Monday, May 21, 2012

The Eclipse Above Us (Week 51 of Fireflies at Dusk: A 52-Week Project)

There are only a limited number of times that an eclipse can happen within a century, and I couldn't wait to see  the one that happened yesterday.  The only problem was that after several days of sunny weather and clear skies, Portland, Oregon became overcast on the day of the partial eclipse.  Many didn't take time to watch it because of this.  

I went with  friend who I used to work with, along with his wife, who has also become a dear friend, to go see the event.  We went out to a soccer field at a park where we would have an open view of the sky. From where we were standing, the clouds broke just at the moment of the eclipse.  It was nothing less than astounding.  

A sliver of sunlight spills through as the moon hides the rest of the sun.  The clouds part to show the sliver...

An eclipse is a pretty amazing thing  - you are standing on the earth while gravity holds your feet down and 
sun rays travel thousands of miles to hit your eyes so that the chemical and mechanical events necessary for your brain to see an image can take place. All of this, in addition to the clouds breaking at just the right moment in the exact same spot in the sky was nothing less than miraculous.  It is moments like this that you realize these two things:

Anything is possible.  
Life is a miracle.   

When there's no reason to go see an eclipse because there is a cloud cover, there is always a chance that the clouds will break.  

When you step forward, ready for some flood of light, or even a sliver of light, you might be surprised at what doors will open for you.  When the clouds break for you in the overcast times of your life, it will all happen in a moment.  

(c) 2012 photography and writing by Chloe - all rights reserved

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