After God created man (male and female) in his own image … “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.” (Gen. 1:28-29)
With this gift came also a heavy responsibility. “Subdueing and ruling” require constant care and wisdom. St. Francis of Assisi is likely the Patron saint of those who care for nature. Perhaps the first environmentalist and ecologist showing us how to live on this earth in a way that respects and honors nature as God’s creation.
So, the question … What do these photos have to do with our responsibility to care for what God has so generously given us? The answer will amaze you.