Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Big Sky

This photo (also taken at the Renton PO) made me think "big sky."

Years ago I worked with a gentleman who told me that he loved to travel to the coast. The reason, he explained, was because he was at his most creative by the coast. He went on to say that he wasn’t sure why that was, but he suspected that it had something to do with the "big sky."

It hadn’t ever occurred to me to think of a treeless space in terms of the "big sky."

That phrase stuck with me, and I remember thinking about the term "big sky" for days afterward. Also, as often happens to me, I learned that same week that Montana is the "big sky" state. Then I remembered something else: Eastgate.

Oh yeah, for anyone in Western Washington who is familiar with the I-90-hugging Eastgate, you know it’s not the most scenic of townships. However, I’ve seen some incredible and beautiful things in Eastgate, not the least of which are the trees located on my first college campus, the "University of Eastgate" (Bellevue Community College).

I remember on more than one occasion staring up at the "big sky" in Eastgate. I’ve seen outrageous sunrises, sunsets, moonrises, and moonsets. I have also seen some amazing cloud formations, including a cloud-woman kneeling while exhaling smoke, and a perfectly cubic cloud! No fooling! It was an ENORMOUS cube-shaped cloud, with NO other clouds in the sky.

Now I’m thinking that perhaps I should take a "field trip" to my ol’ stompin’ grounds, and take pictures of my favorite trees at BCC. I sure hope they’re all still there!

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