Light Through Fog

September 6th, 2014, 6am

Curiously a few days ago through an unlikely and completely serendipitous chain of events, I found myself staring at a primary school website which invited 3rd graders to construct an experiment to determine which color of light shines the brightest through fog. Utterly mad, I thought. But before clicking quickly away, I noticed that the colours best transmitted through fog were yellow, red, and orange. If we had been invited to a dinner party that evening, I’m sure I could have constructed an hilarious anecdote, illustrating the useless idiocy of such a quest, wasting valuable school time.

Well, yes, maybe. Of course, it’s probably a good idea for kids to learn about why caution lights are usually yellow or red. And then too I suppose kids need to learn all sorts of things about the nature of light, reflection, refraction and such. . . .

We are not a very foggy coastline, but this morning at my sunrise meditation, I noted that in place of the usual dazzling light display in the sky awakening the still dark earth and sea, I was treated to an intense glow seeming to emanate equally from earth sea and sky.

Yellow, red and orange suffusing the fog.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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