Friday, September 03, 2004

Beautiful Frances

Long time readers of Science Musings will know that I spend part of each year in the Bahamas. And as I write, Hurricane Frances is giving our island a swipe.

The amazing thing is that I can sit here on a hill in Ireland and watch the whole thing unfold hour by hour on the screen of my computer.

My Bahamian friend who keeps an eye on the house is watching too, on television. "It's beautiful," he said to me on the phone, referring to the satellite image of the storm that was bearing down on him.

Yes, beautiful. "Beauty is the beginning of terror," wrote the young poet Rainer Maira Rilke. Amoral nature doesn't know the difference.