Nature’s Jewels

California Spreadwing
Opals of Light (California Spreadwing)

Part I: Nature’s Gems – Simply Set

Pacific Tree Frog in Egg Shell
Her Faberge Egg 
Her Fire Opal Eye
Her Golden-Fire Eye
Hooker's Evening Primrose Beginning To Open
Her Living Jewel – Evening Primrose Beginning To Open

And Fully Open in Moonlight

And Dancing in Moonlight
Hummingbird MothHer Trial Hummingbird – a Moth
Living Enamel
Lady in BlueHer Mysterious Murderess in Blue

Gopher Snake

Moving Mosaic – gold and jasper, slipping through the grass
His Head
His Chalcedony Eye
Callipe fritillary
Her Tiffany Vase
Her Tiffany Vase
Varigated Meadowhawk
Meadowhawk in Bronze 
Bee Flying to Poppy
Amethist Brooch on Ruby Silk

Her Miner's Paw
Her Miner’s Hand


Part II: The Pollinators


Western Swallowtail
Western Swallowtail

Every blooming plant is pollinated by some force. Most are touched into procreation by a living being – bee, fly, beetle, small bird, mammal or reptile, even a gardener’s brush. Sometimes a wind! These species are connected by a natural force that is powerful and long-lived and it changes only if the needs of the species dictate change. These creatures, through evolution, shape themselves to fit into their habitat. If climate changes too fast for them or some catastrophe tickles their processes, they must find another partner or they will die. But when change comes slowly, they adapt, find new partners, shift their habits, and live on. 

Self-pollination occurs in some species, but successful evolution usually requires a mixing of genetic materials for the strength to withstand disease, parasites, change. Pollination by outside agents means that these Earthly floral wonders are sensed, caressed, explored by an ardent lover. The movable agents take food – pollen and nectar – and carry pollen from one plant to another, bringing about a healthy diversity.

Here are some of Earth’s swains, mostly insects, which are the pollinators we know best. A few form “monogamous” relationships with a species of plant, and the two are bound together in a marriage of more than convenience. Some pollinators are general in their attentions, and travel from one type of blooming plant to another. Without these strange relationships, in which the partners probably do not exchange genetic material, but pass it on, Earth herself would lose her youthful green, her fertile plains – there’d be no gardens of a variegated, self-creating, self-sustaining kind.

There might be something to generate life through genetic exchange. We now suspect that this occurs in microbial life in the ice world at the poles and in the boiling waters far under the surface of the sea. All these creatures, so tiny, might reproduce by splitting themselves, but we believe that is not universal even in those extreme circumstances. But we humans, as we begin to observe such places, probably still do not recognize the mechanisms. We assume they are there because we are familiar with the patterns on Earth that seem to determine success.

We have never known Earth without her million million Edens, all fueled by the pollinators and their partners. 


2 Responses to Nature’s Jewels

  1. Patricia says:

    This is a wonderful site…. I have truly enjoyed reading your beautiful thoughts on nature, and share your deep respect for the interconnected perfection of our resilient yet fragile ecosystem.

    I came here looking for info on an owl I heard hanging out in our urban backyard here in Fresno, CA and was delighted to figure out it was a great horned owl, thanks to your audio recordings! Side note: I just LOVE owls!! I have an outdoor aviary for finches, grasskeets, and button quail…. I would happily encourage more owls to hang out in our neighborhood.

    Keep up the great work!

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