Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Warring Nature

The inanimate works of nature – rock, ice, snow, wind, and water – all warring with each other, yet combined against man – here reigned in absolute sovereignty.

~ Charles Darwin, The Voyage Of The Beagle, June 8, 1834.

Darwin was describing a cove near Mount Sarmiento in the Chilean portion of Tierra del Fuego. Yet, as the second blizzard in five days rampages here, it could just as well have been somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic States.

On the Chesapeake Bay, perhaps.

I wonder what fossils are now tumbling in the inaccessible surf beneath the Calvert Cliffs.

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