Showing posts from April, 2018

Dog Rose Dance - it's Shrubstep!

AKA Rose Hip Hop

I got the melody by placing staves on the photo, so hips become notes.

ALL the sounds were produced by the rose (with my help) - samples of dropping hips, hitting & sloshing branches, striking a guitar etc - changed pitch of samples, put samples through effects etc.

Here's what they didn't say about Shrubstep

"It's the freshest new genre around ..based on small trees and/or shrubs"
The Sunday Times of Flnnnrff

"This music will tear a big hole in the fabric"
Bricking for Pleasure & Profit

"Who'd have thunk it, etc"
The Thinking Mans's Crumpet's Friend

"naa mate!!"

Buds Ahoy!

I was asked if could produce the bud gallery below as a high resolution poster - it can be
downloaded here  It's an A2  PDF (which is 4 times A4, but the will resize to A3 or A4).

Dutch version (Tranlastion Joost Geraets)
Danish version
Norwegian version (Translation Anders Often)

Lichens on Trees - common, easily identifiable species
high resolution poster - it can be
downloaded here

A Hawthorn bud, bursting over the course of two weeks

If buds are an arboreal version of a bird’s egg, then the miniature shoots are the chicks encased in eggshells.  All over patch these embryonic shoots are breaking out.

It’s one big beautiful budburst!

The explosion of fresh green foliage is a such a notable feature of springtime that it’s easy to forget that the buds were products of the previous year’s growing season.

Trees have come up with a clever strategy. As soon as the days start of lengthen, and temperatures rise, conditions for photosynthesising to return  - so  ‘hit the photosynthetic ground …

Why do things look like other things?

While attempting to organise my unwieldy, burgeoning collection of photographs from the patch I kept noticing something. My brain was continually making connections – "that lichen looks like cracked mud, that flock of birds resembles smoke, there's a face on that tree".

Why do things in nature often look like other, completely unrelated, things in nature? The answer to this points to a regularity, order and unity in nature...and to patterns.

Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form - similar patterns appear again and again in  different contexts - in both living and non living things. Why is this?
I think there are three overlapping kinds of explanation.

1) Laws of nature - nature has no choice – it has to obey the physical laws of the universe. So a bubble is the shape it is because surface tension pulls water molecules of water into the tightest possible grouping…that happens to be a sphere.

2) Adaption - nature ‘wants’ (or perhaps it’s better to say ‘is adap…

Environmental Grief - Psychologically, how we can cope with the destruction of nature

We are in the midst of a mass extinction. These are rare events in the Earth's history, the last one wiped out the dinosaurs. This one is the result of human activity.

For a person, with even the slightest concern for the natural world, the reality which confronts them is one of extinction, destruction and devastation. To take a random, recent batch of headlines from the environmental coalface - 'huge fall in African elephant population as poaching crisis continues', ‘the home of the endangered Iberian lynx is under threat’, '40% of UK species show strong or moderate declines.

A baleful picture is paraded across our television screens, newspapers and social media feeds. We’re watching a catalogue of catastrophe - a dreadful litany describing a disappearing world.

A word that sums this up is 'loss'. We are losing things we love - they are going day by day. The normal reaction to a profound sense of loss is grief and the course of grief is often described as goi…