Beautiful nature pictures can make even the most cynical person melt.
Indeed, I normally tend to be on the cynical side, maintaining that while we certainly need to do our best to preserve our planet and ourselves, this is not going to last forever regardless of what we do.
I think it would be incredibly arrogant of us to assume we are the only form of life in this universe, or that we are more important or significant than other forms of life which preceded us, lived and flourished, only to eventually disappear.
I believe it’s very likely that Earth as we know it, and humans, are destined to eventually disappear too. After all, evolution has shown us that 98% of all species that ever existed have gone extinct, while new species developed to replace them.
If conditions on this planet continue to change due to global warming, at some point it won’t be able to support life as we know it. Existing forms of life, including humans, will become extinct, and perhaps other forms of life will then develop.
Or maybe it will be just the cockroaches who survive.
Having said that, when one sees these amazing nature pictures, so colorful and delicate and beautiful, one can’t help but appreciate the miracle we call “life.” When I see these images, I wonder if maybe humans can unite after all in one last huge effort to save this planet or at least make life as we know it last a little longer.
Posted for Earth Day 2009. Each of these beautiful nature pictures was taken by the incredibly talented fmc.nikon.d40.