St Croix, USVI_RP1630210
Sailing out of Christiansted, late in the afternoon, the wind lulled and the sky darkened. As we rocked and the captain watched the sails, big beams of light shot through the clouds and highlighted the mountains. There was no swell, just a fine chop on the water that pattered against the hull, a sound enhanced because no one spoke, transfixed by the scene. Crepuscular rays--God rays--are an atmospheric phenomenon of parallel shadows from the dark clouds and light as it pertains to your earthbound, physical perspective. But I think the scientific explanation faded in the quiet, with eyes following the sunbeams up like escalators, beyond the black and into the blue...