Curiouser and Curiouser

The other day – after the snow, but before the rain – I was walking to the post office to mail some letters a little after 4pm, as the sun was going down.

This isn’t an effect of the camera – there was actually a shaft of light pointing straight up. I’ve seen a lot of awesome sunsets, but never one like this before. It reminded me of the twin spotlights they sent up from the World Trade Center – Ground Zero – on September 11.

I’m sure there’s some kind of scientific explanation for this phenomenon. The reverse effect – when sunlight is splintered into shafts behind a cloud, looking like the Hand of God – is much easier to comprehend. Like this:

Paris, May 2006

What I’m reading: Finding Nouf, Zoe Ferraris; Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman
What I’m listening to: Can’t Slow Down, Saves the Day

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