8.1.07

Who Knew?


Hair on a leaf. Who knew?

But there it was under Lydia’s magnifying glass, at my daughter’s Eden Club meeting.

Why is there hair on a leaf?

We went to the library, probed for answers. Hair on a leaf tickles insects. It is a gentle armor. Hair on a leaf prevents excess evaporation.

Suddenly, our conversation got interesting. Aren’t God’s designs so amazing? We marveled. And then we considered that what God had done on a micro level, he’d done on a bigger-than-life level too…

While hair on a leaf stands up to prevent the wind from stealing moisture, trees on a landscape stand up to protect the soil from the wind’s evaporative power.

And now that we know, we can use this knowledge in our own inventions… objects perpendicular to a surface may prevent evaporation. Who knows what inventions we’ll ever use this knowledge for? But now it’s ours. We have seen a great design from the Master’s portfolio.

Photo by Saima Barkat and L.L. Barkat.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Mark Goodyear said...

Awesome! Gentle tickly armor. Add that to your breastplate of righteousness.

You know, I love tidbits like this about the wonders of the hidden universe. So much goodness that we can't even see.

It reminds me of gecko toes. Geckos can climb any surface--even in a vacuum. Their feet aren't "sticky." They don't use suction. How is this possible?

Every toe has tiny hairs. Every hair has tiny hairs. The ends of the hairs exchange electrons with the surface they touch and create an atomic bond between the gecko and the surface. The wonders of the hidden universe!

10:07 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Yes, Mark. These windows into the hidden universe help me understand what the bible writers mean when they say God formed the creation "in his wisdom."

Geckos. You've got a thing for them. How'd you find that interest?

Atomic bond. Amazing. God does the bond, we did the bomb... but, I diverge.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Mark Goodyear said...

In San Antonio, geckos are like cockroaches. They are EVERYWHERE.

Bond, bomb. Good word play. Sad.

11:11 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Oh, I see... our geography certainly makes us part of "who we are"!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Green Earth said...

There is so much wonder in nature. Let's work together to preserve this world, best wishes, The Artist

6:09 AM  

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