Walk With Nature
Photos taken by me, May 23, 2009 Bronte Creek, Ontario
I have never seen trees quite like these. I wonder as I walk along, how it came to be that one side is so lush and typically green but on the opposite side of the path the trees run jagged and naked, as though they've shed their foliage clothing for more comfortable wear. As I walked along it strikes me that this is how it is with nature. A tornado will wipe out one side of a street and gently leave the opposite as though nothing happened much at all. That is how nature works, completely random, playing no favourites, and us, weak little humans, somehow think we can defy her, think we can conquer her with our chemicals and our science when one big wind, one big storm, one big shake of her hips and we are all so much dust.
How do we become so arrogant? It is impossible to be so, when standing in the middle of this sweet green forest, the feeling of insignificance is almost tangible. How can we become so egotistical to think we can destroy or conquer nature? For the very side affects of our destruction of her will inevitably lead to such a defiance from her as to lead to our own destruction, and we'll be gone, grown over by trees and flowers, buried forever, casualties in her most verdant victory.
Nature is to be lived in, to be enjoyed, to be appreciated and to be bewildered by. We should be accompanying her along our journey not cutting our way through, leaving scars on her suntanned skin. How dare we treat her so. As we go along seeing each side of her, every facet of her beauty, finding ways to coexist with her we always must remember, she is the one with the power. We may dent her and damage her but should we push too hard, she'll push back.
When I look at her lush riches, her expansive beauty, the random organisation of her creatures I feel that I am a part of her and not her enemy. It makes me strong to be on her side, to know that to protect her is to protect myself and my family. Green is not only a way to save the earth, it's the way to save ourselves. For we are nothing without the cozy warmth of her earthy scent and sweet smelling leaves and grasses. It feels good to know, I am her friend and she is mine.
Walk with nature, appreciate her and flow with her, tread lightly and leave a small footprint. She is our friend, our mother and with gentle coexistence, will be for our children and theirs as well.
I'm reminded of a Native American quote "Think not forever of yourselves, O chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground".
...Peacemaker, Founder of the Iroquois Confederacy (circa 1000 AD)
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