Tuesday, August 31, 2010

He's Kinda Spacey

One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to see all the fabulous photos of the places you live and visit. I've been to some of these areas, but others are brought before me through your eyes. I've fallen in love with mountains, valleys and deserts all over the world that I may never get to witness firsthand. I do plan to visit some of them in the future, but there is one special guy who posts the most AWESOME photos of all and they are taken from a place I know I'll never get to go.

Did you know that Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock posts photos from the International Space Station on TwitPic? Here's a couple of recent ones along with Doug's comments in blue…

“Out over the central Atlantic, just before another spectacular sunset, with the spiral bands of Hurricane Earl visible in the setting sun. An interesting view of the life-giving energy of our sun. The solar arrays on the port side of the Space Station as well as Hurricane Earl…both gathering the last bit of energy before they fall into eclipse.

“Hurricane Earl is gathering some serious strength. It is incredible what a difference a day makes when you’re dealing with this force of nature. Please keep a watchful eye on this one...not sure if Earl will go quietly into the night like Danielle. Earl – Go placidly amid the noise and haste…and remember what peace there may be in silence…”

Note from Shellbelle: For any of you out there in the path of Hurricane Earl, please be safe and evacuate! Take this from someone who has seen my fair share of these from the Gulf Coast of Florida. I'm not sure how far off shore Earl will be when it passes by here in Coastal Georgia, right now we are in no danger, but these storms are unpredictable, so I'll be keeping a watchful eye. Please do the same up North!

This one's for Julie @ Being Ruby and Julia @ Drawn to the Sea.
My own Julie and Julia friends, both lover's of the sea and the full moon.
Both who inspire me with their images and prose.
Thanks for being my friends.

“Fly me to the Moon…let me dance among the Stars…” 
Photo taken on June 27, 2010

And my fav from a place I'd love to visit…

“Of all the places on our glorious planet, few rival the brilliant colors of The Bahamas. Here is a view of our Progress-37 re-supply spacecraft, with the islands of The Bahamas as a backdrop. What a wonderful world!”

Check out Doug's photos from around the world — Australia, Greece, Hawaii, Italy and more, plus the crew aboard the International Space Station by clicking on any of the images above or on his name at the beginning of this post. If you have a Twitter account, you can sign in and leave a comment.

Thanks Doug, for sharing these stunning photos with us!

You're kinda spacey,

but we love you!

I'm going to link this up with Susan @ Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday, after all you can't get any more outdoorsy than this! Have a wonderful week!

21 Thoughtful Comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Totally awesome {I know...I sound like a teenager!}. Thanks so much for showing us these pictures!! My prayers and thoughts are going out to all of those that may be in the path of Hurricane Earl. I have been watching it on the news for awhile now. I hope he goes quietly.


Drawn to The Sea said...

Oh you sweet thing, what a lovely shot of our dear moon. Hugs for that!

The Nasa community here is very closely knit. We're not a part of it, but we're very proud of the those who ride into the sky.

The Bahamas hold special memories... it's been over 25 years since we were last there, but my memories are very clear.

I hope Earl misses you, & that those in his path take great precautions.

Thanks again for the moon!

Florida Native Mom said...

Now that's a room with a view!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great post Rhonda! I love those shots! My thoughts and prayers are being sent out to those who are in the path of Hurricane Earl. Maybe he will just fizzle out...

~ Tracy

Tink *~*~* said...

Hurricanes DO look so amazing from the sky - white, puffy, harmless really. Hard to picture the destruction they can mask beneath that cushy exterior.

Tink *~*~*

Jane said...

These are beautiful images! Wow! Earl is a stunning storm. All we can do is pray that it will veer away from the states. Can you imagine what it will do in this latest form if it hits NYC? or anywhere along the eastern seaboard? The strange thing about hurricanes is that they can change so quickly...

Flotsam Friends said...

Those shots are stunning and amazing!! I can't believe the clarity. Pruxxx

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

His photos are absolutely amazing and aren't we fortunate to be able to see what he sees.

Hurricane Earl is reported to possibly hit the outer banks of NC. We are bracing ourselves for the possibility of high winds. I'm right here on the coast north of Myrtle Beach. We are waiting to hear what happens next.


Mary said...

These are amazing~ Thanks for Doug's link...I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the Outer Banks of NC, Earl does not look like he will go quietly into the night.

betty-NZ said...

The things you can find in cyberspace! Great shots!

Sue said...

Oh how pretty...not that I would make that trip if given the chance! Perfect post for Julie and Julia, both wonderful blog friends.

Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful pictures! How amazing our universe is. I'll be thinking of you in the next few days! GO AWAY EARL!

Kaybe said...

Thanks Rhonda....now I have Bowie's "Ground control to Major Tom" stuck in my head. xxoo

Sarah said...

These are amazing photos. Thanks for sharing them. I just hope Earl doesn't leave a path of massive destruction. ~ Sarah

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Astounding photos! I love this stuff! I am hopeful Earl is going to pass on by SC but am keeping an eye out none the less. I remember the eye of hurricane Hugo passing over us in the middle of the state and it was really scary. I can't even imagine why people don't evacuate when they are warned ahead of time. I hope ole Earl will continue his journey uneventfully!

CHERI said...

These photos are awesome. I never understand how someone could not look at photos like these and know that there is a GOD! Several yrs. ago I went to Cape Canaveral and went in the I-Theater there (think that's what it was called). Awesome, awesome pictures of outer space. Just breathtaking. Hope you won't have any bad effects from the store...maybe just enough waves to wash up some wonderful shells and beautiful driftwood.

Light and Voices said...

I am speechless!
Joyce M

Ms.Daisy said...

Great pictures of Earl! Thanks!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is really neat Rhonda!
Isn't blogging a neat way to see the world through different eyes.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a beautiful and amazing world we live in! The pics are fantastic - thanks for sharing them. I'm awe-struck! Linda

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Oh Rhonda Rhonda Rhonda
You are the sweetest!!

You know my heart skipped a beat when i saw the first few shots... that feeling... of space.. and eternity. I cannot describe!!! I've been fascinated with space and astronomy since I was a kid... just kind of got hooked early!! and dedicating the moon to Julia and I!!! what a girl you are!!! Julia and I thank you from our moon and sea loving hearts!!! hahaha

Hope everyone is ok with the hurricane whipping up the coast.... Take care my friend.. xxx Julie

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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