“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.” (“American Beauty”)
After “The Aurora” time lapse video, landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd is back from filming on El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain at 3715m, one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world’s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy, but a large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx. 3am in the night the same sandstorm hit Sorgjerd’s camp, making it nearly impossible for him to see the sky with his own eyes. Interestingly enough, his camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the Milky Way during this time, so he was sure his whole scene was ruined. But, to his surprise, his camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an INCREDIBLE way. Pure magic! 🙂
P.S.: Speaking of witch (or space)… For its 21st birthday in April 2011, the Hubble Space Telescope gave astronomers a “rose” of galaxies. Newly released image shows spiral galaxy twisted into bejeweled rose by companion galaxy. Amazing? No. Just super-aggressively beautiful. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Mr. Hubble!
“American Beauty”‘s screenwriter was right: sometimes there’s so much beauty around us, in our houses, in our cities, in our world, in our galaxy, in our multiverse. God is not a DJ, but an artist. The greatest of them all! 🙂