Scintillating – Word of the Day
Taken some time ago when I regularly visited the town of Esperance, the sun setting in the west, and dazzling the water and my lens with its light.
Southern Aurora Belle
At the telescope once, someone mused,
“Why is it so dark out there?”
“Well,” said I, knowingly,
“There’s simply less reflective matter, and
besides, most sources are many light years away.”
When you entered that crowded room,
dazzling, you lit up the whole place, an aurora,
but your smile was just for me.
©Paul Vincent Cannon
Everyone has to be somewhere. Some of us are privileged to be able to choose where we live, others are directed by work, family, study, many by income or lack thereof. Undoubtedly, the world is not a fair place by any stretch of the imagination. I was brought to Australia by my parents who were seeking a better future for their three children. A better future in schooling, post secondary, for better health, and for a better climate. That was achieved, and thankfully so. The real bonus is that my parents chose the west, and that has, for me been the cherry. If I were to choose another state and city it would be Adelaide. But although I love Perth, I prefer being out in the country.
The photo is of the city of Perth looking out over the Swan River from the South Perth foreshore. Perth is a modern city, a young city historically, and very small by world standards. I love this particular city. I lived there in my teens, and we came back to this city when I retrained for a few years. I now live much further south in small rural city, and one that is equally worth more than just an existance. I’m particular about the West for living, and especially the South West. The biodiversity, the rare ecospheres, the climate, the people and the places. Wonderful.