Spare a moment to imagine young tree shoots sprouting, flowers blooming, the transformation of butterflies, birds setting off on migrations along the best routes, insect larvae appearing just in time to nourish hungry hatchlings… All these phenomena point to invariable periodic events in biological life cycles. Derived from the Greek word phainō meaning ‘to show, bring to light, make to appear’, phenology is concerned with the recurrent cycles in natural events, in a sense nature’s unique schedule determined by seasonal variations.
In this regard, phenology is the study of natural sciences based on faunal and floral observations, dealing with all forms of natural reality independent of human thought. Investigating how various non-human species react to external stimuli has become increasingly important considering our planet’s changing ecological conditions. This extraordinary calendar helps botanists and zoologists keep track of changes and biodiversity. In an ecological sense, it plays a role in determining our choices, thoughts and actions during our lifetimes, yet it also provides observable, concrete and objective data, both on personal and social levels.
Phenological changes create patterns, mechanisms and landscapes in nature that we are able to notice, observe, feel and transform into art through interpretation. That is where we encounter the concepts of time, effort, patience, detail and admirable beauty.