Purpose and Instinct

This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar


It’s always amazed me how plants and flowers seem to move, and with purpose, despite not being animals. And it’s a very animal-minded thing for me to think, that only a creature with a brain can act with apparent motivation. I’ve just always pictured plants as things that just somehow grow, things that just passively accept whatever happen to them. Bugs pollinate them, wind pushes them, big things step on them. And that’s it.

But yet they do things. Pea plants climb lattices. Venus flytraps eat bugs. Dormilones close up when touched.

And more often than not, flowers reach towards the sun. They grow and face upward, looking towards the light and the warmth. Call it what you will – call it science, call it instinct, call it just plain nature.

But are we really so different?

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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