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Light Shining into a Tangled Bank

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Light Shining into a Tangled Bank.

A view through a thicket of trees as seen from the Sandwalk near Darwin’s Down House in Bromley, England.

Image: GrrlScientist 31 August 2008 [larger view].


The last paragraph in Darwin’s On The Origin of Species;

It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.

I snapped this picture while strolling along The Sandwalk near Darwin’s Down House and I really love it. It would probably be better if I had a filter on my camera lens when I took the picture, but it’s still really nice, especially considering that this image was not altered in any way. Needless to say, I am very proud of this image and just had to share it with you.

Comments

  1. #1 Larry Ayers
    September 12, 2008

    That’s a very nice and evocative photo! Keep up the good work, GrllScientist!

  2. #2 Horwood Beer-Master
    September 13, 2008

    Strangely of all the photos I took when I went, I somehow stupidly omitted to take any of the Sandwalk. I’ve a couple of pics of the house viewed from the Sandwalk, but none of the actual path itself.

  3. #3 Heather
    September 14, 2008

    Lovely photo! The lighting was wonderful. Thanks for sharing.