Drops or Ocean?

DSC_0008_1270sigDSC_0012_1271sigExamine the photos. They came from a brisk walk in the woods today. The air temperature was a comparatively warm +13 at depart time. On return, the thermometer read +10. The temperature is only detail. The photos provide evidence the massive truth Sir Isaac Newton stated about 3 centuries ago:

“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.”  Isaac Newton

Now the photos. These are the “drops.” There are two photos of leaves remaining on thin branches. We know leaves are essential to photosynthesis. They are green because of chlorophyll. Two more show lichen and fungus on bark. Again, we know lichen is a composite organism of fungi and alga working in a symbiotic relationship. We can see its beauty. The remaining three photos are of holes in tree trunks. We know woodpeckers are the principal reason. We know they were searching for invertebrates to eat.DSC_0026_1273sigDSC_0028_1274sigDSC_0036_1278sig

Now for the “ocean.” We know leaves are food manufacturing factories. How is it that in photosynthesis oxygen is a by-product and carbon dioxide which we exhale is the gas all green plants require to make food. Why are fungi and an alga able to work in tandem? And wood peckers…there is the barbed sticky tongue, the skull that cushions its brain sparing the bird from life threatening concussions. What about the gradual decay of these trees. They become soil to grow generations of plants whose seeds have not yet been produced. This process ensures renewed soil fertility. No human intervention is needed.DSC_0030_1275sig

Actually, my attempt to reveal the ocean is just “drops.” We know much about the earth we live on. Libraries are filled with books about the earth. Really, those are the “drops.” One article states, “Even after centuries of effort, some 86 percent of Earth’s species have yet to be fully described.” Understand this statement refers to life forms on earth. When we consider earth systems, cycles, physical laws and more we come to admit Isaac Newton was correct what we know about the world we live in can be summarized as “DROPS.”

No need to worry about our puny understanding. There is One who knows all, everything. The Psalmist knew it. He wrote. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5 Do you worry about things. Do you ever feel inadequate? Be comforted greatly. The truth about God is great comfort. He is: great, mighty, and infinite in understanding. What is most important in all of this? God understands us-perfectly. He loves us perfectly. That’s an ocean!DSC_0050_1282sig

Author: davidwellis

What does a grandfather, husband, former public school teacher and Education Specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with many life experiences in nature do with them? A naturalist with a camera-makes outside a daily destination. My confidence is that God will guide my words, and photos. We live in a magnificent world, come and look at it with me through eyes, lens and words. To God be the glory. Current Profile Photo- Prickly Ash, the name summarizes this brushy undergrowth well. It fascinates me with its thorny branches. Seeing a vine wrapped around the trunk called for a photo.