Like oddly-shaped frigates, when seen through the eye of NASA s Terra satellite, the Canary Islands appear to be sailing northeast, leaving milky wakes behind their rafting flotilla. The picture, captured by the satellite on June 15, 2013, won Tournament: Earth, NASA s annual competition to choose a favorite image from the previous year s pictures. The tournament ended April 7, 2014, according to , which posted the winning picture.
For people of a religious nature, who think of God as a being looking down on Earth, the image seems to offer a God s-eye view of our fragile Earth in motion, surfing toward the future. The lumpy little islands blunder ahead in an inefficient formation, leaving inadvertent wakes of determination and misdirection trailing behind to mark their unsteady, but continued, movement.
about the image notes that sailor s guides to the islands warn that on the leeward side of the Canary Islands, the side away from the prevailing winds, that winds often move against the prevailing winds just as kids sitting in the bed of a pick-up truck will feel wind coming from behind the truck as they sit sheltered against the truck s cab.
So here s a meditation question for the day, inspired by the picture: How can those of us, clinging to the moving chunks of our Earth, our country, our community, keep a larger perspective to determine where the big winds are coming from, not just react to the breezes kicked up by our own uncertain movements?
For more about NASA s images from the skies and to vote for the 2014 Tournament: Earth, go to .
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