time, or: the rhythm of the sun


The photo is one of those moments when time and place fit, when you arrive in the right spot without knowing it, and sitting there the sun sinks just in that place beyond the palm tree.

Time, it also is basically a function of the sun – the way our days fill with light each morning, in an 24-hour-rhythm.

Time, it also gives things a start and an end. Like this island time: Tomorrow this time, I am on the plane back home, and the little blue monitors will keep informing everyone about the relativity of time, about the local time and the time at destination, and about the distance that is still waiting.


inspired by the weekly photo challenge “Time”:






tiny lost ladybug at lava beach


Walked along lava beach looking for seashells.. and noticed the vibrant red color in the corner of my eyes. took a moment to understand that this really was a ladybug, which got lost in the wind and now sat in the midst of lava stones.

So I postponed the shells and carried the ladybug to one of the few green spots.


For the current photo theme “vibrant”, i also tried to catch the moments with a mini-video, but that doesn’t want to play on wordpress, it’s now online here: ladybug at lava beach: http://virtual-notes.blogspot.com.es/2016/02/tiny-lost-ladybug.html

And another find, a tiny yellow shell:



vibrant blue


“This week, share a photo of something vibrant. Let’s wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.”

Keeping the winter gloom at bay was very much the reason for our time here – the Spanish sun has the energy to tune up all kinds of colors. Just watching the light play with the water is so precious.

Here’s the call: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/
And here are more vibrant moments from everywhere: https://wordpress.com/tag/vibrant

Optimistic + 11 Rules For Being A Human Being


Still thinking about Optimism, and how to catch the idea in an image – maybe with this yellow line of floaters, which could stand both for keeping afloat, and for keeping ones direction and connection?

And while looking for something else, I came across this thoughtful list of “11 rules” again. As i sooner or later will forget about all this, i thought i post it here, so i can remember whenever i want.

11 Rules For Being A Human Being

Rule 1: You will receive a body.
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around

Rule 2: You will learn lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant or stupid.

Rule 3: There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of trial and error: experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works”.

Rule 4: A lesson is repeated until learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

Rule 5: Learning lessons does not end.
There is no part of Life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

Rule 6: “There” is no better than “here”.
When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.

Rule 7: Others are merely mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

Rule 8: What you make of your life is up to you.
You have the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

Rule 9: Your answers lie inside you.
The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.

Rule 10: You will forget all this.

Rule 11: You can remember whenever you want.