Our world is nothing less than a miracle, a lifeboat in the vastness of space. Earth’s ideal combination of gases that we call air and plentiful liquid water have resulted in a remarkable diversity of life…life easily taken for granted in our daily rush and increasingly threatened by human activities. Our planet has a 21 degree tilt that gives us seasons and, more importantly, moves air and water around the globe in currents. These currents spread life to every corner. Consider that Saharan sand is lifted as dust carrying microbes as far as the western U.S. A “thin blue line” of ozone and a strong magnetic field courtesy of an iron core combine to produce a shield from harmful radiation without which the planet would rapidly overheat. Look at the lifeless (or near lifeless) state of our neighboring planets if you need a reminder of the alternative. There may be another planet like Earth somewhere but we’ll never visit it given the almost incomprehensible distance involved to the nearest possibility. For humanity, Earth is it – a singular miracle.
I was not a wildlife photographer until recently. Taking hikes into nature with a camera has given me a tremendous appreciation for the all the life that surrounds us. Even in heavily urbanized Long Island, where I spent 35 years before recently relocating to Naples FL, there is a remarkable diversity of wildlife…if you just look. In Naples I am within an easy drive of North America’s only subtropical wilderness, the Everglades, a remarkable place teeming with wildlife, not all of which is native, thanks again to careless human behavior. This planet’s ecosystems exist in a delicate balance. We have in too many ways upended that balance.
We need to take care better care of Mother Earth. If we ruin this place, there is no other for mankind. Although some have dreams of colonizing Mars or some other mythical place beyond our solar system, and I am all for exploration, that is highly unlikely to happen and, in the case of Mars, would prove impossibly inhospitable even if we manage a manned mission, as anyone who knows the science will tell you. We are so fortunate to have this place to call home. We should protect and savior its incredible wonders. That is what our extra-terrestrial exploration has taught us so far.
I hope you enjoy my photographic journey.
Old Furnace State Park. Killingly, CT 2017 2017 was an eventful year with the loss of my dad (my mother having passed in 2012), a dear friend and a career change. I am a born optimist, however, and accept the trials and greatly appreciate all the joys of life.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain