Rainbows, Venus, peace and war

Rainbows - who can resist 'em!

We had a double one - the second was very faint - that went for the full 180 degrees and if you stood in the right place, arced right over our house yesterday. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)

Problem - it was still raining here as I took this picture so I had to keep the camera under my sweatshirt, whip it out for a photo, then put it right back. And, of course, I couldn't get to a place where trees and buildings didn't block most of it, so you'll have to take my word as to its full extent. ;-) These spring showers are wonderful for creating such events. Hope you have been blessed in a similar way recently.

All I could think of as I looked at this was, "what would a pre-scientific culture think?" What an incredibly powerful symbol this must have been! And then I thought, if you can get your head out of your tail - and your mind off the news - it is still an incredibly powerful symbol. More and more I find real appreciation comes from forgetting what I think I know and just absorbing reality whole. Easy to say - very hard to do.

But that's exactly the way I feel about the coming transit of Venus across the face of the sun. Ready for that one? See: Venus, Tahiti, the sun, science and safety. for a few reflections - and a pair of links to some really wonderful information that may help you see and appreciate this rare phenomena.

Speaking of perspectives - try "Honor the Veteran, but . . ." for a Memorial Day look at wars then and now. Sorry, but I've never met a war I could like - or in the final analysis, justify.

And for the fast-moving world of unnatural events, try US and the World .

And if you need to laugh - and you are of a partisan nature - (that's a euphemistic way of saying "Bushwhacker") - don't miss the most recent entry in "Now That's Funny." You'll have a spanking good time!

Posted by Greg Stone at June 4, 2004 02:31 AM