Parishioners may appreciate my Gratitude
for those Small Things in Life
which keep one afloat.
Nonetheless, while trawling Teh Luvvery Interwebs,
no doubt related to the last post “Other People’s Ponies”
I recently ran across a post entitled Where Vehicles are Left to Die
here are some examples of vehicle cemeteries around the world, areas on earth that have unwittingly become the home to rusting, unused machines – remember, this is just a selection of the many boneyards on earth and while they often look stunning and make for a great photo, the environmental costs far outweigh the view
This is amazing!
there’s also a little synchronicity there
as I’m currently reading DeLillo‘s Underworld –
in which the narrator visits an old flame – Klara Sax! –
who is creating an “installation”by painting surplus warplanes:
This time it is not aerosol cans and sardine tins and shampoo caps and mattresses. I painted a mattress and some sheets. It was the end of marriage number two and I painted my bed in effect. Anyway, yes, I am now dealing with B52 long-range bombers. I am painting airplanes that are a hundred and sixty feet long with wingspans even longer and total weight operating on full tanks maybe half a million pounds, I don’t know about empty – planes that used to carry nuclear bombs, ta-da, ta-da, out across the world
Oh, there is a *stack* of fine aerial photos here –
Anyway, there are some amazing pics –
and isn’t it really an amazing concept?
There are also some worthy links in the comments.
Now, on that site we also have 7 Amazing Holes
looking at photos like these scares and fascinates me in equal doses. the sheer scale of these holes reminds you of just how tiny you are.
Mirny diamond mine, Siberia
I’m pretty sure most people have seen this one. It’s an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. at 525 metres deep with a top diameter of 1200 metres there’s even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters being sucked in.
Apparently this fascinated Teh Netiz3nz who subsequently went ballistic (intended) in the comments. Selections may be found on this separate page:
7 Amazing Holes – The Helicopter Experts
Hearty Congratulations to anyone who wades thru this…
10 of the Best Natural Phenomena
obviously, rainbows aren’t the only brilliant natural phenomena on earth.
below are some optical phenomena, atmospheric phenomena, electrical phenomena and natural optical illusions and they’re all incredible for one reason or another.
Impact craters on Earth
on earth there are close to 100 impact craters with a diameter of 0.1km or more, many of them either so eroded or large that they can only be recognised on satellite images. for the uninitiated, impact craters are formed by the hypervelocity impact of a meteoroid, asteroid or comet on the earth’s surface (or the surface of any large object in space)
This is Gosses Bluff, Northern Territory, Australia
age – 142.5 million yrs, diameter – 5 km
according to my rough calculations there are over 70 elevators in the world…
Fill your pants, Pilgrim!
Prisons of the World
The world’s most valuable prison may be San Quentin state prison, California
This is the Leoben Justice Centre, Steiermark, Austria
“reminds me of ikea” says Deputy Dog
11 Phenomenal Images of Earth
below are 11 incredible photos taken from space which illustrate just a few of earth’s fascinating geographical features and nature’s frightening unpredictability.
The fractal coastline of Greenland and its numerous fjords – WOW!
Oh, that’s enough Parishioners;
go check it out yourselves!