...things and notions to provoke pondering, instill surprise, tempt your inner child, and inspire (and, perhaps, make you smile)
The Nevis River Bungy (134-meter drop, 8.5 seconds of freefall)
Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
The Perfect Ice Ball: Hand-sculpted
Takayuki Suzuki (a.k.a. "The Ice Man) applies the Japanese aesthetic—and tradition of "omotenashi"—to the classic ice ball
Story Invades the City... as The Lord of the Rings Makes Its Worldwide Film Debut
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
Puerto Rico's Non-Native Green Iguana
...now outnumbering the human population (Old San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Where Seas Collide
Witness the Tidal Race between the Tasman Sea (west) & Pacific Ocean (east) (Cape Reinga, North Island, New Zealand)
"Cities are not people. But, like people, cities have their own personalities ... A city is a collection of lives and buildings, and it has identity and personality. Cities exist in location, and in time. ... There are good cities—the ones that welcome you, that seem to care about you, that seem pleased you’re in them. There are indifferent cities—the ones that honestly don't care if you're there or not; cities with their own agendas, the ones that ignore people. There are cities gone bad, and there are places in otherwise healthy cities as rotten and maggoty as windfall apples. There are even cities that seem lost—some, lacking a center, feel like they would be happier being elsewhere, somewhere smaller, somewhere easier to understand. Some cities spread, like cancers or B-movie slime monsters, devouring all in their way, absorbing towns and villages, swallowing boroughs and hamlets, transmuting into boundless conurbations. Other cities shrink—once prosperous areas empty and fail: buildings empty, windows are boarded up, people leave, and sometimes they cannot even tell you why. ... Don't ever take a city for granted. After all, it is bigger than you are; it is older; and it has learned how to wait." (artist)
— Neil Gaiman (photo by Trey Ratcliff)
Totem Pole, Story Pole: whale to thunderbird
chainsaw-carved by Donald Colps, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Ancient Saguaro (100+ years old)
Saguaro N.P., Sonoran Desert, Arizona, U.S.A. (a saguaro grows just 1 inch about every 10 years...)
Who is Danbo?
...a fictional cardboard box robot character from Kiyohiko Azuma's manga series Yotsuba&!
Start the day with a Russian Coffee
Black coffee + vodka + freshly whipped real cream = Russian coffee
"oishii" おいしい : an enjoyable eating experience
Most Delicious Fruit Known to Man...
...so says Mark Twain. Creamy, with an almost indescribable in flavor (a blend of so many tropical flavors: coconut, banana, papaya, mango, and pineapple), the cherimoya is one of the world’s rarest fruits.
Flash and Ash
When lightning adds to the ash of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano... (photo by Italian scientist Marco Fulle)
"kawaii" かわいい : [kəˈwaɪ] the quality of cuteness (Japanese popular culture)
"wabi-sabi" 侘寂 : the Japanese aesthetic of the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete ...the related world view of accepting transcience and imperfection