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If only it were possible to turn on a camera inside a dream and get the visuals down exactly as they were dreamed, because as vivid as my dreams almost always are, last night had a rare, welcome addition: dream imagery that was genuinely, stop-me-in-my-tracks-and-gawk pretty. Pretty in impossible ways: I watched the sun set on a warm, East Coast beach (yes, setting behind an East Coast beach so it was setting in the east, I already said “impossible,” work with me), and after the sun went down the ocean glowed, as if I were seeing the sun through the water. And there’s too much water between a shore and the horizon for the sun to shine through, even though technically thanks to the curve of the Earth I guess it could, but there it did. AND IT BACKLIT WHALES PLAYING UNDERWATER.

By the way, yes I dream in color. Sometimes vivid color. The pinks and warm purples of sunset were very much in play last night.

BACKLIT WHALES. I cannot get over that. My subconscious is amazing.

(I also dreamed of local people I know, including someone I think is pretty and fantastic and who I should admit I have a thing for, but will DEFINITELY not act on that because she’s taken. Okay, get interested in someone else. And that‘s as much as I‘ll say about that.)



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Oct. 16th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
If only it were possible to turn on a camera inside a dream and get the visuals down exactly as they were dreamed

I would love to be able to do this! Seriously.

Oooooh YAY East coast sunset! :) That would mean your dream was in my neck of the woods. :D Squeeeeeeeee!!

Is your favorite animal a whale? :)

I always dream in color too.

Oct. 16th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Is your favorite animal a whale?

Yes; whales are genuinely important to me. I read A LOT about whales as a kid and went on whale watching boat rides in Southern California twice. I wasn't born yet when Gigi the gray whale was kept briefly at Sea World San Diego, but I was curious about her. (She's also mentioned briefly on this page; I'm surprised there isn't more online about her.) I remember trying and failing to make a joke about Diana, Princess of Whales. (I wasn't always funny.)

You follow my dreams, here's a big one: as a kid I had a recurring dream about an island-sized whale somewhere in the Pacific. It lived off of what apparently was Northern California or the Oregon Coast. I somehow had some mental connection to it; it was as if it knew me. Often something that huge and alien could be monstrous, but it never felt that way. It felt comforting. Yeah, my dreams have always been like that. *smiles*

Speaking of whales, I got to see Keiko when he lived in Newport, Oregon. And of course as a Southern Californian kid I went to Sea World.
Oct. 17th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
YAY Whales!!

The question is, why did they snatch Gigi from her mother at 2 months old?!

Oooooh connection to a whale. That's a pretty friggin awesome recurring dream, I must say.

FREE WILLY!!!!!!!! :)

Oct. 17th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
The question is, why did they snatch Gigi from her mother at 2 months old?!

I wasn't there! I don't know!

At least J.J., the gray whale taken to Sea World in the 1990s, was a rehab case.

And I've long found that to be a pretty awesome recurring dream. Hasn't happened since childhood, though, by the way.
Oct. 17th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
I had some pretty awesome recurring dreams when I was a child too.

Maybe I'll tell you about them at some point.

Oct. 18th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I have been having some pretty weird dreams lately myself. Nothing bad... just WEIRD. I need to bust my dream journal back out.
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
How vividly do you usually dream? Does it change?

I've always been a vivid dreamer, though I've never done serious dream imagery interpretation. I mainly accept them and go on. I'm also lucky that I almost never have nightmares: dreams can be disturbing, but I can handle them, going It's a dream. Go with it. (I have the look of a man who accepts what he sees -- because I believe I'm going to wake up.)

I'm glad yours haven't been bad.
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I RARELY ever have nightmares and when I think back on those super epic bad dreams I've had over my lifetime, 9x out of 10 I was seriously sick with a raging fever.

The rest of the time I either remember my dreams or I don't. If I remember them they are quite vivid, but they always fade quickly so later if I remember them at all they will be mere shells of the dreams they were, so it's good for me to wake up and try to remember what I can of them right away.

I also experience lucid dreaming quite frequently where I totally realize I am dreaming and often carry on a discourse with myself inside my head about what I'm seeing. Laughing at funny stuff and thinking "I need to remember this when I wake up" or thinking "Whoa... THIS is weird!" etc. It sounds like you might do that also?
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