Magic in the sky, on land and at sea: a late ramble can give you a new perspective on the world.
Nature writers are seeking to restore a rich, neglected vocabulary– but words can tame as well as illuminate the land.
In the bleak midwinter, there are few walks more energising.
“Dave the Weather” may seem comical - but many take his predictions seriously.
Photographer Dominick Tyler began the “The Landreader Project” to collect countryside vocabulary after finding his own impoverished. Could saving the Earth be a matter of language?
It is strange that the full terror of the volcano has rarely been harnessed for narrative purposes – most films about eruptions end up as camp disaster flicks.
The child of a grey coal town in Calvinist Scotland, I was hungry for imagery, wild about colour and, even though I accepted that I would never live there, desperate for proof of some other world.
The Nature Column by John Burnside.
Michael Brooks’s Science Column.
Staring into this powerful bird’s beady eye – its extraordinary face more African mask than that of a bird – I felt connected for a moment to something old and original.
The forest was where a traveller could become lost for ever and lose his rational bearings, as in the Arthurian tale of the Forest of Beguilement, a place, as Spenser puts it, full of “wayes unknowne”.
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