A blush on the snowOver on the Snopes message board, an unusually thoughtful discussion of Darwin and Christianity has touched upon the beauty and awe-inspiring power of evolution. As one who believes that God made the world through the mechanisms of evolution, I feel extremely strongly about this subject. To me, the story of evolution conveys God's grandeur far more thoroughly and beautifully than does a literal interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis (although I value Genesis greatly as poetry and allegory).
Another participant in the thread mentions the one-celled algae that, on many high mountain slopes, turn the snow pink. I only recently learned about this, in David Attenborough's Living Planet book, and was glad to see I wasn't the only one to find it fascinating. Here's Attenborough's description:
These tiny plants take nothing from the world except sunlight and a minute quantity of nutrients that are dissolved in the snow. They feed on no other living thing and nothing feeds on them. They scarcely modify their surroundings, except to bring a blush to the snow. They simply exist, testifying to the moving fact that life even at its simplest level occurs, apparently, just for its own sake.
Lovelier than anything a creationist has told me.