Falling Down Is All That I’ve Ever

houseFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Damaged house in Bareges, southwestern France, two days after unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country. France said today it would declare a state of natural disaster in the southwest of the country after floods claimed three lives and devastated Lourdes. Photograph: Laurent Dard/AFP/Getty Images

It’s been a week in which I’ve felt like I’ve been under a lot of pressure from multiple directions, and for multiple reasons; I woke up today with a sense of Thank God it’s finally Friday after all. I feel like I know where this house is coming from, in other words.

When The Fireworks in Me Are Gone

graduatesFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Graduate students celebrate by splashing water during a parade after their graduation gala at Huazhong University, China. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

It’s been a hard week, so far, with too much needing to be done and no time to do it all in, for various reasons (I finally just caught up with a deadline from Monday, to give you an idea of how my timing isn’t working out). There’s something both beautiful and joyous about this pic; I think it’s going to be my inspiration today as I continue to struggle through.

This Kind of Thing is The Reason The Dogs Will Rise Up and Kill Us All

horrordogFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Who’s a pretty boy then? A dog with animal designs at a creative grooming competition in Seacaucus, New Jersey. And he’s not the only one – check out the others in our gallery. Photograph: Ren Netherland/Barcroft Media

STOP THIS UNREASONABLE CRUELTY RIGHT NOW.

Seriously, we can class this as a crime against nature, right? I’m not just imagining that…?

Twice In The Same Place

chicagoFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Pyrotechnics as lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in downtown Chicago, Illinois last night. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Once again, whatever you may think is spectacular, the natural world will quietly – or not, in this circumstance – remind you that it can beat that shit effortlessly.

Say The Word And Be Like

minibookA little – Okay, a lot, but there were deadlines and I overslept – late, but from the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A copy of ‘Le Poete de l’Enfance’ from 1846 measuring 27mm x 19mm.

Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images. And that is, apparently, a real book. That small! I find that both surreal and kind of wonderful. Imagine making that book, never mind reading it.

All In All, It’s Just A

wallFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A porter takes a nap on a wall in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

I love the idea that countless people just nap on that wall, all day. I mean, look at the right of the pic: There’s someone else napping, too! It’s not just that one guy! Every major city in the world should have an officially designated nap wall for people to take a load off in the middle of the day.

Beyond the Biosphere

inflatableFrom the Guardian Photo Blog:

A worker sweeps the floor while people attend a preview of the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture by British artist Alan Parkinson, before its opening at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. Until June 14, diplomats, UN officials, school children and communities will be invited to visit the 1000 square metre structure to think more creatively about how to make the work of the Human Rights Councils better understood through discussions and art performances. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

I want to be there.