April 24 Day 777: Lesson from Nature

You know what they say, “all work and no fun,…” Sometimes I focus too much on what I have yet to finish that I forget to take time to play.

My morning motivation to see the sunrise was to think about a new topic for a #TacomaMath video. I got some fun photos that will either inspire an episode about vertical lines

or maybe be something about the change of position of sunrise over time.

The sunrise on the left is from January 9, 2022 and on the right from today, April 24, 2022. Returning to my original vantage point this morning, the sun was out of view of my camera. So I walked straight back, aligning the third pylon from the left with the front supports of the dock shelter as a way to show where the sun rose on January 9 from this new location.

Enter the best part of my morning walk—a harbor seal pup gamboling about in the water. I watched her spin and flip and play. She was so close that when she plunged beneath the water I could see a trail of tiny bubbles and follow her movements. The lesson: be like the seal pup—take time for exploration and play.

I didn’t get a good picture up close but if you look at the cover image to this post, you can spot her there.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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