I love clouds.  If you’ve seen my Facebook albums, on particularly pretty days, I love taking pictures of the sky.  Since school is rather crazy now with two 4.5 week classes getting ready for midterms, I’m posting some pictures of clouds both from online sources and from my own collection.

Gustavus Graduation 2008

Durham Cathedral Summer 2009

Low-anchored cloud,
Newfoundland air,
Fountain-head and source of rivers,
Dew-cloth, dream-drapery,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the daisied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of lakes and seas and rivers,
Bear only perfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men’s fields!

– Henry David Thoreau

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I found this site, Bookshelf Porn, as I was writing (AKA procrastinating and using Stumble Upon).  In addition, I have been stock piling some lovely book photos.  I think I’ve had books on my mind not necessarily from class, but from reading The Shadow of the Wind, which is a gothicy mystery in post-war Barcelona beginning in the 1940s.  The main character, Daniel, is the son of a book dealer.  Daniel chooses one book from a vast underground collection which turns out to be one of the few left by an author names Julián Carax.  The book is written so well and the story is so enchanting that I can’t help falling in love with it, and the love for books in several of the characters makes me appreciate books even more.

Eat your hearts out, bookshelf fans.

But is it also book murder?  I hope that this artwork came with a footnote: “No books were harmed in the making of this totally awesome archway decoration.”

Book Archway, Oxford (?)

Obviously, this image is from Epic Win, FTW.

Florence in sepia

Feeling restless, so here’s one of my favorite photos from Italy this summer.  The title is, to the best of my ability, in Italian for “Florence in Sepia.”