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  The Fantasy Coral Reef Paintings of Lee James Pantas

"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to you by your children"
Kenyan Proverb

Photograph by Liza Schillo

" There has long been a belief that the sea, at least, was inviolate, beyond
man's ability to change and to despoil.
But this belief, unfortunately, has proved to be naive."
                           Rachel Carson



Key West. Photograph by Liza Schillo

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."  Jesus

"How inappropriate to call this planet 'Earth', when it is clearly 'Ocean'...." Arthur C. Clarke.

" Pollution, overfishing and overuse have put many of our unique reefs at risk. Their disappearance would destroy the habitat of countless species.
 It would unravel the web of marine life that holds the potential for new chemicals, new medicines, unlocking new mysteries. It would have a devastating effect on the coastal communities from Cairns to Key West, Florida -- communities whose livelihood depends upon the reefs. "
Former President Bill Clinton

"The reason I love the sea I cannot explain -- it's physical. When you dive you begin to feel like an angel. It's a liberation of your weight."
Jacques-Yves Cousteau

"Cradle to Myriads of Species, Millennia to Create, Moments to Destroy" -Jim Morris

"Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war." Loren Eisley

"OCEAN, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man who has no gills." Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. Blaise Pascal

"In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous"  Artistotle