The Smudge Archipelago
On the wall of my bathroom upstairs, there’s a map of the world – The Earth From Space – published by the GeoSphere Project. The GeoSphere Project publishes images of the world with the hope that if we can see the world, we can learn to live with it sustainably.
This evening, looking at the map, I noticed an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that I had never noticed before. I sat there for 5 minutes, trying to remember the name of this archipelago, and trying to think of why I had noticed it before. It was quite large, after all.
Then I stood up, and I saw that the archipelago was a smudge. A smudge on the plastic laminate protecting the map. I rubbed it out, and now, the smudge archipelago is gone.