In our short lives – even if we live to be a hundred and happen to be travel enthusiasts – there is only so much of the world around us that we would be fortunate to see; considerably more if we made a career out of traveling the world, but yet not all of it.
But then, take all the output of the itinerant photographers of the world and voila, all the best sights – natural and man made spectacles – are all in one place. National Geographic Magazine has been doing it for us since1888.
Here is a sample collection from their treasure trove.
To behold nature’s beauty lifts our spirits..
… but it’s fury can be frightening, a reminder that there are forces we may tame, defend against or protect ourselves from but only so far and no further.
These pictures so wonderfully illustrate Cecil Frances Alexander –
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The ‘great’ animals …
.. and the ‘small ones’
.. the ‘winged ones’ …
.. and the finned ones.
With our strengths and frailties, with our vision and failings we are a part of the montage too.
And here are the marvels that these we made.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.