April 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm (God, Life, Writing)

Passion. A love of something. The type of love that incites excitement at just the thought of it.

Passion. An undying love for someone. Their name awakens the butterflies and that uncontainable smile.

Passion. A selfless love. Painful but worth the sacrifice.

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April 17, 2014 at 9:41 am (Life) (, , )

While my library is my everyday haven, the perfect place to clear my mind is the ocean. The gentle roar of the waves, the cool breeze off of the water, the warm sun — they refresh everything.

Usually, my only companions are my chair, a book, and my mom (also armed with a chair and book). We sit quietly, side by side, talking occasionally but mostly reading and enjoying the separation from the busy world inland. An introvert’s paradise.

We watch people stroll along the edge of the water or sunbathe nearby. Sometimes, we imagine who they must be and what’s brought them there. Sometimes, we’re too occupied with the sound of the waves and the wind, which overpower any sound beyond a few feet.

When the sun’s too warm, we dip our feet in the water, stretch, watch the clouds, scan the ocean for creatures. Then we return to our chairs for another round of reading.

By the time we leave, we’re warm, relaxed. It’s one of my favorite places.

Where do you like to relax?

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April 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm (Life, Photography) (, , , , )

Earlier today, I had decided to write about the beautiful thick clouds outside, hence the word “nimbus.” Not that they’re an uncommon occurrence. In fact, a warm day without them is an oddity. But it’s a fun word to say that starts with the letter “n” and it’s a little unexpected.

However, when I went outside for a picture, I found something even more unexpected overhead.

A sun halo!

A sun halo, also known as a nimbus

All my life, I’ve admired pictures of uncommon meteorological occurrences, and now I’ve officially been witness to one.

Known by countless names including sun halo and nimbus, this phenomena happens thanks to ice crystals in the atmosphere. Apparently, our recent (and likely last) cold front made for just the right conditions. Talk about a pleasant surprise!

Have you ever seen a nimbus (sun halo, sun dog, etc.)? Have you ever witnessed any other unusual weather phenomena?

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