Forest Journal

Issue  № 2
Febrary 2014

Razrez Occurrences Walking in the woods Supplement

Failures with Sections

Working with sections over and over again makes me feel like an idiot.

Problems were occurring because of divergence of what can be seen in microscope eye-piece and what should be known about it.

While picturing plant cell I were studiously sketching section of onion cuticle, in which, of course, a half of organelles were indistinguishable.

When it was needed to defining of unnamed specimen (transverse section of acerose leaf or organ of Corti) my laziness and pour memory opposed the fulfillment again.

Finally it always turned out that most typical sections, which should be just memorized during schooling, were becoming a total surprise for me, aspiring trembling and uncertainty before the face of unpredictable and haughty organic matter.

But observation on the living drop of water, swarmed with inevitably nameless for me species of rotifers, infusoria, algae —always gifted deep joy of discovering new, unknown life.

It turns so that these failures in approaches to science and the joy of lack of knowledge became one of the methodologies of the Forest Journal.

It needed to be told, because I’m not a scientist and I do not need to pretend, that my knowledge is non-personal and non-historical.

I. D.

This section of plant cell I have since childhood. Cell structure degraded, the glue became glacial —and after a number of years the matter itself turned as pasty, as my old eye on it.

On Razrez

Zarosli, which have been described in previous issue of Forest Journal *, seem solid, indivisible. Because of its homogenity, they have nothing to tell us. Even if you get to the very core of zarosli, it is unlikely you will know something new, something that you haven't noticed from the edge.

Every curious mind ought to be delighted because there's still an opportunity to profoundly investigate Nature. It is only possible thanks to the fact that

There are razrez have been made in Nature.

Dissection of zarosli, division of the spot, partition of the whole - that's what razrez is.

Razrez are the most familiar in Nature. The first thing we see in it is the one of razrez: just becouse without them Nature remains concealed.

Examples of typical razrez, known to everyone since childhood.

All marvellous qualities contained in razrez arise from its essence:

Nature leaks from razrez.

It is very hard to disrupt wholeness, uniformity, solidity. Seemingly, incredible power is needed for this. But razrez fulfil such aim with unexpected ease. That's exactly why razrez are key and and pass to Nature.

So razrez hold two fascinating opportunities.

First opportunity: razrez allows to know Nature. Razrez makes Nature observable, force it to speak, give itself. If you want a forest, a field, an animal, a lake, a sky to uncover - then razrez is needed.

Very enlightening razrez of meadow.

Second opportunity: to be allured by razrez. Razrez draws into itself bodies, stares, dreams, energies. Razrez shifts them within Nature, through Nature. Fluxing through razrez Nature attracts beings and lubricates their motion.

The most tempting of Razrez generally are straight and directed to horizon.

It is worthwhile to illustrate two qualities of razrez: plainness and allurement.

To begin with let’s look how razrez uncover Nature and extort its secret.

А — Zarosli overhanging over razrez, revealing its own texture and inner structure. Б — - More often than not razrez makes borders among zarosli at most visible . В — Razrez is able to clearly display shape of the spot. Г — - Edges of razrez vividly visualize Nature's matter.

It is easy to be surprized by Nature's tiresomeness while being inside the razrez.

Now let’s draw attention to the power of razrez to allure.

In spite of attraction of endless, straight razrez, quite often there are curves placed in them. Thereby promising more and more of new mysteries, new fluxions of Nature.

However, finite, visually graspable, dead-ended razrez have its own special power and lure of the last point.

All sorts of artificial beings - humans, energies, machines - found themselves allured by razrez and carried along the path.

Although most razrez are linear and stretched along Nature's surface, it may be useful to recognize less obvious examples.

А — Punctual razrez is like a stab. Б — - Two razrez on each side of zarosli make it looks like razrez - but it's not true. Razrez is telling about zarosli, and not the reverse. В — Zarosli can be splitted not across its texture, but along it (by dead fibers, for example).

Remember well: if you want to know something about Nature - than do razrez!

Curious Story of the Raft

Who of us in childhood didn't dream to build the raft out of foam plastic, inner tires, logs after all, so as to start on fascinating journey? There certainly will be a small hut on this raft: because of that the journey will be attended with the spirit of small, but proud fortress, shelter.

This charm may be considered as an of indication razrez: there is a desire to inflow into it, to slip inside of it while seing Nature. Speaking about rafting down the river we can recognize the presence of razrez.

But we have a more complicated case.

In 1947 Thor Heyerdahl and his brave companions has travelled a long way from South America west coast to Polynesia. They sailed mid-ocean exactly in raft - "Kon-Tiki" - wich was build, as travelers beleived, using ancient technologies of indengeous Andean people.

Highly unusual situation - raft in the ocean - induces us to ask the question: was Kon-Tiki jorney based on razrez or not?

Lack of razrez visible trace (such as line, breach, trench) must not confuse. On the contrary, we have to think of essential razrez indications.

Was overcoming of ocean in the raft the way to tell truth about Nature?

Seafarers repeatedly mentioned that sea nature literally splashed out onto their flat vessel. In the mornings they found out deck studded with flying fish. Shark could be just dragged in by gills - thanks to same plain level of raft and ocean surface. Kon-Tiki was overgrown by algae, infested by crabs, mollusca, escorted by suckerfish shoal.

Sliding on water surface raft explored the very meaning of this border. It became the small model of division among water and atmosphere and those part of Nature, which habitate this layer.

So, yes - the raft obtained some knowledge on Nature.

Was travellers allured and directed by desire?

If not take into account external factor (pursuing goal), then we hear in their stories state of being delighted in streams and winds, enchanted by rhythmes of waves and sun, dependent on the sail and salt splashes timelessness.

This passion is for something elusive - there is no horizon directed roadside in the ocean.

So two indications have been discovered: truth extorted from Nature and allurment of its wound.

We need to admit: razrez has occured.

But not familiar to us, terrestrial dwellers.

Razrez, created by the trevelling being itself - and disapearring right after him; invisible, plane, phantom razrez - this is what Kon-Tiki was leaded by.


Black bird has raised feathers and are seating in snowdrift.
Awkward grove consisting of alder only.
Tree is bended as arch down to the ground.
Can't see anything.
Girl's smell is of colophony.

Walk in the woods

The response to question “What Nature Is?” by artistIlya Romanov

Water Strider. — Hydrometra lacustris L. (fig. 229)

Its movements are so fast, so dexterously, that will feast your eyes on them. It glides over surface as over parquet, as the skater glides over the ice. Especially pleasantly it is to look on water strider upon mirror-like surface of a big puddle, the one which arises from melting snow in spring forest. With eases, airily it drifts on this water as if indeed was measuring its surface with long spider-like legs. But then light breeze blows, water surface ripples, and water strider, feared of being flooded by water 1, hastens to seek shelter in riverside sedge or to sit on the leaf of some floating plant. An hour passes by, then another one, the wind calms down, the heaving calms down, and again the water strider glides over water mirror, and again measures it with abrupt leaps.

1 Though water strider belongs to water insects, it lives only on surface of water, and immersing into the water is almost always deadly to it.

The quickness and easiness of its movements are assisted by special contrivance of foots, which are always covered by grease. If to immerse them into ether, then the grease come off, and because of losing it, the water strider will go down. Furthermore, this grease accumulation can be perfectly seen in feet shadow. Shadow’s contour reveals that feet tips make deepings in water surface.

This bug can be obtained everywhere: in every swamp, every pond and even, as we had said above, in every forest puddle. But to catch it is quite intricately, since it moves so fast, that, before you aim it with net, it will in some steps from you. I usually caught it in spring puddles. It’s easier to do it here, and the bug is more numerous. Furthermore, here it can be caught not by net but just by glass jar, which is simpler too. At last, myself I caught it this way, and there was no case, when I returned without some specimens.

N. F. Zolotnitsky
«The aquarium of amateur» 1885

Home Task

Take usual razor blade (or sharp knife, o paper knife) and make shallow, 1-2 mm, incision in hand skin, or other body part.

Think on what new you learned from this razrez. Feel, to what it attracts you.

Observe razrez during next days.

Describe your discoveries and write them for Forest Journal!

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Supplement #2: inside a typical razrez.

Idea, design, content of Forest Journal (if another author is not mentioned) – Ilya Dolgov. For more details about Forest Journal see front page.

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