What is Nature?
We cannot legitimately use the word "natural" as synonomous with the words "unsullied," "pure," or "righteous." It's not a single entity. It's not a consistent force that sanctions or condemns behavior, not a god-substitute that we can embrace or blame or escape. It composes the entire, complex myriad of ever-changing events and details, unpredictable, paradoxical, passing and eternal, known and mysterious. Bach is nature, and so is the Marquis de Sade. Everything that we name noble is nature, and everything that we name despicable is nature, and our attempt to distinguish between the noble and the despicable is nature.
- Pattian Rogers
All images are from creative commons source: Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/ I am grateful to all of the photographers for offering, collectively, images which invite us to ask, with Pattian Rogers, "What is Nature?" (Jay McDaniel)