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Nature - Taken for Granted
Does anything interests you in this image? This is a fort wall which is about 400 years old.
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:31 am

Good, no one found it interesting :)

I would not have made this a few years ago. Now I can stare at this image for hours and ponder over some amazing aspects of nature.

Let me share my perspective.

Four hundred years ago, during the king's time this wall must have been well maintained with no sign of life on it. Today, 400 years later what we constructed/created then seem to have perished/decayed but the nature sprouted!!
So much of life on it now, it breathes, grows, reproduces. It all happened on its own. But how? Not all the life that we see here happened because of disbursal of seeds by birds, some might be through wind, some might be through .. God knows! I am
sure we will be able to find a scientific explanation on how the life we see on it came here. But it is fascinating to think that left alone nature repairs, heals, makes this planet a worthy place to continue to live.
Can we do this? Neither Eiffel Tower nor Taj Mahal comes any close to mystery of life.

Yes, there are experiments going on for decades now to create new synthetic life. Success of such experiments does not appear to be proportional to the effort that has gone in. We are very very far off, as it appears.
We have not created a cell yet, as I understand. It is very interesting however. Let me share Craig Venter's video here.



Even then, what does it all mean? What does life mean? In different frame of references? If I think further the philosophical thoughts our elders had makes all the sense.

All we can do is just wonder about it! May be till a distant future? May be for ever?

ಒಗಟೆಯೇನೀ ಸೃಷ್ಠಿ? ಬಾಳಿನಥರ್ವದೇನು?
ಬಗೆದು ಬಿಡಿಸುವರಾರು ಸೋಜಿಗವನಿದನು?|| - Dr. DVG

"Is our universe a puzzle? What does life mean?
Who can explain this marvel?" - Dr DVG. (My poor translation from Kannada which is devoid of the beauty of its original expression by the poet, Dr DVG)

This is what is "Nature" to me in nature photography now... It lives in the cross section of science and philosophy. I am fascinated by what we don't know.

Interestingly we have taken all these for granted. A sprouting seed on the forest floor is of no interest to us. Why is it so?

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Commentby Rajkumar on Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:27 am

Appreciate your putting down your thought process for others also to chew. that is a tall order by itself. thanks

Few thoughts come to my mind
- It is said that if the lifetime of the earth so far is made into a 1 year movie then all of mankind is more like the last five minutes. So we are recent visitors !!!! That change in time scale made me feel much smaller
- Do we just experience it all like a dream state or do we ask questions? We can ask questions that we can think of only. Can we experience what we have not thought of even? Does intellectualizing spoil the experience ? Do tigers and the like just experience in a dream state subconsciously clued in that all of it is connected ?
Sorry may be a tangent ......

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Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:27 pm

Raj,

It is said that if the lifetime of the earth so far is made into a 1 year movie then all of mankind is more like the last five minutes. So we are recent visitors !!!! That change in time scale made me feel much smaller


And, as I noted in the link, our 100 years (if at all we live that long) translate to about 3/4th of a second!

Do we just experience it all like a dream state or do we ask questions? We can ask questions that we can think of only. Can we experience what we have not thought of even?


Good questions, Wish I knew (do I?). I think all we can do is wonder about it! Wonder about the grand design and mystery, I think.

Does intellectualizing spoil the experience ?


Only if we think we know, I guess :)

Do tigers and the like just experience in a dream state subconsciously clued in that all of it is connected ?


All we can do is wonder!

Sorry may be a tangent ......


Not at all, very aligned!

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