I continue to notice how vibrant the flowers look when the sky is gray, when the sun's light is filtered through the fog. Yesterday, I went to Land's End for the first time and walked the labyrinth with Elaine. I have been to the Legion of Honor a multitude of times and walked to the Cliff House and beach from there, but never journeyed down to Land's End.
The labyrinth rests just above the ocean. It is made of small stones. Flotillas of pelicans flap and swoop. I feel such a thrill when I see them because I remember when the brown pelicans were endangered due to DDT. Now they are prolific and both real and magical as they scoop down close to the water. It is a visceral blessing to be so close to them.
This tidbit is from an article by Dennis Overbye called The Struggle to Measure Cosmic Expansion.
"Both the telescope and the “constant” are named after Edwin Hubble, the Mount Wilson astronomer who discovered in 1929 that the universe was expanding. It is not really constant. Over cosmic time, gravity tries to slow the expansion while dark energy, as astronomers discovered to their surprise 10 years ago, tries to speed it up. The history of the Hubble constant has seen many hopeful beginnings that have subsequently floundered on the difficulty of divining accurate distances to dim blurry lights in the sky, that is to say, galaxies. Both the 200-inch Hale telescope on Palomar Mountain in California, inaugurated in 1948, and the Hubble Space Telescope, launched 42 years later, were supposed to solve the problem."
Today I am with my own need to go in and out, to sit with the spaces and activity within, and, also reach out to space and people. It makes sense to me that the universe, too, has a bit of introversion and extroversion going on. I'm glad the process is studied, and I relax into my own universe today, aware of the gravity that holds me to the ground and the response that lifts.