Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SIGNS AND WONDERS?

If the ancients who saw archers, twins, lions, virgins and so forth in the random alignment of stars could have had our technology, what would they have made of this picture (from BBC news) of the volcanic ash cloud travelling across northern skies?




Depending on your point of view, it's either a Disney cartoon dragon, one of the monsters described in the Apocalypse or, well, um, a volcanic ash cloud moving across Europe and beyond.

4 comments:

Rain said...

I am not normally the superstitious type but this is beginning to get to me with one earth crust event after another. Of course, having recently watched History Channel's Nostradamus something or other again adds to it. I keep telling myself these things all happen off and on, and they do, but it does remind a person once again of how little control humans have over whether they happen.

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Rain, indeed it's hard not to be influenced by the mythology of signs, symbols, portents and predictions when looking around at the world, no matter how rational we may be. Somewhere in our psyche, there is still a part that seeks explanations beyond the rational.

Dominic Rivron said...

Aha! Pareidolia again! Two ghosts holding hands flying right to left, a high heeled shoe,a Siberian genie, the first recorded sighting of Santa's sleigh even...

Natalie said...

Dominic,your imagination is certainly creative! All I could see was a dragon but now you've introduced all these possibilities, my dragon has vanished!