Respecting and understanding nature

Beautiful as nature is it requires our respect and understanding.

Swan and cygnet, Colchester.
Nature demands our respect and understanding.

A powerful farmers union in the UK have won the right to cull badgers due to an unscientifically bad idea that TB impacts cattle.  In Australia another shark death resulted in a call by the tourist lobby for the slaughter of protected Great White sharks.

Hidden consequences

The destruction of animals and plants due to them being considered dangerous to humans has an unseen impact on the ecosystem as a whole.  Every plant and animal has a significant role in the life of other species, if one fails others can fail.

Energy of life

All organic life has a purpose of living, growing and creating, each purpose that requires energy.  Every organic form has developed either attacking strategies to gain energy, or defensive strategies to conserve energy.  Lack of energy means life processes are restricted, or leads to death or worse, extinction of entire species.  All life follows the path of least resistance in developing strategies around energy to achieve their needs.  These rules apply to humanity and all their activities too.


Nature demands respect.  Cows may seem harmless, but they can kill.


Hornets are one creature that can freak me.  Hornets are dangerous, and often people run into problems due to ignorance.  It is a good idea to run if you stumble on a hornets nest, as fighting one can quickly result in many when a hornet sends an attack-alert chemical to its fellows.

An attack strategy of a hornet is to attack a bee’s nest, of which just a few hornets can wipe out an entire bee colony.  Asian bees have a defensive strategy of covering an individual hornet in a mass of bees and cooking it to death.  The following video shows a battle between two types of hornet.  Understand and respect nature.


18 responses to “Respecting and understanding nature

  1. Reblogged this on TreeHugginVamp and commented:
    Humans unfortunately hold our own species above all others with no regard for other ecosystems or our effect on them.

  2. I was out on a solo hike last week, and I witnessed a cow charge at two children who were walking way ahead of their parents. Luckily, no contact was made, but it was pretty scary!

    • That is a perfect example of why nature should never be taken for granted, but respected and understood. If the cows had young, or there was a dog present it is likely a cow will become aggressive.

      • I was surprised. There were no baby cows. When I walked by, the cow backed right up and let me go by (I used my I’m not going to hurt you stance and voice and made a point not to look directly at the cow). The kids stayed behind, staring at it. The cow charged them again! I think those kids haven’t learned that you don’t look an animal in the eye, or the animal will take it as aggression.

      • You made a good observation – body language. If 97% of human communication is non-verbal, it is even higher for animals like cows.

  3. Great post Alex! I’ve been putting in a lot of time lately campaigning against the Calgary stampede here in Canada. A respect for nature should include an end to rodeos.

  4. I’m from Australia and have been hearing a bit about the shark attack news. I can’t understand how they think they will be able to cull the shark that killed the surfer. how on earth will they even know which one it was unless it stayed in exactly the same spot?!

    Sharks might be a big scary presence in the ocean but, really, that is their place. If we don’t want to be part of their food chain we should just stay out of the water. I’m not a fan of sharks, but I think they should be left alone regardless.

  5. You’re so right, Alex. It’s ridiculous and sad how short-sighted humans can be…and usually are. One of my favorite blogs stateside is The Conservation Report ( He’s got a great mix of news and is ultimately really informative about natural and environmental matters. I have to be in the right frame of mind though…sometimes it all feels so grim.

    • Thanks for your comment and link. I went over to take a look at that blog and it looked good, I am now following it.

      The short-sighted reality of humanity is unfortunate, too many people being asleep, disconnected from nature, self and community.

  6. Loved this post, I have taken the liberty of posting the Hornets bit on Sunday Nature Ramble (tomorrow), credit linked, of course.


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  8. It is so refreshing to read this! I think that nature should be respected. I get when people may not understand it, but to respect it is a good path to follow in my opinion. Great post!

    • I am going to put up a post about an incident between canoeists and a swan shortly, which reinforces the message to respect nature. Thanks for your comment.

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