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Mar. 11th, 2010 06:09 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
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Welcome to [community profile] common_nature!

I am one of your glorious moderators, [personal profile] melannen. Your other glorious moderator is [personal profile] elke_tanzer. We made this community because we wanted a place on Dreamwidth to talk about nature, and we hope other people will find it a nice place to stay, too.

What sort of posts are welcome here? Well, I'm planning to start a series of posts about identifying the weeds and shrubs that are flowering in lawns and roadsides in my area. I'll also probably post book reviews and poems and photographs. [personal profile] elke_tanzer has wonderful posts coming up, too. Ask questions, mention something you saw outside today or something you saw in the press; icon posts, fiction with a focus on nature, how-tos, art - all is good! We're all about celebrating the fact that nature is everywhere and anyone can be a naturalist, no matter who they are or where they live.

In the meantime, let's do introductions! If you'd like, tell us a little bit about how you relate to nature and what you'd like to see this community become. And tell us something about what sort of nature you see around you - where do you look when you want to commune with nature? What climate zone or Biome do you live in? I'll start in the comments.

Date: 2010-03-12 08:29 am (UTC)
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (rukia blue skies)
From: [personal profile] fay_e
This is a lovely idea for a community. I have only a few years of biology to my name, but I always make an effort to spot plants that I am familiar with anywhere I go. Unfortunately I live in a city area so the kind of plants I see on a daily basis tend to be on the smaller side or planted by city planners.

I'd love to know what other types of nature there are in other parts of the world, and get a little help on the plants in my area, if possible. I'm in the equatorial, fully humid region of Asia (Af) and tropical rainforest.

Date: 2010-03-12 11:59 pm (UTC)
mllesays: Gator Crossing sign (fl // gator crossing)
From: [personal profile] mllesays
I just recently saw a puppet show about the rainforest (I work at a puppet theatre, it's pretty cool), and because of it I learned that the Asian rainforests have flying snakes. And that is the most terrifying thing I could imagine. ;)

Date: 2010-03-13 01:05 am (UTC)
fay_e: Text: I'm the morning rain (renji crows)
From: [personal profile] fay_e
Wow! That is really pretty cool. Does your theatre specialise in certain types of puppets or do you guys try your hand at everything? =)

Sadly flying snakes are probably only found in the zoo here - jumping snakes and flying squirrels are more likely to be found in whatever natural habitat that's left. I like snakes but I prefer flying squirrels myself.

Date: 2010-03-13 01:09 am (UTC)
mllesays: John Singer Sargent painting (h // dogwoods in the spring)
From: [personal profile] mllesays
We do everything! This particular show was a combination of hand, rod, and body puppets, done in a style called checkblack (the puppeteers stand behind a curtain of light, wearing all black, so you see the puppet and not the person behind it). The website is here, if you want to see more about it.

The show mentioned flying squirrels as well! I'm with you, I'd much prefer squirrels to snakes.

Date: 2010-03-12 01:52 pm (UTC)
briarwood: Brokeback Mountain - Shirt (Brokeback Shirt)
From: [personal profile] briarwood
Great idea for a community!

I live in Wales, UK which is climate zone Cfb (warm temperate, fully humid, warm summer)...although after last year I'd argue that last bit!

I'm all about the weather *pause for the inevitable Brit jokes*

No, really, I am. I'm not an expert or anything, I just love to observe the way the weather changes throughout the year, and what that does to the landscape around me. Alongside that, I watch the sun and moon. This morning, for instance, on my way to work the sun was shining right in my eyes and it was a bright "Barbie" pink. Tomorrow, even if the weather is the same, it could be a completely different view.

Date: 2010-03-12 03:27 pm (UTC)
mllesays: John Singer Sargent painting (fl // back in my hometown)
From: [personal profile] mllesays
I know pretty much nothing about nature, except that I love it. I don't get out into it often enough, but maybe this comm will help change that!

I grew up on an island, a block from the ocean, and spent my whole childhood watching tiny crabs run around and hide in their tiny crab holes. Now I live in the Piedmont region of the United States, just about 50 miles from the edge of the Blue Ridge region. And somehow, I still don't get up to the mountains enough.

Date: 2010-03-13 12:30 am (UTC)
mllesays: John Singer Sargent painting (fl // back in my hometown)
From: [personal profile] mllesays
Growing up that close to the water, it's so weird. It becomes this living presence that you're used to always having with you. I miss the ocean more than I miss some people in my life!

I also count myself lucky, though, because Northeastern Florida has such rich plant life to go along with the ocean. Our house had live oaks! A block from the beach! IDK, I've been to other beaches and it just hasn't been the same. (My icon is a perfect representation of what it looked like in my hometown.)

Now I think my ideal place to live would be the SF/Santa Cruz area, because it has this awesome mix of the beach and the mountains, all within minutes of each other.

Date: 2010-03-13 01:48 am (UTC)
loligo: (squid)
From: [personal profile] loligo
Hello, all! I live in the woods, on a small lake, about five minutes outside of a small college town in the Midwestern USA. I've always been fascinated by plants and animals of all types. My husband is a zoologist, and our daughter is also pretty much nature-obsessed. (Actual quote from her, age 3: "I don't like human beings -- only wild animals.") And then somehow we ended up with a son who is all about the machines, instead!

I post about the nature around me pretty often. That's what the "wildlife" tag on my journal is supposed to be for, although it also ended up documenting the all-too-extensive story of me trying (and mostly failing) to find homes for the family of feral cats who were living in our neighborhood (and are now living in my house).

Hallo hallo!

Date: 2010-03-13 02:29 am (UTC)
elke_tanzer: SW Anakin LA driver (SW LA driver)
From: [personal profile] elke_tanzer
I live in Burbank, California, in Los Angeles County, which has entirely too much pavement for my tastes, but I can get to the local public gardens, the nearby-mountains and the beaches fairly easily, and the desert and the higher-mountains with only a little effort.

:-D

Date: 2010-03-13 12:06 pm (UTC)
weaverbird: (Clouds)
From: [personal profile] weaverbird
What a great idea for a comm!

I live in the Berkshires of Southern New England, which is climate zone Dfb (snow, full humid, warm summers) and part of the Northeastern Coastal Forest. I grew up on a small farm and live now on the outer edge of exurbia.

All my life I've been interested in Nature - weather, plants and animals - and in the turning of the seasons; a very informal but rewarding kind of phenology, in other words.

Date: 2010-03-15 05:56 pm (UTC)
weaverbird: (Spring)
From: [personal profile] weaverbird
Phenology is good stuff, and addictive. Have you seen Project Budburst? They make it easy to track the cycle of plants online - and not just out in the country!

Also, there is software, available as shareware or purchased, from Life Cycles, for tracking stuff on your own computer.

(and now I have some catching up reading to do; I introduced myself but neglected to join or subscribe *facepalm* and so have missed everyone's posts for days. Hee! Such an airhead.)
Edited Date: 2010-03-15 05:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-14 07:38 am (UTC)
copracat: botanical illustration with text 'no sermons in stone' (no sermons)
From: [personal profile] copracat
I have none of the earthly arts to my name, but I like being in the world and I find it fascinating. I live in a city, in a Cfa zone (warm temperate, fully humid, warm summer).

Today I was sitting in a friend's tiny, tiny back courtyard. In this tiny courtyard she has four trees. Three are, I believe, Young's Weeping Birches and one with small dark green leaves, glossy on the top side and matt on the underside. It's a common garden tree where I live, but I'm not sure of the name. It was lovely to sit under the trees and listen to them move in the breeze.
Edited (typo) Date: 2010-03-14 07:39 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-14 05:44 pm (UTC)
queenbarwench: Rain making ripples in a puddle. (rain)
From: [personal profile] queenbarwench
I live in Newcastle, in north-east England, so it's the same climate zone as [personal profile] briarwood above (Cfb: warm temperate, fully humid, warm summer).

I'm 10 miles from the North Sea (cold even in summer) and maybe 40 miles from the top end of the Pennines, the line of hills (of which some are technically mountains) that runs down the centre of the country, so I have huge diversity right on my doorstep.

In my own garden I mostly have weeds, but we also get a lot of birds. I have this grand (and currently, entirely theoretical) plan about remodelling my garden so it's both easy-care and wildlife-friendly.

The icon is somewhat misleading, as it's actually been rather nice this weekend.

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