05 February 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, Stackables and Pixlr
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As we move into a traditionally cold-weather month, my mind is diverted with the illusion of spring’s arrival in a month and a half. Inspiration knocks and keeps me self-directed with the anticipation.
On a string of moderate days I spent some hours in the garden pruning perennial grasses and raking an area where my son leveled a tree—an apple tree that slowly grew leafless over two years. So I’ve directed myself to consider what native to replace that fruit bearer.
As the sun hits its lowest point in the winter sky, I can sense the effects that longer daylight bestows upon my psyche. It’s inspired me to imagine how spring backlights each day as we move toward the March equinox. Light pours through the synapses even as it is simply a silent story told to myself.
In the Lens section is my illusion of spring’s arrival, bringing streams of renewal and seduction. The dark and grey days of winter become the light beams of the planet’s rejuvenation: earth’s spring season that is sure to burst with scores of surprises that elevate each awakening day.
In the Talk section of The New York Times magazine (31 January 2018) Molly Lambert interviewed Robin Bell, the president-elect of the American Geophysical Union, an organization made of worldwide earth and space scientists. The article, “Robin Bell Doesn’t Think Science Should be Political,” is worth the read. Here is an excerpt and the link:
Ms. Lambert: “You’ve been studying the planet for over 40 years. Do you think there are still mysteries left to uncover?”
Ms. Bell: “Last year, we discovered that there are rivers running across ice sheets and shelves. They’ve been there since the first explorers went there. We hadn’t thought that could happen! It just shows there’s still stuff left to discover about how our planet works.”