These beautiful pictures might change how you feel about nature. They are from two usually under appreciated groups: snakes and jellyfish. The photographs in each section are gorgeous and it is impossible not to appreciate their beauty. In so doing, hopefully, you’ll be shocked into adjusting your world view about the value of the wilder parts of the rest of nature.
There is a relatively unknown area of philosophy dealing with ecology and beauty, and what should be beauty’s place in our value systems. For more see ecospherics.net in the second section down on the left side of the page.
Stan Rowe comments that the . . . “choice of beauty-as-guide tells us that practical reason on which we have pinned our hopes is untrustworthy. Without some additional source of inspiration, knowledge as know-how befuddles the sense of direction, taking us on random walks or steering us around in circles. Something more than facts, information, and logic is needed if people are to be motivated as environment custodians and healers.” Rowe adds later “The beautiful is not just visual and affective; it also captures the intellect. Thus “it behooves man to develop an understanding of the beautiful, and of the morally beautiful.”
The two URLs below feature the photographs and some text about today’s subjects, snakes and jellyfish; both come from the Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/ , which also features many other sections (climate and energy for instance) I subscribe to its news feed, and it’s worthwhile.
For the beautiful snake pictures
and, for the jellyfish