Start of fall reason enough to ponder world around us

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 05:12 PM.

So here we are passing another Stonehenge and Machu Picchu moment. Fall is upon us as spring hits Australia. Only the dimmest of persons aren’t somewhat fascinated by our walnut-shell hemispheres where opposites roam.

Our fall is their spring, our summer their winter. Our counter-clockwise vortex in bathtubs is their clockwise evacuation flows. On their TV weather maps, our "H" is their "L." If I get lost in our desert the coriolis force will cause me to wander in opposite spirals as I would in the Outback.

Autumn is a particularly wonderful season here on our coast. Flounder fishing starts peaking as water cools. Finger mullet will soon stream southward just outside the breakers. King mackerel will set reels screaming.

Fall jump-starts nature’s seasonal migrations using roadmaps nature downloaded into her creatures before any of "my" people even walked upright. I know it’s corny, but the sky I see at night is almost an exact duplicate of that all of my human ancestors saw when they looked up.

My view is sanitized and compartmentalized by the works of Newton, Einstein, Galileo, Kepler and multitudes of various scientific minds. The ancients were not only observers but cast members also. They saw gods and magic and mystery.

It’s different but also the same. We both ponder on the world around us and use the same fingers to scratch our heads when stumped.

Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com. 



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