I came across this piece that I wrote for Earth Day 2002, my pre-blogging days, and I think it is worth sharing, accompanied by various photos I have taken on backpacking trips and hikes:
Anatomy of the Earth
The veins and arteries of the earth are her rivers pouring into the ocean.
The heart of the earth is in her oceans.
When rivers become polluted, rivers and the oceans become diseased, just as arteries can become clogged placing dis-ease and stress on the heart.
Earth, pebbles, rocks, and boulders create a filtering system for water and act like kidneys purifying blood .
The trees are Earth’s lungs! Earth’s skin is her soil, in some places rich, fertile and moist,
but in other places scarred, parched, and cracked.
Mountains are the earth’s profile seen from various perspectives.
The forests are earth’s hair, clear-cuts are like patches of baldness.
Earth’s brain center is found in the very core of the forests and her
nervous system runs intricately through every hill, mountain, valley,
desert, and rain forest.
Earth’s very spirit is manifested in the birds, in the diverse animal world, in the flowers and plants.
Just as a sick person can become healthy, so earth can renew herself-given
time and given a chance to become a healthy functioning eco-system of purity and
harmony. Given a chance, she can heal and support life.