Our world is nothing less than a miracle, 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 planets. Chances are there is another like Earth somewhere but we’ll likely never know for sure given the almost incomprehensible distance involved to the nearest possibility. Earth may well be 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 diversity of wildlife…if you just look. In Naples I am within an easy drive of North America’s only subtropical wilderness, the Everglades. But this planet exists in a delicate balance, and 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 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!