Forest Journal

Issue № 3
April 2014

Oskolki Disasters Occurrences Visions Q&A

Didn’t survive winter






If understanding nature was easy, the Forest Journal wouldn't be needed. Nevertheless, this aim conceals within itself an unresolvable contradiction. Human beings love meaning. Nature doesn't need meaning.

The last issue related how razrez allows us to see nature. But razrez don't give meanings, they give intuitions, sensations, illuminations.

Meanings are a different way of understanding nature.

Oskolki come to our aid.

Along the edges of the razrez, elements torn out of nature form: a tree separated off from the forest, an animal that has lost its herd.

People bring these obtained elements into their world, they name them, they seek meaning in them.
And so oskolki is born.

Examples of meaning in oskolki: A — friendly protection, Б — an awkward miracle, В — a useful union.

Covering the whole of nature with meaning, like covering an ocean with zarosli and entities, is impossible. It's far easier to find an interrelationship with of nature oskolki of a peer size.

Oskolki is a small window between nature and human beings, and that window is looked into from both sides.

The shaded intersection of the natural aggregate (A) and the human (Б). Through this ice-hole two beings look.

Even a small window into nature like oskolki can often be too dangerous for people. It's a well into which, with alarming speed and irretrievability feelings and meanings disappear, without any purpose for understanding.

In the case of the majority of oskolki, this regrettable misfortune may be eluded because a viscous membrane forms around the oskolki. The gaze, words, and feelings of the human being pass through this membrane into oskolki at a slower pace, leaving an opportunity for the appearance of acceptable meanings.

The operating principle of the oskolki membrane. A — the human intention to understand the oskolki. Б — the intention gets bogged down in the membrane, being held back from slipping away into the ocean of meaninglessness.

Membranes are a characteristic feature of oskolki. They are as important to their description as shells are for mollusks.

Let's examine which layers go together to form membranes.

The name – without a name, there is no oskolki. A nameless oskolki is still a particle of nature. When it is marked off with a name, the oskolki is separated off, becoming independent and unattached.

The name of the oskolki reflects the means of its extraction from nature. On the left is the name of the isolated entity. On the right is the name of a piece of zarosli.

Care – the oskolki are always enveloped in care, otherwise, away from their own world, they would simply die.

Examples of care for oskolki. You can find out more about the life of oskolki in the studies of the Urban Fauna Lab at

Knowledge – as the oskolki has a unique individuality, the membrane contains characteristics of its essence.

Example of knowledge in a membrane.

Despite their orphanhood, there is an impulse to gather together retained in oskolki. Human beings respond to that impulse and help oskolki.

They do this in two ways.

If the characteristics of the membrane take the foreground then a collection is created. In a collection, all of the specific characteristics of the oskolki are stressed and reinforced.

If a single concrete meaning is required of the oskolki — a use for example — then the oskolki are equipped and formed into an army.

In the upper row are examples of oskolki collections, in the lower are army examples.

Sometimes, in the armies, the characteristics of the oskolki fade, the membrane weakens, and then the army becomes zarosli.

Thus, oskolki return to nature.

When oskolki suffers a disaster

It is easy to underestimate the contribution of the membrane to the existence of the oskolki. In fact, this is their most important part. It will be useful to provide two examples here, in which the disappearance of the membrane resulted in a catastrophe for the oskolki.

The first episode took place recently – the slaughter of a giraffe, Marius, at a zoo. The animal from a zoo is an everyday case of a oskolki in a collection. Animals have names, they are cared for, they are studied. Meaning and an understanding of nature are extracted from them not by one or by two but by dozens of people.

The inability of the zoo to keep the animal was a secondary motive in the destruction of Marius. The main reason was the desire to model nature. A singular understanding of the laws of life in nature and the mechanisms for its functioning led to a decision to get rid of the giraffe. The procedure also became an illustration of that understanding. The zoo wanted to go beyond the capabilities of the oskolki's membrane. A desire arose not only to understand nature, but also to imitate it.

The attempt proved successful. As a result, from Marius's membrane disappeared care, and with that the entire membrane popped. A vast amount of nature poured out over people of the entire planet – an amount that they didn't intend to and couldn't bear. The excesses of nature turned into suffering.

It's interesting that the catastrophe of one oskolki, caused by the loss of its membrane, resulted in such lamentable consequences. Membranes not only allow us to understand nature through oskolki. They also protect us from an inconceivable force that brushes humanity aside.

The second case took place in British Columbia, with Robert Franklin Leslie. The incident is described in his famous book “The Bears and I.” The young gold prospector adopted three small bear cubs. He decided to take care of them, gave them names, and became friends with them. Against all the rules, he formed oskolki in the midst of nature.

The consequences weren't long in coming. Nature tore away the oskolki – a forest fire destroyed everything around Robert and the bears' dwelling, and they were barely able to save themselves. They moved into another forest, and carried on for another two years. The bears had almost become adults.

Two of them died. One was killed by hunters. The second was killed by an old, strong bear, because he couldn't defend himself properly – he was hindered by an injury that had also been inflicted by hunters. The third had to be sent into the deepest, most isolated forest for his own salvation.

Having failed to tear away the oskolki, nature destroyed their membrane. The hunters didn't shoot at Rusty and Dusty, they shot at two nameless beasts. One bear killed another bear, because it didn't see any care.

The thin cocoon around animals disappeared, and the nature that gushed out of them again caused pain.

A shot from the film based on the book.


A shorn fir tree is like a pine tree.
A crow cawed four times.
A beetle awoke.
Towards morning, the wind drove up clouds.
Dogs without collars chase a dog in a collar.

Freedom to Nature!

Золотая рыбка замечательна своей удивительной способностью давать самые разнообразные уродливости. Уродства её отличаются то отсутствием каких-либо из плавников, то, наоборот, их необычайным удлинением, удвоением или даже утроением, то удивительным выпучиванием глаз, придающим этим последним вид каких-то вишен или биноклей, то страшным вздутием тела или головы, то, наконец, полным отсутствием чешуи.

Н. Ф. Золотницкий «Аквариум любителя»

Oskolki, apart from other wonderful qualities, demonstrate nature's sincere striving for freedom.

Having broken out of the unshakable zarosli, where each keeps an eye on all the others, the oskolki take to joyfully changing, playfully mutating, with complete unconcern becoming unalike.

In oskolki, nature frees itself of itself.

Freedom to nature!

The response to question “What Nature Is?” by artist Ivan Gorshkov

Home Task

Bring home a wild animal or plant from the outside. Care about it, give name. Try to anderstand it.

In a month release it to the free nature.

Send to the FJ your observations on this pet and on your own feelings.

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Our female reader wrotes:

Hello, I wanted to share my first thought occurred after reading second issue of your Journal.

When the world was closed all on me and school graduating was the most terrible trial in whole life I cut myself several times. It wasn’t riot or manifestation, it was look into the inner through the outer. Made it in no obvious way — on the thigh, under the elbow, on the upper arm. May it be or may by frightened, the sense of self-preservation was at the end of all. Interesting, that the process was more important than the result. Not somebody, but you, just so, no aim, totally without aim.

It is more important to observe ongoing stepwise healing, when skin is reaching its initial form, resurrecting damaged, cicatrisating for sure. And tries as fast as possible to get former state.

The understanding that I am the system blueprint, absoluteprototype is what I ganed from my experiments. Also that I do not know what am I actually is.

If uoy think about, the forest always strives to heal its cuttings, habituating step by step old ravines and paths. And later on the place of razrez we will see cicatrices and endless healing job.

The idea of organism is wholeness.

FJ commentary: the experiments of Hans Driesch, first-half of the past century embryologist, are remembered in this case. Dissecting the embryo of sea urchin in two parts he discovered, that each part then grows the whole sea urchin. The scientist considered this as a prove of organism strive for finality, realization of inherent inner mission and completion.

We received the question:

I have such question: can we regard sparrows as winter birds and crows as all-season? Is there some hidden treat in observing them?

And thanks again for meeting with beautiful, wishing further artistic successes.

Sergey Gorshkov.

It seems that sparrows are also present in summer. And observation is always dangerous. Thoughtful and sincere observation will destroy your worldview.

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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