Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nature and Humans.....more alike than we think

A few months ago I was out on the side yard taking pictures and realized as I was looking at the dandelions that grow abundantly here since we don't use pesticides were in various stages that reminded me of the human cycle.

Interesting concept I took some pictures. I think the dandelions show off this cycle more so than many plants because of the changes that their flower goes through. This set me off on a long thought process about life in general and how fragile it really is yet at the same time seems so strong. I don't think most people relate their life cycle to that of the rest of nature but maybe they should. Our culture here in the United States doesn't really want to deal with death and we seem to avoid talking about it or dealing with it if we can. Yet it is inevitable and happens everyday in nature as with humans.
It seems as though most plants and animals are compelled to do things a certain way no matter what and yet sometimes what they do to survive in their environment is interesting. What specifically comes to mind for me are the Aspen trees that grow with a crink in their trunk. I see this happen most frequently in places where it snows. Possible the weight of the snow bends the tree, yet some how it straightens itself and continues to grow skyward. I am sure that someone has studied this and can explain it to me, but I prefer to continue through life enjoying these little interesting miracles of nature.
I remember one of my favorite stories from Wayne Dyer where he was talking about his foster mother telling him that everything ever needed to make a tomato was in this one little seed. He thought that if he cut the seed open he would see all, but alas, that didn't happen, but the miracle was still contained there in that seed....just waiting.
The circle of life.
It exists everywhere.
Even in weeds.

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