I once read or watched an interview with Sir David Attenborough. There was some mention made of him being a romantic and the interviewer commented that it seemed odd for a scientist to be a romantic. Sir David picked up a stone which contained a fossil and talked about the way that holding the stone connected him to a plant or animal that was alive many thousands of years ago. "Isn't that the most romantic thing in the world?" he asked.
He had articulated perfectly the reason why I love biology. I might be a little more restricted than Sir David because fossils hold little interest for me but I could go weak at the knees over the design of a diatom.
I am forever amazed at the balance in an ecological system, by the way that there is always an organism to remove the rubbish, there are microbes to keep us healthy and birds to pick lice from cattle......
I love the grandeur of an elephant or a mountain and I am intrigued with the irridescent colour on a beetle.
Sir David's series "Life on Earth" started my appreciaton of science and the man himself inspired a whole generation of scientists. It would seem that romance and science are almost two sides of one coin and I am pleased to recognise that the romantic in me inspires the scientist in me.