Nardò Ring, Nardò, Italy
Amazon Rainforest deforestation, Para, Brazil
Terraced rice paddies, Yunnan, China
Soybean fields, São Domingos, Brazil
Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine, Pilbara, Australia
Alang Ship-breaking yards, Gujarat, India
Plasticulture / Greenhouses, Almeria, Spain
Oil Extraction Wells, Texas
Vineyards, Huelva, Spain
The Hubble Extreme Deep Field
The Hubble Extreme Deep Field is the most distant image of the Universe ever created. Its diameter is one tenth the width of the full moon, its area is one 30 millionth of the entire sky. Within this field of view there are more than 5000 galaxies, 600 trillion stars and 50 quadrillion planets and moons. The light from the most distant visible objects was created more than 13 billion years ago, when the Universe was only 5% of it’s current age. This photograph is a slice of infinity, proof of the immense scale of reality.
Emma Stone by Craig McDean for Vogue US May issue
Rivers and Roads- The Head and The Heart
"A year from now we’ll all be gone
All our friends will move away
And they’re going to better places
But our friends will be gone away”
freeze time pls
I just want to write a little something about the current events that happened in Calgary last night, because I feel like I might explode and there are some things that I feel people should consider that many people will overlook.
What happened was beyond gruesome and terrifying. Five lives were ended. Five. People that my friends knew, that they grew up with, some of whom I have met. Watching the police wheel the bodies out of the house on the news and knowing that I had stood in front some of them at one point and happily said “nice to meet you”. There are no words to describe how horrible that is, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much worse it is for their family and friends. “I am so sorry for your loss” is not something you ever want to be saying to a friend. I have no idea how they are doing, but I hope they are getting through it as best as possible under the circumstances.
On another note, the fact that I knew the guy that supposedly did it all is terrifying. I went to school with him from kindergarten up until the end of high school, and for all those years he never seemed like he had an evil bone in his body. He was shy, but he had many friends, and everyone I know is just as shocked about his actions as I am. Before I continue, I do not believe in any way that his actions were excusable, nor do I believe that this should affect the way he is treated and charged. I think justice should be served accordingly, but this boy was clearly not in a good state of mind, and this should not be overlooked in the long run. Not because there should be any pity for him, but because, like many similar events in history, there was a chance this could have been prevented. You don’t go on a killing spree, especially not one involving people you allegedly knew, because of plain anger. People that have never directly experienced mental illness tend not to understand it, but it can be manageable or it can be hell, and when it goes unnoticed or untreated, there can be horrible consequences. There can’t be any blame placed on any one person for the lack of help that he might have needed, because we don’t know what his home life was like, whether or not his friends would have helped him or cast him aside, whether he knew he needed help but never sought it for himself. Overall, there was clearly a lack of mental health support in the boys life, and it lead to this.
I will always be an advocate for mental health, as it is an area that hits home for me. The loss of five lives is an unspeakable tragedy, however, we should also think about the events that led this boy to his horrible actions and how we might prevent something like this from ever happening again. I doubt very many people will actually read this, but I want you all to know that if you think you might be suffering from any kind if mental illness, big or small, or you know someone that is, that it is important to seek help, or even just talk to a friend about it. There are always resources available and people willing to talk to you and help you become well again and work through whatever you may be going through.
To all the lives taken from us, you will surely be missed. I am so sorry you were all taken so soon. Rest in peace.