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.


A long and low boundary wall or bank, found especially on Dartmoor and in Devon, mostly now sunk back into the landscape. Also, as a verb, to tear, split, divide or cleave. [caption id="attachment_171626" align="aligncenter" width="778"]Celestial ceilings and soaring skies in Poland Inside of the walls of Wawel Castle, we watch the gigantic strawberry moon rise on Midsummer's Eve 2016 and see the ballet in the castle . Copyright Content Catnip 2015[/caption]


An Icelandic word meaning to rip or tear something. Rof á landi refers to the rupture of the top soils of the land or erosion, [caption id="attachment_179090" align="aligncenter" width="1080"]Adventures on the Forth and Clyde Canal A canal bridge over a road in Edinburgh. Copyright Content Catnip 2010[/caption]


To take away life, rest or sight. From the Oxford English Dictionary.
Or art thou bent against thy loyal lord, To reave his life that gives thee life and breath? - The Cobbler’s Prophecy, 1594 (sig. E3v).
"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]