Happy bright suns in a sea of blue

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. ~ Stephen Hawking

Recently, as you all know I recently spent some time on a whale watching trip in Baja. I’ve always loved being on the water and one of the great things about this trip was that we were out in this beautiful Pacific Ocean lagoon three times a day. Each trip as we were skimming across the water in our panga it was an opportunity for about a half an hour just to enjoy flying across the water. The return run across the lagoon at the end of the day was always my favorite. The sun would be setting, the temperature was warm and the breeze across the water perfectly cooling. Although we were cruising out of the sanctuary there were still whales and dolphins to be seen. Maybe the best part of this time of day, with the sun lower in the sky you would get the sun dappling effect across the water. Sparkling light across the dark blue see, it was really perfect.

One after noon a really amazing thing happened for me, I’m a person who has always loved being on the water and hundreds of times I’ve been cruising across rivers, lakes and the ocean marveling at the light dancing across the water. Never once had I really looked at this phenomenon with a critical eye and this day in Baja after playing with giant whales I finally did. What I realized suddenly was that each flash of light off of the water was really just a single reflection of the sun as a wave crest hit the right angle facing us. It was the simplest and yet most amazing revelation. So I decided to photo some up close.

So just a little reminder tonight of a simple thing, take time to notice the small wonders in life. My observation on the ocean a few weeks ago was a small one but it tapped a bit of wonder for me, something that doesn’t happen nearly enough. It really made me happy to make this simple observation for the first time and even happier to be able to so clearly photograph it. Looking at all of those reflected suns against the blue sea makes me think of laying on my back at night looking at stars, but the suns in the ocean are so much closer, you can almost reach out and touch them, almost. Have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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