Outstanding work, Wade! Your message is spot on. Humans will always manipulate nature but how we do it is the question. Can we “progress” without eliminating all that is here now, without upending the processes that help all the bits and pieces of this world work and survive in unison.
Your photo is captivating and an intriguing start and subject for your essay. Indeed, what looks natural isn’t as much so as we might think.
I am pleased you worked out the issue we discussed — I would be sorely disappointed to not have this fascinating composition on Weeds & Wildflowers.