Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
"I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!" -John Muir
Technology has allowed our society to capture amazing images of our planet from perspectives that would otherwise be unattainable, and which remind us of Muir's humbling sentiment that humans aren't the only travelers in space.  Such is the case with the mesmerizing images below, captured by NASA satellites as a part of NASA's Earth Observatory

Taken last month, these photos are close-up views of black spruce forest in Alaska's Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. With such vivid detail, it is hard to believe that these pictures were taken from space!  In addition to providing a unique perspective, Earth Observatory images like these allow anyone the opportunity to see some of the most remote and astoundingly beautiful natural scenery on the planet without any of us having to travel to-- and subsequently damage-- these unique places with our presence. 

Source: NASA Earth Observatory Images
Source: NASA Earth Observatory Images
Together, the images above and the words from John Muir point us to a perspective that we don't often consider: that whether stationary or mobile, flora or fauna, we are all traveling together through space on a planet that is altogether wondrous and beautiful, finite and fragile.

For more information about these images, view them at the source on this NASA Earth Observatory page.

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