It’s so easy for us to take the earth beneath our feet for granted. It demands nothing of us. We know it has nowhere else to go. It’s here to stay.
The earth nourishes. Its stability enables seeds to grow. Animals dig in it and make tunnels and dens for shelter. The sand at left was dug out of dunes by foxes at Rainbow Haven Beach.
The colors of the earth are varying shades of brown, oranges and yellows. This element is found in nature in the light sand on the beach, rich dark soil and compost in gardens, shifting desert sands, clay, mud and stones.
An agricultural adage says the tiny animals that live below the surface of a healthy pasture weigh more than the cows grazing above it. In a catalogue selling composting equipment I read that two handfuls of healthy soil contain more living organisms than there are people on the earth. What these beings are and what they can be doing is difficult to even begin to comprehend, but it helps to realize that even though they are many, they work as one.
Bringing a Garden to Life, 1998
Images from our scavenger hunt illustrate earth’s many forms, from the red Australian sand to the wet seashore in England and beautiful fields in British Columbia and Michigan. The image of a cave entrance from Scene Through My Eyes reveals earth’s mysterious qualities of depth and hidden strength.
Earth images in the montage above were taken from submissions to a Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt.