Summer 2016 Imagery-Nature EXPOSED

2016-06-13

Summer 2016 Imagery-Nature EXPOSED

Expanse

Expanse

The word “nature” comes from the Latin word, “natura,” meaning birth or character. In English its first recorded use (in the sense of the entirety of the phenomena of the world) was in 1266 A.D.. “Natura”, and the personification of Mother Nature, was widely popular in the Middle Ages. As a concept, seated between the properly divine and the human, it can be traced to Ancient Greece though Earth (or “Eorthe” in the Old English period) may have been personified as a goddess. The Norse also had a goddess called Jord(or Earth).

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Algonquian legend says that “beneath the clouds lives the Earth-Mother from whom is derived the Water of Life, who at her bosom feeds plants, animals and human” (Larousse 428). She is also known as Nakomis, the Grandmother.

Cob-looking-proud

Cob-looking-proud

Cardinal

Cardinal

In Inca mythology, Mama Pacha or Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting. Pachamama is usually translated as “Mother Earth” but a more literal translation would be “Mother Universe” (in Aymara and Quechua mama = mother / pacha = world, space-time or the universe). Pachamama and her husband, Inti, are the most benevolent deities and are worshiped in parts of the Andean mountain ranges (stretching from present day Ecuador to Chile and Argentina).

Admiral Butterfly

Admiral Butterfly

Abandoned

Abandoned

The Enlightenment

Pinecroft

Pinecroft

Enlightenment beliefs rooted themselves in reason and logic. The leaders of the Enlightenment believed that the knowledge must be widely known and must be pondered. Nature was analogous to God, however, and could not be examined. The believers and leaders of the Enlightenment had to separate nature from God. This led to the feminization of nature, the creation of the word: Mother Nature. Boyle suggested that examination of man is an examination of God. Therefore, nature had to be converted to woman, “a great…pregnant automation” to be examined. Bacon suggests that a man must inquisite truth through penetrating into these holes and corners, a sexual metaphor that feminizes nature. When nature was feminized and degraded, Carolyn Merchant suggests that it made possible for people to exploit and study it. Hence, the words “mother nature” come into play. These scientists utilized

to create a feminized nature —mother nature— so that it could be studied and exploited.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Wild flowers

Wild flowers

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Photographer : Doug Worrall

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6 responses to “Summer 2016 Imagery-Nature EXPOSED

  1. Dear Doug,

    Thank you for the interesting story of Mother Nature through the ages. I believe that this story is more or less similar in different cultures. Here the ancient Thracians called Mother Nature Mother Goddess.

    However natura in Latin means predominantly Nature, (Natura rerum=Nature of things). Quas humana parum cavit natura=From which human nature will defend itself with difficulty. And at last: Quem medicamenta non sanant, natura sanat=Those, who medicines does not treat, nature will treat.

    In all cultures Nature is feminine because Mother Nature is generous, forgiving and omnipotent as opposed to masculine principle. So I do not think that Nature had to be degraded to be understand. That seems to me pure theoretical construction,

    Dear Doug, your photos are excellent and just beautiful. Please continue your great work and we all will be happy!

    Sincerely,
    Lachezar

  2. Hello Lachezar,
    Thank you for your Kind comment, and great Information.
    In the Literal sense of Ma Nature, “for myself”
    I means freedom, Love, Creation, Nature, release, escape and freedom.

    Also when in Nature I am at peace with myself, others, and it helps me to be REAL.

  3. Thank you Doug for sharing your photos and your knowledge of nature. Very much appreciated

  4. WOW you have outdone yourself. Hard to pick a favorite, but the striped winged butterfly and that sticking B/W house. …and the dog ( have to pick the dog!) great commentary to go along with the images. Happy summer solstice/Strawberry moon!

  5. I appreciate your comment Alan–Posted some great Moon images of The equinox, on timeline on facebook, they are NOVEL images–have a great summer also–I can send you electronically any one you want for you No cost–no watermark