We are here to abet creation
and to witness it,
to notice each thing
so each thing gets noticed...
so that Creation need not play
to an empty house.
Annie Dillard, "The Meaning of Life".
W E Sangster the great Methodist preacher of the mid 20th Century once remarked that to notice a flower is both prayer and one of the sabbath moments of the soul.
I noticed this flower while meandering in the Botanic Garden in Aberdeen, a kind of botanical snowflake. Annie Dillard is one of the great noticers and her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek remains one of the best expositions of the field study of natural theology.