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FC: Man and Nature Western Thought Two by Tricia Vogel

1: Her anger at the theft of the chickens and sadness at the loss of her brother were gone. She was alone, aiming an arrow at a fox who looked her in the eyes. "What about my trial?" said the fox. "And why can't you look me in the eye?" Gisella was startled. A talking fox! She had a small, nasal voice, like a little violin. An enchanted fox, thought Gisella. Then anger replaced surprise. "You stole our chickens," she said. "Give them back!" "But, my dear girl," said the fox, "I didn't steal them. My lawyer will prove it, although really, you're the one who should do the proving. I'm completely innocent." —The Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein | Spirit Animal

2: Nature gives neither life nor death, Mutation makes us die or breathe. The elements first are mixed, then each Do part: this Nature is in mortal speech. —Plutarch Concerning Nature | The Ancient World

3: In the early Spring, when icy waters flow from snowy hills, and the crumbling soil loosens in a westerly breeze, then I'd first have my oxen groaning over the driven plough, and the blade gleaming, polished by the furrow. The field that’s twice felt sun, and twice felt frost, answers to the eager farmer’s prayer: —Virgil's Georgics

4: The peacock shall have precedence of all the rest, as much for its singular beauty as its superior instinct, and the vanity it displays. When it hears itself praised, this bird spreads out its gorgeous colours, and especially if the sun happens to be shining at the time, because then they are seen in all their radiance, and to better advantage. —Pliny's Natural History

5: Gladiator Battle

6: Sacred Grove of Dodona in Greece

7: A Jay venturing into a yard where Peacocks used to walk, found there a number of feathers which had fallen from the Peacocks when they were moulting. He tied them all to his tail and strutted down towards the Peacocks. When he came near them they soon discovered the cheat, and striding up to him pecked at him and plucked away his borrowed plumes. So the Jay could do no better than go back to the other Jays, who had watched his behavior from a distance; but they were equally annoyed with him, and told him: "It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." | Aesope's Fables | The Jay and the Peacock

8: Celtic Wheel of the Year

9: Fire Elemental Salamander | Air or Wind Elemental Sylph | Water Elemental Undine or Nymph | Earth Elemental Gnome | Elementals

10: Sacred Celtic Trees | Willow Tree | Juniper Tree

11: Oak Tree

12: The Green Man

13: Robin Hood

14: The Forest in Myth and Literature | "Don't be afraid. I'm here to look after you!" Hansel tried to encourage his sister, but he too shivered when he glimpsed frightening shadows and evil eyes around them in the darkness. All night the two children huddled together for warmth at the foot of a large tree. —Hansel and Gretel by Brother's Grim

15: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening Robert Frost 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. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

16: Medieval Europe or Christian Europe

17: 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 | St. Francis of Assisi Sermon to the Birds

18: Mary Gardens | Day Lily Hemerocallis flava St. Joseph's Lily | Forget-me-not Myostis scorpoides Eyes of Mary | Primrose Primula elatior Mary's Candlestick

19: Doctrine of Signatures

20: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

21: " | "Bold sir, in this place be not so savage. Nobody has here unmannerly mishandled thee, nor done but according to the covenant made at the king's court. I promised thee a stroke and thou hast it; hold thee well paid. I release thee of the remnant, of all other rights. If I had been skilful peradventure I could have given you a worse buffet... As a pearl is of greater price than white peas, so is Gawain, in good faith, compared with other gay knights. But in this case, sir, you lacked a little, and loyalty failed you. But that was for no amorous work, nor wooing either, but because ye loved your life,—the less I blame you."

22: Ritual of the Hunt

23: Concerning the Fox Full of all cunning, the Fox is rightly called the deceitful, Countrymen drive him away, since he comes stealing their fowls, Thus wanting victims like these, being hungry he finds him a new way, By which he hopes to ensnare some singing birds for his prey, Supine, and crossing his legs, himself in a furrow he stretches, Lying as if he were dead, scarce even drawing a breath, Crows or some other birds now thinking a corpse they will find him, Light on him hoping him food, if not to peck him to death, Quickly the Fox rises up, and suddenly seizes one flying, Which to a sad death he gives, tearing it up with his teeth. —Bishop Theobald Physiologus

24: Women and Nature | In her (natuer's) inventions, nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. —Leonardo da Vinci

25: Women then stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bounded by a symbolic order in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still tied to her place as bearer of meaning. —Mulvery's Essay

26: Representing Nature | Painter at the Court of Milan —Leonardo da Vinci

27: Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature | At first, owing to the unaccustomed quality of the air and the effect of the great sweep of view spread out before me, I stood like one dazed. I beheld the clouds under our feet, and what I had read (314)of Athos and Olympus seemed less incredible as I myself witnessed the same things from a mountain of less fame...The Alps, rugged and snow-capped, seemed to rise close by, although they were really at a great distance... —Plutarch The Ascent of Mt. Venoux

28: Botanical Realism Maria Sibylla Merian | Plate #34: Vitis vinifera and Eumorpha labruscae | Plate #23: Musa paradisiaca, Caligo teucer and Cnemidophorus lemniscatus | Early Modern Era or The Scientific Revolution

29: The Beauty of Nature | \ | Giant Mountains by Friedrich Casper David | The beautiful is that which, apart from a concept, pleases universally. —Immanuel Kant The Beautiful and the Sublime

30: Collecting Nature

31: Studying Nature

32: Managing Nature | We have also parks, and enclosures of all sorts, of beasts and birds; which we use not only for view or rareness, but like-wise for dissections and trials, that thereby may take light what may be wrought upon the body of man. —Francis Bacon's New Atlantis

33: Dominion over Nature | For by them I perceived it to be possible to arrive at knowledge highly useful in life;...to discover a practical, by means which, knowing the force and action of fire, water, air the stars, the heavens, and all the other bodies that surround us, as distinctly ...we might also apply them...to all the uses to which they are adapted, and thus render ourselves the lords and possessors of nature.... —Rene Decartes Discorse on Method

34: How do we use nature today? | Sport

35: Renewable Energy | Relaxation | The Great Lawn, Central Park

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