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Day 287/365


It has been overcast all week. I wonder when will the sky be clear.

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Day 203/365

Avenida de Cinco de Outubro, Coloane

Look at the sky! There are one hundred stars being captured by my little camera! (I just had counted them!!) Next time, I have to go to a darker place and set the camera to a longer exposure! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Day 186/365


I’m imagining that I just saw a shooting star! XD

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DAy 164/365

Photo taken in Fortaliza do Monte

While I was taking this photograph with my Orion telescope, I thought of a book which I had read in few weeks ago about the dark side and the bright side of the moon as a metaphor of reality and dreaming. Now, I’d like to share with you the following wisdom, which I found written in that book which I just mentioned, named “Dreaming While Awake: techniques for 24 hour lucid dreaming, by Arnold Mindell PhD.”


Some Aboriginal peoples describe the Dreaming in terms of the dark side of the moon. When the moon is not quite full, you see its bright, illuminated size. You might call it a half moon. But if you look closely on a clear evening, you can see the dark side, silently shimmering next to the more apparent bright side. Like me, most people focus only the bright side and miss the moon’s dark face, that is, the Dreaming reality.

The bright side is only that portion of the whole moon that is illuminated. Focusing only on the bright side of the moon and ignoring the dark side might easily make you think that the dark side does not exist, while in fact we need the dark side to represent the whole moon.

Light and Dark Sides ofย  the Moon as Metaphors for Reality and Dreaming

The same is true for everything you see. If you only focus on everyday reality, you neglect the Dreaming. According to Aboriginal thinking the Dreaming is the basic substance of the material world. The Dreaming gives objects the energy that attracts and repels your attention. If you neglect the Dreaming, you devalue the material environment because you ignore its basis and thus miss half of life.


An artist senses the Dreaming in the canvas, paper, and stone and knows that everyday reality is not only concrete. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that artists should look into peeling plaster walls until they can see images emerging from the shapes of the plaster. Similarly, Michelangelo called sculpting a process of bringing out the form that already exists inside the stone. Artists and aboriginal peoples have developed the ability to see the Dreaming, that is, the power behind the figures you see in your nighttime dreams and everyday reality.


What do you think? ๐Ÿ˜€

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Day 107/365

Moon Gazing

All I want to show you tonight is the MOON!!! Look up the sky, it’s full moon! ๐Ÿ˜€

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DAy 73/365

Pocket Universe

I’m not sure what we are doing here…but I guess I want to introduce you an amazing iphone astronomy application that you can’t miss. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is Pocket Universe. A powerful astronomical tool which guides you to view any planets, Messier objects, constellations and bright stars, and the application uses arrows to guide your gaze both on screen and in reality. I’m truly impressed by it and now, I have the whole universe in my pocket! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Day 20/365

A Shop

I’m thinking about getting a set of camping gear and go camping somewhere where it is very dark that I can see the band of the Milky Way stretches from one horizon to the other.


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Day 17/365

Fortaleza do Monte

I added the star map from SkySafari (a planetarium program installed in my Iphone) to the original photo. If the sky was dark enough, we would had seen this magnificent night sky as displayed in the picture. The faint band of light across the sky you see in the picture is the beautiful milky way. I have always wanted to see the milky way with my naked eyes. But here in Macau, light pollution means that I never have a chance.

If you can see the milky way when you look up at the sky, please let me know where the place is, someday in the future I will go there.

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