Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nature's Secret Wonder ~ Grains of Sand

“Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered.”  That's what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he turned  his telescope on beach sand.  Gems like minerals...colourful coral fragments...and delicate microscopic shells revealed that sand comprises much more than tiny beige rocks.

Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science.  He has a Ph. D. in bio-medical research from University College, London and holds 17 patents for high-definition 3-D light microscopes.  He lives in Haiku, Hawaii.  His book, The Amazing Microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg can be purchased through  The pictures are stunningly beautiful.

(Thank you, Tom for this picturesque article)

Carl Sagan remarked, “The total number of stars in the universe is greater than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on the planet Earth!”

See the World in a grain of sand and Heaven in a wild flower;
Hold infinity in your Hand and Eternity in an hour.
(William Blake)

We look at people, regardless of race or colour, and fail to see that each person is a unique individual.  Too often we generalize...slotting them into the “ordinary category.”  Consequently, we miss opportunities that may benefit us.

Spring Lambs

Years ago, my father bought several Shropshire sheep ~ including ewes and a ram or two for breeding.
When the lambs were born, my sister and I loved and cuddled them, gave them names and observed their growth carefully. At the onset of summer there were many lambs.  We could call them by name; they would perk up their ears and with their finely growing woolly coats, come scampering toward us. To farm visitors, ALL LAMBS LOOKED ALIKE and were amazed that we recognized differences in each lamb and could distinguish each one as it approached us. To each ram and ewes we gave names. My father monitored the mating of ewe and ram and gave us the approximate dates that Sarah, Maggie and Agnes would birth their lambs.

Do we, as humans, when we meet people actually attempt to discover the personality behind his/her facade?  Do we have the interest to find out if this person would be beneficial to have as...a friend...a business associate...or as a socialite in our circle of acquaintances?

Pearl of Wisdom

What makes a desert beautiful
is that somewhere it hides a well.
(Antoine de Saint Exupery)

Merle Baird-Kerr … crafted October 20, 2013
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