Did you know that a remarkable relationship exists between process of respiration in animals and the process of photosynthesis in plants?  The molecule of chlorophyll (what makes plants green and soaks up the sun’s energy) has only one atom that makes it different from a molecule of hemoglobin (what makes blood red and carries oxygen)! (source)

After reading this I felt a deeper connection all the green life around me.  That what is flowing through my veins is not so different from what is flowing through them.

What patterns in nature have drawn you into deeper relationship with the
larger community of life?

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I never saw a discontented tree.  They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!  ~John Muir

I never saw a discontented tree.  They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!  ~John Muir

I wonder sometimes what the earth is like under my feet.  What it is like 5 feet down and 10 feet and on and on.  Are there huge boulders or underground rivers, or crystal caverns?  Where does the lava start and what does that transition look like?

What do you imagine the earth is like under your feet?

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Divers exploring a maze of underwater caves on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have identified what may be the longest underground river in the world. The waterway twists and turns for 95 miles through the region’s limestone caverns!

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Trickling water, rain drops, a babbling brook or raging river.  There are so many sounds of water.  Waves crashing or lapping.  They each feel so different.  I remember living near a stream one summer.  It was loud and rushing at the beginning of my stay and a few months later is was a gentle flow. The changes in the sounds and water flow in the river became a part of me and I ‘knew’ the place in a more intimate way.  It is one of the things I most remember from that summer.

What sounds of water surround your life?

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The speed of sound in water is often as much as 4 times faster than in air. It does depend a little on your water, fresh vs salt, cold vs warm, pressure, but it is much faster in all conditions – in the neighborhood of 3200 mph!

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In the last few weeks I keep noticing spiders.  I am amazed by the incredible material that comes from their bodies and the intricate designs of their webs. Raindrops and sunlight on spider webs always capture my attention and my imagination.

Have you ever been captivated by a spider web?

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Many young spiders leave the place of their birth by ballooning. They climb to a high place, tip their abdomen upward and release a strand of silk. They continue to let out silk until the breeze picks the silk strand up and pulls the spiderling along in the breeze. Spiderlings have been seen 20 miles out to sea and 3 miles high .

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I often feel like I would love to be able to move, listen and relax like cats do.  I’d love to be able to jump and sing like humpback whales.  Or soar and see like the huge turkey vultures.  I wonder what human abilities they might like of mine.

If you could trade an ability or sense with any animal in the world, what would it be?  What do you imagine they might enjoy about your humaness?

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One reason cats are more flexible than humans is they have two more lumbar vertebrae than humans.  Their vertebrae are also built to enhance speed of running rather than to support body weight. They have some of the sharpest hearing in the world.

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Sitting in a park I saw the rings of an old log.  The texture and grooves and lines were so beautiful.  The life and seasons of this tree’s life made me feel how time for a tree must be so different.

Become like a favorite tree… what does it feel like as you grow and time passes?

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Rings on trees show the rate of growth for the tree.  In the north, the rings are pronounced as there is great growth in the spring and summer and then slowed growth in the fall and winter.  Rings in tropical climates reflect wetter and drier seasons, but tend to be much less distinct.

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While enjoying a coconut recently,  I imagined what this amazing seed must have felt like to be growing in the sun at the top of a tall tree.  The feeling of the wind and the rain.  The moon light.  The water and meat from this coconut felt infused with all these elements… and now so do I.

What do you experience when eating fruits and vegetables?

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Plants began creating sweeter fruit to help attract animals to eat it and spread its seeds.  Now, people help take care of fruit plants and cultivate them all over the world.  It is a symbiotic relationship.

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