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Sky    (
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

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One of the most amazing experiences I had with nature was in a small village in the center of Brazil, called Sao Jorge. It is next to the “Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park”. I was with my husband and my three daughters. There was no electric light for the streets, just for the houses, and there was no moon, so the place was completely dark at night. Then I saw one of the most beautiful skies I have ever seen in my life. Trillions of stars hovering above us!!! And it was amazing to experience this with the whole family. The five of us stood very close to each other, with our heads looking up, and one of my daughters even wrote a beautiful text about this after we returned home from the vacation.

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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When I was fifteen years old or so, I had my most surreal stargazing experience while laying in a very remote area of  Northern California. There was no wind, no strangers, no animals nearby; the only sound I heard was my own breathing, and after some time that seemed to disappear as well. What I felt was most easily comparable to watching a nature-based documentary in IMAX, when the music in the film relaxes you enough that your vision seems to magnify the screen image and you feel yourself just “sink” in to the churning water or  rolling tundra that is being beautifully portrayed. But there were no technological tricks at play here. The cloudless sky was framed by the smallest tips of pine trees far off in my peripheral vision. The stars were the brightest  I’d ever seen them, and some twinkled prettily, making the blackness shimmer as if dotted with tinsel. Then, slowly, the tree  tips faded away, and I felt myself moving closer to the stars. For a long time my gaze was pulled from one to another, from the large obnoxious ones to the shyer and harder to see; they were in control, not me, and I wanted to thank them for the show once it was all over.