John Muir once said:
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe“.
It is not an exaggeration to say that everything on this planet, including we human beings, is defined by Nature’s interconnections because these vital connections transport and transform life energy within and between Her creatures. Energy such as that shown in this slideshow. If any of these links were broken, Nature on any scale could be severely hampered or not operate at all.
From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe is defined by its connection to everything else. We humans are composed of matter that originated with the stars. We share these basic atomic materials with every rock and bird and fish and grizzly bear that we see. We are equal partners with everything in the universe. Human consciousness of Nature and the conservation of her interconnections is essential for the survival of humanity on this planet. My conservation credo is:
- Everything, including ourselves, is connected to everything else.
- Conservation is the act of identifying and preserving these interconnections.
- Hope for mankind comes from instilling a deep connectivity consciousness in our youth.
I invite you to become an active participant in a dialog concerning the conservation of connections in Nature. My blog posts are listed on the Patterns In Nature Blog menu item. These posts elaborate on my credo and offer detail on six organizing principles of Nature:
- All of Nature is connected and interrelated.
- Nature’s systems are both chaotic and ordered.
- Energy is the operating currency of Nature which flows through a series of special networks.
- Nature’s systems are self organizing, emergent, and without leaders where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
- Much of Nature’s forms and processes are self-similar where their structures can look the same at different levels of magnification.
Some of my research is shown in the Musings menu item.
Meaningful environmental education is a critical conservation tool in this modern society where we need to instill a consciousness for Nature with our youth. The “Environmental Education” menu item offers educational toolkits and lesson plans for teachers, docents, and mentors. This section will continually evolve as new teaching material is developed. The primary toolkit is about connections in Nature which is designed to tie in with the credo and with Nature’s organizing principles.
You may also care to view an extensive resource list of links to information on patterns in Nature by clicking the Resources tab.
Patterns in Nature make beautiful pictures. Explore my Nature photography gallery by selecting that menu item.
You can read full descriptions of all my books by selecting the “My Books” tab item. In particular, my “Nature’s Patterns” book is a detailed guide and textbook for stewards of Nature, educators, and students that addresses both the theory and the practice of working with Nature’s six organizing principles.
And finally, you might want to learn a little about me. The “About Me” page also gives you the opportunity to contact me via email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.