A week ago, I hope you took a moment to pause, take in a breath of fresh air, and appreciate the natural world that goes somewhat unnoticed in the hubbub of everyday life. Though it’s a week past our celebration of Earth day, I hope for us not to forget the planet that we so recently celebrated. To inspire a continuing awe and respect for our world, I’ve compiled some of my favorite photos of diving that reflect the beautiful intricacies under the waves.
As I swam through the dark path of an underwater cave, I reached the opening and took this shot of fan coral waving in the “breeze” of the currents: Soft Coral Dive, Fiji
Snorkeling around the perimeter of the Blue Hole, I studied the vibrant reef teeming under only a foot of water: Blue Hole, Belize
Snorkeling the reef of Turneffe Atoll in Belize, a small spiny lobster peered up at me from under some coral: Turneffe Atoll, Belize
Whether it be high up in the mountains or way down in the depths of the ocean, the world’s wonders never cease to amaze and excite. In order to preserve these wonders, however, we must take measured steps forward to protect them. Sharks, coral reefs, elephant species, rain forests–whatever piece of the natural world perpetually intrigues you–the decision is yours to keep it safe!
While many contemporary authors publish relevant and engaging books about conservation, E.O. Wilson has attacked the problem of the environment’s degradation from a different angle.
While Wilson has published a plethora of conservationist works prior to 2010, he soon decided that he wanted a different way to approach problems in the environment. In 2010, Wilson took a step out of his scientific, nonfiction literary comfort zone and published his first novel, Anthill. Growing up in the deep south, Wilson had preserved “memories in [his] head, like a fly in amber” and wanted to use those memories to “recapture that whole culture and preserve it”. Simultaneously, though, Wilson wanted to recognize the Southern environment’s degradation as a pivotal problem today (Seaman). Combining his yearning to recreate the southern culture of his childhood and need to expose Southern environmental issues, Wilson shows clear conservationist motivations. Anthill, though biologically accurate down to every last detail, tells a fictional tale of an ant colony. Through this lens, Wilson hoped to send “a new kind of environmental message in a different venue” (Seaman). And in his unity of picturesque memories, scientific reasoning and careful craft, Wilson effectively made another innovative footprint in the path of science writers.
So why is Wilson’s work relevant in your life? If you’re not the non-fiction type, novels like Wilson’s Anthill encourage awareness and environmental consciousness. Without trudging through a dense and monotonous nonfiction work (though Wilson’s are nothing of the kind!), you can gain knowledge with out the “pain” of combing through facts and figures.
Moreover, if you’re a fiction author writing about science, like myself, Wilson serves as a great inspiration and role model. As the release date for my Children’s book promoting shark protection nears, I’m increasingly admiring of innovative authors like Wilson!