A small triumph spotted outside Glacier Bay National Park August 11, 2005

So many of the places we frequent offer evidence that man has succeeded in overcoming nature, that even the most preoccupied find themselves cheering when nature rears its head in triumph over the man made world. A few radical souls actually look forward to the day when the current civilization crumbles and nature takes back her turf.

You can safely say you are on the side of nature if the sight of a spectacular sunset reflected in the shards of a broken window causes your heart to beat faster. Or perhaps the word, “justice” popped into your mind when you first heard about the tsunami a few months ago.

You are not alone if you take solace from daydreams about the end of the oil age forcing humans onto another, less destructive path. Ken Avidor is one of those, and he likes to draw pictures of his fantasies. Check out his depiction of the Mall of America after the Oil Crash on his Roadkill Bill site.

At the very least, our wish for nature to prevail causes us to revel in our time spent outside in the sunlight listening to the birds and breathing the sweet air exhaled by the trees.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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