The Natural World

The living extant world and the world that history left behind. Amazing living things that challenge us to think differently about our surroundings.

"How long does it take to make the woods? As long as it takes to make the world. It is always finished, it is always being made, the act of its making forever greater than the act of its destruction." (Wendell Berry, from A Timbered Choir, 1999)
[caption id="attachment_176964" align="aligncenter" width="1080"]Travel: Hiking in Ireland Copyright Content Catnip 2010 Travel: Hiking in Ireland Copyright Content Catnip 2010[/caption] [caption id="attachment_176732" align="aligncenter" width="1061"]Life on an unstable landmass: Taupo and Rotorua Part Two Mineral deposits on all of the trees provide an eerie and story book quality to the surrounding shrubs. Copyright, Content Catnip 2017.[/caption]


From Latin hībernālis (wintry), from hiems (winter), hibernal is term for something that refers to winter. On this, the long, long night of Winter Solistice of the southern hemisphere, the dawns and the gloamings grow ever deeper and more thickly velveteen black. Although this point in time marks the darkest, longest night and from this kernel grows the essence of rebirth, renewal and outward growth. Magic by Iceland and Thoreau

The Wild Hunt

One ancient European pagan myth has a ghostly gathering of faeries, elves or lost souls in wild pursuit of prey during this magical and potent time, led by Odin. Famously depicted in the painting Asgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo [caption id="attachment_181790" align="aligncenter" width="1080"]Travel: A winter afternoon of contemplation in Queenstown Copyright Content Catnip 2015[/caption]