Mother Nature is a powerful force. She has the power to destruct and she has the power to give new life. What fascinates me are the situations in nature when death and life are of the same event. Here I am thinking of the forest fires in Yellowstone National Park. Most of us would consider that forest fires are harmful and produce nothing but death, but in fact that is not entirely true. When fire consumes the above-ground plant-life, the roots remain unharmed and actually increase the productivity of new life after a fire has done its damage. In fact there are specific pine cones in Yellowstone that are sealed by resin and the only way for the cone to release its seal is by the heat of the fire. Thus the seeds are released into the ground allowing for new life to sprout. For years people resisted the fire and tried to master Mother Nature’s ways but it wasn’t until the 1940s when ecologists realized that fire was actually a primary agent of new life. Mother Nature teaches us that at times some things must die in order for new life to blossom.