Living plants are everywhere but do realize the essential role they play in the overall mineral, inanimate kingdom and the living animate kingdom. Living plants are the hinge of life.
We’re into living plants and it’s time to resume our work for the fall harvest. Galacti operates his own mechanical harvesting machine. We use our scythes to harvest half the field of grain, while Galacti’s mechanical reaper cuts the grain stalks efficiently and carefully.
The work is intense, hard, and laborious, and it’s doubly so in the rice paddies, where some of our travelers have chosen to work.
They compete with our grain harvesters as if they were reenacting a recent episode of The Amazing Race, even though we have hours of daylight ahead and a harvest moon to lengthen the day as we gather the wheat. The wind rustles past and there is a slight crispness in the air. We cut swaths through the wheat with our large grain scythes while the mechanical grain combine is unloaded.
Time seems to stop, and yet we’re somehow aware when it’s lunchtime (it’s not just because of hunger). After we eat, we are back at work. Half of our travelers thresh the cut wheat with a chiseling mallet, a small-scale threshing machine, or the larger farm equipment Galacti brings now that he and I are done with the harvesting.
The equipment is used to remove the wheat berries, from which our bread comes. Meanwhile, the travelers that are harvesting by hand work diligently. The same principles apply in the rice field, although picking rice by hand is among the hardest jobs on Earth. We combine traditional rice-picking and threshing with mechanical methods.
In any case, our time among the living plants has ended, and our work is finished. We’re grateful that we can rest. The soybeans will be harvested in our absence, since we have much more to see on our tour.
A white film has appeared on the fallow third field. An early frost, perhaps, and a sign of approaching winter. The change of the seasons, which is sometimes an annoyance, sometimes a reminder to change our routines, and sometimes ignored, has never been more present in our adult lives. We have the flora to thank for this.
Life Hinges on Flora – Living Plants
From space, the supernova produced the elements that congealed to form the sun and planet Earth with its tilted axis. The axial tilt gives us four distinct seasons in both the northern and southern hemispheres. In the atmosphere, we have the filters that allow the penetration of light and heat.
Water serves as the liquid that both dissolves and transports the constituents that come from the earth—the inorganic minerals that are the essential elements of life.
All four of these suppliers of basic life material are brought together by the flora. Living plants, both those that grow on land (which we’ve emphasized in this chapter) and aquatic ones in the form of phytoplankton, use a process called photosynthesis. This process uses the sun’s energy to combine carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and other inert inorganic elements into living organic life.Only plants use sun-space, air-atmosphere, water, minerals-earth to produce organic life. Click To Tweet
We can’t see phytoplankton with the naked eye because they’re too small, but they live close to the surface in all oceans and bodies of freshwater. They’re actually miniscule algae that produce 50 percent of the renewed oxygen we breathe, and they form the base of the food chain for both aquatic and terrestrial life.
The flora kingdom of living plants is interlocked with inanimate minerals and the animate living kingdom. In fact, in many ways it bridges the gap between the inanimate and the animate in that flora absorbs the former and bequeaths it to the latter for their and its own growth and well-being.Flora links the inanimate and the animate. it absorbs the former and bequeaths it to the latter Click To Tweet
We cannot evoke the inanimate without the help of the animate in The Explanation.
Without living plants, we wouldn’t be able to write the next chapter, which deals with fauna.
This post is an excerpt from chapter 5.7-8 of Inventory of the Universe
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