Starry Night - Vincent VanGogh

Explorations are not just about science. For many of us they are often right around us, even within our own personal space. That’s right, exploring personal space can be almost as exciting and rewarding as those great ventures up, up, and beyond.

Do you remember your great early years? Well, as youngsters we came across cascades of discoveries, and there is not a day that we did not explore something. Excited, we often ran up to an adult or an older sibling proclaiming our discovery. It was a find or realization that was totally new to us. Unfortunately, we were often met with smiles, smirks, even a tease or two while we were told our prize is “old stuff.”

Sometimes, however, we find an adult who joins in our excitement and lets us share, and then embellishes our experience with added, fascinating details. Sure, we suddenly realize we are not in line for a Nobel prize, but we also do not lose the energy of our discovery. We remain excited, and most importantly fully educated on a previously unknown (for us anyway) phenomena. What a delight; it remains unforgettable throughout our lives.

Astronomy is a classic example of exploring both the known and the unknown. For me, an amateur astronomer, what I see through a telescope is often a bold new discovery and like a youngster I excitedly boast about my most recent exploration and discovery. Rarely do I receive smirks, smiles or a tease. In most cases I receive an equally excited response filled with added details. Needless to say, every celestial expedition I have had remains totally unforgettable.

VanGogh’s “Starry Night” has always grabbed my eyes, my mind and my heart. After I explored the heavens and came upon Caldwell 30 (see image above),  I looked at  Starry Night. In my mind I was there standing right next to VanGogh. I shared every aspect of his vision and discovery. I came away incredibly wealthy – forever.

Natural Fractals

Mom Nature, is artist, mathematician, physicist, biologist, chemist, musician, and much more. After delving into the world of fractals, an ordinary leaf, a blade of grass, a continental shoreline, or an elegant snowflake burst into an entire universe to explore. The respective fractals are boundless and often breathtaking in beauty and complexity. Until fractals, I had no idea about such exciting explorations of something so well-known, and that I took for granted.

For me, and hopefully for you, the powerful and entrancing video involving Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman clearly explores and talks about crossing back and forth between the known and the unknown. I cannot begin to summarize this blog article as well as his video does. Please select the video here and follow along; then begin to explore all that is around you in a new or different way.

It is so easy now, especially, to get overwhelmed with worry, disappointment, and stress. There is an escape. It inflames our brains, enlivens our spirits and lifts our hearts: Explore, Explore, Explore! It does not matter whether it is new, old or, as Feynman explains, a different view. The point is we extend ourselves beyond the boundaries of the day and return renewed and, yes, hopeful. Try it today. Discovery awaits you.

Explore posts in the same categories: Humankind and Exploration, The Known


  1. For those who would like to learn more about fractals and how they help describe all of nature, please consider the NOVA program “Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension.” If you subscribe to NetFlix it is available from them.

    WARNING: Learning and thinking about fractals is known to cause incessant mind/brain tingles. You may also become a visionary.

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