The study of nature, all the stuff in our environment, current and past, is an experience in observation, connectedness, and interrelatedness; it is about life and living, beauty and spectacular wonder.
Experiences discovering the spectacular and subtle intricacies of life foster more attentive observation and a more thoughtful awareness of how things work and interrelate.
How does the structure of an orchid function for seed fertilization, what are the far-ranging effects of pesticide use, what effects do certain mining practices have, what do we need to do to maintain a safe and prosperous environment?
A deep connection with the natural world is both soothing and disturbing: soothing in the observation and awareness of the spectacular magnificence of life, disturbing in the awareness of the detrimental effects produced by negligence and ignorance of human impact on the environment.
A deep understanding of life and our environment cultivates an enlightenment that transcends cultural bias, racism, consumerism, excessive waste, and wanton greed.
Nature is not some separate phenomena from us; we are part of nature. Ants build cities and so do humans. In a sense, we are just another species; the effect of our existence and behavior impacts our environment and other organisms.
These writings are aimed at sharing the beauty and wonder of our surroundings and for cultivating an awareness and commitment for managing how we affect our surroundings.