“The resistance to Copernicus, a kind of geocentrism, remains with us: We still talk about the Sun rising and the Sun setting. It is 2,200 years since Aristarchus, and our language still pretends that the earth does not turn.“ – Carl Sagan

10 responses

  1. Wait….I thought the earth was flat….no? Great image.

    August 4, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    • Used to be flat, Mike…used to be…come on now…. 🙂

      Thank you, friend.

      September 7, 2019 at 7:37 am

  2. I’ve often tried to capture the glow of the sun on various grasses. You’ve come about as close to that magical quality as I’ve ever seen. Simply lovely!

    August 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    • it’s a sunrise thing, Gunta…always waiting for you!

      And thank you. 🙂

      September 7, 2019 at 7:38 am

  3. Outstanding photo and treatment.

    As for rising and setting, we often lack the proper terminology for things once our knowledge expands our horizons . . . we then make do with what we have.

    We still talk of “taping” shows with our DVRs and “dialing” phones and watching “films” and so on (not so much the younger generations). Carl Sagan is right, but some of what we do with language is more expedient than inventing a whole new terminology.

    August 4, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio…and yes, we’re still using those old phrases…like rolling down the windows in our cars…it remains expedient to say it as such. I’be been thinking of another way to say “sunrise” since first reading this comment a few weeks ago and haven’t come up with anything better…so, while it remains inaccurate, it also remains what’s most available and understood….

      September 7, 2019 at 7:40 am

  4. Oh, wow. That’s just glorious!

    August 5, 2019 at 8:41 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer!

      September 7, 2019 at 7:41 am

  5. Scott, this is outrageously beautiful, if that’s not saying too much. 🙂 I see the sun setting, no, the earth turning, with great joy here.

    August 10, 2019 at 10:11 am

    • With great joy….and thank you, Lynn…outrageously!

      September 7, 2019 at 7:41 am

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