S: Nature and the Being Nicholas Russo
FC: Nature and the Being | Nicholas Russo
1: Stag | "A wounded deer leaps the highest." -Emily Dickinson
2: A Lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. They did not like to give their daughter to thee Lion, yet they did not wish enrage the King of Beasts. At last the father said: "We feel highly honoured by your Majesty's proposal, but you see our daughter is a tender young thing and we fear that in the vehemence of your affection you might possibly do her some injury. Might I venture to suggest that your Majesty should have your claws removed, and your teeth extracted, then we would gladly consider your proposal again." The lion was so much in love that he had is claws trimmed and his big teeth taken out. But when we came again to the parents of the young girl they simply laughed in his face, and bade him do his worst. | Aesop's Fable The Lion in Love
4: Sacred Grove of Didyma
5: Gladiator Fighting a Lion
6: Plutarch "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"
8: Virgil "And the following Claws, while before thee the blazing Scorpion draws in his arms, and retreats from more than the allotted space of heaven; whatso thou wilt be--for neither does hell hope thy reign, nor may so dread a desire of reigning ever be thine, though Greece be enrapt in her Elysian plains, and Proserpine care not to follow the mother who calls her back: grant a fair passage, and favour my bold endeavour, and with me pitying the country folk who know not of the way, advance, and even now learn to be called on in prayer.
10: Pliny the Elder "It is said to be the size of an eagle; as bright as gold around the neck; the rest of the body purple; the tail azure blue, with the feathers distinguished by being of a rouse color; and the head and face adorned with a crest of feathers on top."
11: Wheel of the Year
12: Sylph-Wind Elemental
13: Undines-Water Elemental
14: The Green Man
15: Sacred Trees | Hawthorn | Willow | Ash
16: The Forest in Literature | "There are no medium-sized trees in the deep forest. There are only the towering ones, whose canopy spreads across the sky. Below, in the gloom, there's light for nothing but mosses and ferns." -Terry Preatchett, Small Gods
18: Sermon to the Birds | "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, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that he hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God." -Saint Francis of Assisi
20: Doctrine of Signatures | Spleenwort | Lousewort
21: Ritual of the Hunt
22: The Green Knight | No, I seek no battle, I assure you truly: those about me in this hall are but beardless children. If I were locked in my armor on a great horse, No one here could match me with their feeble powers.
24: Blue: truth and loyalty Red: Warrior Gold: Generosity and elevation of the mind White: Peace and Sincerity Stag: Policy, Peace, and Harmony Pheons: readiness for battle | Davidson Coat of Arms
25: Bestiaries-The Turtle-Dove | "Doves like the turtle vainly love never, mated to one love, clings to him ever, always is with him, whatever befall, by day, or by night, ne'er leaves him at all, none will e'er see her from him far apart, deep as she may feel the pain of her heart reft of him, no mate shareth her lone nest, lone is her day's flight, lone is her night's rest, living, his image in her heart reigneth, keeping herself hid, chaste she remaineth."
26: Woman as Nature | "Nature is like a woman who enjoys disguising herself, and whose different disguises, revealing now one part of her and now another, permit those who study her and assiduously to hope that one day they may know the whole of her person." -Diderot
28: Representing Nature | Nicolas Poussin
29: Managing Nature | Olympic National Park
30: Botanical Realism | Maria Sibylla Merian
31: Collecting/Studying Nature
32: Petrarch The Ascent of Mt. Ventoux | "Today 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. I have had the expedition in mind for many years; for, as you know, I have lived in this region from infancy, having been cast here by that fate which determines the affairs of men. Consequently the mountain, which is visible from a great distance, was ever before my eyes, and I conceived the plan of some time doing what I have at last accomplished today." -Petrarch
33: Mount Ventoux
34: The Beauty of Nature Claude Monet
35: Friedrich Wallcoo