My American Landscape XLI

Miracles – Light’s Journey

I am reading Neil DeGrasse Tysen’s book “Black Holes, . . . ” As an astrophysicist, his concerns are all things outside of our immediate globe. The last chapter was concerned with how the Sun provides light here on Earth. Without going into great detail, it is a miracle that we have the light we have. Add to that fickle weather patterns and you get to experience light in ways a studio photographer dreams of creating.

The miracle, you ask. Well it turns out that the center of the Sun is where the photons that actually provide our light begin their journey. Just to get to surface of the Sun takes somewhere shy of a million years. Then the photons are released into space. For the photon to work, it has to have something to collide with. Mind you, the photon leaves the Sun in completely random paths. That we get any of the photons (which take longer than the simple straight-line a light-year may suggest), because the buggers are simply traveling randomly everywhere. They do not travel in a straight line.

It is that little bit of science that makes natural light the envy of all studio photographers. The light we produce artificially does not do the magical bouncing of the Suns’ photons.

Above are images from Benson Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park.

Aside: The Long Beach Peninsula is blessed with three State Parks: Cape Disappointment, and Leadbetter Point State Parks, South and North respectively. And Loomis Lake State Park, smack in the middle of the finger. The blessing, vehicles are not allowed on these beaches. The rest of the peninsula all 19.5 miles of it, can be driven.

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