Personal Reflections: in between big and small

Big: Valley of desert in Iran

I have shared these images before,

but I hope you’ll agree they are worth another look see.

Not abstract paintings.

Not from anyone’s imagination.

They are Nasa satellite photos

of our planet.

paired with

microscopic shots

of structures within the brain.

tiny: golgi stain

Do you find pondering

the vast beauty of the universe

in harmony

with invisible worlds in your skull

nothing short of magical?

BIG: glacier icecap

Such naturally lovely artistry

of the the big and small

effin blows my mind.

tiny: axon scaffolding proteins

We are…all of us…gorgeous inside.

BIG: West fjords

We are living on a giant blueberry

surrounded by a totally far-out kickass universe.

tiny: blood vessels in cerebral cortex

So masterfully created,

BIG: dry streambeds in Jordan

we are living on an earth

crammed with heaven…yes?

tiny: axons

As a younger woman the mystery

of the big and small

brought something other than joy.

Am I special? Insignificant? Both?

But now!

Simply gaze at your hand.

Look at the evidential elegance of

bones, veins, flesh.

Look between the big and small at you!

(No, this is not one of those


You are a mysterious miracle.

A living part of the symphony…

created perfectly to radiate love

and bring meaning

to everything.

Super trippy rambling up in here,

but tell me…doesn’t it sound like I am growing up?

Peace to you right where you are.


p.s. which is your favorite photo?

microscopic photos via


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  1. January 16, 2012 / 4:16 am

    Yes, we're both…
    Infinitely huge and expanding, and infinitesimally small at the same time… a fabulous paradox… i love you for this post…
    and i can not believe i was able to spell infinitesimally right…


  2. January 16, 2012 / 7:41 am

    Clever girl. Wise lady. You help us all see things in a new perpective. That is why we love you. Nothing predictable here! (Like me and my boring jute rugs, bla bla bla…).

    Snowing in Seattle! All part of this magicial "far-out kickass universe"!

    ox, Mon

  3. January 16, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    Wow, wow and wow! These images are astounding and breathtaking, I am forever in awe of the universe and its creatures.

    Could not even begin to pick a favourite image here, blown away by the magic in all of them!

    Hugs hugs,
    Meera xx

  4. January 16, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    oh wow! #1 is AMAZING – I'd love that one on my wall.


  5. January 16, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    So, so, so…trippy beautiful, Michelle! My hubby is a scientist with the (CSA)Canadian Space Agency, so I'm often humbled by the beauty 'out there'…Much love, Lisa

  6. January 16, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    I have always loved the way you look at the world! One interesting lady you are… I love it!! Thanks for helping me to see new beautiful insights!


  7. January 16, 2012 / 8:54 pm

    an EXPANDING universe….yes! that little fact is an incredibly humbling thought as well!

  8. January 16, 2012 / 9:57 pm

    Michele these images are truly amazing and yes my dear you sound very philosophical and grown-up!!

  9. January 16, 2012 / 9:59 pm

    Ok, this is mad cool and beautiful! You can bring your trippy rambling here anytime girl. We are amazing!

  10. January 17, 2012 / 1:20 am

    Wow, Michele, these are amazing…such a magical way to look at the universe and the creatures that inhabit it…stunning!!

  11. January 17, 2012 / 7:11 am

    You have put together some great pics Michelle. It is fascinating what wonderful images modern science has brought us! From the huge hubble sattelite to the tiny microscopes, and the fact that they look so similar, it's so cool.

  12. January 18, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    I remember when you posted something similar quite a while back because I was equally blown away and it was probably the very first comment I ever made on your blog! You very very quickly became a firm favourite for this very thing – always seeing the big picture and yet, somehow managing to find so much beauty in the detail.

    Couldn't bear to pick a favourite, they are all just stunning!

    Thank you for sharing again lovely lady xxx

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