During these times of restricted venturing out, many have rediscovered nature: what God has placed all around us. Unable to sit in restaurants or bars, or needing a break from being home — no longer stuck quite so much on highways — denizens of the world are utilizing parks, visiting wildlife preserves, swimming, walking, or gliding on lakes and rivers that hopefully, one day, will be as pristine as they once were.
The more one looks at nature, the more astonished one is.
For it is far more intricate than we commonly ponder.
That’s something we need to realize with great dispatch (during this current “pause”): the need for an increased ardor when it comes to preserving the planet as God — not Henry Ford, not DuPont or Sherwin-Williams, not as Microsoft, not U.S. Steel or Exxon (or Wal-Mart) — fashioned it.
Among the wonderments:
There is “poison oak.”
If you’re walking in the woods, don’t touch this. But consider the genius: how leaves of this plant can vary from spot to spot because its leaves take on the appearance of trees and bushes and plants next to it!
How does that work?
In other words, its leaves can resemble an oak tree or bush or vine.
Leaflets can range in size from the length of your thumb to the length of your hand.
That calls to mind, of course, camouflaging animals such as chameleon and anole lizards, which in a remarkable ways turn into the color of whatever — green leaf, brown stem, dotted bark — they are resting or hiding on.
Does anyone seriously think that the randomness of “evolution” — natural selection — led to this?
Let us have common sense.
Science has buried itself in minutiae, blind now to the big picture.
As American Forests tell us, “Native to Madagascar, the leaf-tailed gecko has mastered its disguise within the leaves. When in the presence of predators, the gecko is even able to flatten its body against a tree to hide its shadow, becoming virtually invisible.”
And below: Can you see the animal here?
Small birds like to eat butterflies but are afraid of owls that in their turn like to eat birds and so what else but a butterfly that stares at you like an owl?
Only God could fashion this stuff.
You could walk right by this guy, below, too, could you not?
Or — this one.
Someone once said God’s first temple was nature.
If you knew immediately that (again, below) this was a spider hiding, you’re good.
And this is a fish?:
The eyes have it.
God, You are SO GREAT.
How could we ignore (or worse, destroy) what You in ineffable genius created?