Since I was a little kid I loved looking at the sky. Watching clouds is always inspiring, imagination goes wild and you start to create stories.
Today I was walking in the Pfluger Park around 7:30 pm, stopping nearly every minute. The sky was full of cotton candy clouds of different shapes. At some point I saw a magic shoe, like one of magic slippers Little Mouk had in the famous fairytale.
And on the other side I spotted a stitched sky. Hmmm... Interesting! )))
The sun was setting down and cotton candy clouds were changing colors from white to yellow, then to pink and at the end they became dusty dark blue. I wished I could see the stars, but no. When you live in the city, even in a suburb, there is so much light pollution that it's nearly impossible to see the beauty of the night sky.
"Lost in Light" by Sriram Murali
Wondering how much of night sky we miss because of the light pollution I decided to google after coming back home. I found two interesting videos that actually showed the changes. Both made by photographer Sriram Murali. It's incredible to see different locations with progressively lower levels of light pollution. I could never imagine that we miss so much beauty!
The magic of night in one more video by Sriram Murali:
I liked very much Sriram's story that comes with the video. Here is a quote:
“Into the Night, the relative nature of everything” showcases stunning night skies and its significance in human lives. Looking at the night sky gives us a perspective of who we are, losing which, only increases the differences between us, humans.
My mother(Uma Murali) once told me a story of Akbar and Birbal(A king and one of his Ministers). Akbar placed a large stick and promised a reward for anyone who made the stick smaller without touching it. When everyone failed at this seemingly impossible task, Birbal placed a longer stick next to it and made it smaller. That’s relativity. From this vantage point, the Earth, the cosmos throws a show in such seamless fashion every night that's beyond us; as though we stood still.
We seem to develop and progress as humankind, but have we lost our sense of place in the Universe by entangling ourselves in a web of rules and systems we live by. As I fly in space among billions of stars and galaxies, I wonder what we’d be if we started afresh.
Do the lives out there adhere to complex rules or have governing bodies. Do they spew anger and hatred; I wonder. What we have created is relative. In the giant scale of the Universe, we are all one and the same. Let us get lost in the majesty of this Universe and be pleasant and forgiving to one another. I present to you - “Into the Night, the relative nature of everything”.
Sriram Murali's website: http://srirammurali.com/
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