Sunday, January 2, 2011

Keeping your eyes open

I saw this walking my dog near Moonee Ponds Creek. Haven't been able to identify what it is as yet. The point is, so long as you keep your eyes open you will be able to find something interesting.

It of course raises the ago old issue of natural aesthetics. Fungi when we see them are the fruiting bodies of thin filaments that are (to most people) anything but beautiful. And yet this fungus (to me at least) is rather pretty - an ephemeral reproductive appendage. Evolution is said to be blind, producing features that work and help organisms survive and reproduce (even more reductively but less universally accepted, genes working to propagate themselves). And yet for the theist behind all of these generative mechanisms is a creative God who takes delight in it all. Made in his image, we can too.

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