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the art of listening.

MeFites to whom this level of appreciation applies: What are your favorite, most arresting, entrancing, or otherwise awe-inspiring [field / ambient / nature / soundscape] recordings? I'm looking for more to enrich my ever-increasing collection of otherworldly sounds that are very much of this world. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 15, 2013 - 11 answers

What might I expect to hatch from these?

Cleaning my balcony yesterday, I overturned a bench to find these small eggs attached by a fine, stiff filament (or if not egg sacs, what, fungus maybe?). I'd like to know what will be issuing from them. I'm in Sydney, Australia.
posted by unliteral on Jun 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Bee House Suggestion

I am thinking of purchasing a bee house for orchard mason bees. What recommendations do you have? What do I need to know?
posted by Bunny Ultramod on May 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Short, dog-friendly hike/walk near Seattle?

I'd like to go for a short hike/long walk in the woods or other wild place within a 90-minute drive of Seattle this weekend. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I go to enjoy wind blowing through trees?

My love takes great pleasure in wind blowing through trees, preferably rustling, leafy, big trees. Looking for vacation spots where 1) there are guaranteed trees and highly likely wind, and 2) we can get a warm, toasty room with a great view of said trees. Other than those two criteria, it can be anywhere, any time of year. Where and when would this be?
posted by quarterframer on Apr 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Best day hikes in Middle Tennessee/Kentucky?

Friends visiting me in Nashville want to spend a day frolicking in nature while they're here. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know much about the parks around my own hometown. Where should I take them? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the name of this phenomenon?

My mother is a very nice person who is selectively incredibly mean. Occasionally, she will say things that just boggle my mind. Other than these extremely narrow streaks of cruelty, she is an extremely moral, extremely kind person. What is the name for this quality? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Mar 17, 2013 - 35 answers

Un-Depressing a small grey lounge

Suggestions for greening up an indoor space when I can't use real plants. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Flower Power!

It's winter! And I need spring, summer, fall....heck, any other season than winter! I want to spend some time with flowers. I am looking for places, specifically in the NYC metro area where I can sit with a group of flowers: maybe an indoor garden/nursery, or a flower show....or some crazy field that has flowers growing in the dead of winter (I know!) I do not want to buy flowers and watch them die in my apartment. Do you know of anywhere that I can sit and commune with flowers? Thanks!
posted by Hydrofiend on Jan 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

What does an elm look like?

I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 28, 2012 - 22 answers

The World of Mosses

Tell me about the quietest, mellowest, most relaxing nature documentaries that you know. I have the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and they're both amazing, but I'm looking for something slower paced and with less carnivorous ripping things apart. I'd watch the World of Mosses, if such a thing existed. Little birds building nests. Beetles roaming about, beetling. The lives of fungi. [more inside]
posted by bepe on Dec 4, 2012 - 34 answers

Give me your best nature songs

Can you name any songs that use nature as a metaphor? This is my favorite example (Your Rocky Spine). [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Nov 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Nature documentaries for young children

What are some of the best nature and science documentaries for young children? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Please help me identify this bird.

Can you help me identify this hawk-like bird? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Resources for Navajo views on animals and nature

Sources for Navajo views on animals and nature? [more inside]
posted by airing nerdy laundry on Jul 25, 2012 - 12 answers

West Coast retreat

Looking for an all-inclusive spa/yoga/outdoors retreat type thing, along these lines, but on the West Coast. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I get large poster prints of Andy Goldsworthy's more popular pictures?

Where can I get large poster prints of Andy Goldsworthy's more popular pictures? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jul 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Show me what you got, nature!

I'm looking for all awe-inspiring annual/seasonal/migratory natural phenomena within a 4 hour drive of Los Angeles. Help me fill my yearly calendar with sights to see! [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Seeking slow-paced nature anime.

I'm seeking a certain sort of anime--the slow-paced nature appreciation. Here is an extreme example. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jun 20, 2012 - 15 answers

North Cascades National Park or Glacier?

North Cascades National Park or Glacier? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jun 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Day Trips for Cheap?

Looking for cool and cheap day trips accessible from Oakland. Preferably things like hot springs, nature/hiking, cheap wineries, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks for your help!
posted by Equiprimordial on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Space invaders?

Are these meteorites? I've been moving them with me for years, always meaning to ask. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Character vs. imaginary nature

What are some examples in fantastic and speculative fiction of characters struggling to survive in a beautiful but alien and dangerous natural environment? All media acceptable. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on May 11, 2012 - 32 answers

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Apr 15, 2012 - 35 answers

Pretty Plant Related Engagement Rings

Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Wanderlust

My Italian nephew is the proud owner of a Greyhound bus pass. His pass is valid for two months, he speaks decent English, loves nature, and he is not afraid to sleep on the bus. He just arrived from New York City to Oklahoma City, where he will be based for a while. What loops around the US should he travel?
posted by francesca too on Mar 18, 2012 - 18 answers

I want to hike!

(Michigan filter) Looking for good , woods, and isolation. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Mar 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me figure out what to do with my life.

How do I figure out what I want to do and where I want to live and move to the other side of the country at the same time? Nature, dislike of large cities, an acting career...loooots of text inside, lots of explanation. Help! [more inside]
posted by Emms on Mar 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Peer review review

Can you help me figure out number of papers per year for a few top journals? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Dec 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find the photographer of this nature image

This photograph is gorgeous! I would like to know the photographer, and where I can buy a high quality print. I checked TinEye, but didn't see anything that wasn't just imagedumps on sketchy-looking sites...
posted by snowleopard on Dec 3, 2011 - 6 answers

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima.

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Nov 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Why was there an orange X on this dead sea turtle?

Why was there an orange X on this dead sea turtle? [more inside]
posted by ElizabethEllis on Nov 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Seeking peaceful NY Christmas getaway with dogs

My husband and I live in New York City. We have two weeks of vacation that we need to use by year's end, and are looking for a place to go during Christmas- outside of the city- for some natural beauty and relaxation. [more inside]
posted by catrae on Oct 26, 2011 - 8 answers

It's Syllabus Time

I'm designing a university course on the grand ol' theme of humanity's place in nature. What are some readings on this topic, from any discipline, that have fascinated/moved/influenced you? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 19, 2011 - 42 answers

I can haz owtsidez?

Please help me win my FaceBook debate (or, at least, learn something new): MUST dogs be walked? Is it truly better for cats to be only indoors? Are cats less domesticated than dogs? I'd like fact-based support, not ASPCA party line. Gimme Science! [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Sep 1, 2011 - 30 answers

All I want is a humble cabin in the woods and a five-star chef

Looking for a nice accessible vacation spot in Quebec or Ontario - forest, lake, canoes. Must be a hotel or at least have locked doors and food nearby on foot. Most important: I have to be able to get there without a car! [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit on Jul 28, 2011 - 8 answers

He's free now. He went back to the trees.

My first "Whats this bug?" ! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Jul 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Novels for Nature Nuggets

BookFilter: Seeking recommendations for book-club-type novels or short story collections about nature and the outdoors. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 27, 2011 - 27 answers

Nature near St. Louis

Help me be outdoorsy in St. Louis, Missouri. [more inside]
posted by Karmacane on Jun 25, 2011 - 12 answers

App-4-that-filter: Nature deficit disorder

I'm sometimes worried about the kids who spend so much time playing video games when its so nice outside. So I got really excited about this metafilter thread about leafsnap, which uses facial recognition technology to identify tree leaf species! What other personal or portable technologies are out there that engage people, especially young adults with nature/the environment rather than distance them from it? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree on Jun 6, 2011 - 13 answers

What I need to consider before spending 3-5 days in SoCal mountains/desert/brush

Trying to spend 3-4 days in the woods/hills of Southern California [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Table for one please

Planning a vacation for one. Something within driving distance of my home. Something relaxing, interesting, surrounded by nature and quiet. Wouldn't mind a place that offers up meditation classes perhaps massages etc. I live in Iowa again prefer nature setting but am willing to travel. Anybody know of something in this area that fits that description? [more inside]
posted by gypseefire on May 19, 2011 - 2 answers

What are some good ant documentaries.

Looking for quality documentaries (and/or books) about ants and other colony insects. [more inside]
posted by distorte on May 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Which Caribbean Island for our family vacation?

I am planning a summer vacation with my wife and 8-year old daughter. We would like the majority of our vacation to include beach combing and hammocks, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. Which Caribbean island would be best for this? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

The Song of the Gregarious Polygynous Pinniped

I would like a full CD/LP of bearded seals, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Apr 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Another Ohio tourist question

Where to spend a week in June near or between Cleveland and Columbus. [more inside]
posted by Pax on Apr 13, 2011 - 6 answers

ID this tree for me?

I took a picture and posted it on my site as a desktop wallapaper. I would like to title the image with the appropriate name of the tree — it was taken at Chicago Botanic Garden. Can someone identify this type of tree? the image is here thanks
posted by denaps on Apr 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Obvious Mushroom Joke

Help! I'm looking for a source where I can buy about 30 Ganoderma applanatum fungi, also known as shelf fungus, bracket mushrooms, and artist conks. The idea is to use them for an art workshop, so they need to be blank. I'm really striking out on Google. Any ideas?
posted by Miko on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

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