This is my 300th post. What better than Nature to blog about, on a milestone post.
When we want to compare anything grandiose, anything that is delicate, anything that is tender, we will always and always compare something with what God has created. Man made creations, though great, will always fall short of superlatives. Man in his creation will mimic nature. Be it be paintings, be it be science, be it be buildings. In some way, everything we do is a replica of what happens naturally.
Cecil Frances Alexander has immortalized the same in her much loved poem, All things bright and beautiful. See the following verse, how beautifully she captures
“The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;”
Nature which is so graceful and beautiful is known to us. We see evidence of it everywhere we look, even in concrete jungles. What are not evident are attributes like strength, tenacity, symmetry and many more. These are very much there but are visible only those who seek.
Something as common as a spider web, which we consider a nuisance or as a sign of neglect. Scientists are conducting many experiments on the silk of the spiders. The dragline silk, found inthe spider web’s outer rim, the spokes and the lifeline, is as strong as high tensile Steel.
Symmetry in nature is at a completely different dimension. Imagine the most gnarled, dried out tree ever. Maybe in a desert. View that in the backdrop of the best designed building. The in built balance in the tree will win over the magnificent structure in every which way. Man is learning every day about balance from nature and is forever surprised at the new findings.
As magnificent as nature is in creation, so is it furious and unforgiving in destruction. Not every calamity is because of our meddling with nature. We are increasingly seeing the disastrous effects of interfering with the natural cycles all around us. Nonseasonal rains, snow, unusually high temperatures are but a few examples of this. We need to learn a lot on how to be sensitive and have our needs met, at the same time. This point can touch a raw chord in many and make them start taking action at an individual scale.
So here, without much ado, is my ode to Nature in it’s varied hues.
Can there be anything more innocent
Than a sleeping baby.
Can anything be more delicate
Than the flower at the end of vine.
Can there be anything more majestic
And taller than the deep blue sky.
Can there be anything more resilient
Than the seed sprouting through hard earth.
Can there be anything more refreshing
Than first rain after a scorching summer.
Can anything be more tender
Than the first shoots of spring.
Can there be anything more dramatic
Than the rainbow after a raging storm.
Can there be any fury that matches
The thunderous cyclone.
Nature, even in it’s subtlest form
Is absolutely fantastico
Than the best made by man.