Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dear Mother Earth,


despite mankind's heavy footprint
you still find it in your heart to give us treasures.
I pray today that the people of Earth will take
notice, and give thanks. Amen!




The ocean is a treasure in itself supplying us with precious jewels as well as food and sources for healing. But maybe even more importantly it supplies us with half of the earth's oxygen. Did you know that both humans and the planets surface are made up of over 70% water?

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The ocean also supplies seaweed that washes ashore and dries and blows inland, building sand dunes that protect barrier Islands from hurricane surges and provides habitat to nesting shorebirds and sea turtles and even snakes.  


The honey bee provides us with the very important service of pollination and with the ever increasing usage of pesticides we find them in great danger.  


The dragonfly and their incredible hovering motions date back 300 million years ago. They are not only beneficial to humans by consuming mosquitoes, but extremely important indicators in the health of our ecosystems and the overall quality of our environment. 



Our trees supply us with another source of our oxygen, protection for wildlife, as well as provide us with materials for human shelter. They shade and cool us, and even help control noise pollution.




And as Emerson says, "The earth laughs in flowers." Flowering plants (angiosperms) make up the most diverse groups of plants on our planet. They not only provide shelter and food for the organisms that live on them, but they provide us with our greatest source of food. And did you know. . . 25% of all plant species are threatened with extinction? 



We ALL journey this earth together.

We are the guardians of this planet, but our most required elements have been polluted, wasted and ignored.

We simply cannot afford to take these resources for granted.

It seems simple enough. Instead, we have complicated it....for ourselves.

We need to teach our children to be mindful by educating and encouraging them about what it means to preserve, conserve and protect our beautiful earth if we want them to have a future in it.

"We seek a renewed stirring of life for the earth
we plead that what we are capable of doing is
not always what we ought to do.
We urge that all people now determine
that a wide untrammeled freedom shall remain
to testify that this generation has love for the next.
If we want to succeed in that, we might show, meanwhile,
a little more love for this one, and for each other." - Nancy Newhall, from Earth Prayers

And before I go enjoy this Earth day, I want to share a challenge that Terri from my collaborative blog, Focusing on Life, gave us yesterday (for today). She said, "Take your best shot of our environment -- how you see it, what you treasure about it, the things you would never want to see fade away -- and then share them through our Flickr group." 

So I invite all of you my friends, who also love this earth and take beautiful inspiring photos to grab your cameras and capture some of the beauty around you and share it with us so that we can celebrate it together!! XO

Love, Kim



   


33 comments:

Carmel said...

Lovely images.

Viv@within the Frame said...

I so agree with you and you write it so well. Thanks for sharing your wonderful images...

Barbara said...

I always envy people who can write from their heart. Wonderful post and images!

Rebecca said...

I'm not sure how I feel about earth day...the college right around the corner has an earth day celebration and the day before there are big trucks coming in puffing their exhaust all day, the day of there are busses of kids coming, the day after there is trash everywhere. I think they all miss the point. :( I like the idea of a quiet, reflective day enjoying nature instead.

jeanette said...

Heart toutching writing and Lovely Images...
Greetings from M√ľnich

Tamar SB said...

These were so pretty to look at this morning. The ocean is an amazing beast - beautiful, but dangerous and gives us such gorgeous treasures!

Happy Earth day - it is ours to treasure, protect, love, an explore!

Dina Lettre said...

Couldn't agree more, Kim...and I sure wish I was there! :) Happy Earth Day!

Michelle B said...

Wonderful words. We do seem to forget we are stewards of this earth, thank you for reminding us. Your dragonfly photo took my breath away, beautiful. Thank you also for your beach pictures, I am land locked in SW Ohio with no beach for many miles. Your beach pictures always put a smile on my face.

Donna Hopkins said...

An absolutely stunning collection of images for a thoughtful and compelling post. My favorite pictures are the shells on the shore - love the backdrop of the child frolicking in the ocean -and the view looking up at the trees. So blessed by nature.

Barb said...

Lovely collection of images to celebrate our precious home.

Kelly Kardos said...

We are so blessed and just wish everyone thought they way. Beautifully spoken Kim. Xo

Sarah Carletti said...

Beautiful photo and thoughts and info! Blessings. Sarah

Susan said...

Beautifully said…and gorgeous photos! My fav is the sea shells!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love the way you view the world, Miss Kim, and the fact that you let us in as well. Happy Earth Day to you! Enjoy the day. Erin

Brenda said...

A passionate plea for Mother Earth, gorgeously captured in lovely images.

Carola Bartz said...

I completely agree with you - there is nothing I can add to this. Except that Earth Day should be every day.
After all, we only have this one.
I love your pictures!

abrianna said...

Beautiful photos.

terriporter said...

So perfectly said and beautifully illustrated, Kim! Thanks for sharing FOL's invitation to post Earth Day shots in our Flickr group. For me, photography really opens my eyes to the beauty around me and reminds me that I never want it to fade away. Maybe we need to teach everyone to be photographers -- then they would see what a precious gift we have been given.

EarlK said...

Wonderful series of photos and comments about our Earth. We do need to take care of oiut Earth so that mankind will be able to enjoy it for many more years. Let's hope we are smart enough to realize that what is here is all there is.

Gail Dixon said...

Happy Earth Day, Kim. You represented well. Gorgeous pics, as always.

Caz Sultz said...

Beautifully said, I love all your photos, the honey bee is very pretty and oh so important to us.....

Nicki said...

wow - just wow. what a powerful post with simply amazing pictures.

PS said...

Great thoughts on this earth day. On behalf of the earth, let me thank you for being such a strong advocate and great protector.

June Caedmon said...

Important truths, Kim. I love that last image with all the footprints - great capture!

Evelyn S. said...

Your thinking, writing, photos...precious! This is a beautiful tribute to Earth Day.

Evelyn S. said...

Your thinking, writing, photos...precious! This is a beautiful tribute to Earth Day.

Sharon said...

Beautiful images and words for Earth Day. Those macro shots are truly amazing!

Jeanne said...

Such wise and appreciative words these are Kim! and especially love the shots of the bee and the dragonfly! Beautiful and thought provoking.

lorik said...

A great series and tribute. My favourites are the orange bee and flowers and the textures in the sand.

lorik said...

A great series and tribute. My favourites are the orange bee and flowers and the textures in the sand.

Deanna said...

You have a beautiful way of expressing your love of this great earth of ours. Thank you for sharing these lovely thoughts and images!

Ida said...

You have a very heartfelt way of expressing your thoughts and an awesome talent for displaying such beauty. I enjoyed this post very much.

Cathy H. said...

Wonderful post! Your images are so beautiful!

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