Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays!  By the middle of the workweek, I know that I'm ready for a pick-me-up, for some inspiration -- and for that reason I decided to post a nature photo or quote each Wednesday.  Perusing works of nature writing and photography helps me reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature, which is something we all can benefit from in the middle of a busy, stressful work week!

This Wednesday, I wanted to continue with the theme of looking at our natural world from a new perspective.  There is a certain deepening of our appreciation for nature that occurs when we look at our environment from a perspective other than the eye-level view we are used to. 

New perspectives allow details and intricacies to emerge that we are unable to perceive otherwise, as you may have experienced viewing the satellite photos of Washington State featured in last week's Nature Nerd Wednesday post. This week, we'll take a look at some photos of a familiar sight, from an entirely new perspective...

We are all familiar with the sight of waves rolling in from the ocean and breaking on the shore in curling whitecaps, but how many of us have had the opportunity to experience this sight from under the surface of the water? Aside from being pretty amazing, the underwater photos this week are striking in the way they visually mimic terrestrial landscapes...

The photo above came out a bit grainy, but you can view a clearer version at the original source, linked above.  This beautiful underwater photo of a wave breaking reminds me of a terrestrial landscape: a dry, dusty plain with boiling storm clouds piling up in the heavens, and that complete, expectant stillness in the space between earth and sky that so often precedes stormy weather.  One striking thing about this photo is the fact that an image can all at once seem to be full of turmoil, and also very tranquil.  The fish in this photo certainly doesn't seem to be too perturbed!

"Underwater Wave" - Dave Fleetham 

This photo is also reminiscent of a terrestrial scene of earth and sky.  Contributing to this illusion is water so clear that it almost appears as though it is air rather than liquid.

Images like the ones above are a reminder that our natural world doesn't stop at sea level: there are entire ecosystems underwater that are just as deserving (and in dire need) of our appreciation and protection. The oceans are vast and breathtaking, teeming with countless life forms and natural phenomena that have not yet been discovered.  Unfortunately, our ocean environments are severely threatened by acidification, resulting from the increasing atmospheric CO2 levels.  Stay tuned to A Day Without Rain, for an exploration of the issue of ocean acidification in an upcoming article.

Also check out photographer Mark Tipple's "The Underwater Project" for more stunning underwater images.

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