Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Musing: Solar Eclipse



Habbal/NASA

How then does light return to the world after the eclipse of the sun? Miraculously. Frailly. In thin stripes. It hangs like a glass cage. It is a hoop to be fractured by a tiny jar. There is a spark there. Next moment a flush of dun. Then a vapour as if earth were breathing in and out, once, twice, for the first time. Then under the dullness someone walks with a green light. Then off twists a white wraith. The woods throb blue and green, and gradually the fields drink in red, gold, brown. Suddenly a river snatches a blue light. The earth absorbs colour like a sponge slowly drinking water. It puts on weight; rounds itself; hangs pendent; settles and swings beneath our feet.
                                                                       – Virginia Woolf, from The Waves



For more information about the photograph, visit Goddard Space Flight Center.



2 comments:

  1. Utterly beautiful - both the image and the prose.

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  2. Wow. That's beautiful. Thanks for this one.

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