The other day it struck me, we are al living on this great planet, that offers us so much. Not just raw materials and a market place, but it’s also a great canvas for art. Heck, nature paints on the earth canvas masterfully and we just don’t acknowledge it often enough. What I mean, is we do all this hubbub about original Chagalls, Monets, Manets, Van Goghs and of course let’s not forget Da Vinci. All these artists did was copy nature – capture a moment in time or strictly “Einsteinian Physics speaking – since time flows -” a composite of multiple moments in time in a single painting.
Well, people we can have all this for free if we just take a moment and look at nature’s creations in the world we live in. O.K., not in your living room – but a window with a nice frame around it will do the trick – your personal ever changing art collection, you even have your own curator, nature. For example, take Minnesota. I have seen many spectacular and amazing sunsets and sunrises here. It’s especially great after an early Summer storm in the late afternoon, such that sunsets coincides with the clearing storm. That is just amazing.
When I look at what our planet is giving us and how we treat it, I always have to remember the old business lesson, that if you want people to value something, you need to put a value on it. The best example are diamonds – completely useless without instrinsic value, however people lap up, that the love of a man to a woman can be properly expressed by the size of the diamond and the implied price tag. If diamonds would be sold at similar prices as say LPs, CDs or DVDs, they would likely not be as coveted and they would not carry that much symbolism. The same is true for pretty much any other luxury article – sports cars, designer clothing, etc.
But I digress, my wish for you is that you appreciate what nature gives us and then think about how we can continue to treat it with the proper respect. Would you value a rainbow more if you were charged $15 per viewing. Or would you take more time looking at a starry night sky up north if you had to purchase two tickets at $12 each, plus a $10 parking fee.
Having said that, I am attaching a few images, I took of what nature has to offer us here.
The lousyness of the iPhone camera lets the photo seem like a black & white painting my way of making lemonade when getting lemons.
I will close with a picture of the a thunderstorm we had here a week ago. It’s the same storm, that was brewing east of Bangkok in the first image – now coming down over Bangkok.
Please take a look around you and appreciate nature’s creations and contemplate what we can do to reduce our negative impact on nature and how we can enhance our positive impact. Example: Negative – Dumping trash in the forest or by the road side. Positive – gardening without chemicals perhaps directly from the compost pile.
Alright, I’ll get off my soapbox pulpit.