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Clouds – Amersfoort, NL – Urge For Going – Gaia Son

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I awoke today and found
the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky
then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
and all the trees are shivering in a naked row
I get the urge for going
But I never seem to go

– Joni Mitchell,  Urge For Going (1966)

Cat Silhouette – Amersfoort, NL – Gaia Son – Happy Winter Solstice

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Grand-Hornu – Boussu, België – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

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Grand-Hornu is an old industrial mining complex in Hornu in the municipality of Boussu, Belgium. It was built by Henri De Gorge between 1810 and 1830. It is a unique example of functional town-planning. Today it is owned by the province of Hainaut, which houses temporary exhibitions in the buildings. As one of four Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site in 2012. – Wikipedia

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Scenes from the Algarve, Portugal – December 2005 – Gaia Son

Faro, Portugal

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Cidade de Faro Coat of Arms

Faro is a city and a municipality in theFaro District of the Algarve region, in southern Portugal. It is the southernmost city in Continental Portugal. – Wikipedia

Sagres, Portugal

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The name Sagres, follows from Sagrado (holy) owing to the important local religious practices and rituals that occurred during the pre-history of the nation. From here some of the Mediterranean peoples (including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans), venerated their divinities and which some believed, owing to the absence of a human settlement, was the gathering place for their gods. – Wikipedia

Portuguese Cistern – El Jadida, Morocco – Gaia Son

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Built in 1514, this former warehouse (possibly an armory) was converted into a cistern in the 16th century. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from the little light there is and the spartan shapes of the columns and the roof. Its visual qualities are such that several movies have been filmed within the cavernous space, of which Orson Welles’ Othello is the best known internationally. – El Jadida, Wikipedia

Tami & Chris in Morocco August 2010 – tamichrismorocco.blogspot.com

All I Want – Lonely Roads & Blue Motel Rooms – Las Cruces NM & El Paso TX – Gaia Son & Joni Mitchell

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I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Traveling, traveling, traveling
Looking for something, what can it be
Oh I hate you some, I hate you some, I love you some
Oh I love you when I forget about me

– All I Want, Blue (1970) Joni Mitchell

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I’ve got a blue motel room
With a blue bedspread
I’ve got the blues inside and outside my head
Will you still love me
When I call you up when I’m down….

….I’ve got road maps
From two dozen states
I’ve got coast to coast just to contemplate
Will you still love me
When I get back to town

– Blue Motel Room, Hejira (1976) Joni Mitchell

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I am on a lonely road and I am traveling
Looking for the key to set me free
Oh the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling
It’s the unraveling
And it undoes all the joy that could be

– All I Want, Blue (1970) Joni Mitchell

White Sands National Monument – January 1, 2005 – Gaia Son

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Retro Travel Poster

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Big Bend National Park – A Decade Ago – Gaia Son, December 2004

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Big Bend National Park in the U.S. state of Texas has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States. It contains more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. The national park covers 801,163 acres (324,219 ha), which is larger than the state of Rhode Island. Few other parks exceed this park’s value for the protection and study of geologic and paleontologic resources. A variety of Cretaceous and Cenozoic fossil organisms exist in abundance. Archaeologists have discovered artifacts estimated to be 9,000 years old, and historic buildings and landscapes offer graphic illustration of life along the international border in the 19th century. – Wikipedia

Poster designed by Tyler Nordgren, author of Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks. – The Atlantic

Big Bend from Space – Courtesy of NASA

Vintage NPS Poster

Vintage NPS Poster

Snakefly (Raphidioptera) – Amersfoort, NL – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

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Snakeflies are a group of insects comprising the order Raphidioptera, consisting of about 210 extant species. Together with theMegaloptera they were formerly placed within the Neuroptera, but now these two are generally regarded as separate orders.

Snakeflies are predatory, both as adults and larvae. They can be quite common throughout temperate Europe and Asia, but in North America occur exclusively in the Western United States, namely in the Rocky Mountains and westward, including the southwestern deserts.

Adult snakeflies are characterized by having an elongate prothorax but no modification of the forelegs (as in Mantispidae). They have strong and relatively unspecialised mouthparts, and large compound eyes. Some species also have ocelli. The females typically have a long ovipositor, which they use to deposit their eggs into crevices in bark or rotting wood. The wings are similar in size, with a primitive venation pattern, and a thickened costal margin (or “pterostigma”). – Wikipedia

Wintery Images from Helsinki – Gaia Son

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