But since I've become a gardener, I've realized I don't need to see The Great Pyramid to experience great wonders. I experience them daily in the garden. Every day I pause in awe and amazement. Here are my personal seven wonders of the world:
1. A seed.
I often wonder how such a small thing can hold the secret of life. It is truly a mystery to me that seeds are the difference between starvation and satiety.
It's amazing to think of the city of life living in each small piece of soil. Sometimes I just stop my digging to stare and wonder at this ecosystem of microorganisms.
Any gardener will tell you that rain will affect a plant's growth much more than a sprinkler system. From its formation, to its feel, this is a wonder that is soon missed if it is absent for any amount of time.
Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each have their own mystery, and I am often amazed how sensitive plants are in response to the changing of the seasons.
5. Flying creatures. Dragonflies, bees, butterflies, birds - to name a few.
Of course, just the fact that they can fly is amazing. But what makes me stop in wonder is the importance of each of these creatures in our gardens, and the impact of them on our own existence.
6. Babies of all kinds - human or animal.
They are each a miracle.
7. The interconnection between it all.
The way the pollinators help to make a seed. The way the soil and rain allow the seed to become a carrot. The way the seasons affect the carrot. The way the carrot delivers calories, nutrients, and vitamins to our bodies.
The longer I live, the more I realize that everything is connected in some way, even if we don't quite understand how.
So, it's disturbing when I read that the butterflies are being affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, with mutations being passed down from generation to generation. You can read more about it here.
I wonder if this will affect the butterflies in my garden eventually. I wonder if this will affect other animals. I wonder if this will one day have an effect on each of us.