My Latest Musings On 9 May 2015

Here are my recent musings on patterns and connections In Nature.

This series of blog postings contains the most recent  Internet articles that interest me. They are sources for my musings and my research which I am happy to share with you.  If you find any of the articles interesting, I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of the list.

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Those of you who are my regular readers know that I see Nature communicating with us through Her three voices: the aesthetic, the spiritual, and the scientific. . These three voices are beautifully joined in this wonderful poem by Alison Hawthorne Deming . Please take some time to meditate on her words and her metaphors as she portrays deep connections in Nature.

 

The Web by Alison Hawthorne Deming with lines from Claude Levi-Strauss

Is it possible there is a certain

kind of beauty as large as the trees

that survive the five-hundred-year fire

the fifty-year flood, trees we can’t

comprehend even standing

beside them with outstretched arms

to gauge their span,

a certain kind of beauty

so strong, so deeply concealed

in relationship — black truffle

to red-backed vole to spotted owl

to Douglas fir, bats and gnats,

beetles and moss, flying squirrel

and the high-rise of a snag,

each needing and feeding the other—

a conversation so quiet

the human world can vanish into it.

A beauty moves in such a place

like snowmelt sieving through

the fungal mats that underlie and

interlace the giant firs, tunneling

under streams where cutthroat fry

live a meter deep in gravel,

fluming downstream over rocks

that have a hold on place

lasting longer than most nations,

sluicing under deadfall spanners

that rise and float to let floodwaters pass,

a beauty that fills the space of the forest

with music that can erupt as

varied thrush or warbler, calypso

orchid or stream violet, forest

a conversation not an argument,

a beauty gathering such clarity and force

it breaks the mind’s fearful hold on its

little moment steeping it in a more dense

intelligibility, within which centuries

and distances answer each other

and speak at last with one and the same voice.

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Children need nature; nature needs children

 

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What does it mean to preserve nature in the Age of Humans?

“Regardless of how the Anthropocene debate plays out, environmental science and policy experts remind everyone how hard it is to implement whatever we want without unexpected consequences. The unpredictability of ecosystems can result in cases in which the preservationist agenda becomes complicated as ecosystems change in surprising ways.”

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David Suzuki: How to Save the Monarch Butterfly

 

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Fish go with the flow. This paper describes why fish are able to use schooling. Each individual in the school uses its sensory organs to define its physical position by sensing the location, speed, and direction of its nearest neighbors.

 

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The next step in saving the planet: E O Wilson and Sean Carroll in conversation

 

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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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