Approaches to Light

From 5:49 to 6:17 on the morning April 13, 2019, four groups of people quietly contemplated the same astronomical phenomenon. The modest star of a solar system on the outer arm of a spiral galaxy rose into the sky over a particular spot on the system’s third planet. Standing in the pre-dawn chill, listening to the mingled acoustic ecologies of Coconino National Forest and Route 66, we contemplated the unfolding of many stories. Everyone has a story about the sun, its comings and goings, and the way it paints a way for us through the world.
This biography of a dawn traces one particular sunrise through poetry, photography, and lived experience as it played out from four different vantage points on the San Francisco Peaks.