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S: Quinton Turner

FC: Emerald in the Sand | A Journey into all that is Green

1: Spirit Animal Blue Whale | "By morning He was vanished Through the ocean hollow. Not any Whale recalls Ever faintly hearing back One reflection of his sound." | Ode to a Whale By Paul Lloyd Warner | "Our nation Cries in wonder, Was he a vision Or a master dream Vanished to the deeper zones . . . Or did we dream awake?"

2: The Doe and the Lion “A Doe hard pressed by hounds sought refuge in a cave belonging to a Lion. The Lion concealed himself on seeing her approach, but when she was safe within the cave, sprang upon her and tore her to pieces. "Woe is me," exclaimed the Doe, "who have escaped from man, only to throw myself into the mouth of a wild beast?'

3: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is depicted here by the Artist Maarten van Heemskerck.The site upon which the temple was built had sacred origins long before the Greeks, beginning with a Temenos dedicated to the Amazons.

4: “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

6: First, nature's law “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 With green leaf glimmering gray; and some there be From chance-dropped seed that rear them, as the tall Chestnuts, and, mightiest of the branching wood, Jove's Aesculus, and oaks, oracular Deemed by the Greeks of old. With some sprouts forth A forest of dense suckers from the root, As elms and cherries; so, too, a pigmy plant, Beneath its mother's mighty shade upshoots The bay-tree of Parnassus. Such the modes Nature imparted first; hence all the race Of forest-trees and shrubs and sacred groves Springs into verdure.” – Virgil’s Georgics Chapter II

8: “Afterwards Clesostralus marked the signs therein; and those first of Aries and Sagittarius. As for the sphere itself, Atlas devised it long before. The planet which they call Saturn is the highest, and therefore seemeth to be least; also he performeth his revolution in the greatest Circle of all: and it is certain, that in thirty years space he returneth again to the point of his first place. “ -Pliny’s Natural History Chapter 8

10: Wheel | of the | Year

11: The Green Man

12: Hawthrone Protection, Love, and Marriage Wands made of this tree are very powerful | Elder Used to both bless and curse Standing beneath it in the midsummer will help you see to spirits

13: Oak Said to be the "King of the Trees" Used in charms for fertility Used in spells for protection, strength, success and stability | Ash Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic. Put fresh ash leaves under your pillow to stimulate psychic dreams.

14: Nature | Spirits

15: Elementals

16: “At the center of the grove an ancient weirwood brooded over a small pool where the waters were black and cold. The heart tree,” Ned called it. The weirwood’s bark was white as bone, its leaves dark red, like a thousand bloodstained hands. A face had been carved in the trunk of the great tree, its features long and melancholy, the deep-cut eyes red with dried sap and strangely watchful. They were old, those eyes; older than Winterfell itself.”- The Game of Thrones

17: As he said these words, all the birds began to open their beaks, to stretch their necks, to spread their wings and reverently to bow their heads to the ground, endeavouring by their motions and by their songs to manifest their joy to St Francis. And the saint rejoiced with them. He wondered to see such a multitude of birds, and was charmed with their beautiful variety, with their attention and familiarity, for all which he devoutly gave thanks to the Creator. Having finished his sermon, St Francis made the sign of the cross, and gave them leave to fly away. Then all those birds rose up into the air, singing most sweetly; and, following the sign of the cross, which St Francis had made, they divided themselves into four companies. | St. Francis Assisi The Sermon to the Birds

18: The Doctrine of Signatures | The Doctrine of Signatures is represented here in this depiction of Liverwort. People believed that the liverwort was beneficial to the liver. People believed that since the world was created and ordered by God and created for man, that its appearance reflected its uses to man.


20: "The knight bore no helm nor hauberk, neither gorget nor breast-plate, neither shaft nor buckler to smite nor to shield, but in one hand he had a holly-bough, that is greenest when the groves are bare, and in his other an axe, huge and uncomely, a cruel weapon in fashion, if one would picture it. The head was an ell-yard long, the metal all of green steel and gold, the blade burnished bright, with a broad edge, as well shapen to shear as a sharp razor. The steel was set into a strong staff, all bound round with iron, even to the end, and engraved with green in cunning work. A lace was twined about it, that looped at the head, and all adown the handle it was clasped with tassels on buttons of bright green richly broidered." -Ser Gawain and the Green Knight

23: If the serpent is bare of skin and of the venom in his breast And he sees a naked man, he will not approach him, But will flee from him, as he flees from fire. If he sees a clothed man, he grows fierce, For he assumes an upright position, ready to inflict injury; To injure or to kill—if he may achieve it. But what if the man were capable and became aware of him And fights against this serpent and attacks him? Then this serpent , since he is need, | The First Nature of the Serpent

24: Women and Nature | Women are depicted as the personification of Nature. Normally as a caretaker and mother.

25: They are also depicted as being disorderly, chaotic and needing order. Without this it is thought that they would descent into an evil nature.

26: Nature | in art | Leonardo | Da Vinci

28: "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. 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 to-day. The idea took hold upon me with especial force when, in re-reading Livy's History of Rome, yesterday, I happened upon the place where Philip of Macedon, the same who waged war against the Romans, ascended Mount Haemus in Thessaly, from whose summit he was able, it is said, to see two seas, the Adriatic and the Euxine."- Petrarch's The Ascent of Mt.Ventoux

29: Botanical Realism | Three Tulips Sun By Maria Sibylla Merian

31: "We have great lakes, both salt and fresh, whereof we have use for the fish and fowl.We have also pools, of which some do strain fresh water out of salt, and others by art do turn fresh water into salt.We have also a number of artificial wells and fountains, made in imitation of the natural sources and baths. And among them we have a water, which we call water of paradise, being by that we do it made very sovereign for health and prolongation of life."- Bacon's New Atlantis | Harnessing Nature

32: "Welcome to a kingdom of animals... real, ancient and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn."- Michael Eisner

33: "Sweet Mountains Ye tell Me no lie Never deny Me Never fly Those same unvarying Eyes Turn on Me when I fail or feign, Or take the Royal names in vain Their far slow Violet Gaze"- Emily Dickinson

34: The Mobile Botanical Garden

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