Archive for May 4th, 2011

May 4, 2011

“Mezzo Cammin” (Halfway) to Erta Ale volcano …

three fourth of my life is gone, and I have let

The years slip from me and have not fulfilled

The aspiration of my youth, to build

Some tower of song with lofty parapet.

Not indolence, nor pleasure, nor the fret

Of restless passions chat would not be stilled,

But sorrow, and a care that almost killed,

Kept me from what I may accomplish yet;

Though, half way up the hill, I see the Past

Lying beneath me with its sounds and sights,–

A city in the twilight dim and vast,

With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights.– 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who translated the Divine Comedy into English, also wrote a poem titled “Mezzo Cammin” (“Halfway,” 1845), alluding to the first line of the Comedy

May 4, 2011

Sun sets on Danakil Salt Lake

The Danakil Desert lies in north-eastern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea and much of Djibouti. The homeland of the Afar people, it is known for its heat and for the Afar Depression, lying up to 100 m below sea level. The Danakil Desert’s main industry is salt mining, while it is also home to wildlife, including African Wild Asses.

Many volcanoes exist in the region, including Erta Ale and the Dabbahu Volcano. It was named by National Geographic as the “Cruelest Place on Earth”.

May 4, 2011

Albert Einstein

 

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” — Albert Einstein

Wonder, silence, gratitude

one who is going upstream ......

one who is going upstream ......

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