And God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.” Gen 1:29
We take so much for granted, and the week we celebrate Earth Day—right when spring blossoms are all around us—is the perfect time to stop and realize the miracle of reproduction that's unfolding in each flower.
I grew up on a farm where my mother had a large vegetable garden and my father grew the hay and corn used to feed his cattle. I knew where my food came from and about the natural cycles of reproduction, life, and death. I understood that bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and yes, even bats, performed a critical role in pollination, without which our fruits and vegetables simply wouldn't have existed.
Yet very few youngsters have that privilege today, so it's all the more important that filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg has been photographing the fascinating and complex world of pollen and pollinators for over 35 years, using time-lapse photography. In the TED talk below, he discussed his work and showed some exquisite high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” inspired by recent evidence that nature's primary pollinators, the honeybees, are disappearing.
Schwartzberg quoted Chip Taylor, Monarch butterfly expert, who said, “Nothing lasts forever. Everything in the universe wears out.” On hearing this, Schwartzberg reflected, “That blew my mind, and I realized that nature had invented reproduction as a mechanism for life to move forward as a life force that passes right through us and makes us a link in the evolution of life. Rarely seen by the naked eye, this intersection between the animal world and the plant world is truly a magic moment.”
More than magic…it's transcendent.
Pay attention to this miracle all around you.
And never take it for granted.