“The air is full of the molecules of water vapour. Their constitution is such that in the normal temperature of the athmosphere their poles are pushed so  far asunder as to be practically out of each other’s range. They do not unite. They freely flow in their swarming millions through the air. But when the temperature begins to freeze, then their motion is slowed down and their mutually attractive power, their magnetism, draws them together, they become visible, and we see chrystals made of ice. And again, the points of attraction and repulsion belonging to each particle exert such an exact degree of pull and pressure that the most delicate shapes of marvellous symmetry are built up. These are the flowers of the sky. We call them snow”

John Steward Collis in: The Visions of Glory

As midwinter’s  solistice is approaching, I now have to leave again to the imaginary world.

Horizons of water

Author: urban liaisons

I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. So this may also happen by simply imaginating the hidden rivers and caves of consciousness where postmodern nomads are crossing wide endless landscapes leading to a dream of no-where. My favourite areas are deserts like the sahara or high mountains, as in these empty terrestric regions the far-away horizon and sky is no limit anymore but a possible gate to inspiration and freedom. Posts will be published normally in English, but whenever appropriate also only in my mother tongue German. Unless otherwise mentioned or individually specified (for example by naming the author, artist, etc.) all texts, photos and/or graphic illustrations in this blog are subject to © urban liaisons (which may please be respected).


  1. I suppose it’s a question of standpoint or of the “erkenntnisleitenden Interesses” how Habermas called it in his philosophy, if you see alchemy and modern chemistry as not connected or as modern chemistry has its roots in alchemy. Newton combined both in his writings.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley

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  2. Oh yes, thanks for the hint which is reminding me also that the Agrippa von Nettesheim book “Die magischen Werke” is still lying unread in my book-shelf. But this post/page is kind of tricky and now changed again its content. So I do not completely and rationally understand what is going on here, a mystery play before midwinter.


  3. Do you mean water transferred into snow and falling as snow flakes? I like the idea of transforming from liquid to solid, which allows us to view the element in beautiful form and may be usable for certain purpose. This idea can encourage us to learn to accept different view from different groups of ideas or people groups.


    1. Yes, exactly, this cycle of water from liquid to vapor to fog/rain/snow/hail is the driving force of our global climate, and when the snow or hail is melting on ground in spring or just in the sunshine you again have a liquid vanishing in soil. When climbing on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tansania for instance all these diverse shapes become visible, well at least there is still some ice and snow left on top of this giant as far as I know, and these snow crystals are really fascinating, and each one is unique and different, so nature is really one of the greatest artists on our planet.


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