The Amazing Planet and Nature Thread

A place to show how amazing and magnificent our planet and natural world are.


That one looks like an ET right out of a science fiction film, wearing a highly functional space armor. Absolutely stunning. :flushed: :+1:t2:


It’s nice that this thread gets revived in here.

So, just to put things in context. This photo of Earth — the “pale blue dot” — is just one frame of a “solar system portrait” that Voyager 1 took, roughly 4 billion miles away from home. This is us:

Here’s part of Sagan’s speech about the image:

“We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.”


Wow! Hope, thank you for posting. It is fantastic.

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Amazing.thank you for oosting



:joy: :joy: :rofl: :rofl:Well done Scott, my first laugh of the day. Bless you!

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I would have been more shocked if this would have been a usual typical nature beauty post by you :rofl:


How do you like your crab? Smoked.

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Sad. Really.

When you look at the overall picture it sumises humans

A crab
A littered ciggerette
Uploaded on a platform for the world to see

What’s really shocking is it looks kinda cute before you start to think about it.


The Humans have damaged our beautiful planet and I fear it is irreversible now. God help the our future grandchildren.


It is not. While our planet is nothing more than a Mote of dust, supended in a sunbeam, nature is also unbelievably resilient. Many trees for instance have seeds which can survive thousands of years under the surface if conditions are adverse to their growth. They patiently wait for conditions to become better again, and when that moment arises, the seeds grow again.

You shouldn’t worry too much about the planet, Maria, it will be fine in the long term. :wink:

(More one for the books thread, but I recently came to read The Overstory from Richard Powers, a wonderful novel, and a highly instructive story about the true nature of forests and trees, and our relationship with them. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in the last years, it’s terrible and gives hope at the same time.)

The big question is whether we as a species can fulfil our potential and finally find our place within nature, or whether we will destruct ourselves with our collective stupidity, and eventually let the place to other, more adapted species for further evolution.

That question will be answered by us and our descendants, so yeah, God help us all to find the right answers.

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On that note…


In the light of this Covid… Do we need to worry about the bacteria they may be carrying…??
Just a thought is all

"After thawing, the two worms began to move and eat. One is 32,000 years old and the other 41,700 years old…

Security cameras then showed them burst out of their observation cases and eat the faces of the scientists observing them. The worms grew 100 times larger. The last cctv footage showed them breaking out of the facility in Siberia last week since when they have not been seen. There were no survivors."


Fascinating isn’t it… it’s almost as if life has a built-in long-term survival insurance, just in case… It will never cease to amaze me how intelligent life is when seen as a whole.

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Watch ‘Fortitude’ and scare the crap out of yourself.

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The bugs are somehow out on the screen of TAN.

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