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One way to beat the heat—mind over matter

monument_pacholka800 Is is hot where you are? We are roasting nicely, here in the Texas Hill Country, with temperatures in the low 90s. Sporadic rains have cooled the area temperatures, and eased the burden (temporarily) on the volunteer fire departments.

When I am so hot that I think my brain will burst through the top of my head, I like to gaze upon this photograph. Click into the image for a larger view.

Isn’t it beautiful? I can feel the cold seep into my bones, and the brilliant stars obliterate all the things that annoy me—at least for a little while. I wish I could have this photograph made into a giant mural; l would put it on the wall in my bedroom, and sleep under the stars.

Taken by astro-photographer Wally Pacholka of Long Beach, California, this photograph was used on NASA’s "Astronomy Picture of the Day" (APOD) December 25, 2007. I loved it the moment I saw it. It is an unusual view from the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park; I have never seen it photographed like this.

For more of Wally Pacholka’s amazing and award-winning photographs, visit his web-site AstroPics.Com.

Image copyrighted by Wally Pacholka and used by permission.

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