Category Archives: Ecology

Snow Story

I have to share a video (see below for YouTube link): please watch billy barr’s deeply moving short story of snow. It’s a Gothic tale of a man living in a cabin in the woods, in winter – all those … Continue reading

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Ice Art

“Within a few weeks these murals will be forever gone, but for those who find them, I hope they ignite a sense of urgency.” (Sean Yoro, A’o ‘Ana project website 18.01.17) Reading Georgia McCafferty’s article on artist Sean Yoro’s A’o ‘Ana (The Warning) … Continue reading

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Ice Thoughts: 2

Study in Ice, Rock and Water. Southern Greenland seen from 36000 feet. Photo © Susan Oliver. Like the white ghost of a glacier the mists advance, riding over phalanxes of tamarack, sliding across bog meadows heavy with dew. A single silence … Continue reading

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Ice thoughts

This post is concerned with visual aesthetics, so I’m not adding many words. The photos were taken over Greenland and Northern Canada. The spectacle of ice is impressive, freeze-framing a weird beauty. A language of ratios: the proportion of water … Continue reading

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Wildflower thoughts . . .

Wildflower meadow and nature corridor, Wivenhoe Park, University of Essex OED definitions: Wildflower. Not listed. A search returns “wildering” as the nearest approximation, meaning “Leading or driving one astray.” Wildlife: “The native fauna and flora of a particular region.” Wildlife … Continue reading

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Sculptured Coast

Holding back the tide: stone and wooden sea defences at East Lane, Suffolk. A friend visiting from California had been reading W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, so we went for a day visiting places on the Suffolk coast. … Continue reading

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Wild things. Flowers of the Scottish / English border.

Grasses and wildflowers on the Scottish / English border. Photo from my recent visit to Scotland. Blogpost to follow . . . .

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City of Trees: Boise, Idaho and an Urban Natural Experience.

White pine in the rain. Boise, April 2014. ‘A large tree on the west side of a residential home can save up to $48 per year in electricity and natural gas use.’ ‘Urban trees remove 581 tons of air pollutants … Continue reading

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Bio-Art – Jevan Watkins Jones: Occupied with Plants

Photograph: Priscila Buschinelli and Art Exchange. This is another brief post. I couldn’t resist writing something because I’m excited about the bio-art exhibition that is is about to open on my University’s campus. Plants are taking over the Art Exchange. … Continue reading

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Hot Springs, Atomic Cities, and Craters of the Moon . . . on the Road in Idaho

‘Our heated sidewalks and dressing room floors keep your toes toasty warm, even on the coldest of nights.’ (www.lavahotsprings.com). ‘Welcome to the sagebrush steppe’ (information board, roadside rest area near Atomic City). ‘We’re praying for rain. There was hardly any … Continue reading

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