Here I was, on vacation, wandering about on beaches looking at critters, all unprepared for serious work, and along comes Clare, from The House & other Arctic musings, to hook me with a meme. And a difficult one, too. And I'm a sucker for memes, so this afternoon, as we dug through tidepools, I kept thinking about his questions. I still don't know the answers, so I'm going to wing it.
Rules are simple, answer five questions posed by the tagger, create five of your own and tag five others.
2) What would you change about your home, your neighbourhood, your corner of the world? What one thing would you change to make it a better place?
3) Describe your most profound encounter in the natural world?
4) If you could have a conversation with any person in history who would it be, and why that person?
Anton van Leeuwenhoek. I'd have to learn Dutch first, but it would be worth it. He was another intensely curious person, who developed a method for making powerful lenses, with which he examined everything he could get his hands on, eventually writing enthusiastically to the Royal Society of London to tell them of his discoveries. He was the first to discover micro-organisms. "Animalcules," he called them.
“I then most always saw, with great wonder, that in the said matter there were many very little living animalcules, very prettily a-moving. The biggest sort had a very strong and swift motion, and shot through the water like a pike does through the water." (September 17, 1683)
5) What advice would you give to anyone wanting to better experience the natural world?