I wanted to share these images because today is Earth Day. Every plant on this planet matters today and for future generations. This Jack-in-the-Pulpit matters. It can’t grow in the area where I found it in Florida if rampant development continues at alarming rates. Many plants are endangered from development, pollution and because they can’t compete with invasive species.

Female Scarlet SkimmerFemale Scarlet Skimmer

The earth needs its insects, from spiders, bees dragonflies and every other insect. Bees are critical for food production yet poisons are being used that kill them and genetically modified plants are playing a role in that too. Insects matter. This female Scarlet Skimmer helps to naturally control insect pests like mosquitoes. Insects matter, a lot.

White morph Reddish EgretWhite morph Reddish Egret

Birds are my passion, my fascination and I appreciate every bird on this planet. Birds matter. Birds help to disperse seeds and they are valuable to each and every one of us, even for the people who don’t realize it. But many birds on earth are in danger of becoming extinct if we don’t step up to prevent it from occurring as it has with the Passenger Pigeon, the Dodo and many more.

Coyote on Antelope Island State ParkCoyote on Antelope Island State Park

Mammals matter, all wildlife does. But wildlife needs our help, many species are vulnerable and endangered. How can we close our eyes?

Zion National Park, UtahZion National Park, Utah

We need to protect the land, it matters. Protect it from pollution, from over development from the scars of mining and clear cutting forests. The Earth matters.



  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    My thanks to each of you for your comments.

  2. Sally Wood April 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Astonishing, Mia! Hope everyone had a Happy Earth Day – I did, even though I got this post a day late because I was outside having a happy earth day all day! 🙂 Dragonfly is outstanding! I just read up on how to create a dragonfly garden in the yard!

  3. Eileen April 23, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Beautiful images, Mia! Happy Earth Day!

  4. Julie Brown April 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Wonderful images and words, Mia. Happy Earth Day!

  5. M. Firpi April 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Good sequence of events here Mia. I also love to bring up the insects as much as possible. I hope that with “Earth Day” all these aspects are seen together as a whole and not as fragmented, as they’re usually seen by humans.

  6. Prairie Birder April 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Happy Earth Day, Mia, your photographs depict earth day so well!

  7. Merrill Ann Gonzales April 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I was so startled last year when I discovered a Jack-In-The-Pulpit growing next to my foundation in among a cluster of ferns. In the spot I live in there is a great deal of air pollution although I do my best in my own space to keep things as natural as possible. But I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in frogs and toads. And many bird species that used to be around here have long gone. Still as the city grows up around me finding that Jack-In-The-Pulpit has given me some hope.
    I had no idea that the Redish Egret has a white faze. What a gorgeous shot.
    Thanks for celebrating earth day with us. Your photography helps to keep the wonder and the value close to our consiousness as we go about our daily lives.

  8. Bob Bushell April 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful images Mia.

  9. Tami April 22, 2013 at 8:54 am

    What a great celebration of the earth’s creatures for Earth Day!

  10. Sherry in MT April 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Well said Mia and Happy Earth Day to you! That dragon fly looks like he is encased in gold!

  11. Wally April 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Happy Earth Day!
    Wonderful, and important, post Mia!

    As the cartoonist, Walt Kelly, depicted in a poster for Earth Day, 1970, with his character, Pogo, standing on the edge of a forest full of garbage: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

    Each one of us makes a difference, whether we do anything or not.

  12. Susan April 22, 2013 at 6:10 am

    So very true, the more we share and teach of nature and her beauty, the more people will begin to see that we are all connected to the earth and everything in it. Great post. Happy Earth Day.

  13. Fern Culhane April 22, 2013 at 5:27 am

    lovely photo essay!

  14. Steve Creek April 22, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Happy Earth Day Mia!

  15. eric c11 April 22, 2013 at 4:44 am

    of course mia, and more we share the beauty of this earth, more we can give nice reasons to protect it for everybody
    thanks for this post, have a nice earth day ☼

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