What does the art of ecology actually mean?

One of my favorite books is, Webster’s Dictionary. My mother gave me the ninth collegiate edition in 1990 for Christmas. It is rare that what I am looking for can not be found between its hard covers. Let’s start with the word: Art, an everyday word, withmultiple meanings. The first definition states that it is a branch of learning in the humanities, liberal arts.  My favorite definition, direct from Webster’s is this: The conscious use of skill and creative imagination. Of course, skill and creative imagination can be applied to any number of adaptations, such a work, life, cooking, the art of motorcycle maintenance, etc. One definition implies learning is the action while the second implies that imagination is the action!

Turning a few more pages to the word- ecology, we immediately get that it is a branch of science that is concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environment.  The second definition states that it is also, “The totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment.” This second definition sounds less scientific, and leans more toward an open ended philosophical definition. Certainly the interrelationship of all organisms has have a component to it that can not be seen under a microscope?

This blog, entitled ‘The Art of Ecology’, will be an inquiry into exploring where the seen and unseen come together. I want to delve into all aspects of our interrelationship through the lens of creative expression. An artist creating a song, a painting, or a film, receives inspiration from the creative imagination. How much of their insight can then be passed on to the observer? Once created and once observed, are lives changed? In an informational, entertainment rich world what does it really take to create change, lastly change?  I am so interested in this conversation. I do hope you will join me.

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