Our world is nothing less than a miracle. It is our 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. 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 spreads life to every corner. Consider that Saharan sand is lifted as dust carrying microbes as far as the western U.S. The “thin blue line” of ozone and a strong magnetic core combine to produce a shield from harmful radiation, without which the planet would rapidly overheat. Earth is truly a miracle planet! A one in many billions planet. Look at the lifeless (or near lifeless) state of our neighboring plantets. Chances are there is another like Earth somewhere, but we’ll likely never know for sure. An it t is possible that this 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 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 wildlife…if you just look. We need to take care better care of this planet. 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 simply won’t happen as anyone who knows the science will tell you. We are so lucky to have this place to call home. That is what our exploration has taught us so far!
The Story So Far…
Where it all began. With Mom, Mary C. (Malanga) Henderson, Mineola NY, 1959 My mother was truly inspirational to me, the smartest person I’ve ever known. She was born July 16, 1928 and passed away January 3, 2012 after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Along the way, she escaped depression era poverty growing up in hardscrabble Elizabeth NJ with the help of her beloved mother Divina Malanga and a loving family, ultimately earning a PhD, teaching at a variety of universities including NYU, Columbia, Pace, William Patterson College and others (and to her great satisfaction, a guest lecture spot at Harvard). She was the foremost scholar in the world of the New York legitimate theater (“Broadway” to the rest of us), curator of the Museum of the City of New York Theater Collection, member of the Tony Awards committee, writer of numerous books on the theater. And she was an incredible, loving mom to her three boys. Always missed and never far from my thoughts. Mom was featured in a New York Times obituary, a well deserved honor.