|Background for Humans
Wilferd A. Peterson
In diversity, complexity, surprise, wrath,
serenity, destructiveness, magnificence, Nature's wild adventurous
spirit is unexcelled.
From dainty rose to giant cactus, from ant to
elephant, from fish to human, Nature is infinite in her scope.
Nature is sculptor, inventor, engineer, artist,
architect, musician, friend and foe.
As sculptor Nature works on cliffs and canyon
walls carving figures and towers, turrets and castles. Rock
erosion is her chisel; rushing, pounding waters are her hammers.
As inventor Nature designs creatures that
crawl, climb, leap, fly, jump, run, swim. They come in endless
shapes, sizes, coloring, with fins, fangs, feathers, claws, shells,
As engineer Nature creates a limitless universe
with watch-like precision. She controls hundreds of billions of
stars and their spinning planets. Time and tide, night and day,
the flow of magnetic currents, light and air are under her command.
As artist Nature splashes color across the vast
canvas of the sky with the radiance and splendor of sunrise and
sunset. She arches rainbows against the passing storm, creates
flowers and foliage, sets autumn woods on fire with the beauty of
turning leaves and touches mountaintops with snow crystals.
As architect Nature builds pillars of clouds,
rugged mountain ranges, deep canyons, quiet valleys and towering
As musician Nature is maestro to ten thousand
bird songs, chirping crickets, howl and roar of wild beasts, buzz of
insects, trumpeting of elephants, organ music of the surf--the great
symphony of forest and jungle.
As friend, Nature works as a creative partner
with us, providing the gifts of soil, seed, sun, rain, minerals,
chemicals--the forces, elements and ingredients for the preservation,
perpetuation and evolution of life.
As foe, Nature sends floods, tornadoes,
hurricanes, blizzards, sandstorms, earthquakes, relentless, devastating
forces, to challenge and test our will to conquer and survive.
Nature creates people's homes on earth.
It is a home of contrasts; of good and evil, beauty and ugliness,
tranquility and terror. The whole natural world is the background
against which people play their heroic part in the eternal adventure of