Quiet flows the Wye this day
through a vale of natural beauty
where it leaves the forest for a while
and flows through farmland
where graze sheep and cattle
where narrow boats carry
curious paddlers with the current
and walkers tread soft paths
that follow curves and bows
But some days this benign flow
swells with rain fallen on
distant hills in our neighbour Wales
and floods the plains on either bank
washing down old trees
sweeping out the debris
and leaving all refreshed and new.
Our world is full of natural wonders. But some people ignore such beauty, some actively dislike it, and work to destroy the only world we’re able to inhabit.
These daily posts of words and pictures are my encouragement of joy in nature, hoping others may be inspired to share their appreciation of a planet that’s a marvel of unlikely coincidences.
We might be alone in the universe as a living species with sentience, but, equally, we might not. Regardless, we’re unlikely to meet, or even effectively communicate with, other existing sentient lifeforms, because the distances in time and space involved are so vast.
So, we must live as though we represent the only life form conscious of our existence and able to modify our environment. Whether we do that to benefit all life forms, or entirely selfishly in the mistaken and ultimately self-destructive belief we’re apart from nature, is a personal choice. History, science, and common sense demonstrate daily how intricately we’re part of nature. It seems foolish and self-defeating to ignore this simple fact.
If you feel we should spread joy in our wonderful planet and our responsibility to protect it, perhaps you’ll share these posts on social media (‘share’ buttons below make that simple), comment with your thoughts, and help us as a species do the best we can to sustain our environment for the future. Earth is our only home. Will you help preserve it? Thank you.
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