Christmas cheer

Butter

I was looking forward to a cheese sandwich for tea but, no butter…

So I went to the local supermarket, bought this, took it home and set out the ingredients ready for assembly, wolfing-down and digestion.

Imagine my surprise when I took off the lid and foil of the butter container!

This is how nature works – infinite power and a unity of contradictions

NGC 3314: When Galaxies OIverlap

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Sorry, Greta – the one absolute is change

The Cat’s Eye Nebula – many flashes, one big flash…

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Brancusi did his best…

Bird in Space (L’Oiseau dans l’espace), 1932-1940, polished brass

…Nature didn’t even have to try.

NGC 4676: When Mice Collide

‘Let art be content with its lofty, splendid mission of being a substitute for reality in case of its absence, and of being a textbook of life for man. Reality stands higher than dreams, and essential purpose stands higher than fantastic claims.’

N.G. Chernyshevsky, ‘The Aesthetic Relation of Art to Reality’, MA thesis, 1855, in Selected Philosophical Essays, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1953, 379

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Two preludes merge

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap210623.html

From a grain of sand…

Pearl in an oyster
NGC 602 and beyond

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This is not a pipe…

René Magritte, ‘La Trahison des images‘, oil on canvas, 1929

…and this is neither an aurora nor an image of one.

STEVE over Copper Harbour

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The dictum of Democritus and M16

M16: Inside the Eagle Nebula

‘Certainly Democritus said that though the mind thought ill of the senses because in themselves they did not reflect reality, yet it took its evidence from them…(the dictum of Democritus was) that phenomena are a window on the unseen. Through them, if we do not stop there, we can become aware of the nature of the invisible realities.

A man that looks on glasse

On it may stay his eye,

Or if he pleaseth, through it passe

And then the heav’n espie’

(George Herbert)

W.K.C.Guthrie, A History of Greek Philosophy, vol. 1, Cambridge University Press, 464.

All things come to pass through conflict

UGC 1810: Wildly Interacting Galaxy from Hubble

‘The counter-thrust brings together, and from tones at variance comes perfect attunement, and all things come to pass through conflict.’

Heraclitus, The Art and Thought of Heraclitus, LXXV

 

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What Sutherland’s power made a demand, Callas’ grace made a prayer – Casta Diva from Bellini’s Norma

Callas’ stage presence is magnificent.