Parts of the Americas will soon observe the December 10th lunar eclipse, but those of us in Ecuador will miss it.  Drats!

I really should not complain; last year’s Solstice Eclipse was spectacular, and my friends Hank and Marie Groff invited me to watch it from their perfect vantage point in Costa Rica.

Clouds shrouded the Guanacaste skies for several days prior to the Solstice Eclipse.    Surely the drizzle would cease, and the skies would clear?

The obedient clouds – after purging the atmosphere and wiping away the dust – slowly retreated and presented us with a Carl-Sagan sky!  An added bonus, the Ursid Meteors, darted across the stage at random moments during the darkest part of the eclipse!   We cocooned ourselves in blankets and marveled at the spectacular show that presided over the tropical landscape!

The photos that follow are matched with writings from Thoreau.

Enjoy!  Z

“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.  To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Thoreau

The millions are awake enough for physical labor;  but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life.  To be awake is to be alive.” Thoreau

This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore.” Thoreau

“There can be no black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of nature and has his senses still.” Thoreau

“The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour… and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakens which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.” Thoreau

“It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of man.  Morning is when I am awake, and there is a dawn in me.” Thoreau

What a beautiful way to start the day!!!