this time of year.

Either way, just enjoy it :).

music of the day
Here to die by Five finger death punch
https://play.spotify.com/track/4XMLJIxfM8IX4iY6V3Fu5h

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wintry whispers of New York

Did you bring your suitcase
our old worn trunk
for now 
we heed
through the falling snow
with gloves 
on our hands
and flakes upon hair

down the empty streets
of the sublime 
long forgotten 
subtly summry 
soft remains
of this once 
again submerged 
New York 
in Christmas time

the wintry whispers
from
falling snow

Have a great holiday, new years eve, merry xmas, 圣诞快乐, Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or whatever way you call it and do this time of year.

Either way, just enjoy it :).

music of the day
Here to die by Five finger death punch
https://play.spotify.com/track/4XMLJIxfM8IX4iY6V3Fu5h

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2013-12-12 13:10:58 (48 comments, 22 reshares, 159 +1s)Open 

Tales of Winters Realm

To celebrate my first published book, a short 9.99US$ 75 pages photography and poetry book i am giving away 500 copies of it for free to you guys.

To have a chance of getting the book for free, all you have to do is plus 1, comment or re share this post and at the end of December (December 29) i´ll simply create a circle of 500 selected g+ user and share a high resolution 300dpi pdf version of the book with you guys. In other words, it should be a beautiful little read on your retina+ powered phones, tablets and displays of choice :).

Tales of Winters Realm

The photo i posted in this post is one of the ones included in the book and to see a couple more and also to read an excerpt or two you can always visit my website, a Norse View.com, which later during 2014 will in fact launch it´s very own streaming book reading service,a... more »

Tales of Winters Realm

To celebrate my first published book, a short 9.99US$ 75 pages photography and poetry book i am giving away 500 copies of it for free to you guys.

To have a chance of getting the book for free, all you have to do is plus 1, comment or re share this post and at the end of December (December 29) i´ll simply create a circle of 500 selected g+ user and share a high resolution 300dpi pdf version of the book with you guys. In other words, it should be a beautiful little read on your retina+ powered phones, tablets and displays of choice :).

Tales of Winters Realm

The photo i posted in this post is one of the ones included in the book and to see a couple more and also to read an excerpt or two you can always visit my website, a Norse View.com, which later during 2014 will in fact launch it´s very own streaming book reading service, a happening that will not only provide a convenient service, but also a very user friendly price model as well as provide a beautiful high resolution html 5 powered solution (free of drm) for enjoyable writing, photography and typography. 

And when i said that it will be a very user friendly pricing, once i open up the early bird registration, the first 5000 G+ users to sign up will get a life time of access to anorseview.com and all of it´s books for a single one time payment. Affordable convenience with Zero ad´s and zero monthly or yearly subscription fees.

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=publishedbooks-tales-of-winters-tale-scribd-2014

But more about that next year =).

For now, i am wishing you all a very enjoyable rest of your December and i hope that no matter where you are and whomever is by your side that you will be able to enjoy this years December and Xmas, without arguments, stress and suffocating "must do´s". Xmas might have started as a religious happening, but no matter that aspect, it, like all holidays should only be about - all of you - being able to enjoy it and not having to run around like a headless chicken doing and fixing a million things until what should have been something relaxing and enjoyable and calm have found itself drowned in a pool of exhausting "to do lists" and meaningless demands and arguments.

Relax, breath and enjoy December and make sure you let others do the same, that is what is important, not the million and one small little things and others demands.

And if you are all alone and feel that this is not how i want this time of year to be. Yep, life can suck at times, and that is ok to feel too. But somewhere, someone is waiting to bump in to you too so that one winter in the future you too can celebrate Christmas as it should be, without pressure, without arguments, without bullshit and annoying people or by yourself.

Anyway, have a great one :).

Music of the day
Five Finger Death Punch - Cradle to the grave
https://play.spotify.com/track/3zDDPhLvgsUVAjo2cVOlZN

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2013-12-11 12:45:53 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Healthy and fit - how often and hard do i need to train

For a longer read, check the original post i wrote for +Your fitness tribe , but for a short summary of how to structure your framework to create a workout routine that truly give results click read more.

a structured framework for male and females

If, fit and toned is your goal girls and boys. Then use this as a blueprint to build your own both functional and healthy fit and active lifestyle.

How often: Lift challenging weights 4 to 5 days per week. No girls - you will not end up as hulk like male clones. You will at best end up looking like the girl in this post years down the road.

How hard: Give it your best every week, push yourself in every set. 

How much: 3 challenging sets per exercise. 8 to 14 reps per set.
Cardio: walk 20 minutes outdoors 7 days a week, it´s not even forca... more »

Motivational reality check - How often and hard do i need to train

This of course apply to both male and females.
But, seeing how more girls then guys still hold back on both amount, and weights as well as intensity of their weight lifting in favor of long, long, long (and often times counteractive) cardio sessions, this simple reality check might apply to more females then males currently training or thinking about starting to train.

Just make no mistake about it - if getting a more toned and fit physique is your goal - then this is the kind of structure you all should train by, regardless of gender.

But yes, of course, individual changes is a must. No one train the exact same way. No one like the same exercises, and every body has their own strong points and desires to achieve in both life, training and body transformation, as well as health.

So, dont think that this is the exact kind of exercises you need to do or that you absolutely need to do 5 chest exercises if this girl did that.

That is not what i am saying.

But

If you are a girl and you want to look more or less the same toned and femininely fit way the girl in this post do, this is roughly the frame for how you should - and need to execute on your training.

No way around it.

Lifting weights that challenges you, will never turn you in to a male looking hulk. Naturally training girls just cant produce that type of look and muscle mass. But lifting challenging weights and training hard and intense - every week - will give you an as fit and sexy, toned feminine look as your body structure can achieve (or beastly male if you are a guy of course :P). And holding back in the gym will never do that, and especially so if you are a girl. 

I´m a marathon runner, what about me

Yes, of course, if your goal is to run a marathon every year, well then your workout needs and desires are different, and that is ok. But if you do more cardio  every week then you lift weights, then reality is as well that you will never wake up looking the kind of way that the 31 year old Melissa Leigh Morrison, with her height of 5’6”/167 cm and 128 lbs/58 kg of body weight is doing.

And for guys that are wondering how to structure their training, the same apply to you.

Cardio is a great and healthy thing to do, and i do it every week. And so should you.

But if your goal is to be healthy and fit with as much muscle mass and as little body fat as you can have on whatever body weight you settle for - then lifting challenging weights, 4 to 5 days and doing high paced cardio 2 to 3 days every week, while eating clean and healthy food simply is the most sensible approach - and it do, as a structural framework. work for every single human being.

A few notes as a starting point

Aim to lift challenging weights in every exercise 4 to 5 days per week.
Try to do 8 to 14 reps per set, and 3 challenging sets per exercise.

I´m not saying dont do 4 set, if you can, why not do 4 set. But what i am saying is that 3 challenging sets with a high enough weight and intensity will over the long haul increase strength and muscle mass by a huge margin. It´s once again, simple reality and it do work the same no matter gender or starting point.

Aim to do the max you can that day in every set.

If you do, that´s all you can ask of yourself.
No matter if that is one rep more or less then last week. You did great so congratulate yourself for being kick ass. Our max performance will always fluctuate a bit from day to day and week to week - so be happy as long as you are challenging yourself, even if you for a couple of weeks do one or two reps less then normal on the same weight. Sometimes we just have less max energy, sometimes we all of a sudden do one rep more. It´s just life.

As for cardio, try to take a walk outdoors for 20 to 30 minutes 7 days a week. Yes. 7 days a week.

walking for 20 minutes is purely for health, it´s not cardio.

And what about your "real" cardio, well, try and do high intense cardio 2 to 3 days per week, do it as intense as you can, 5 to 20 minutes per session. After your weight lifting, or any moment during the day that fits you. It really doesn't matter much if you do your workout in the morning or afternoon, before or after breakfast.

No matter when, it will burn fat, it will challenge heart and lungs, it will aid in improving cardiovascular performance, and it will aid your health too. The reason why i recommend doing high intense cardio is simple.

Drum roll: High on intensity cardio, but low on total amount of time spent doing it, saves you A: time, and B: it actually promotes building muscle mass instead of reducing muscle mass (high amount of cardio in time and frequency actually do reduce muscle mass and body fat, instead of just focusing in on reducing body fat - and no, 40 minutes of lower paced cardio do not improve cardio performance more then 10 minutes of very high paced cardio) and C: it burns fat.

And of course - eat clean and dont eat to much, that´s both a great thing for your health as well as your muscle mass and body fat ratio.

The amount of food and the quality of food we eat is just as important for your results as the training you put in. We simply do end up the way we feed ourselves with food and activity over time.

If you do this, and you are still adding body fat after two to three months - eat less, and as far as measuring body fat and muscle mass go - give it time, the change will happen. remember, being healthy looking better, feeling better and/or improving athletic performance is not a sprint, it´s a way of life.

The best part is, even if you feel like you have neglected your health for 40 years. You can still start today. The positive changes will still happen and continue to happen as long as you keep going - and no one is an exception to that reality.

Also

Please, forget more or less about the scale.

Measurements and the mirror and your performance in life and the gym will tell you lot´s more then the scale does. that is another universal truth.

So. just how do a normal workout week look for our fitness model:

One workout week with Melissa Leigh Morrison

Monday: Chest/triceps

Pushups – 1 X 50
Dips – 1 X 50
Cable Fly’s – 4 X 12-15
Close Grip Push-ups – 4 X 12-15
Flat Bench Dumbbell Fly’s – 4 X 12-15
Rope Pushdowns – 4 X 12-15

Tuesday: Back/abs

Chin-ups And Pull Up Training
Bent Over Dumbbell Row – 4 X 12
Seated Single Arm Cable Row – 4 X 12-15
Hyper Extensions – 4 X 20 (with A Medicine Ball)
Wide Grip Pull-down – 4 X 12-15
Hanging Leg Raises – 3 X 10
Crunches – 3 X 10

Wednesday: Legs

Bar Squats – 4 X 12
Walking Lunges – 4 X 30
Jump Squats – 4 X 20
Lying Down Hamstring Curls – 4 X 15
Deadlifts – 4 X 15
Seated Hamstring Curls – 4 X 12-15

Thursday: Shoulders

Side Lateral Dumbbell Fly’s – 4 X 12-15
Front Dumbbell Raises – 4 X 12-15
Rear Fly’s – 4 X 12-15
Seated Shoulder Press – 4 X 12-15
Cable Side Raises – 4 X 10

And: Interval Training

10 minute warm up
20 minutes HIIT sprints
10 minute cool down

Friday: Rest

Day off

Saturday: Legs

Bar Squats – 4 X 12
Walking Lunges – 4 X 30
Jump Squats – 4 X 20
Lying Down Hamstring Curls – 4 X 15
Deadlifts – 4 X 15
Seated Hamstring Curls – 4 X 12-15

Sunday: Interval Training

10 minute warm up
20 minutes HIIT sprints
10 minute cool down

Writer: +Michael A Koontz 
Model: Melissa Leigh Morrison
Photographer: Vasko photography (http://www.thephoto.ca/#/galleries/glamour/fitness-glam/melissam_fitbody)

The workout routine is from Simply shreddeds interview with Melissa, which you can read here http://www.simplyshredded.com/melissa-leigh-morrison.html

#yourfitnesstribe  
#healthyliving  
#fitness  ___Healthy and fit - how often and hard do i need to train

For a longer read, check the original post i wrote for +Your fitness tribe , but for a short summary of how to structure your framework to create a workout routine that truly give results click read more.

a structured framework for male and females

If, fit and toned is your goal girls and boys. Then use this as a blueprint to build your own both functional and healthy fit and active lifestyle.

How often: Lift challenging weights 4 to 5 days per week. No girls - you will not end up as hulk like male clones. You will at best end up looking like the girl in this post years down the road.

How hard: Give it your best every week, push yourself in every set. 

How much: 3 challenging sets per exercise. 8 to 14 reps per set.
Cardio: walk 20 minutes outdoors 7 days a week, it´s not even for cardio, but it is for your health, in body and mind. As for the "real" cardio itself, hit it hard 2 to 3 days per week. 5 to 20 minutes per time, this should be a challenging pace. And it will benefit your muscle mass/body fat ratio, it will push your cardiovascular performance. And aid your health too - without keeping your muscle mass from developing (which doing 40 minutes of running actually do prevent)

Time frame: Dont set any time frames. Get used to doing this for the rest of your life, if you want to stay healthy and fit for the rest of your life.

I am to old/out of shape: No you are not. 20 or 65 years old matters not. Start today and reap health and beauty benefits ,in body and mind for the rest of your life. Even 50 years of an unhealthy lifestyle can be greatly reversed. Body and mind are progressive and react accordingly to what we feed it - simply science and reality, it´s never to late, even biological aging in body and mind can be greatly reversed by a fit and healthy, and active lifestyle.

Food: Eat healthy, eat clean, eat enough, but not to much.

Scale: Forget your body weight, it´s about how you feel, in life and the gym. It´s about how you look, It´s about how healthy you are. Your weight can and will go both up and down, despite you getting more lean muscle mass and less body fat. If you love your scale, check it once a month just as a very minor reminder (since no one can add 5 pounds of muscle mass per month, or lose 20 pounds of fat in a healthy way per month). Your measurements, and your energy levels, your strength and your look in the mirror are all much more revealing then your body weight.

And above all else, enjoy life, dont sweat it to much over minor details or what someone else is saying.

If someone in your vicinity is complaining about you caring about your health. Sod it, who cares if someone else wants to eat unhealthy food at MCD and get drunk every week, let them. That is ok, just as you being healthy and fit (or desiring to be) and doing life in a healthy way is ok.

Support each others choices.

You dont have to be unhealthy because someone else tells you to eat to much or to crappy food (or the other way around), live it the way you want to, it´s your life.

This is not an end all be all advice

It´s just a blue print for both male and females to actually get as good as a result and health as they can, and trust me, everyone can get in serious shape if they want to, and do the proper work/lifestyle, this blue print do work for every single human being out there. It´s all about what we feed our bodies and health, week in, week out, year in, year out in activity and food, nothing else.

Model: Melissa Leigh Morrison
Photographer: Vasko photography 
Writer: Me

#healthyliving  
#healthylifestyle  
#fitnessmotivation  
#yourfitnesstribe  

2013-12-03 07:42:55 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Added photos to LPC People's Choice Contest #3: Water.

Added photos to LPC People's Choice Contest #3: Water.___

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2013-11-29 17:34:13 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Walking under the falling snow - Winters realm III

Sometimes you wake up, with a clear idea or burning notion sticking out like a flaming sun inside your mind. It can be a new corporate venture, a book you are writing, a photograph you know is ripe for the making. A problem ready to be solved, a lost memory returning in it´s full and vibrantly colored palette. It can be the life long change in body and mind telling you - this is it!. Time to get healthy.

Or just an adventure for the day having been given birth while you where a sleep. And sometimes, we wake up, and we just know we have to do it.

Other times, a vivid dream, be it fun or dreading, wakes up with us, in full bloom and for a second or two it´s at the fore front of our shooting synapses and we think - i have to tell my gf/bf/friend/whomever you share such things with, and then, the very next second like fog andm... more »

Walking under the falling snow - Winters realm III

Sometimes you wake up, with a clear idea or burning notion sticking out like a flaming sun inside your mind. It can be a new corporate venture, a book you are writing, a photograph you know is ripe for the making. A problem ready to be solved, a lost memory returning in it´s full and vibrantly colored palette. It can be the life long change in body and mind telling you - this is it!. Time to get healthy.

Or just an adventure for the day having been given birth while you where a sleep. And sometimes, we wake up, and we just know we have to do it.

Other times, a vivid dream, be it fun or dreading, wakes up with us, in full bloom and for a second or two it´s at the fore front of our shooting synapses and we think - i have to tell my gf/bf/friend/whomever you share such things with, and then, the very next second like fog and mist vaporizing in the burning light of another rising sun, it´s all gone from your mind and you are left wondering, scratching your head over the first few cups of coffee - wow, how can i forget something so quickly.

Other days, we walk through our day and we are presented with such off the road inspirations that what we where going to do has to be put on the back burner that day because life presents us with spur of the moment inspirations. Unique moments, like life itself, that once passed, never will return. Not like that anyway.

Before i started writing this particular post i had made up my mind to write solely about the scientific and very much, real life connections between a healthy body and healthy mind. Inspired in part by a short post by +Dennis Lowery (link to post: The old trunk, https://plus.google.com/107583042689729744688/posts/AjckCGGiDQT ). But then, as i uploaded my photo go G+ and browsed my stream in another tab, i stumbled upon this Polar bear photo by +Anette Mossbacher (link to post and photo: https://plus.google.com/111548840891165617747/posts/dZfPVD6kmfM ).

And well, as i started to think about the current situation for Polar bears, thoughts about our planet, homo sapiens and all other species too jumped at the opportunity and flooded my mind.

Which, well, clearly derailed my initial intentions with this post and you where left with reading this crazy chunk of all encapsulating slice of life, distilled down to a few words in one single g+ post :).

So instead of me picking a specific topic to focus in on, i´ll just let you pluck whatever inspiration, energy, ideas and thoughts you get from the year of 2013.

If it makes you say whooah this is fucked up then change whatever you can change. Every single one of us influence some aspects of this world, even if it is just our own opinion, joy and life. 

If it makes you go all depressed, then change your attitude.
Not because i say so, but because of simple reality.

Life is grand, and it doesn't ever get less beautiful just because we acknowledge reality, in fact, the more open we are about reality, the better we can make life, bit by bit we can always make it more as we want it to be.

Polar bears and Hudson Bay

I´ll start in the Hudson Bay area, and we´ll swiftly work our way from over the at times frozen waters in this beautiful place, on a merry go round across the globe.

The ice season in Hudson Bay has decreased by roughly one day each year over the past three decades.

Which to you, might not sound like a big deal.

But for Polar bears it is a matter of life and death.

The shortening span of the ice season has over the years caused the bears to starve to a higher degree and in their hunt for food get closer and closer to human populations. 

No real need to be alarmed tho for your personal safety if you stumble upon a lone bear.

Yes, polar bears should always be respected as a top predator, and yes they are capable of taking human prey, they are.

But considering the tens of thousands of peaceful meetings that have taken place between Polar bears and humans there is, so far, a very low percentage of such interactions that actually ends violently.

Churchill which is a place where you will encounter Polar bears quite frequently, had, until the autumn of 2013, only two recorded fatalities attributed to attacks from Polar bears since 1717.

However. 

Due to being trapped between the effects of climate change, both natural and man made, and our 'needs' and population, Polar bears will  as they continue to march towards extinction cause more violent encounters with us humans in their hunt for whatever precious food they can find to survive as individuals and species.

music for the day
Sepultura - roots bloody roots (official video)
http://youtu.be/F_6IjeprfEs

The simple answer is of course to properly feed Polar bears in remote locations, far away from human settlements. Saving their species from starving to death due to our daily influence on nature, as well as help save a few people from getting mauled and thus, even more bears from getting killed in revenge. 

To me, that is the far better alternative to, as of right now, either killing the offending bear or trapping it and taking it to a zoo for captivity, not to mention, saving a few men and women (and society) from injuries and medical care and therapy expenses.

But we do have plenty, so called officials that enjoy sticking their heads in the sand and pretend like nothing is going on whenever it does not provide said officials and their friends with more profit.

One such offender is The Canadian environment minister that last October discounted abundant scientific studies of polar bear decline across the Arctic.

And as long as we allow our political leaders to ignore reality, well then there is not much hope for sanity to prevail in any topic of life.

Hudson bay

One polar bear population on the western shore of Hudson Bay, for example, has shrunk to 850 bears in less then a decade.

The ice free Hudson bay season reached 143 days last year. Polar bears have been predicted to be unable to survive once the ice free season reaches 160 days.

Adult female polar bears are now on average 88lbs lighter than they were in the early 1980s.

As a result, they give birth to fewer cubs, and those cubs also have a lower rate of survival.

Read more about Polar bears, http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/

Homo sapiens and 2013 in numbers

Slut shaming, gender inequality and lack of quality of life.
2013 has improved in some areas and gone backwards in others.

Up to 70 per cent of women experience gender based, sexual or domestic violence in their lifetime.

Generally speaking, not only is a few retarded men and societies trying to slut shame girls in to obedient domestic slaves that should have zero personal interests in healthy,fulfilling sexual and emotional pleasures - but quite a lot of females do slut shame and even down grade each other as friends based on how much the other enjoy sex.

 - Despite enjoying it (as they should) equally much themselves (link to article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/female-friendship-women-less-likely-to-befriend-promiscuous-peers_n_3384109.html?utm_hp_ref=love--sex )  (Reality check for men and women: This is 2013, stop the stupidity). You enjoy it or you dont - as an individual.

That is your choice and right - let others decide on their own needs and pleasures, interests and joy. There is zero gender based difference in sexual curiosity, pleasure, drive and need - it´s all individual, nothing else, just like whom we love or dont. Just like our taste in music, clothes and how we like to dress, movies and coffee, body fat and muscle mass desires and preferences.

Between 500,000 to 2 million people are trafficked annually into forced prostitution and labor, slavery or servitude, Females account for roughly 80 per cent of known victims.

29 million+ slaves

As of 2013, more then 29 Million people are believed to be held in slavery worldwide.

10 countries are estimated to hold about 70% of those modern day slaves and India is thought to be the nr.1 source for holding people in modern day slavery with 14 million people living in such conditions.

China is ranked as second in the world with 2.9 million, estimated slaves.

I would like to point out that the term modern day slavery is not a firmly set in stone term. It might for some of them be the only way to actually survive from day to day. But that does not change the simple fact that no one, in any country should have to spend a single day living under such, or worse, conditions.

People, all over the world, all deserve a much higher and better minimum quality of life standard then what the world is currently offering, and that holds true no matter if you are living in China, USA, Kenya, Germany or any of the Scandinavian countries.

The cost of intimate partner violence in the United States alone exceeds $5.8 billion per year.

We are estimated to illegally kill 40,000 elephants in Africa during 2013.

South Africa, home to about 80% of the continent's rhinoceroses, is projected to lose around 1,000 of these beautiful. primeval beasts to commercial poachers by Christmas.

A stark increase from the mere 13 that was poached in 2007.

So far, 891 have already been killed. Which is a new record for illegally killed Rhinos.

The biggest single end markets for illegally killed wildlife and it´s various worthless " fairy tale medical" products and gift trinkets is not just China and Vietnam, but also USA.

Illegal poaching and habitat destruction (due to commercial interests such as the timber and logging industry and palm or acacia plantations ) is responsible for more than 78% of estimated Sumatran tiger deaths.

Less then 100 Sumatran Tigers remain today.

Less then 100 rhinos are alive in the sumatra-borneo forest today.

More then 5,000 human rights abuses were recorded during 2012 due to the Indonesian deforestation.

Obesity rates in the United States are still increasing, and have reached nearly 60 percent for women in some counties.

A growing number of people do exercise (great stuff) and about 40% of the adult American population could be considered active (i´m a bit generous now).

People eat on average 800 kcal more per day then a few decades ago. Lesson to be learned -  eat healthier, moving around is only  half of the real solution to a healthier, long term life. So if you are active and already eating healthy and are still adding body fat on a monthly basis - eat less (if you desire to loose said body fat instead of gaining it, that is).

Every single human being will over time loose body fat or gain it, loose muscle mass or gain it - depending on food level, activity level and food quality. And your health will get affected the very same way.

Whatever way you want to look, is ok. But it is your choice, no one wakes up with toned muscles and low or high body fat. We create it over time, and either way - it is always reversible.

The waters around Australia are riddled with more than 4,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer.

Australia, uses nearly 1.5 million tonnes of plastic a year, with only 20% of it recycled.

Globally speaking, the situation is not much different. Some countries do much better, some do even worse.
And yes - as apex predators, this always do affect us people in the long run. We are shooting ourselves in the literal and real feets every time we litter.

Income inequality continues to rise faster in USA then other developed countries.

Females in Saudi Arabia are still not allowed to drive a car.

The happiest and also most equal, and healthy, and sustainable and open minded people - and less war riddled in modern time - in the world reside "surprisingly" often in Northern Europe (link to just one of many up to date studies:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/09/world-happiness-report-happiest-countries_n_3894041.html )

Sugar have been found to cause an increase in dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health. And yet, up to 25 percent of the US population are still adding sugar to their daily diet (on top of what is naturally found in fruits and other natural food sources).

The martial eagle – a sub-Saharan bird of prey – is struggling as it is shot and poisoned by farmers. Its numbers have declined by 60% in 20 years

Okapi, a species of striped forest giraffes - a national symbol of Congo, is on the brink of extinction.

Environmental destruction costs the world trillions of US$ every year.

However, as we change and help instead of hinder, species and nature are often capable of remarkable comebacks, such as the one staged by the  island fox, which had been lost from some of the southern Californian islands on which it lived, but, thanks to conservation efforts is now on it´s way to reclaim it´s former home turf.

And in that same ebb and flow of life and Earth, animals and people.
People, as individuals, are no different, and as i type this post out, as i near the end of it, i find myself in a turn of events, starting to end my post, writing about, what i had initially intended for the entire post to be about.

But since my post is already so long winded, i will just briefly touch down on the connection between body and mind.

Body and mind -  a connection of health

Body and mind age slower and healthier , and is even capable of reversing current state and biological age, to quite some extent, no matter your age and physical condition.

When being fed progressive challenges on a weekly basis, positive changes happens in both body and mind, over time.

Lesson to be learned: Just do it.

Every week, we are all prone to lay back and do nothing. It is basic human nature to lazy up whenever we are given a chance to do so.

We enjoy sweets, we enjoy being lazy.
It is human nature. Just as enjoying sex and emotional closeness is a universal, human need.

Just as kids love sweet food, not because they need it or actually feel hungry, but because their mind tells them - eat everything you see as if your life depends on it.

It is nothing more then a very basic instinct passed down from our forest and cave dwelling years, when we not only walked long to hunt and find food when needed. We also ate what we could find, when we could find it, and then we rested to preserve energy.

The more we eat, the hungrier we actually get.
The more we lift, the stronger we get.
The more we enjoy sex, the better sex we get to have, and higher sex drive.

Your body adapts to what you do, eat to little, and you will starve by not just loosing body fat, but also muscle mass, eat to much and you will add body fat. Our bodies change 24/7, no matter if we see it or not.

It is a constant state of change.

So, the next time you feel to lazy to workout when you know you actually should do it.

Do it, and reap the reward of feeling much better about yourself afterwards.

The next time your mind tells you that no, i dont care about learning anything more. I dont want to know, or see.

I will just sit here and disregard everything else in the world, because my mind is full. Well, go ahead and do that, it is your choice and your life of course.

But, just as our muscles and body fat, always react positively if we challenge our bodies physical capacity every week, our mind reacts positively to new input.

Even to the point of slowing down the dullness and aging negatives. 

Just as our muscles and cardio performance decline, and our body fat increase when we do to little, just as our blood sugar levels spike when we do to little physical activity our mind grows dull when we stop feeding it new horizons to take in.

So if you have a person in your proximity that want to stretch their legs and mind - if you want to broaden your horizons in life - do it.

Treat them and yourself to a richer and fresher rest of whatever your journey holds in store.

Lift some weights, do some cardio, every week.
Eat better, be less judgmental and blind, learn new crafts, skills and languages, go outside, see another point of view, taste new waters.

Explore more music, read, write, take up photography, learn martial arts. Explore new parts of sex (that you are curious about enjoying of course, and please - pick only people you actually want to explore). 

Do whatever amount of cardio you can that week.

Lift whatever amount of weights you can and enjoy lifting today.

You´r body and mind will always and only be as good as you want and make yourself to be today and tomorrow, in health, body and mind.

No need to compare yourself to someone else. If someone provides inspiration for a positive change, tune in. If not, do whatever floats your boat.

That is your right.

I am not telling you to get all toned up and strong if that is not in your interest. I am not telling you to lower your body fat or to start eating healthy food or going all sustainable - and if you truly despise sex, then i am not telling you to start enjoying it.

No need to get a sexy glut thanks to dead lifts and squats if you truly do not enjoy having a yummy, fit ass.

All i am actually telling you.

Is that, no matter where you want to go individually as well as from a broader perspective in life. 
You will change and grow in positive ways, and so do life. If you are consistent about going where you want to go from here, week in week out, no matter time and place.

Life and health, our muscles, body fat, our very mind.
Even Earth.

It´s all progressive and as such, it can and will over time go both back and forth depending on how we treat it, but only one person is in control over where you want to go, and that is you.

#anorseview  
#polarbear  
#blackandwhitephotography  
#bodyandmind  
#fitnessmotivation  
#breakfastclub  ___

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2013-11-24 18:02:25 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Walking under the falling snow - Winters realm II

Silence
through the light of days gone by
the growing birth of your tomorrow
all the beauty, resonating
life encapsulated 
in all that you are
 
your voice
it weaves and whispers the song of leafs
in every day 

our rays of light
in hearts and mind 
born together it multiply
A midst the frozen water 
our resonance
of
tomorrow
and today
sprung forth
down from
the open sky
with grass beneath my feets

as i lay in silence
of this song, the views and touch
mesmerized
you and me this song of life 
always write

#anorseview  
#fineartphotography  
#landscapephotography  
#poetryoflife  
#writing  
#breakfastclub  
#thosemoments  
#europeanpho... more »

Walking under the falling snow - Winters realm II

Silence
through the light of days gone by
the growing birth of your tomorrow
all the beauty, resonating
life encapsulated 
in all that you are
 
your voice
it weaves and whispers the song of leafs
in every day 

our rays of light
in hearts and mind 
born together it multiply
A midst the frozen water 
our resonance
of
tomorrow
and today
sprung forth
down from
the open sky
with grass beneath my feets

as i lay in silence
of this song, the views and touch
mesmerized
you and me this song of life 
always write

#anorseview  
#fineartphotography  
#landscapephotography  
#poetryoflife  
#writing  
#breakfastclub  
#thosemoments  
#europeanphotography  +Europeans on G+ 

Today while walking outside in a barely snowy, frozen landscape, powdery white on ground as well as trees and branches, it all lay still and silent.

Until you paid attention that is.

When your eyes and ears took it´s time to see and listen to the hidden details, all the little birds and critters, both big and small, still moving around amongst the trees and frozen land.

A squirrel working his way over the nested branches, perhaps contemplating over the softness of white fluff, both cold and wet to it´s touch, yet strangely enough, an additional layer of encapsulating warmth as it builds, flake upon flake where it lands. 

And there in a tree, a deep and black bird made hole, revealing nothing until you are close enough to hear inside where someone calls it home.

Life is such a grand adventure - a tale of beauty upon each day.
And i wish you the same.

But for now, you´ll have to do without me, because now i´m off to the gym to punish and conquer all the weights :).

Music for the day
Pantera - Strength beyond strength
http://grooveshark.com/s/Strength+Beyond+Strength/hydkC?src=5___

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2013-11-22 12:23:44 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Have a great one everybody, and remember.
Life´s like a giant and mutual shower that we´re all standing in. 

Where we are born, our culture, love life, sex life, our religion or lack off, our nations past. Our own past or others opinions on our needs and who we are - mean nothing.

What matters is what we do and what we truly need from life to be happy with it, as an individual, and that we give and allow that same right and freedom to every one else too.

But i dont need to tell you that, you already know this.

And, besides - Pantera basically got it all right when they created one of the very best metal songs in all of time, so i´ll just hand the page to them instead. And you guys, you tune in, you raise the volume up way high - until the walls and windows are vibrating :).

You mosh away where ever you are, while you sip in these words ofwis... more »

Have a great one everybody, and remember.
Life´s like a giant and mutual shower that we´re all standing in. 

Where we are born, our culture, love life, sex life, our religion or lack off, our nations past. Our own past or others opinions on our needs and who we are - mean nothing.

What matters is what we do and what we truly need from life to be happy with it, as an individual, and that we give and allow that same right and freedom to every one else too.

But i dont need to tell you that, you already know this.

And, besides - Pantera basically got it all right when they created one of the very best metal songs in all of time, so i´ll just hand the page to them instead. And you guys, you tune in, you raise the volume up way high - until the walls and windows are vibrating :).

You mosh away where ever you are, while you sip in these words of wisdom and then you have a jolly good weekend (and life) and treat each other with some equal and real respect. :).

Pantera - walk

Run your mouth when I'm not around 
It's easy to achieve 
You cry to weak friends that sympathize 

Can you hear the violins playing your song? 
Those same friends tell me your every word

Is there no standard anymore? 
What it takes, who I am, where I've been 
Belong 
You can't be something you're not 
Be yourself, by yourself 
Stay away from me 
A lesson learned in life 
Known from the dawn of time

Respect, walk

Are you talking to me? 
No way punk
Walk on home boy

#lifeisbeautiful  ___

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2013-11-21 11:52:44 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

photo of the day Nov, 21 2013
photographer +Belinda Shi 

with a golden hue painted over it´s landscape. Forms and details, gently hidden behind a subtle veil of color and mist. it silently reaches out and captures your stare as your eyes find itself looking up in to the sky and it´s two lone explorers.

Are they leaving or coming home you might wonder.

Excellent and mesmerizing capture Belinda.

One of my most unforgettable sunrise experiences - right after 10-hour overnight train ride.  Taken in Bagan, Myanmar in 2008.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Carra Riley +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar
+LandscapeArtTuesday curated by  +Christina Deubel #LandscapeArtTuesday
+G+ 365 Project curated by  +Simon Davis-Oakley +Patricia dos Santos Paton +James Cockroft #365project
+PixelWorld curated by  +Alberto Carreras #pixelworld  +Erwin Chung +Fine Art Fantastic Photos curated by +Heimo MAUSER & +Robert SKREINER & +Gemma Costa #fineartfantasticphotos___photo of the day Nov, 21 2013
photographer +Belinda Shi 

with a golden hue painted over it´s landscape. Forms and details, gently hidden behind a subtle veil of color and mist. it silently reaches out and captures your stare as your eyes find itself looking up in to the sky and it´s two lone explorers.

Are they leaving or coming home you might wonder.

Excellent and mesmerizing capture Belinda.

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2013-11-15 12:10:28 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Walking under the falling snow - Winters realm

the flakes upon my skin
like swans and florals they transcend 
through air
not falling
nor the sense of rush
slow it falls the winter crust
upon your hair and all our land

it´s silence the softness
of white

the beauty it paints

as we walk beneath the falling snow
in winters realm

the past, the present and the future - winters shrouded hunters

I am however,(we) not the only one(s) to enjoy the shrouded walks beneath the falling snow. The magic of flakes dancing between the trees and softly draping the world in white, shrouding the landscape, the people and all of life in a soft veil both in air and ground.

Amongst the trees and mountains, rivers and creeks, ghostly shadows moves with intent through the falling snow. Be it an majestica... more »

Walking under the falling snow - Winters realm

the flakes upon my skin
like swans and florals they transcend 
through air
not falling
nor the sense of rush
slow it falls the winter crust
upon your hair and all our land

it´s silence the softness
of white

the beauty it paints

as we walk beneath the falling snow
in winters realm

the past, the present and the future - winters shrouded hunters

I am however,(we) not the only one(s) to enjoy the shrouded walks beneath the falling snow. The magic of flakes dancing between the trees and softly draping the world in white, shrouding the landscape, the people and all of life in a soft veil both in air and ground.

Amongst the trees and mountains, rivers and creeks, ghostly shadows moves with intent through the falling snow. Be it an majestic alpha male following the prey that his pack of wolves relentlessly stalk and guide until it´s demise, or the ghostly lynx watching and waiting from high up it´s trees. 

None sight rarer then the Snow Leopard tho.

The Snow Leopard belongs to a species of cats, that together with the other big cats diverged 6 to 7 million years ago from the main tree of cats - the Felinae, which amongst others include the already mentioned Lynx, cougars and our smaller domesticated cats that hunt and stalk our kitchen floors and gardens. 

The big cat species seems to have originated out of Asia before spreading and diversifying all over the world, from Africa to Europe and America - big and small cats have conquered the entire globe. 

Big cats today consists of lions, jaguars, tigers, leopards, snow leopards, and clouded leopards (personally i´d like to include Cheetahs and cougars too but to no avail :P - well, i am of course not the only one considering them as big cats, but they do belong to the Felinae family of cats).

Several big and small cat species have come and gone through the 20 to 30 million of years that Felinaes have roamed (and according to some, ruled) the Earth.

Most notably was perhaps  the loss of the Big cat species, the Machairodontinae, also known as Sabre toothed cats. But, there have been others too, like the Snow Leopard sibling, the Panthera blytheae which was recently discovered in the Himalayas and are now considered the oldest known Big cat fossils. 

But big cats, still roam the world. In between the trees and mountains, the desert sands and snowy hill tops, these majestic hunters still persists and with the exception of it´s biggest foe, humans, big cats rule their kingdoms unchallenged - with strength and might, wisdom and balance. 

People however have over the years hunted and killed it´s numbers and stolen and poisoned it´s land and food.

Today none of the big cat species will survive on it´s own for much longer and its biggest foe is ironically the only one that can save these cat´s from going extinct in the wild.

the future

"The ghost of the mountains", the snow leopard is perhaps the hardest to find, not only is it critically endangered like few other cat species, even tho the Tiger is even worse off, but it is also notoriously wise and skilled in remaining out of sight and mind.

An elusive animal like few others, it roams the Himalayas like an invisible ghost. 7000 or so strong, is what remains of it´s species, but it´s elusive nature of course makes it next to impossible to truly pin point how many are still alive.

All is not lost though.

12 Asian countries where snow leopards roam have now, mutually endorsed an ambitious plan to protect and conserve snow leopards and their high mountain range habitat.

The goal is to ensure 20 healthy and protected landscapes of snow leopards by 2020. A mutual plan that also promote more climate friendly development to ensure healthy and sustainable water, food and energy security for the people living in the shadows of the Asian mountains.

A win, win for both people and big cat species if we actually deliver on our promise. Just as Tigers, Cheetahs and Lions in Africa can continue to be a resource and joy for humanity to live in mutual peace with if we all go through with our global promise to promote better sustainability, equality, quality of life, respect and protection not just for Africa's wildlife, nature and people.

But for all of us. No matter if we live in Europe, India, the middle East, Asia or America.

Outside of your own personal life and choices, a good start is the Earth hour if you want to contribute to making this world a better place for all of us.

http://worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour-city-challenge

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