Trees

By Vladimir Brezina

TreesThe Mall, Central Park, NYC

I’ll have to go back very soon and take the corresponding picture in the spring…

A contribution to Ailsa’s photo challenge, Trees.

Motion

By Vladimir Brezina

MotionAt the start of the 2012 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Motion.

Early Bird

By Vladimir Brezina

The early bird captures the shot…

Early Bird 1Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Early Bird 2Key Biscayne, Florida

Early Bird 3Start of the 2014 Everglades Challenge, Tampa Bay, Florida

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Early Bird.

Blur

By Vladimir Brezina

Ice skating in Central Park, NYC, some years back…

Blur 1
Blur 2
Blur 3
Blur 4

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Blur.

Immortal Beauty

By Johna Till Johnson

Maria Radner

Maria Radner, 1981-Eternity

Among the victims of Germanwings Flight 9525 was Maria Radner, a German opera singer. She was a 33-year old contralto who specialized in Wagner.  I hadn’t heard of her before—no surprise since I’m new to opera, and have yet to warm to Wagner’s music.

But a commentator on one of the news stories posted the video below. Maria Radner sings “Urlicht” (“Primeval Light”) from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection Symphony.

It’s just under five minutes. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything quite so lovely. Looking into her serene blue-gray eyes and insouciant half smile, and listening to that soaring voice, all I can think of is that although a deranged man was able to take away her life, the beauty she brought into this world is immortal.

The lyrics translate as follows:

I am from God and want to return to God!
The loving God will give me a little of the light,
will illuminate me into the eternal blessed life!

She got that wish.

I only wish that it hadn’t happened quite so soon.

Ephemeral

By Vladimir Brezina

Ephemeral

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Ephemeral.

Graceful

By Vladimir Brezina

The photographer was pretty graceful, too…

Graceful(Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 2015)

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Graceful.