Thursday, August 27, 2009
Scrutiny of Nature
The casual glances or the admiring glances that we cast upon nature do not go very far in making us acquainted with her real ways. Only long and close scrutiny can reveal these to us. The look of appreciation is not enough; the eye must become critical and analytical if we would know the exact truth.
This is me. The casual admirer of nature. As much as I wish it weren't true, as much as I wish that it could reliably stated that I was a student of creation, it's just not the case. I love being out in nature, my soul is fed and nourished by my jaunts through woods and along streams, my heart soars with the birds and swims in delight with the fish, but all the same, my glances tend to be the short, admiring sort.
When you read a real naturalist, like Burroughs, writing, you can tell that they have learned things about the behavior of birds or plants by careful, extended, precise and consistent observation and it is a rewarding education. Rewarding, but time-devouring!
Where does one go to apply to be a naturalist? And are they taking applications?
Anyone here have experiences with long and careful observation of, and schooling by, nature that you'd like to share?