Strange Images: Storm Flower

Rhododendron flower caught during a thunderstorm last July.

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Muse of the Day

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.Francis Bacon, artist

Muse of the Day

The summer night was settling upon the neighborhood like a dark lace veil, casting dappled shadows on the roofs and sidewalks and lawns.Victoria Kahler, Luisa Across the Bay

Muse of the Day

In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

Muse of the Day

Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.―Truman Capote, Summer Crossing

Muse of the Day

The summer stretched out the daylight as if on a rack. Each moment was drawn out until its anatomy collapsed. Time broke down. The day progressed in an endless sequence of dead moments.China Miéville, Perdido Street Station

Muse of the Day

To be a good researcher is to be a good detective, and I enjoy ferreting out tidbits of information. For a diary book like 'A Coal Miner's Bride,' newspapers come in handy for small everyday details such as weather reports. Susan Campbell Bartoletti, writer

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