Coffee Break (another “magic of light” post)

Friday was a cloudy, blustery day. Very strange, in fact, to look up and see clouds racing from east to west. Normally our weather moves in the opposite direction. But there’s currently a high-pressure system to our north and east that is sending cold Canadian air to the south and west, back toward Milwaukee across Lake Michigan—creating “lake effect” clouds in the same way we get “lake effect” snow sometimes in winter when the winds come from the east.

So this was my view of the Milwaukee Center as I entered the Red Arrow Park Starbucks yesterday morning, immediately after the sun had broken through and turned the glass into silvery mirrors.

Milwaukee Center with sunlight

And this is how it looked just a few minutes later when I walked back outside with my grande half-caf. The sun was tucked back behind the clouds again. And the magic was gone.

Milwaukee Center sans sunlight

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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2 Responses to Coffee Break (another “magic of light” post)

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    It’s all in the timing, isn’t it? Whether we look at something or someone the instant the sun breaks through or at the moment the sun disappears, we read that to be the way things “always are” with that view or that person. But…wait a minute, breathe, step back, and the picture has changed completely.

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