The Gondwana Rainforests are so-named because the fossil record indicates that when Gondwana existed it was covered by rainforests containing the same kinds of species that are living today. Not all Gondwanan rainforests in Australia are located in the New South Wales- Queensland region; the largest Gondwanan rainforest in Australia is located in Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness. The number of visitors to the Gondwana rainforest reserves in New South Wales and Queensland is about 2 million per year
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth
and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
Hike with us through the magnificent ancient redwood forest at Stout Grove in the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park near Crescent City, California. It is known as the most scenic stand of ancient redwoods in the world. A plush layer of ferns and redwood sorrel carpets the ground below century old trees.
This sequence was captured May 30th, 2013 with a Canon HFS-100 and edited with Adobe Premier Pro 6.0.
Music is “Parting of the Ways – Part 1” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.
You all grow and learn important lessons every day, and one of the main lessons many of you are currently learning relates to finding a place, both external and internal, that grants the peace you seek.
We note how distant peace tends to seem from your world, but one of the biggest things that keeps many seekers from finding it is their unwillingness to gravitate to experiences they enjoy.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourselves as you go about your difficult but necessary evolutionary paths, and without overindulging, you can show yourselves love every now and then and remember to do things that fill you with passion, wholeness, or a higher vibration.
We’ll always encourage being active with your awareness; using your knowledge of spirit to help as many people on your evolving planet as you can, but there are times when retreating into the silence of the sacred self will help you more than striving to be active for the benefit of others.
As always, follow your intuition and you’ll be led exactly where you need to go.
Keep in mind the importance of remaining open to the love many of you haven’t yet felt in its fullest or purest form, and know that you’re endlessly loved, guided and supported by the higher aspects of your consciousness many of you are just starting to attune to.
Channeled through Wes Annac, 12.24.14
She paints them for us all!
Cheers to you from all of nature’s gorgeous creations
Veraiconica’s Blog – 11-11-14
Rain falls softly through the canopy of leaves
Imprinting words of leafy whispers into the air
Peace and calm are welcome companions
That sweep over and enfold us
In the quiet of the mountain, he is there!
He speaks with brushes of colors, vivid and alive
His handiwork evident on this mountaintop canvas
Beauty cannot speak without our eyes
Soaking in and beholding its breathtaking effects
One could not help but know. . . . .he is there with us!
Time on the mountain stands perfectly still
While we walk the paths, his presence we count on
Out spirits are healed in the moments that
The mists fall upon our faces
We are renewed, we are refreshed, we are restored
There, in the quiet of the mountain!
We are the leaves on the tree of life;
Green,smooth reflecting the sun
We flutter in the breeze
Turning, twising on the branches
And with the seasons
We transform as is the cycle,
For some turning in glorious shades
Gold, bronze, crimson
Curling, drying then withering
Swept up by change to either
End tossed to the ground or be
Projected upward to the sky;
Who knows then where its
Destination will lie?
To seek the comfort and shade
Are we destined to be,
Or shall we go with the wind
Live our lives carefree?
We must continue the cycle
Set by destiny
We must be the leaves on the tree.
Episode 3 of 3
In the last programme in the series, Monty Don turns to France’s famous artistic tradition to see what influence it has had on the country’s gardens.
Monty travels to some of the most celebrated artists’ gardens, including the one created by the impressionist Claude Monet, who planted and painted his garden for half his life. Monty also matches the paintings to the garden of Paul Cezanne, as well as visiting several contemporary artistic gardens to see how the use of plants and trees has evolved into new and varied styles.
In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, “mother trees” serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2.
Suzanne W. Simard – Faculty Profile (live link with tons more info/links)
Dr. Suzanne Simard is a professor with the UBC Faculty of Forestry, where she lectures on and researches the role of mycorrhizae and mycorrhizal networks in tree species migrations with climate change disturbance. Networks of mycorrhizal fungal mycelium have recently been discovered by Professor Suzanne Simard and her graduate students to connect the roots of trees and facilitate the sharing of resources in Douglas-fir forests of interior British Columbia, thereby bolstering their resilience against disturbance or stress and facilitating the establishment of new regeneration.
Dr. Simard writes:
Mycorrhizal fungi form obligate symbioses with trees, where the tree supplies the fungus with carbohydrate energy in return for water and nutrients the fungal mycelia gather from the soil; mycorrhizal networks form when mycelia connect the roots of two or more plants of the same or different species. Graduate student Kevin Beiler has uncovered the extent and architecture of this network through the use of new molecular tools that can distinguish the DNA of one fungal individual from another, or of one tree’s roots from another. He has found that all trees in dry interior Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca) forests are interconnected, with the largest, oldest trees serving as hubs, much like the hub of a spoked wheel, where younger trees establish within the mycorrhizal network of the old trees. Through careful experimentation, recent graduate Francois Teste determined that survival of these establishing trees was greatly enhanced when they were linked into the network of the old trees.Through the use of stable isotope tracers, he and Amanda Schoonmaker, a recent undergraduate student in Forestry, found that increased survival was associated with belowground transfer of carbon, nitrogen and water from the old trees. This research provides strong evidence that maintaining forest resilience is dependent on conserving mycorrhizal links, and that removal of hub trees could unravel the network and compromise regenerative capacity of the forests.
In wetter, mixed-species interior Douglas-fir forests, graduate student Brendan Twieg also used molecular tools to discover that Douglas-fir and paper birch (Betula papyrifera) trees can be linked together by species-rich mycorrhizal networks. We found that the mycorrhizal network serves as a belowground pathway for transfer of carbon from the nutrient-rich deciduous trees to nearby regenerating Douglas-fir seedlings. Moreover, we found that carbon transfer was enhanced when Douglas-fir seedlings were shaded in mid-summer, providing a subsidy that may be important in Douglas-fir survival and growth, thus helping maintain a mixed forest community during early succession. This is not a one-way subsidy, however; graduate Leanne Philip discovered that Douglas-fir supported their birch neighbours in the spring and fall by sending back some of this carbon when the birch was leafless. This back-and-forth flux of resources according to need may be one process that maintains forest diversity and stability.
Mycorrhizal networks may be critical in helping forest ecosystems deal with climate change. Maintaining the biological webs that stabilize forests may help conserve genetic resources for future tree migrations, ensure that forest carbon stocks remain intact on the landscape, and conserve species diversity. UBC graduate student Marcus Bingham is finding that maintaining mycorrhizal webs may be more important for the regeneration and stability of the dry than wet interior Douglas-fir forests, where resources are more limited and climate change is expected to have greater impacts. Helping the landscape adapt to climate change will require more than keeping existing forests intact, however. Many scientists are concerned that species will need to migrate at a profoundly more rapid rate than they have in the past, and that humans can facilitate this migration by planting tree species adapted to warm climates in new areas. UBC graduate student Brendan Twieg is starting new research to help us understand whether the presence of appropriate mycorrhizal symbionts in foreign soils may limit the success of tree migrations, and if so, to help us design practices that increase our success at facilitating changes in these forests.
Living Symphonies is a sound installation which aims to portray a forest ecosystem in an ever changing soundscape – reflecting, in real time, the interactions of the natural world. In this film, Nature Video takes a peek under the hood of Living Symphonies, at the science which makes it possible; and asks how projects like these could influence the way that both the public and scientists see with the world around them.
Read a Q&A with sound artist Daniel Jones: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/…
Find out more about the project: http://www.livingsymphonies.com