In nature weird things happen. I woke up in a tent to this frog looking at me.
Spring brings forth rampant life to an awakened land. A rainbow cascade of flowers announce the start of a new cycle of life.
The camping trips are now a joy where cold gives way to pleasant warmth, the rain fades into sunshine. I awake at night to the lively matings of foxes feet from my head, or the sport they find entertaining of chewing through the tent guy ropes.
Last night it did rain, I was frequently sticking my head out of the tent ready to fend off phantom foxes. The rustle and bangs around my tent made for an interesting night. I woke in the morning, two blinking eyes looking into mine. A frog had taken up residence in my tent, a source of the ghostly haunting inside my tent. I evicted the frog, which provided me a useful model for a photo opportunity.
Camping in nature provides a useful contrast against the fast paced civilisation of humanity. Humanity living by the sharp measures of space and time, a controlled sterile world walled against messy wild nature. I move between the two worlds, the frog a reminder of a natural state of the ever-present, where everything merges like water in an eternally churning wheel of change. The world of humanity, predictable and boring; the world of nature, chaotic and magical, where anything can happen. Only in nature do you get crazy outcomes like waking up face-to-face to a frog.
A little butterfly tonight reminded me Spring was now here.
An hour ago an Admiral butterfly emerged out of nowhere fluttering about my head. In this cold season it is amazing to come across a butterfly let alone in my own home. In wonder I blinked at this amazing beautiful creature fluttering around the light, apparently it must have been hibernating and had awoken.
In such moments I am paralysed unsure how to handle a new situation, knowing if I caught and sent the butterfly outside the cold would kill it, but leaving it as it was if it would starve. A search on Google added a surge of new knowledge to my brain about butterfly hibernating and eating habits. The butterfly settled into a dark cupboard, so I let it be.
Before I wrote this blog I checked when Spring would start, and discovered that Spring had started yesterday on 1st February with the Celtic festival of Imbolc. The butterfly had announced to me that Spring was now here, dreaded Winter was no more.
The wonders, magic, beauty of nature amazes.
2013 likely will be worse than 2012 for extremes of weather.
Two glowing eyes in the clouds promises a harsh global weather experience in 2013.
A few days ago I was bouncing around Colchester happy as a bee as the mild spring brought pleasant weather after the floods of rain during December. The winter in Britain depresses me for its cold and darkness, so I have been liking the mild temperatures this winter, with few frosts, tons of rain and one day of snow.
The blossoms are on the trees; foraging bees were out gathering food; the birds singing their hearts out, creating their territories and finding a mate; the first flowers of spring, including snowdrops were blooming. At the back of my mind I warned myself to be wary of my optimism, for the British weather is a temperamental animal, which can turn nasty in an instant. Today temperatures dropped more than ten degrees Celsius on the previous day, something that has an impact of a sledgehammer on the human body, which dislikes sudden temperature changes. The savage frosts were back and a warning of snow was being made all over the internet. Damn!
The observant can over time spot trends, which includes weather. The news of the first ten days of 2013 is grim. The Middle East has been hammered by the worst storms in ten years, heavy rains and snow; a sense of disbelief that Jerusalem is at a standstill due to heavy snowfall. In the northern provinces of China winter fell like a hungry beast trapping more than a thousand ships in sea ice, and plunging temperatures deep below freezing point. In the USA, suffering the continuing drought, winter storms dumped tons of snow on suffering Americans. New Zealand is in drought, their rivers at the lowest point in years. Record killer heat waves in Australia and Tasmania resulted in vast wild fires that destroyed homes, took lives and wiped out large swathes of forest and innumerable numbers of wildlife. Distressed whales that usually visit in summer appeared in winter in Canada, and are a cause of concern being trapped under ice with a diminishing gap in the ice providing them with air.
My prediction is that the weather in 2013 is going to give humanity a worse kicking than it did in 2012.
Sustainability Action 10: I signed up to a sustainability seminar in Colchester.
Knowledge is power, for knowledge provides the keys to open doors to success. My progress to be a sustainable individual is hampered by the limits on my knowledge; it is through education that I can increase my knowledge, thus to be a better sustainable individual. I today signed up to a one day seminar on sustainability at Essex University in Colchester for next week.
I shall learn about how to involve other people in a cooperative atmosphere to design and follow a sustainable process that benefits society, business and the environment. Currently the world follows unsustainable processes that will lead to human extinction; those processes need to be changed, and it requires all individuals to make those changes together if humanity is to survive.
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