Owl city

owl city

I just got the chance to finally listen to the last Owl city’s album, Mobile Orchestra and this whole post just flew to my mind. Adam continues to pour his soul into his music as this album is a continuation of his colorful artistic expressions. I meant to write about his music (the author is the amazing Adam Young) for years now. I just couldn’t find enough beautiful words to describe the mesmerising music and the feelings I get every time when listening to it. I still can’t find all the words but at least found some, listening to the mentioned album, to write about it now.

Every song goes right into the soul, the rhythm, the melodies and especially the lyrics. It reminds us how beautiful and magical every aspect of life is. I mean life in its broadest meaning possible – from nature to family to every big and small thing there is.

This music also accompanied me when I was in a deep cave of grief from the loss of my beautiful cousin. When I could think of nothing at all, there was something I heard from afar… Music in my head, and it was Owl city’s If my heart was a house you’d be home. Where he is. It’s hard for me to write about this but very important, because hearing it grew moments that made me feel alive again when I was coming back from being numb of all the pain.

In every note there is happiness, there is also sadness. And magic. It’s filled with magic. It takes you to some outer or inner world (both, really), full of endless colors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfukjynBoyU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHo4XE3mGiU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4

And one of my favourites:

How do you feel about Owl city’s music?

Ocean Eyes

Biologist working in forestry

field work

endless

Working in forestry from a biologists point of view is quite interesting.

Work days consist of field work and office days, what predominates depends on the season. The interesting part is, of course, working in nature. We conduct various measurements. For example, one type of measurements is called constant sample surfaces. There has to be a team of two, equipped with measure tapes, compass, maps, gps and a folder with the specification sheets. The maps and gps lead us to the exact spot on the particular surface where we monitor the state of the forest, the state of particular trees and wood increment.

The work is awesome because we’re basically paid to hike. I get to observe the awakening forests in the morning and encounter forest animals: foxes, deer, squirrels, salamaner, fish, crustacea, amphibia, birds, the list goes on… I also observe the crawling world of invertebrates; decapoda, ants, earthworms… I get to listen to bird songs all morning and can now identify by sound and sight almost all of the local dwelling ones – goals achieved, yay!

Working in a position like this gives one the perspective of how different biologists and foresters actually are. This way it becomes completely clear why we studied in different branches. From the first look of it – at least I thought so – we aren’t that different, clearly we all are interested in nature, plants, animals and their preservation. It turns out we don’t have as much in common in those areas as I thought. Some foresters chose this branch namely for the reasons I named, others are more into wood and profit. The latter was something I learned a new. Maybe it’s something that should be clear from the start. Peter Wohlleben has described well where forestry goes off track. On universities they primarily learn about forest management. In authors words, he only knew about forests as much as a butcher knows about animal felings. Where he wanted to know how forest ecosystems function, they learned about cutting down healthy trees in their lush growth and where to spray chemical products. So he removed himself from that world and wrote the book The Hidden Life of Trees : What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World. Long story short. 🙂

The book gives a new perpective of the forests and individual trees. Basically it shows just how little we actually know about trees.

Our forests (in Central Europe) mostly consist of the following trees:

  • beech (Fagus sylvatica)
  • spruce (Picea abies)
  • pine (Pinus sp.)
  • fir (Abies alba)
  • oak (Quercus sp.)
  • chestnut tree (Castanea sativa)
  • larch (Larix decidua)
  • birch (Betula pendula)
  • linden (Tilia sp.)
  • aspen (Populus tremula)
  • maple (Acer sp.)
  • ash (Fraxinus sp.)
  • hornbeam (Carpinus sp.)
  • alder (Alnus sp.)
  • rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
  • elm (Ulmus sp.)

To name a few.

Working in forestry is great, though. This work enables us to enjoy the nature and moments where we feel like the right part of this world.

Erythronium dens-canis
Erythronium dens-canis

earth colorsEarth colors

colostygia sp.
Blend in. This might be Colostygia sp. Not sure, biologists?
morning magic forest
Magic beech/spruce forest in the morning.
Helleborus sp.
Helleborus sp. Again – not sure about the species…
ponys
Ponys at the local farm.
prunus in bloom
Prunus sp. in bloom
Salamandra salamandra
Salamandra salamandra
steep
The terrain can be quite steep. Yes, we had to climb up here. 🙂
tall orchard
A tall orchard.
vinca minor
Vinca minor
views
The views!

10 songs to get you going!

10 songs to get you going

Presenting the music that always gets me dancing and increases my energy.

It’s also great for working out indoors.

1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Bj7Zb-YD4

2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGwWNGJdvx8

3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mgqbai3fKo

4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3CaHeakZF4

5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD4HCZe-tew

6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOMKUihPNm4

7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q

8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDcFryDXQ7U

9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOBVEq_Bi5k (I recommend not watching this video though, it’s way out of taste)

And of course it never gets old <3:

10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUsoVlDFqZg

 

Outdoors, however, is a different story. In nature the best and most beautiful music is bird songs, crickets, wind that gets caught in the tree tops, insects buzzing, flowing rivers and streams… Endless…

What music lifts you up makes you dance?

Best vegan hair mask

best vegan hair mask

Weather, dust, washing, brushing and different sorts of heat treatments affect the hair short and long term. It’s very good to nurture it every once in a while by using masks. I’m referring to long hair, I’m not familiar with treating short hair. Pixie ladies out there, you can let us know, how you take care of your hair. 🙂

When starting with using hair masks I went for the natural ones first. So coconut oil. I would apply it, starting a couple cm from the roots down to the tips, put on a shower cap, warm it up with a hairdryer and leave it like that for two hours so it would penetrate the hair where it could. Then I washed it thoroughly. I would do this about once per two months. The problem was, no matter how thorough I was, I couldn’t get all the oil out and my hair would look greasy after it’s dried. But it also made it very smooth and silky, so I insisted for about a year. Continue reading

How to be more effective

intentional

Beginnig of a new year. A time when (almost) everybody is making their new year resolutions.

At this point I have one word for you – intentional.

So incredibly simple – to be better at everything, make sure that every single thing you do, you do it intentionally. Turn off the auto-pilot. Be present, be aware in every action.

You will see the difference in your efficiency right away. And long term you will see how much more effective, efficient, and functional you are and can be.

It’s easy to put this into action but the enthusiasm can wear off rather quickly. In this case I have a hack for you. I write the word »intentional« on sticky notes and put them on spots I spend most time at, throughout my office and apartment.intentional

It works for me, it might for you too, if it doesn’t, try something else and you are very welcome to share your findings with us.

Start now.

Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

By Susan Cain

This book has changed  my life. If you’re an introvert or in any type of close relationship with one, it may just change yours too.

In this world introversion is treated as a desease. As if something is wrong with the quiet thinking people. In the book it is explained why so and why this is wrong.

Without introverts our world would lack:

  • the law of gravity
  • theory of relativity
  • Peter Pan
  • Google
  • Harry Potter

And much more. These people shaped these ideas, formulas, stories and worlds not inspite of their introversion, but because of it.

I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork; for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding. – Albert Einstein Continue reading