For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan
This mandala comes from an astonishing NASA image of earth at night taken from the International Space Station. Space Flight Now, the site where I found the image, explains:
From 220 miles above Earth, this nighttime photo features the bright lights of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt on the Mediterranean coast. The Nile River and its delta stand out clearly as well. On the horizon, the airglow of the atmosphere is seen across the Mediterranean.
What an image to take in fully; the tiny ribbon of atmosphere at the edge of the picture, the lights along the Nile in a state-of-the art-look at an ancient land and the idea that someone was 220 miles above the earth with a camera taking it. Wonderful – in every sense of the word.
Have a good week, everyone.
“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
People who want to squeeze every drop out of life are inspiring. I say that as someone who has a tendency to want to be “a sleepy planet” as much as I’ve ever wanted to be London’s meteor with “every atom aglow.”
This mandala was made from a photo taken Thanksgiving weekend at Forest, Ontario. The campfire released tremendous energy as a huge shower of sparks, which I think the photo captures and I hope the mandala retains.
Is it obvious this mandala is made with fire? I realize when I called it Fire Mandala I was giving a big hint, but I wonder if without the hint if you could tell?
This is one of two mandalas I created today using images of fire. They turned out very different from each other, expressing different aspects of fire’s qualities. I’ll post the other on Friday and you’ll see what I mean.
This one suggests to me the cheery side of fire’s personality; the warm invitation on a chilly day to sit by a cracking, happy hearth.
The source photo was taken Thanksgiving weekend at Forest, Ontario.
Happy Victoria Day, the unofficial but true start of the Canadian Summer Season. Coast to coast, Canadians are working in gardens, opening cottages, and putting winter clothes in storage. When that’s done, it will be time for the sparklers.
Try to remember how hot the ends can get while you lose yourself to the magic of those sparks dancing down the wand.
© Kathryn Tisdale and The Mandala Pattern 2010
A few days ago, in this post, I showed the mandala I submitted to the Smogfest Art Exhibition this year. The palette was right for this purpose, I think, because bright blue is something we all associate with an ideal environment.
Today, I just wanted to explore a palette I like better. Here’s the result.