A sense of community

The spirit of every naturalist harbors a common interest in the world not made by man, the world built by nature upon the foundation of the cosmos.  Just as every atom and every molecule sees within itself the building blocks of the universe, and just as every living thing on this planet sees within itself traces of a single common ancestor from which we evolved, so too does every naturalist have within them a singular awe of nature’s abilities, a shared sense of passion for what nature provides, an inherent drive to discover and appreciate the handiwork of Earth, and an unfaltering will to protect what little of nature is left so future generations face something more than a lifeless, barren landscape.

For bloggers, this naturalist ribbon links one to the other and gives rise to community.  Part of that community lives in blog carnivals, regular celebrations of nature in its many forms.  Over the next several months I will host several of these carnivals, and I am working with Amber of Birder’s Lounge to launch a new blog carnival in an area of nature that we think deserves more attention.

Many moons ago I posted regular carnival roundups that linked to all the recent celebrations of nature.  I even participated in more than a few of them.  Then life fell on me, other obligations took center stage, and I stopped following them, let alone linking to them.  My growing desire to share nature with others has reversed that trend.

So beginning now I will return to my habit of posting a weekly summary of the blog carnivals I feel are worthy of mention.  Should there be none for a particular week, well, it seems obvious there will be no such post.  And to kick things off, here are the recent carnivals of interest:

More than worth your time, whether you’re only interested in eye candy or science or art or discovery or simply getting out of the house virtually by visiting places near and far and seeing through the eyes of others, these nature parties circle the globe and cover the world in ways you can scarcely imagine.

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I will be hosting I and the Bird on December 17.  (If you know why that date is important to me, please don’t say so publicly lest you spoil the theme of the carnival.)  Following that, I will host Festival of the Trees on January 1, 2010, The Moth and Me on March 15, 2010, and Circus of the Spineless on April 1, 2010.  Should our plans work the way we hope they do, Amber and I will conspire to launch a new blog carnival in January, after which I will host that one as well (perhaps in February or March), though the first edition will be a joint venture hosted at the carnival’s home site.

When I told The Kids we would host I and the Bird in a few weeks, I suddenly found myself surrounded by a common visage.


Though that shows only Vazra, that same look of intent interest is duplicated on five other feline faces, each of whom wants to welcome the incoming birds with open claws jaws paws.  But since they’re inside cats, they’ll have to be satisfied with looking at the pictures instead.

2 thoughts on “A sense of community”

  1. Hey Jason – We have a Vazra look-a-like at our house…her name is KiKi. She’s a ferral kitty that has adopted us. She had 5 kittens in our backyard – what an experience! Kyle and I captured the kitties, sent them to the Vet, found them homes, then captured KiKi, and sent her to the Vet to be spayed – enough backyard kittens. After giving away her babies, her first litter, and having her spayed, she still chooses to live here…amazing. She looks just like Vazra…down to the red tipped fur…and she’s a little on the cranky side of things. She’s mainly an outside cat – can’t resist the call of the wild – but chooses to occassionally come inside and torment our dogs..pretty funny, as they are Toy Fox Terriers. They want so badly to play, but she’s too cranky. Maybe Vazra is KiKi’s long lost brother…who knows! So enjoyed looking at his pics!

    1. Thanks, Shannon! Vazra has a wee bit of a cranky side as well. I think that’s the Persian spirit. But he’s also unbelievably sweet and affectionate, so I can’t complain about his occasional ugliness.

      I’m so glad you and Kyle took care of KiKi and made sure her kids were sent to good homes–and made sure she’d stop breeding in your back yard. She sounds like a delight to have around.

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