We arose at 2am in varying states of sleepiness and drove the two miles downhill to the pub car park where we could access the footpath to the Peace Camp, a contemplative art installation.
We were told the event was a ‘contemplative experience’ by the rather earnest young man at the gate who asked us to please turn off our mobile (cell) phones, I knew exactly where he was coming from and was about to tell him how much I was bugged by people constantly phoning me at 3am every morning when I am trying to enjoy a contemplative experience – or dream, when one of my companions shot me a “don’t even think about it!” warning glare and we set off on our 30 minute walk to the installation.
As you can see from my photo and rather better from the video on the website, the event looked very atmospheric with the LIGHT from the tents illuminating the area.
I’ve always been thrilled by the sound of hot-air balloon’s burners (i’m easily pleased).
The photo above was taken in a small town in Spain when I was following La Vuelta (1997).
I would normally steal some amazing shot from Gurgle Images to illustrate my post but have at last found my photo collection on an old USB stick.
The inspiration for this post came when I was checking out my daily newsletter from the excellent Designboom website, I hope you will be amazed by this balloon photo….
…and then visit designboom for the full story.
“It’s my firm belief that the greatest threat facing humanity today, perhaps the greatest threat we have ever faced, is the one posed by climate change. I realise this is a divisive issue. Not everyone’s on the same page with climate science and the conclusions of it’s practitioners. Some people agree with me that it presents a clear danger to our continued existence and well-being – and the others are wrong.”
An article in today’s BBC Nature site tells us that:
Giant dinosaurs could have warmed the planet with their flatulence, say researchers.
British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus.
By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs – as a whole – produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually.
They suggest the gas could have been a key factor in the warm climate 150 million years ago.
All fascinating stuff.
Later in the article, this caught my eye:
Sauropods, such as Apatosaurus louise (formerly known as Brontosaurus)
Huh? They changed the name?
When did that happen then?
Well, as far back as 1989 apparently, when according to the Wall Street Journal the United States Postal Service caused uproar amongst purists by daring to mislabel
its new 25-cent dinosaur stamp, a drawing of a pair of dinosaurs…’Brontosaurus’
I wish folks would keep me up to date…