In Santa Fe, New Mexico, hours before dawn I drove up a mountain road parked and stood
by a stream's icy flow; then walked to where
Voyager 2 spacecraft also showed that the Great
Dark Spot varied significantly in size during their brief pass
of the planet. When Neptune was
viewed by the Hubble Space telescope in 1994 the Great Dark Spot had vanished, although
crystals of snow were glowing between the bare arms of ghosty trees. Thirty-five years later,
in California, I passed a bench named “Honoring the Future,” not knowing what this means.