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Saturday, April 27, 2013

C: Celebration

It was this tree that started me thinking this spring…..


Yes, it is a tree I see every day as I drive into my property.  It belongs to my neighbor, Mary. This is a poor picture to depict its grandeur.

It is starting to green, and I really wish that I had photographed it just a few weeks earlier, when there were no leaves to soften the stark branches.  Against the blue winter sky, its perfect shape has inspired me all winter.  It is what has caused me to think (overthink) about nature’s perfection.

But it was this photograph that put me over the top and made me want to write in this blog again and say to you, “Do you see the perfection, the planning, the genius of our world?” 


I do believe that nothing we do enhances it.  In fact, everywhere we touch, I’m afraid, we diminish God’s initial handiwork.  Just look at that little baby giraffe photographed against his mother, pondering the world.  Is there anything we can do to match this?

I started thinking about nature’s symmetry, its design and went in search of examples for you.  They are all obvious.  No genius in my search, here, but even though they are common examples, these thrill me, make me wonder.


Honeycomb, made by bugs, no less.  Ingenious, practical, beautiful—so beautiful that we mimic:


As pleasing as the tile floor is, as much as I would love to have it in my own home, it does not compare to the original.  Remember: we are not the originators of this beautiful design…the bees were.

Who could think up this dandelion?


…not to mention constructing it.

And think of William Blake's exhilaration: “Tiger, tiger, burning bright in the forest of the night, what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry…”


Indeed, who?

There is something about stripes in nature, isn’t there?  One of my favorites—zebras:


I never tire of seeing them.  I have a compulsion to collect photos of them, so entranced am I by their stripes.

The list goes on and on, including the everyday, the mundane (“mundane?”  Really?):


…and the fantastic:


and the patterns…

sea turtle

…and unending variety


…since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 

Romans 1:19, 20.

Indeed.  Sigh.



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KathyB. said...

I love that verse especially for putting life, all of life, into perspective. I think you are so right about us diminishing God's creation, yet He deemed us worthy of salvation through the painfully shed blood of His Son Jesus, crucified by the very people He came to save, us !I know we're undeserving, yet I am so thankful for the ability to enjoy His creation.

The picture of the baby giraffe against his momma is amazing.

Anonymous said...

You are so right .Every thing around us has a beauty of its own.
God made every thing so pretty even the changes of the trees the grass the flowers.and also his people as we grow older we realize how precious
everything is around us.
I admire you for being such a great neighbor and, an inspiring person that you are to me,

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

love this blog!

Vickie said...

Great post, C! Great pictures, too. I'm amazed all the time - I realize the fact that I cannot capture the colors and the designs of nature in my paintings no matter how hard I try. What a great pattern and plan God had for our beautiful world and the way everything works together just perfectly! It's man that messes things up!

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