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FC: Western Thought II Scrapbook: | Man in Nature

1: "Humans will continue to be fascinated by parrots, whether as symbol, fantasy, or actual birds" -Anthrozoos

2: THE BEAR AND THE TWO TRAVELERS TWO MEN were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could. The Bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch a dead body. When he was quite gone, the other Traveler descended from the tree, and jocularly inquired of his friend what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear. "He gave me this advice," his companion replied. "Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger." Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

3: A sacred grove beside Lake Nemi, at Aricia near Rome, meant for the Roman Goddess Diana.

4: “If Aristotle be credited, Nature is the principle of motion and rest, in that thing in which it exists as a principle and not by accident. 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.” -Plutarch, Concerning Nature

5: “What makes the cornfield smile; beneath what star Maecenas, it is meet to turn the sod Or marry elm with vine; how tend the steer; What pains for cattle-keeping, or what proof Of patient trial serves for thrifty bees;- Such are my themes.” -Virgil, Georgics

6: Gladiators fighting animals.

7: THE Lions are then in their kind most strong and courageous, when the haire of their main or coller is so long, that it covereth both necke and shoulders. And this commeth to them at a certaine age, namely, to those that are engendered by Lions indeed. For such as have Pards to their sires, never have this ornament, no more than the Lionesse. These Lionesses are very letcherous, and this is the very cause that the Lions are so fell and cruell. - Pliny, Natural History, Part VIII, Chapter XVI

8: Pagan Wheel of the Year

9: The Nature Elementals | sylph | gnome | undine | dryad

10: THE GREEN MAN | A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit.

11: HOLLY AND OAK | ROBIN HOOD | The Greenwood in Myth and Literature

12: Sacred Trees | Many trees were considered to be sacred in the Celtic religion


14: "Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow." -Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening | “ There once lived a little girl who was called Goldilocks because her hair shone like gold. She was very fond of wild flowers and often went into the woods to pick them. ” -Goldilocks and the Three Bears

15: When they had reached the middle of the forest, the father said, "Now, children, pile up some wood, and I will light a fire that you may not be cold." Hansel and Grethel gathered brushwood together, as high as a little hill. The brushwood was lighted, and when the flames were burning very high, the woman said, "Now, children, lay yourselves down by the fire and rest, we will go into the forest and cut some wood. When we have done, we will come back and fetch you away.” -The Brothers Grimm, Hansel and Gretel

16: Midway upon the journey of our lifeI found myself within a forest dark,For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to sayWhat was this forest savage, rough, and stern,Which in the very thought renews the fear.So bitter is it, death is little more; But of the good to treat, which there I found, Speak will I of the other things I saw there. -Dante, The Inferno

17: "My little sisters the birds, ye owe much to God, your Creator, and ye ought to sing his praise at all times and in all places, because he has given you liberty to fly about into all places; and though ye neither spin nor sew, he has given you a twofold and a threefold clothing for yourselves and for your offspring. Two of all your species he sent into the Ark with Noe that you might not be lost to the world; besides which, he feeds you, though ye neither sow nor reap. He has given you fountains and rivers to quench your thirst, mountains and valleys in which to take refuge, and trees in which to build your nests; so that your Creator loves you much, having thus favoured you with such bounties. Beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praise to God." - St. Francis


19: "In the early Medieval Times, for the hunter who killed to survive, education had to be given first. Educating a hunter began when he was only seven years of age. He was then assigned a tutor who taught him basic skills for his trade including fletching, crafting and surviving in the wilderness."

20: THE GREEN KNIGHT | Men sat there gaping, gasping at his strange, unearthly sheen, as if a ghost were passing, for every inch was green. - The Green Knight

21: BOTANICAL SYMBOLISM | Throughout time, the aloe plant has been a symbol of healing and health.

22: The unicorn has but one horn in the middle of its forehead. It is the only animal that ventures to attack the elephant; and so sharp is the nail of its foot, that with one blew it can rip the belly of that beast. -Le Bestiaire Divin de Guillaume, Clerc de Normandic

23: Woman as Nature | Nature is feminized because it is seen as possessing the same qualities as women | Female as nature can represent both the bad and the good of nature

24: Sunset Treasure Tapestry | Summer Landscape From the Sarai Albums

25: You cannot imagine how much comfort this thought brought my mind and body for what lay still ahead of me. Would that I might achieve with my mind the journey for which I am longing day and night as I achieved with the feet of my body my journey today after overcoming all obstacles -The Ascent of Mount Ventoux, Petrarch

26: BOTANICAL REALISM Maria Sibylla Merian Flower Sun & Three Tulips Sun

27: The collection and study of nature.

28: The attributes of rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness confer a full and equal moral status to those that possess them because these beings are the only ones capable of attaining certain values and good; these values and goods are of a kind that outweigh the kinds of values and goods that non-rational, non-autonomous, and non-self conscious beings are capable of attaining. -Discourse on Method, Descartes


30: A view of a mountain, the snowy peaks of which rise above the clouds, a description of a raging storm or a description by Milton of the Kingdom of Hell cause pleasure, but it is mixed with awe; on the other hand, a view of flower-filled meadows, valleys with winding brooks and the herds upon them, the description of elysium or Homer's description of the belt of Venus cause an agreeable feeling which is gay and smiling. -The Sense of the Beautiful and of the Sublime, Immanuel Kant

32: Grand Teton National Park

33: Yellowstone National Park

34: Mobile is also known as the "Azalea City" because of its beautiful azaleas. | Fifis Langlois brought the azalea to Mobile from France after finding it in his grandmother's garden, and it thrived in Mobile's climate.

35: Man will continue to work alongside nature, in these previous ways.

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