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'The Astronomical Patch' - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Tue May 16, 2017 1:29 pm

I made a music video combining one of my tracks with photos of dawn of the patch - the photos gradually assemble themselves

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017/ ... ridge.html
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'The Astronomical Patch' - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun May 21, 2017 5:51 am

'The Astronomical Patch' https://goo.gl/d3JqGs
The universe - the sun, the, moon, the stars and the patch
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Birds do it, bees do it, even educated sawflies do it

Postby robymilling » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:42 pm

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/birds-do-it-bees-do-it-even-educated.html

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated sawflies do it. Yes, sexual reproduction is popular, everywhere you look, living organisms are well and truly 'at it'.

An interesting 'counter factual' might be to consider how different the patch might be if there were no sexual reproduction - how would the world be with just aphid-style, asexual reproduction.....
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Fashioned, as if from the very stuff of underworld - Fungi!

Postby robymilling » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:15 am

Everywhere on the patch there is an extruding and issuing. Toadstools are emerging from nooks, crannies and crevices. Agarics are bursting from the soil. Brackets are banding tree trunks. Crusts, smuts and mildews are coating branches and leaves. Tripe, jelly, ears and brains are erupting their bizzare shapes from rotting wood.

Fashioned, as if from the very stuff of underworld, from the soul of beneath.

Fungi are brilliant!...here's why...
https://goo.gl/vsf2WO
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Why do things look like other things? - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:22 am

Blog post - "Why do things look like other things?" - https://goo.gl/8z3192
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.

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Haiku of the patch - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:27 am

Blog: 'Haiku of the patch' https://goo.gl/e6gB75 ...writing a blog about a small 'patch' focuses the mind - like a haiku

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A humanscape - a blank slate - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:01 pm

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017/ ... slate.html

I visited this long adandoned tennis court on my patch. You wouldn't think it was the most promising for wildlife - but on close inspection it's full of natural treasures!

I think this shows some interesting things

When humans abandon a place nature reclaims it.

We're living in the Anthropocene - an age when man has fundamentally altered the earth - often to the detriment of everything else - but even a man made habitat like this one can play host to a degree of biodiversity.

Simply put there is a lot of nature! - a lot of species, each adapted to its unique way of life. Whatever the specialised habitat there will be something (and often 100's, even 1000's of species) that can live there.

and also the more you look the more see.
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In praise of noticing

Postby robymilling » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:24 am

For me no two walks are the same. One day I might be tangled up in thinking - the mind spinning around on a carousel of chatter. Thoughts about the future - plans, to do's, worries, or thoughts about the past - memories, regrets, mental traces of bygones. The very next day, I might be taking the very same route but with the fog of thinking having lifted.

https://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017 ... icing.html

To call this mind stuff a 'fog' might seem odd after all we identify so closely with are thoughts - they seem to define who we are. But it gets in the way - our window on the world gets misted up.. While we are lost in thought we are not present. Freedom from the needy 'think me!' of thoughts grants us the gift of noticing.

Nature bekons us away from ourselves - with the call of a benign siren. Nature lays out a feast for senses - all we have to do is notice it.
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Re: Roby Milling - Enjoying life - in all its forms on my pa

Postby robymilling » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:33 am

The Lightning Tree

On my walks around the old golf course, on my patch, I always pay my respects to my favourite tree – probably in the world. I doff a mental cap to the Lightning Tree. I honour its plucky underdog-edness, its tenacity, its will to live.

With innards hollowed out so that only a shell of oak remains, it was almost certainly struck by lightning. When lightning hits a tree it can have a variety of effects, some get off lightly – but not this one. The strike may well have raised the core temperature so much that the sap boiled, some trees explode, this one is burnt out.

I can stand inside and survey the damage. What are now the walls of this trunk cubicle are charred to black, with a texture like the skin of a dark snake, greened in places by algae. I can look up and see the sky through a portal of burnt wood. I’m standing in the place heartwood should be – the place that fire has voided.

This winter’s morning it looks to be in a sorry state. The lightning tree appears to be on its last legs. Boughs lie strewn nearby like fallen dead on a battlefield. Other branches are walking wounded – still attached to the tree – but jacknifed into injured chevrons. The tree looks beaten, bent and cowed into a moribund husk.

But there is an amazing transformation in summer so that from afar it could almost pass for a regulation oak. Despite the fire wrought insults it springs back into leafy life – determined to carry – the oak undead.

https://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017 ... -tree.html
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Life is great & there's lots of it!

Postby robymilling » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:28 pm

Life is great & there's lots of it! https://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2017 ... of-it.html

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(an updated version of March's post)

This a lot of life - where did it come from?

Life, the universe and everything
I sometimes find it instructive to look at an area and think what it would like without the living things. In short it would look similar to the dead, rocky surface of the moon.

Life has bestowed upon this, would be, barren surface a green cloak of living organisms. The breathing, growing, reproducing, eating, feeding, singing, scurrying, flying, flowering, beautiful exuberance – that is nature...

…and it all originates in space. Green plants trap the sun’s energy by photosynthesis allowing living things to rearrange atoms on the earth into living structures. These atoms ultimately originated in “The Belly of a Star” - almost every element on Earth was formed at the heart of a star.

I put a video explaining this process in a previous post Wren Song an Echo of the big bang
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