Sometimes, you see a photo featured somewhere and you know you must share it with your friends and readers.
Isn’t that wonderful? I look at that face and see an ode to evolution right there – a symphony of natural processes and natural history.It reminds me of what RQ said on our most recent installment of Friday Freethought:
Because something that assembles itself is so much cooler than something built – a painting by an artist can be wonderful and impressive, but you’ll always know that someone took the time to learn to paint, put the colours together, think of the design, etc. But imagine a painting that comes to be on its own – through random processes! How impressive would that be? Like the crystallization of water into snowflakes. Or the Mandelbrot leaves on that plant last week. Or the way cold fronts and warm fronts can combine to make a giant, organized hurricane. So much more awesome than just saying, [entity] did it. To me, anyways…
I’ve seen nature paint. I’ve seen it paint in space, where stars are born and where they die. I’ve seen it paint on still water on sunny days.
I’ve seen its art in the orderly arrangements of crystals, and frosty paths sparkling in the sun. I’ve seen nature paint with red rocks against cobalt blue skies. I’ve seen more art in nature than I’ve ever seen in a gallery. Even the gallery is nature’s art, in a way: we are products of natural processes. The art we make, the art we call “unnatural,” is produced by the end products of mindless forces of nature.
You can see it in the blooming of flowers…
…and the unfolding of ferns.
And yes, even in iguanas. Iguanas are remarkably photogenic.
The iguana as The Thinker.
And, for the geologists in the audience: Iguana on the rocks.
“Endless forms most beautiful,” indeed.