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I have discovered a way to calm myself down when I get stressed at work. Yes, I am still plugging away at the binaural beats experiment that I mentioned last week but occasionally at work I need an image for me to focus on so that I can re-center myself.

Naked photos of my favorite guys would do wonders but would probably not be appropriate for work.

Instead I have a photograph of a sunset as my desktop background. I recently discovered this particular photo and I found very quickly that it helps me find an inner peace. In this photo the landscape is simple. There are a few scraggly mountains with a plain off in the distance. It all seems so natural and untouched, just as nature intended. There’s no one around, instilling a quiet in the photo. The sky even seems quiet as it is filled with muted hues of blue and red. The sun sets off in the distance, gently falling below the horizon, with the promise that it’ll return the next day.

The special thing about this sunset is where it was photographed, for the photo I focus on is a photograph of a Martian sunset, and I find it amazingly beautiful.


A larger version of the photograph is available here.

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  1. That’s lovely. So wonderfully remote.

    As a child I had a book about the solar system and in it was an artist’s impression of what the surface of Pluto would be like. It was just achingly desolate with the sun simply one of the brighter stars.

    I remember my teacher at school asking me why I loved the picture so much and recall saying something like “it’s so far away and alone it’s just beautiful”. (Yes I was that precocious as a child.)

    But I can totally get why you’d like that picture.

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