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Disappear Into Nature Hamilton

Disappear Into Nature Hamilton

Saturday January 30 2011

Early summer paradise

Within the solitude of nature, disappearing seems an obvious act. Nature will only disappear if we don’t have places where those natural interactions can develop and grow. Nature is everything not made by modern man. The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura. Many authors use nature to create images in the reader’s head. And that is true for photographic images, as well. If we look back on the history of science (understood in the modern sense as the disciplined study of nature), what we call science to a way of thinking originated in ancient Greece in the sixth and seventh centuries B.C. Modern science did not begin until the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Looking at the fish species in regards to disappearing, Catfish, despite being colour blind, blend or disappear into their backgrounds. Humans also attempt to disappear into the background, as they travel through untamed wooded areas attempting to get in tune with nature, as Peter Darling points out in his article “To Disappear Into The Woods.” The key thing about nature is there are places where species are interacting in an ecosystem that was not mostly engineered by humans as these are the “wild places.” There is a new paradigm for nature, especially the wilderness aspect of nature, and the climate on which nature depends, is a moving target. For example, the American Museum of Natural History recently had a symposium determining there is the likelihood that animal diseases will cross the species barrier and begin infecting humans faster than ever in recorded history. And, the Journal of Conservation Biology stated one-quarter of the world’s plant and vertebrate animal species could be extinct by 2,050. This would be a huge biodiversity loss is these plants and vertebrate animals would disappear from nature. A book entitled “Not So Silent Spring” by Dawn Stover gives vivid examples of blackbirds, orioles and other birds being affected by acoustic loud noises from humans, and therefore have changed their songbird patterns, .Some bird change the song, others remain silent during the day, when they would normally sing, and, now only sing during nighttime, This behavioural change shows bird adaptations to disappear into Nature.

Natures delight

Lauren Nurse, a Visual Artist is very insightful..He speaks of a Victorian greenhouse and how the architectural environment shaped many of the theories he has formed about the way people think about nature, or more specifically, their ideas of how nature should behave and appear. The relationship between greenhouses and the incarnation of human desire has more to do with austerity, than it does with similarity. In this separation there exists a connection – nature is subsumed and contained, a representation emptied of its actual meaning – A SHADOW OF WILDNESS. Plants inside the greenhouse exists in the murky twilight of a space that distill them into shadows. These shadows are a disguise that allows them to disappear, to be absorbed into the space that encapsulates them, which is at once an architectural construction and a cultural creation. “Disappear Here” in reference to this space, and the simultaneous adsorption (disappearance) and reinterpretation of the natural form that occurs within this space.

Canoeing paradise
Mute swans Cootes

Moki is a German photorealism painter, who also does comics and animations. How to disappear is a constant concern in artist Moki’s work. Moki’s photo-realism paintings find inspiration in comic book themes and natural and human mysteries. Her images feature lonely northern landscapes, a sub- arctic frozen lake continent, untouched caves and moss meadows, and mountains sculptured into anatomical shapes by wind and water. Animals and humans emerge and dissolve, or disappear into their environments The question remains – How to disappear completely, is it possible to slip the net of today’s surveillance society ? This question can be answered by the fact wherever you look around in nature you find things often straightened out. In Discover Wildlife an interesting essay is entitled ‘Phantom.’ The scene is a city park with many old trees. The author tells us he notices a Beech Tree with feathers on the ground. These feathers catch your eye because some are still stirring in the faintest breeze. They are not wet and stuck to the grass. Fresh ! There is a trail of feathers, and he notices the feathers as some are still airborne. The source of the feathers as he looks up an Oak Tree is a hooded crow. The beautifully feathered Canadian Blue Jay is a relative of the crow. He looks up, and ten feet above his head is the crow in the grip of a juvenile female goshawk. Disappear into Nature ? Yes, even in our electronically-minded, noisy environment, it is still possible to disappear into nature at Conservation Areas, Waterfalls, trails in woods, untamed areas as in Northern Ontario as nature is a shadow of wildness. Our role as environmentalist is to volunteer our services to assist ecological groups attempting to diminish biodiversity loss, so nature itself will not disappear for future generations.

Beauty in flight
October weather

Source: American Museum of Natural History, Journal of Conservation Biology, Not So Silent Spring, Discovery Wildlife, Moki, Lauren Nurse.

Pen mute swan

Signet three weeks

By Jacqueline

Photographer Doug Worrall

Conservation vs Control in Coote’s Paradise Hamilton

Conservation vs Control in Coote’s Paradise Hamilton


In 1974, a request came form RGB for control  of Coote’s Paradise.  But, the Hamilton Harbor Commission held tightly to the control  it claims it had under the 1912 Act Of Parliament by which it was created.  In fact, the 1912 Act of Parliament …supercedes the 28 year-old RGB legislation.
Now, the conservation issue in 1974, was the preservation of Coote’s Paradise being in doubt because of a recommendation that would double the release of sewage into Coote’s Paradise.  It was suggested to construct a sewage line along the base of Coote’s Paradise and Burlington Bay to the east-end Woodward plant.  Then RGB director, Leslie Laking, had great concerns about the decision.  he said “The RGB would have no effluent in Coote’s Paradise from here on in.”  And, chairman of the Harbor Board, Ed Tharen, ” pointed an accusing finger at the Dundas sewage treatment plant as the major polluter responsible for that gunk being poured into Coote’s Paradise.”
Stewart Morison, Ducks Unlimited Canada which is an offshoot of the U.S. group, in 1987, expects to spend $43 million in 1988 to build and restore wetland habitat for waterfowl.  Morison looked at prospects for involvement in a Coote’s Paradise project proposed by RGB biologist Len Simer.  From the high level bridge, Simer described the marshland’s problems and potential underlining three issues that hamper growth of plants needed for good wildlife habitat.  Perceptual opportunities for current difficulties hampering wildlife habitat in Coote’s are a justaposition of elements  and how they relate to each other, such as :: (1) wind-stirred mud; (2) bottom-feeding carp, and, (3) changing water levels. Carp and other invasive species continue to be an issue, even in 2,010 ,  Reduction of Carp is due to the Fishway operation.  This allows other fish and plants to return to the marshland.

In 1988, Ducks unlimited Canada said “Half of Coote’s Paradise can be restored to the wetland wildlife preserve it was earlier this century.  DUC, provincial  manager John Blain told RGB board of directors.  The now flooded swamp and surrounding wetlands at the far west end of Hamilton Harbor are part of RGB property.  Blain said “Coote’s Paradise restoration – We believe it’s feasible in terms of both biology and engineering and asked the conservation group to investigate.

In 1988, DUC would build more than 3 km (2 miles of earthen dikes to wall off 3 km (250 acres) of open water below the McMaster University CampusThis exciting initiative included: (1) Water depth would be lowered to foster the growth of natural marsh plants needed for good wildlife habitate; (2) There would be NO CARP to uproot young plants; and, (3) There would be less wind-stirred MUD to block sunlight.
Coote’s Paradise had another concern in 1988 because the region set sites on a Perimeter Road (now hwy. 403).  The north-side alternative was cheapest to build at $48 million.  Planners backed the north-south site because it would offer drivers an attractive view of the waterfront.  The Hamilton Harbor Commission would have to approve the scheme.  Now the negative side is beastly ugly because it includes three issues:
(1) Noise would affect the western harbour and
proposed waterfront park.  ( Now in 2,010 we
have a beautiful waterfont part with little
(2) The harbor’s surface area, volume and fish
habitat would be reduced.
(3) Fill would be needed in Coote’s Paradise.  And, thank goodness for former Alderman Mary Kiss, who recommened “to build 403 hwy WITHOUT PUTTING FILL IN COOTE’S PARADISE – one of the most ecologically important areas
Memory is like Jazz.  Life jazz, memory has more to do with now than then.  Then is just fiction now.
in Two Sides of a Centre
Robert Clark Yates

Would like to thank Robert Yates for his inspirational books and watchful eye on Cootes paradise.

Enjoy the pictures and information today and  have a great weekend.
Doug Worrall Photographer