Migration to south Western Australia in spring during breeding season
Approximately a week ago I decided to take advantage of a beautiful warm sunny springtime afternoon and go down to one of the local lake reserves to take some snaps of the visiting migratory bird the Rainbow Bee-eater. The local council had started a conservation effort to protect the birds whilst they were breeding and had fenced off a section of the reserve, I was hoping there would be a few of them around to see. The Bee-eaters annually migrate form Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to the southern half of Australia and nest underground by building a tunnel in banks or grasslands. I had never seen these birds before then and didn’t really believe the amazing descriptions of the beauty this bird possessed given to me by a friend. I had seen a few pictures before, but seeing them in real life, I really grasped just how exquisite and beautiful these birds really are. The sun glistened off their turquoise backs with so much vigor, it appeared as if there feathers had some sort of metallic sheen to them, almost as if they were man made.When I see creatures as beautiful as this I find it hard to truly fathom that this is purely a creation of nature, that nature has the intelligence to create such a wonderful site. Somehow in our modern world we have forgotten the true miracle that nature is and tend to have an ignorant view of our selves as a part of that nature, a view that puts our intelligence above the intelligence of whatever it was that created not only the most beautiful things on Earth but also ourselves. How can we be any greater than the thing that created us? Our technologies, inventions and ability to probe the mechanistic functions of the earth realm gives us a false sense of superiority and leads to a self assured attitude, one that says that no matter how much damage we do to nature our minds will always be able to fix the problem. But how can we know that this is true? It is as if to say that just because we have the ability to destroy something, therefor we are superior to that which we have destroyed, hence we need not respect the existence of other creatures as much as we do our own.
Beauty abounds in our world and yet so many people lack the facilities to see it, never mind the ability recognize its inner value. Not its value as a natural resource but it’s value in simply being a beautiful creation of nature on Earth. Beauty is an unspoken language that has the capacity to say so much without saying anything at all. Just think of a beautiful sunset . . . how wonderful such a scene can be and yet it occurs regularly, day in day out, sometimes spectacular, sometimes normal, but even the most average of sunsets still abound in beauty and grace. It’s a common cultural activity that lovers walk along the beach together gazing upon the sunset. It’s not because we are told that is what we should do, but rather because it is built within us that beholding beauty is a part of connecting with feelings of love and friendship. So then why should we make efforts around the globe to preserver beauty wherever it is encountered? Just as we have our personal close relationships we also have our relationship to nature and the earth, so by developing a sense of beauty and appreciating the wonder in nature that surround us we can begin as a species to create a more intimate relationship with mother earth so that in time we can create a culture that values nature simply for it’s beauty.
You may ask “what can I get from nature and it’s beauty?” . . . The answer is the experience of peace and love. Looking back I can see many times in which I had been caught in the grips of negativity and missed out on an opportunity to simple be with nature and experience the tranquility that it has to offer.