In one instant, the horizon became a faint line suspended in the darkness, and then the line was drawn upward, higher and higher.
It was as if a giant hand had stretched down from the sky and slowly lifted the curtain of night from the face of the earth.
As I sat and watched, the feeling overtook me that my very life was slowly dwindling into nothingness. There was no trace here of anything as insignificant as human undertakings. This same event had been occurring hundreds of millions – hundreds of billions – of times, from an age long before there had been anything resembling life on earth.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Venus leads the sun out of its winter twilight – Blenheim Beach, Jervis Bay NSW.