The world, in spite of climate change, burning rainforests, and widespread hatred and violence, is still a beautiful place, with so many beautiful and fascinating things in it.
I find taking pictures like these soothing to my soul.
The first photo is of an enormous praying mantis on the screen of my front porch (I believe this guy was close to four inches long!). The second is of an oak tree in my neighborhood, that by the size of its massive trunk looks to be even older than I am, and perhaps even a hundred or more years old. It sure looks healthy though, like it could live for another hundred, and it just might!