- Laughing Gull
- This is our beloved planet. How often do we stop and
take the time to truly realize the marvel here? It is a place of great
beauty, not only unlike anything else in our solar system but also anything
within light years. Birds fly with ease through our skies, some flying
from the North to the South Pole and back again each year. They know where
they must go and how to get there. The gentleness and power of their flapping
wings is beyond compare. Seeing them fly skyward beckons to something
deep within our souls calling us to be free as we once were, as they are
- Green Sea Turtle
- Oceans gently lap upon many thousands of miles of shoreline
around the clock. Sea turtles come ashore to lay eggs, and the hatchlings
must make a long, perilous journey from their sandy homes to the sea.
To these tiny creatures it must seem like miles to crawl as they move
upon their bellies across the sand. They will swim many, many thousands
of miles in their lifetime - only to return to these same beaches again
one day to lay the next generation of eggs. And to their kin of the fish
world, the ocean is their universe. For these creatures it is an unlimited
expanse of endless opportunity. There is no land, no space. Just an unfathomably
giant expanse of seawater which is truly endless.
- Many thousands of years ago it was written, "See
the lilies of the field. They toil not neither do they spin.." It
is indeed true. The harshest of winds may buffet them, yet their delicate
beauty is undamaged and they remain firmly rooted in the Earth.
- Our marvelous planet is one of incredible riches. We
take for granted trillions of plants which grow each year that feed us.
A marvelous moon which creates tides and propels most ocean life. Many
methods to harvest aquatic life depend upon these tides. And the small,
hard shelled creatures that bury themselves deep in the sand depend upon
tides to live, too.
- Space Shuttle EVA
- We marvel at the stars in the sky and long to visit them.
But do we look at the beauty right here under our feet? Do we take the
time to sniff the flowers, to touch the rough bark of a tree? To reach
down to feel the intricate nature of a blade of grass? Look at a household
pet and marvel at the complexity the little animal has within? When we
are cut, do we appreciate the amazing hidden complex process it takes
to heal a wound? Even a cut fingerprint pattern is restored to the way
it was. And science can't even create a simple spider.
- I strongly believe that only through appreciating all
that we have now - will we be able to understand what it will be like
when it's all gone.
- Ted Twietmeyer
- Photos are public domain images