Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Remember the Stars


I remember the stars. As a kid growing up in West Marin (before there was light pollution), and later in West Sonoma County, I spent many nights just gazing up at the stars. By the time I grew up, it was almost impossible to escape the pollution from city lights. Who among us has really seen the stars in all their glory with no light pollution at all? It's truly amazing. Rare times at Sonora Pass, the Galapagos, or high in the Andes during the early 1980s, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa—unfathomable myriad stars that took my breath away. Who among us ?


first draft; (I remember the stars. As a kid growing up in West Marin (before there was light pollution), and later in West Sonoma County, I spent many nights just gazing up at the stars. By then, it was almost impossible to escape the pollution from city lights. Who among us has really seen the stars in all their glory with no light pollution at all? It's truly amazing. Rare times at Sonora Pass, the Galapagos, or high in the Andes during the early 1980s, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa during the 1990s—unfathomable myriad stars that took my breath away.

Way too much light pollution in Sonoma County during the 1980s. I remember trying to find a dark patch of sky, Seaview and Fort Ross were about the darkest places I could find.


I remember near the end of the 50s, we could just begin to see the lights creeping over the horizon of San Rafael and that new suburb, Terra Linda. The point I'm trying to make, is that we no longer have any truly dark places anymore. So generations have grown up thinking that the night sky diluted by city lights-are the stars.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

MO, I flew over the Bay a couple of yrs ago at night. You are in the stars. So many lights I couldn't get my bearings. - Zana