“In its need for variety and acceptance of randomness, a flourishing natural ecosystem is more like a city than like a plantation. Perhaps it will be the city that reawakens our understanding and appreciation of nature, in all its teeming, unpredictable complexity.” -Jane Jacobs, “The Greening of the City”, cited in Mushrooms of Toronto
"The green desert is not visited by people." -Jaan Kaplinski, “The Era of Green Deserts”, Maja: Estonian Architectural Review, Winter 2019
"Environments are not passive wrappings, but are, rather, active processes which are invisible. The ground-rules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns of environments elude easy perception." -Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
In the spring of 2022 I enjoyed a Birds and Flora workshop on the Carden Alvar led by Lakehead University Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP) coordinator Bob Bowles. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to return to the area and that style of workshop when another opportunity popped up, this time to attend “The Mushroom World” field workshop in the fall at the nearby Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre. But little did I expect to encounter so many Es...
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