Typically we evaluate habitats in terms of large charismatic vertebrates that may live in them. We generally ignore the invertebrate animals (perhaps with the exception of insects) that live in these areas. It is my hope that recognition of the aesthetic qualities of these often unknown, or misunderstood creatures will prompt us to preserve their habitats. Only by preserving their habitats can we come to fully understand these creatures and appreciate their importance.
"This vast tangled bank of life, as Darwin phrased it, arose all on its own.
This web of life, the most complex system we know of in the universe,
breaks no law of physics, yet is partially lawless, ceaselessly creative.
... This creativity is stunning, awesome, and worthy of reverence."
Stuart A. Kauffman, 2008 Reinventing the Sacred
I hope to express and share my reverence for the natural world by painting those members of it that I know the best. Knowledge of our scientific understanding of the living world does not exclude the recognition of its beauty and its potential to provide meaning to our experience.
Rotifer; Ptygura from Seven Ponds Nature center
The Jordan River Euchlanis