Saturday, February 24, 2007

It always seems kind of absurd to see a tree poking out of its alotted 4 X 4 foot square on the sidewalk. It is by no means a natural occurrence, but it would be a greater detriment to humans if it did not exist. Municipal agencies place plants around cities for both aesthetic and environmental purposes. So how does this plant life function within the context of nature? If a shade tree was transplanted from the city back into a forest, would it then become nature? Where is the point when nature stops being natural?

My use of the blog is to allow others to become apart of this project, so I urge you to leave comments expressing your viewpoint.


Michael Degutis said...

When I was young I used to spend most of my free time outdoors. I was always in the woods. Moving to an urban environment for the last five years, has changed my understanding of nature dramatically. I rarely feel a total emersion and purity of nature I felt when was younger. Upon returning to the woods I see differently now. The landscape has changed in the areas I used to frequent. The old logging road overgrown when I was young, Now has been reopened and relogged. This revealed the shape of the land to me. The choices made which trees to cut, how many, and the value we give them. My own perception of nature was revealed. Now the trees once endless and seemingly pure in their organic layout, take on patterns and structure. I think of topographical maps while looking at the terrain. I can always find traces of how the place has changed and has been shaped. Seeing all the parks and constructed landscape in Boston has given me a different understanding of our human impact. The idea of a pure natural environment has been lost. I'm not sure when or if this can be regained physically, but my perception of it has disapeared.

Anonymous said...

this dissilusion of our surroundings can be quite sad like this fellows experience but it is neverthe less reality; we have no choice but to interact with our environment,
it is how we survive,
to "live off the land"
a field of wheat in is not "natural" but you cannot deny its shimmering beauty, and its calming ebb and flow.

alex said...

nature environment is always changing
this evolution is a characteristic of all life,
Our relationship is the causation of these changes which are dramadicaly
more sever and frequent. We ARE nature. the environment is civilization's portrait.

it seems people are happier when they are incontact with elements of the natural world, (I can't believe fake plants)
some places we have lost touch with the earth
and it are places like that where you find the lonely 4'x4' graves

these are the bandages
on a wound
if were human
would require amputation

these are our mistakes

this is a situation of self infliction.
there's still hope