Earth Sea Star, forever chasing the light

Earth’s star glows in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way. Within a long human lifetime of 81 light years, there are 2600 known stars, with up to another 5000 still unknown.

The Sun’s position in the Milky Way. Artists impression by J Hurt, public domain

The Sun is the reason for everything. It provides all light, all power, all direction.

As a photographer, I have switched from looking for subjects in the landscape into chasing the light. Sun sparkle on water, rainbows in a seashell, cloud shadows on the sea. I look for the way a tree beams back at the Sun, or a breaking wave turns translucent with the oblique angle of sunset.