Thursday, 17 March 2011

Nature's Magic.

After a Spring day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were very cold and very foggy; this morning the fog has cleared to leave a cold, cloudy day. No outside photography today, I thought, casting around for a post subject.

Then I happened to go upstairs and look out of the landing window onto the slowly emerging front garden. My Spirea 'Bridal Wreath' is just coming into bud and great droplets of water were hanging from the branches - it looked so beautiful. And when I went out to photograph it I saw that same dew sitting in the emerging leaves of the aquelegia plants. Which all goes to show that even on a dull, miserable day Nature can show off its wonders.

It is good to find something good to say about the power of Nature after the terrible earthquake and subsequent tsunami; yet even more terrible is the thought of the possible outcome of the Nuclear threat. Will man never learn?

If you want to know just how many Nuclear Plants there are in the world then you could do worse than pop over to Poet-in-Residence (see my side bar) where he listed them a couple of days ago. You could easily scroll down to see - and I can assure you that the number of plants around the world is truly shocking. Now the world holds its breath.


Dave King said...

Big, big question that: when will we ever learn? I understand that the plants that blew were of the old type, condemned by western experts back in the '70s as unsafe - but still in use, I believe, even in the West!

thousandflower said...

So good to hear from you on my blog. Sorry you have been having trouble posting there. It took me 3 or 4 tries to get my previous comment posted on your blog as well. Blogspot acting up!

And will we ever learn except through disaster. We don't do very well as a species learning from ideas. We, unfortunately, often need to be slapped on the hands to understand the danger of something.

Hildred said...

Always the awareness of small and beautiful things in nature will bring us some comfort from the effects of the big and tragic. We are a very arrogant species and slow learners as well!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Nature is wonderful Weaver, and so are you!I love the 'what I saw through my window today' nature (sic) of your posts.
The same windows the same views , but always different.

And yes nature can be cruel and terrifying and destructive but it can never quite match the calamities of humankind and it's ruthless search for profit.

God help the suffering people of Japan.And the brave workers still at the Nuclear plant.

Dartford Warbler said...

Beautiful photographs of raindrops on spring leaves.

This morning, the words of that old song "What Have They Done to the Rain?", kept coming into my mind.
What indeed? The arrogance of humankind seems to know no bounds.

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful photos today, I love when you can see rain or dew drops on plants.

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

Your photographs are so beautiful Pat. I am almost afraid to listen to the news for fear of what I will hear next. How can humans be so clever in some respects, yet so careless in others?

Elizabeth said...

Your top photo is an extra special winner!
loved it.

Gerry Snape said...

I think the lovely normality of your posts is what the world needs right now.
When the kids were young I had a policy to "normalise" whatever was troubling wasn't hiding the truth, just holding on to hope and as the African father said to Lenny Henry last week on the red nose programme "if I don't smile what will the children think?"
I'm overawed by the calmness of the Japanese people.

Elisabeth said...

That first photo here Pat is stunning, droplets of water on a leaf, some solace in this terrible time.

Titus said...

Weaver, that first shot in absolutely stunning.

I once worked on updating the Emergency Plan to be referred to in the event of an accident at a certain nuclear power station. Never felt quite the same about nuclear power since.

Tess Kincaid said...

Your drops of dew look like crystal. It's good to see spring in your neck of the woods.

ArtPropelled said...

I am indeed shocked by the number of nuclear plants there are all over the world.
Congratulations on your lucky win over at Pamela's!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for commenting - it seems this crisis goes on and on. Now Libya is adding to the awful news - will it never end.

Pondside said...

Beautiful shot of the leaf and droplets of water!
There are no nuclear plants in BC but there are two close by in the US in Washington State - scary!