clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tannhäuser Gate

At left, an image of the sodium laser in use for optical correction at the VLT at Paranal. Photo by: ESO/Y. Beletsky from wikicommons. 

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The VLT is at the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

The title of this entry comes from the famous death soliloquy of the character Roy Batty in Blade Runner. "I've seen c-beans glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate".

This picture seemed to do the speech justice.

I've been away and I've seen things. I've been watching for them and I've been rewarded.

I've seen a chuck wagon bar-b-que wrangler cross the road from his stand to the Dairy Queen with half-a-dozen cobblers on a tray to get fresh ice cream on the dessert for customers.

I've seen a fawn get up out of tall grass, stretch, and clear a four rail fence in the space of one breath.

I've seen fireflies so thick above the meadow bowl you'd swear it was a film of some night concert with a million people in attendance taking snapshots.

I've seen cloud-to-cloud lightening so fierce and continuous that you could read by the light coming in the window at three in the morning.

I've seen downpours of such intensity they scrub the world clean.

I've been away but I've been watching.

Now, for more regular posts now that the whirlwind of interruption has passed.

I hope your days see a return to the even keel smooth sailing that contributes to progress on the page.

Write something tonight. Even a few words. Write them.

Please don't keep them keep them inside the pen, captive, unread.

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