Panorama Issue 11 Ecology Cover

Image: Tara Donovan Untitled (Mylar) © Steve Russell

Welcome to Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature’s 11th edition. In this issue we turn our attention to ECOLOGY: from the word’s earliest roots—in one’s immediate surroundings; to present-day ecologies which span people, organisms, systems, and worlds.

Ecology: /ɪˈkɒlədʒi, ɛˈkɒlədʒi/ origin: late 19th cent. oecology, from Greek oikos ‘house.’ Noun 1. The branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. 2. The political movement concerned with protection of the environment.

​Work follows in the footsteps of John Muir, Rebecca Solnit, and others who have addressed social and environmental concerns—at a time when more than 70% of the world’s biodiversity has been lost within just 50 years. Authors demonstrate our capacity for care, spirituality, and connection with biological systems that surround us as and upon which we depend, as well as an equal capacity to destroy, destruct, spill​.

Ecology & Conservation Editor Julia Knights talks to world-leading tree expert Tony Kirkham on a lifetime spent in arboriculture and tree management. Photographer Anderson Schneider takes us on a contrasting journey deep into the ​Amazon basin as miners desperately search for newfound gold. We have film scripts, soundscapes, art moving images, and a haibun. BAFTA-winning screenwriter Toby Venables shares a dark and harrowing eco-fable in “Greenwood.” Robin McLean’s vividly written “Cold Snap” provides a survival story that long lingers in the memory.​

 

Thanks, as always, to Editors—Faith Adiele, Vimi Bajaj, Marie Baleo, Nicolas D. Sampson, Paula Lee, Kerry Neville, Joelle Renstrom, Samuel Autman, Kevan Manwaring, Anis Ibrahim, Tolu Daniel— those already mentioned, the wider masthead, and all who contribute each issue.

Panorama’s expanding ecology of writers and writing now includes Amanda Barnsley White who joins as Poetry Editor, alongside Senior Poetry Editors Devi S. Laskar and David Ishaya Osu. Flash sections see new leadership under Paula Read and Kristen Winet. ​Tanya Ward Goodman confirms her role as a Nonfiction Editor.​​​​ It’s wonderful to see people coming back into the fold too. Katrina Woznicki returns with what will be an ongoing column from LA. In “It Can Be Beautiful for Everyone,​” we see downtown Tinseltown in a very different light. ​Ian Woollen is also back with “Emergency Alert.”​

​Wandering Editor Dato Magradze​ weaves together the ​rise and fall of dynasties, modern security apparatus, religion and war in “Special Operation”​—a recent euphemism for invading one’s neighbour—while the battlefield emerges again in “Legion:” Steve Russell’s review of the latest British Museum show as part of a wider focus on London museums ecology which features empire, contemporary artworks, and textiles. Devi Laskar, meanwhile, reflects on pipelines and politicians in​ “Self-Portrait,” and in so doing, holds a looking glass up to us all. ​I hope you enjoy the wide variety of thoughtful responses to the theme. I give you ECOLOGY.

— Matthew Webb, Director, Panorama

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Juma

Anderson Schneider

Brazil

In the last days of December 2006, news that gold had been found in the Juma basin quickly spread throughout the Amazon, attracting men and women to the middle of nowhere, under the almost irresistible promise of a better life.

Within a few weeks, the rumour had spread throughout the country and more than 8,000 people had amassed in the region, quickly transforming what was once a forest into a gigantic hole in the middle of the forest made of mud, disease, exploitation and dreams of easy riches.

People came from all over Brazil in what became the biggest gold rush since Serra Pelada in the 1980s. Very few became rich, some found gold, but everyone else found only the cruel, savage working conditions of mining.

They discovered at the cost of their own blood, sweat and tears how dark a dream can be.

SCREENWRITING

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Greenwood

Toby Venables

UK

BOOKS

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Future Imperfect

Babette Gallard

South Africa

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Alpine Rising

Bernadette McDonald

USA

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Headstrap

Nandini Purandare

USA

Our Ailing Ecology Anthropomorphised

Nicolas Sampson

UK/Cyprus

Cold Snap

Robin McLean

USA

ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION

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Remarkable Trees: Biodiversity Economic Botany

Julia Knights

UK

Following the UN’s International Day of the Forest on the 21st March, Julia Knights spoke to Tony Kirkham, one of the world’s leading experts on trees to learn more about his work, life and book Remarkable Trees.

NONFICTION

In the Name of

Priya Dileep

India

Doing A Geographical

Ruby Jones

Wales

EATEN

Beyond the Peel

Kyra Mathews

India

MEMOIR

Knoxville

Scarlett Peterson

USA

Isolation in Iceland

Janette Ayachi

Scotland

Ascension

Elizabeth Morelli

USA

DECOLONISING TRAVEL

FICTION

Emergency Alert

Ian Woollen

USA

Still Waters

Theodora Sutcliffe

UK

The Land Beyond

Michael Washburn

USA

Cartagena

Babak Movahed

USA

TRAVEL FLASH

Bensi

Aimee Morales

Philippines

Travelling with My Father

Christina Yin

Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

FLASH FICTION

Harmattan Haze

Karly Foland

USA

POETRY

Medea

Dato Magradze

Georgia

Special Operation

Dato Magradze

Georgia

Deep Field

Ahrend Torrey

USA

Salamander

Jayne Marek

USA

Slant Light

Jayne Marek

USA

Haibun Self-Portrait

Devi Laskar

USA

Otter Cherita

Penny Lowery

USA

Garden Augury

Thu Nguyen

USA

Accra Ghana Storm

Richelle Slota

USA

A Landscape, Fading

Rowan Tate

USA

I Wake up in Istanbul

Rowan Tate

USA

The Monarch Egg

Carrie Carter

USA

Understory

Wendy Scher

USA

After the Atlantic

Dasia Moore

USA

A Tree in Betla

Amita Paul

USA

Lascaux Conversation

Scott Starbuck

USA

NEW NATURE WRITING

One Night in Mexico

Matt Scott

USA

A Meditation on Japanese Gardens

Maria Stallmann

South Africa

STREETVIEW

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