Ský

We refer to the space above our heads as the sky. Yet, our word comes from the Old Norse ský. A word that means clouds, not the space that contains them. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Ōkeanos

Ōkeanos is the Greek for “the great stream encircling the Earth’s disk.” This word was transformed in middle English to the word we are familiar with: ocean. Click on the image for a larger view.

The Stuff of Stars

This universe started as energy and cooled to form two elements: hydrogen and helium. Those two elements coalesced into stars. These early stars died and, in the process, exploded to form other types of matter such as carbon and oxygen. Billions of years of this cycle of star formation and destruction led to the life we see around us. We think of space as a place far from here, alien to our experience, when it is the cradle from which we were born. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Witness

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to lie on my back and watch the sky change. The soft, warm grass adds its scent to the experience. A passerby might conclude that I am doing nothing. But I am a witness to the eternal now, marking the change in the world. Click on the image for a larger view.

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A Spring Wind

A cold front moved our unseasonably hot weather out of Maine. Friday was a pleasant 70°F with a dry air and a strong breeze. This wind enwraps and enraptures us, as if the spirit of spring is inviting us to laugh and dance with the trees. Click on the image for a larger view.