volcanic lake


Went on a 5-day, 1400-mile road trip all over parts of Oregon and Northern California for the first time with my buddy Shaun. We slept in the car, woke up at sunrise to photograph, and stayed up until 3 in the morning to see the Milky Way. In the end, were exhausted and badly in need of a shower, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Various state/national parks in Oregon and California. July 2016. (Instagram)

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Purple Sky  by AmbitiousSkychild

Keith, rash as he could often be, understood that his responsibility as a paladin of Voltron was to the universe. So, he understood that despite what they felt, he and Lance couldn’t be anything other than paladins, at least until the war was over.

After nine years of rivalry, turned pining, turned something just shy of lovers, the war is over. The paladins are headed to Earth, Lance isn’t wasting any time, and Keith, as much as he loves a challenge, just tries to keep up.

something slow, something good  by hiuythn 

They fall together in increments, like the shifting of glaciers, of mountains strong and true. They fall in together, and it’s inevitable.

Keith lands half on him and half on Red, laughing unrestrainedly. There’s fruit stains all over his mouth and chin and more on his hands and shirt, and Lance can feel the stickiness catch on his hair where Keith’s buried his fingers into.

2am on jupiter by starglowed

Lance has always believed in aliens- but falling in love with a beautiful boy who fell out of the sky was never his plan.

Or: In which a slightly lost, sometimes sad astrophysics student meets an alien, and together they break into flower shops, stargaze on volcanic lakes, steal a van, and learn to revel in every moment of existence.

I’d Tap That  by VulpesVulpes713 

Keith has never really been good with words. He says what he means, and more often than not, what he doesn’t mean, leading to several uncomfortable situations. If only there were a way to talk to the blue paladin without using words…

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a new beginning by skyestiel 

For the first time, Lance lets his gaze drift to Keith. “You know, I’ve been thinking about that. Don’t you think it’s kinda weird Red accepted me? That she actually wanted me?”

Keith’s breath hitches in his throat. Wanted.

“What do you mean?”

or: Keith ponders over why the Red Lion chose Lance and (somehow) musters up the courage to hand over his bayard.

at your side by kagshina 

“Sorry, sorry,” Lance says, dropping his arms back to his side. “I didn’t mean to scare you.”

“You didn’t scare me,” Keith mutters, but they both know that’s not true.

(Or, Lance and Keith get a moment to themselves in all the chaos.)

cola with the burnt out taste (laid bare) by viscrael

“Keith,” Lance says.

“What?” He whirls around to Lance, scowling harshly, but it’s a poor imitation of his usual glare. Lance can recognize when it’s genuine irritation at him and when it’s only misdirected; he’s started to scratch the surface of decoding Keith’s facial expressions and body language, and he knows enough to recognize that this is not annoyance.

This is badly concealed grieving.

“It’s okay to not be fine right now.”

keith and lance try to get used to shiro being gone.

Lake Natron - Tanzania

Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake in Arusha, near the Kenyan border. The waters are warm, with natural hotsprings nearby. Ol Doinyo Lengai (”Mountain of God”) is an active volcano that overlooks the lake. The lake is a popular breeding ground for flamingos.


Moni, belle aux lacs dormants

Angi nous accueille, au milieu des rizières de ses voisins. La vue est belle au petit matin. 4h30, nuit noire. Deux ojek nous font grimper le mont Kelimutu, l'un deux s'appelle Bernard. Il enseigne la religion aux enfants de Moni. On finit à pied le chemin jusqu'au sommet, juste à temps. Le voilà qui s'éveille. Il s'étire en bon empereur, se cache un peu, se découvre. Il tire en s'élevant le manteau gris de la nuit. Les voici : le vert des montagnes, le bleu du lac, le brun de la terre, et l'ocre de la pierre. L'aurore a mille couleurs.

Lorsque le jour illumine enfin les lacs, nous repartons vers Moni.

Nous traversons des cultures, croisons des hommes et des femmes les bras chargés d'eau et de nourriture. Le plus jeune a 4 ans, la plus veille 84. Les dents brunies par le gingembre rouge, la nuque cassée en deux.

“Mister Mister ! Coffee ?” Alfelinus nous invite. Nous présente sa fille, Erylin. Nous sert de son café local, artisanal. Celui qu'il a récolté aux champs, séché, moulu. Il nous habille d'ikat, de sarong. Rigole en nous déguisant. Ses mains tremblent, il a 50 ans, et son corps est épuisé par sa vie de paysan. Des touristes, il en croise de temps en temps. Il leur demande d'écrire quelques mots sur un bout de papier, d'envoyer les photos. Pour remplir sa boîte à trésors. 2014, 2010, 2008. On remonte avec lui le temps, on revit ses rencontres. On lui demande son adresse, et à notre tour, on lui fait des promesses.

“Mister Mister ! Visit the school !” Le professeur nous ouvre les portes de son école. Une vingtaine d'enfants, entre 7 et 10 ans, chemise blanche, bermuda et jupe jaune. 20 sourires timides. Ils entament une chanson, on danse ensemble au rythme des battements de leur pieds. Et c'est mon coeur qui bat avec celui de l'humanité. On prend des claques aujourd'hui. On voit l'effort, la pauvreté, la beauté, la bonté, la générosité, la curiosité. On partage, des regards, des sourires, des pensées. Le temps s'arrête, parmi ces gens qui n'ont rien et qui donnent tout.


Río Desagüe, a river that starts in Poas National Park, Costa Rica

Fish Food Friday: Spirulina

Name: Spirulina Arthrospira
Brand: any
Price: varies, although not cheap
Type: Tablet or powder
Shelf life: ~6 months
Ingredients: 100% Spirulina Arthrospira

Introduction: Spirulina is a fantastic supplement for your fish (and even yourself!) found in arguably small amounts in a lot of fish food. I personally buy 100% pure spirulina tablets and use those alongside my regular feeding regimen because the fish love them.

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Happy 100th birthday to Lassen Volcanic National Park! Underneath this California park’s serene surface lies magma, which creates volcanoes and hydrothermal features like boiling pools, gurgling mudpots and steaming ground. Lassen Volcanic is one of the only places in the world where you can see all four types of volcanoes – you can even hike each type! Sunset photo courtesy of Beth Young.


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Photo Credit: (Eduardo Minte)
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Photo Credit: (Rodrigo Viveros)
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Photo Credit: (Rob Gaunt)

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