The Hand Of God
|FTLComm - Tisdale - Friday, June 14, 2002|
|First the physics!
High above the surface of the earth the gases that form the atmosphere swirl and churn about as a result of two powerful forces, gravity and momentum. The earth itself rotates on its axis and the air above the surface lags behind the rotation producing an apparent wind on the surface. The heat from the sun affects the surface unevenly and air is warmed and as it warms it expands and rises vertically, then cools. The water trapped in the atmosphere becomes part of this unending process and adds considerable complexity to the process. But what we see is the water condensed to ice crystals reflecting light and we know that as clouds.
Traveling around the globe is a particularly interesting wind belt, up near the top of the atmosphere and referred to as the jet stream. Often traveling more than one hundred miles per hour this wind affects and is affected by the air miles and miles below it.
This morning as we ate breakfast on the deck out of the West riding the Jet stream was this plume of ethereal ice crystals high in the atmosphere perhaps thirty to forty thousand feet above us, a cirrus cloud.
|The cirrus cloud passed over head at a considerable speed
and for the first time I have captured a UFO. (see speck in picture above) A UFO
is not a space ship but means "unidentified flying object" In this case
Purple Martins had been observed above us and that black speck is most likely a fast
moving Martin catching breakfast on the fly.
Leonardo de Vinci in his miraculous paintings on the ceiling of the Roman chapel has a remarkable image of an outstretched hand and indeed that massive cloud above reminded me so much of Leonardo's painting.
There is no question that we, often troubled and inept human beings look toward some greater power to reach out and solve our problems. So much so that we are often willing to invent such a being just to relieve ourselves of responsibilities and