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Robyn Morrison

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Robyn grew up in Johannesburg and every family holiday was spent exploring the Lowveld or camping around Southern Africa. Her love of nature and conservation propelled her to complete her Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh’s school of Geoscience. Although this gave ...

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on The Real Circle Of Life: A Quick Note On Nutrient Cycling

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Thank you for this great repetition on ecology and biochemistry. I agree, detrivores are much cooler! I admired the fungi picture, never knew of that species! Great photos set.

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

Detritivores are definitely a critical link in our ecosystem! Thanks for the comment, Francesca!

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

What a wonderful way to look at our world. Thanks Robyn.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Robyn, your article on the real circle of life is fantastic. I learned so much like the word and definition of detritivores and will not look at the earth in quite the same way. It’s blogs like yours that really give us a sense of true recycling and we’ll not look at hyenas, wild dogs, and other predators quite the same way as they are only the first step to true nature recycling. Thank you!

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

Thanks Denise, it’s always incredible to see hyenas and wild dogs etc. but there is also so much that goes on behind the scenes that we’re not aware of!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

Natures systems are certainly the best designed. We just got an indoor countertop composter to turn our kitchen scraps into nutrient rich compost for our garden. We live in a suburban development without the land to be able to compost traditionally, so this gadget lets us add nutrients back to the soil, while reducing our carbon footprint. It’s not as efficient as life in the wild, but it’s something.

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

I love the idea of a countertop composter! Small changes like this really do make the biggest difference to our environment.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Articles such as this to me are the glue between the stories and pictures of leopards, elephants, lions etc… It grounds us and makes us aware, that as animals ourselves, we are a very small picture of a vast landscape that makes up this planet. I really enjoyed this, thank you Robyn!

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

“We are a very small picture of a vast landscape” – I love how you worded this, Johanna. Thanks so much!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks Robyn for this great article on the circle of life!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

That is why Londolozi is so successful, because of their healthy ecosystem and biochemistry. Your explanation on the cycle is outstanding thank you Robin.

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

Thanks Valmai! We are so fortunate to have the ecosystem that we do.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Well done Robyn!!!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

What a great blog Robyn. Every thing has a pecking order in the circle of life. Enjoyed reading it and loved the pics. Thank you for sharing.

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

Thank you, Leonie!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Robyn, You post is amazing and we so enjoyed they way you took such a complicated subject and translated it in a way that totally made sense!

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

Thanks, Michael and Terri!

Linda Rawles
Digital Tracker

This is one of the best posts ever. We are losing our good soil all over the world because people ignore what you are explaining. It is all about RECIPROCITY, and we have to give as well as take. Thank you for reminding us of this! (And the fungi are indeed crucial and fascinating!)

Robyn Morrison
Contributor

I fully agree with you, Linda. Everything needs to be reciprocated if we want to sustain a healthy environment.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Wow Robyn, I found your blog so interesting and so informative. We take so much for granted. Thank you 🙏🏻❤️

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thank you Robyn, that’s really interesting.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Great post with some beautiful photographs.

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

I love what you point to here. It has me suggest that Nature is not survival of the fittest. It is an integrated masterpiece of partnerships. However, our human mind, which, I suggest, is particularly addicted to drama in the form of power and control, winning and losing, right and wrong, good and bad and, finally inequality, concentrates on these things. We are the only animal that doesn’t cooperate with the system. The other animals are not surviving. Rather, they are living the way they are designed to live, and they live that way until they die.
This is why I give some small credence to the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible (even though I’m not a creationist). It describes our mind, the result of eating from the tree of knowledge, to a T. It points to our self-concern, our shame and our willingness to believe we can make a better world than God or The Big Bang gave us. And, though we’ve learned all you’ve talked about, our new god, money, has us continue to replace our lovely system with things that are poisonous and lethal to our lives. It makes me wonder if it was a tree of knowledge or a tree of stupidity. After all, we were made in the image and likeness of God. That’s already pretty spectacular.

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