S: Man and Nature 2012
FC: Man and Nature Western Thought II Spring 2012 | Amber Harvison
1: “A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?” | Spirit Animal
2: The natural BEAUTY of southern Thailand was stunning. | One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour." | The Fox and the Grapes
3: Sacred Spaces: The Greenwood in Orkney
4: "For all things that are conspicuous to our eyes, which are neither fortuitous nor necessary, nor have a divine original, nor acknowledge any such like cause, are called natural and enjoy their proper nature. Of this sort are earth, fire, water, air, plants, animals; to these may be added all things produced from them, such as showers, hail, thunders, hurricanes, and winds. All these confess they had a beginning, none of these were from eternity, but had something as the origin of them; and likewise animals and plants have a principle whence they are produced." | Plutarch- Concerning Nature
6: Roman Villas
7: Gladiator Spectacle Killings
8: Pliny's Natural History | "It is said that there is only one in existence in the whole world, and that that one has not been seen very often. We are told that this bird is of the size of an eagle, and has a brilliant golden plumage around the neck, while the rest of the body is of a purple colour; except the tail, which is azure, with long feathers intermingled of a roseate hue; the throat is adorned with a crest, and the head with a tuft of feathers.”
9: "For generating trees is manifold; For some of their own force spontaneous spring, No hand of man compelling, and possess The plains and river-windings far and wide, As pliant osier and the bending broom, Poplar, and willows in wan companies..." | Virgil's Georgics
10: Wheel of the Year
11: Elementals | Fire Water Earth Air | "And the forest shall always be their sanctuary..."
12: The Green Man
13: The | /The Greenwood in Legend: Herne the Hunter
14: Sacred Trees
15: The Forest in Literature | "At any rate, very few Indians were converted, and the Salem folk believed that the virgin forest was the Devil’s last preserve, his home base and the citadel of his final stand. To the best of their knowledge the American forest was the last place on earth that was not paying homage to God." -The Crucible
16: "My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere..." -St. Francis Assisi | Sermon to the Birds
17: Doctrine of Signatures | Toothwort | Bloodwort
18: The Ritual of the Hunt
19: Mary Gardens
20: " There bursts in at the hall door a terrible figure, In his stature the very tallest on earth. From the waist to the neck so thick-set and square, And his loins and his limbs so massive and long, In truth half a giant I believe he was, But anyway of all men I judge him to be the largest, And the most attractive of his size who could sit on a horse. For while in back and chest his body was forbidding, Both his belly and waist were becomingly trim, And every part of his body equally elegant in shape. His hue astounded them, Set in his looks so keen; For boldly he rode in, Completely emerald green." | Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
22: "Now when an old Snake youth again is seeking, Fasting he views with horror his appearance, Skin he must shed, and bones with their attachments Only remain then..." | The Physiologus
23: "Now to us all by its work the Ant should afford an example, Since all the food that it needs is carried home in its mouth, And in its actions, to us often indicates spiritual matters..."
24: Woman as Nature | "Joy ran, as blood within a living frame, When though didst from her bosom, like a cloud Of glory, arise... a spirit of keen joy"
25: "Nature is like a woman who enjoys disguising herself..."
26: Imitating Nature
27: The Ascent of Mt. Ventoux | "To-day I made the ascent of the highest mountain in this region, which is not improperly called Ventosum. My only motive was the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer..."
28: Botanical Realism
29: Collecting Nature
30: Dominion Over Nature | "...the first is that they could never use words or other signs arranged in such a manner as is competent to us in order to declare our thoughts to others."
31: Managing Nature | "a park or an institution in which living animals are kept and usually exhibited to the public"
32: The Beauty of Nature
33: Modern Green Energy
34: Destruction of Environment
35: Attempts to Recreate the Natural World