(Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Off-Balanced – 3b: Into a state of surprise from the unexpected
Poza Honda Ecuador – Four times each year, the alignments of the earth and sun prompt me to reserve the day – or strategic hours – to observe the sun’s placement. These dates are more important to me than the first day of the new year.
Being attentive to the subtle rhythms and movements of our planet reminds me of how things change yet remain the same. It also reminds me of the importance of our planet, our own lives, and our responsibility to be good stewards of this amazing planet. In many areas, we are failing in the latter category.
In today’s quickly-changing world, it’s comforting to confirm that the sun is directly overhead at high noon during the March and September equinox dates. Just like a precisely-tuned clock, the sun continues its daily march until it reaches its June or December solstice date, pauses, then begins back-tracking toward the other hemisphere. Only twice a year does it visit the same spot, and I enjoy confirming that some things remain the same – no matter what else is happening on our planet!
Those noon shadows teach easy lessons, especially when someone asks, ‘Isn’t it always in the same place?”
“No,” I smile, and demonstrate the natural rhythms between our sun and planet.
The solar calendar at Casa Loca often puzzled first-time visitors, until they witnessed the sun’s ever-changing position on the western horizon.
This past week Melissa dropped in for a visit where I now live at Poza Honda. After swapping a few stories, she grew serious and gestured to the floor and asked what was the significance of the items on the floor. I had forgotten about the floor!
Four strips of blue painter’s tape were stuck to four spots on the floor, and a lone egg was balanced on what appeared to be some type of over-sized tray.
At that time, the board was pushed to one side, and the strips of tape seemed totally unconnected to the board and the egg.
Directly overhead is a skylight, and though we had had several days of rain, the sun showed up for our bi-annual straight-overhead noon date on March 20. Except – the sun was 28 minutes late! I am still scratching my head and trying to figure out why at noon – on this year’s equinox, the sun was still slightly in the eastern side of the sky. It reached zenith at 27/28 minutes past noon, then tipped on toward the western horizon.
The clock is usually set according to my camera, so today I checked the camera’s clock/time with the computer-internet clock; my camera is one minute ahead of the internet clock.
The next two days brought clouds and rain, so I’ll wait for half a year to check the sun’s placement at noon on the September equinox! Perhaps some of you will help solve this mystery?