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Wednesday, 30 August 2017


I wish I could have been there! But that would have been very expensive and time-consuming. However, it was possible to merge my vivid recollections of the near-total eclipse we experienced in the UK Midlands in August 1999 with the  excitement conveyed by several videos of this month’s eclipse. That combination made this a pleasure to write
  Keon Gibson, an intern for the National Centre 
for Atmospheric Research, 
shot the moment of totality through a telescope 
atop Casper Mountain, Wyo., on August 21. 
The corona stretches around the moon-blocked sun.
Image from Science News website 21 August 2017

Those who witnessed it
said it was like nothing else!
No photograph nor video
(and there were very many)
did justice, they said,
to the 2minutes and 40 seconds
of sheer wonderment,
surprise and joy
at the reliably predicted
cosmic spectacle.

Thankfully it was a clear day
over the terrain
that was fortunate enough
to lie within in its path.
So huge numbers of the intrigued,
the informed and the curious
were able to be enraptured
by that brief, astonishing,
daytime darkness.

Came the precisely appointed time;
A voracious moon
ate silently into
that far more powerful light-giver
and beautifully, temporarily overwhelmed it.
All around grew dimmer and dimmer.

Birds quietened,
as the human observers would have done
had they not been so excited!
(Historically it would have been terror
that dominated the response;
but we are a knowing people
who can prepare ourselves
for these rare dramas
in pre-determined places).

Howling dogs
made for an eeriness
which, if we were less informed,
would add to a palpable fear
that the world was about to end.

But knowing the darkness would pass,
we could revel in amazement
that the orbits, the relative sizes and distances
of our star, planet and moon
gave rise to this glorious phenomenon
of the sun’s prominences,
seen edging the moon
with the splendour
of disinhibited dance.

Then all too soon, totality passed. But wait,
another spectacle follows in its wake:
a fresh burst of incandescence announces
the sun’s reassertion of its life-giving rôle.

Comes forth a celestial diamond ring,
blazing as no earthly jewel ever can.
More glory!
Then as the dark disc moves away
there are moments to reflect anew
on the multitude of extraordinary attributes
that make this ‘blue marble’ planet of ours
so exquisitely benign,
and give the Creator praise!

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'