Sun, Nov. 17


... forever and ever the planet is changing; it has done so for billions of years before we got here and will do so for billions of years of years after we have left the list of species which inhabit the planet. In tonight's photo you are looking at tens of millions of years of change and I wonder what it will look like in another million or so years. Earth as we know it will cease to exist in another 4.5 billion years or so. Unlike our money supply fueled by ever faster printing presses, earth as a planet is finite and as the sun uses up its fuel supply its surface will continue to get hotter and eventually it will no longer be able to hold itself together and it will become a red giant star, expand and incinerate our little planet. Those who do not choose cremation now will get it later :+)

After I got Q back from the vets late this afternoon I needed some airtime to clean out my head. I took this shot after six tonight and I was about twelve thousand feet perhaps fifteen miles SW of Sedona. The view is to the WNW looking across Casner Mountain, Sycamore Canyon and the SW end of the Colorado Plateau. The peaks on the left near horizon are Bill Williams Mountain, the second from the right is Kendrick Peak and continuing to the right would be the San Francisco Peaks. The dark line on the horizon is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. There was a lot of water vapor and I suspect some smoke in the atmosphere and the sunset from back at the airport was spectacular. I was putting the plane away so missed that shot.

Q is resting on a towel by the keyboard and it is good to have him here. He approves or rejects all references to astronomical topics ... he is Q of the continuum after all.

Enjoy the day and our continuing journey as sentient beings on earth, a small planet orbiting a minor star which is one of hundreds of billions of stars in our average sized galaxy which is but one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in our universe which may be but one of hundreds of billions of universes in the multiverse experience ... the vastness of it all makes everything else seem irrelevant and a wee bit trivial. In these canyons, mountains and forests all manner of life thrives as it has always done and will always do. Some species come and some go, but always in accordance with the laws of nature.

Cheers, we are blessed and all we need to do is look around us a bit.


At nightfall,

Though I know I shall sometime no more open my eyes to the night or the day.

I am one who looks at the stars when unchained from the workbench at nightfall.

They are a sign I am not ephemeral, nor you, nor you, whoever you are.

The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,

forever and forever.

Max Ehrmann

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