Our world is filled with tiny little miracles, although sometimes they can be a little difficult to spot. Every grain of sand on the ground is made up of surprising beauty if you look closely enough, as is every unique snowflake that falls from the sky to coat the earth in a blanket of breathtaking white.
We should all consider ourselves lucky to be able to witness these fascinating beauties around us. Appreciating the planet that sustains literally all the life we know and see around us (and everything that is too small to be apparent to our eyes) is a great way to take steps toward appreciating everything in your life.
Here are 15 tiny miracles which exists every day around us:
1. Microscopic Tardigrade
The microscopic tardigrade (or water bear) is nature’s toughest animal! It can survive in the planet’s most extreme conditions, from being cooked at 304 degrees F to being completely dehydrated for up to 10 years. These creatures can even survive in outer space!
This is how a grain of sand looks under a microscope, reflecting the biology and geology of the area it was taken from. Now just imagine how many treasure troves are contained on an entire beach … and how many beaches there are in the world!
3. A cactus “giving birth”!
Cacti are flowering plants that produce seed-bearing fruit, but the plant can produce its own genetic twin from pieces that have been broken off! The spines of a cactus can be used to cure wounds after they’ve been sterilized using hot coals.
4. The Moth Orchid
This astonishing moth orchid (Phalaenopsi) looks like a bird ready to take flight. That’s because the Phalaenopsis cultivar was carefully cultivated by inventor René Schoone and resembles a hummingbird almost perfectly, making it all the more attractive to potential pollinators.
This tiny seahorse in a jar looks magnificent. Seahorses are the only animal species on Earth in which the males become pregnant and give birth, which frees the females to more quickly reproduce more eggs!
6. Fruit Flies