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ABOVE AND BELOW: Patterns That Connect Wade Doak

ABOVE AND BELOW: Patterns That Connect

Wade Doak

Published December 10th 2015
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134 pages
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From a certain eureka moment, whenever pioneer diver Wade Doak rambled in the New Zealand rainforest, patterns emerged already familiar after his years of exploring the sea. Whether he climbed from intertidal up cliffs into headland forest orMoreFrom a certain eureka moment, whenever pioneer diver Wade Doak rambled in the New Zealand rainforest, patterns emerged already familiar after his years of exploring the sea. Whether he climbed from intertidal up cliffs into headland forest or descended a steep undersea wall, in both ecosystems a great diversity of life forms were mirrored. Above and below, in two very different worlds, he sets out to explore and compare the patterns of design and relationship- parallel lifestyles and defence mechanisms. Gradually a proto pattern emerges, the underlying blueprint of life: the pattern that connects.“My ecologist diving companion Dr Tony Ayling, who had a passion for botany and marine life, alerted me to some tiny life forms on the forest floor. For the first time I saw the fragile greenhood orchids that I’d been treading on all my life. As I knelt close to them a thought stirred in my mind. A memory from beneath the sea. Those long, pale pink tendrils reminded me of the coral shrimp’s feelers. But then another realisation struck me: the elongate sepals would serve to attract insects to land on the green platform beneath them and pollinate the orchid. Similar pattern: similar purpose.I found that by comparing patterns from two very different worlds, ocean and rainforest, I could arrive at a basic blueprint, the pattern common to both. I began to study and compare life patterns in the nearby headland forests with those I knew so well in the sea, coming to appreciate them as ecosystems just as fascinating and diverse as the reefs I had been exploring in the tropics and New Zealand.”