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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself,  or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are...

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Nature’s Relationships : What Is Life ?

Nature’s Relationships : What Is Life ?

What Is Life ?     If we could surrender to Earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted—like trees.” ~ Rainier Maria Rilke   What Is Life ? This is a question with many answers. A dictionary might tell us that life is a distinctive characteristic of a living organism that has he capacity to grow, metabolize, respond to stimuli, adapt, and reproduce. But, defining life requires a greater depth if we are to understand how Nature...

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Lessons From Lichens

Lessons From Lichens

Lichens are living demonstrations of the importance of connections in Nature   “By stripping off the bonds of individuality the lichens have produced a world-conquering union. They cover nearly ten percent of the land’s surface, especially in the treeless far north, where winter reigns for most of the year. Even in a tree-filled mandala in Tennessee, every rock, trunk, and twig is crusted with lichen”. — David Haskell in...

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Patterns In Nature Contain Symmetry

Patterns In Nature Contain Symmetry

Because we humans are pattern seeking organisms, symmetry has always fascinated us. We view symmetrical objects such as the regular repeating patterns of ancient pottery, weavings, and tilings as pleasing, proportioned, balanced, and harmonious. Patterns in Nature also possess symmetry in space or in time. Since the description or classification of many patterns in Nature is difficult,  symmetry is a handy “device” for...

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Stars, Bubbles and Beehives – Complexity Joined

Stars, Bubbles and Beehives – Complexity Joined

Nature is a hierarchy of interrelationships that start at the atomic level where molecules are formed. In an attempt to synthesize and to simplify, much has been said about the idea that patterns in Nature can be described with simple physical laws. This idea has appealed to mathematicians, physicists, and others who adhere to the reductionist world view. While it is true that physical laws play a very important part in pattern formation,...

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A Meeting At Guerrero Negro

A Meeting At Guerrero Negro

The story about patterns in Nature is a story about order. And, what could be more orderly than a regularly repeating pattern over time? Things like cycles and synchronization. Heartbeats, ocean waves, day and night. And also gray whales. One of Nature’s really intriguing patterns in time is the annual 12,000 mile round trip migration of some 20,000 gray whales. This journey is one of the longest animal migrations known to man. Every...

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