Day 2: Expression
You have learned a great deal during this course—but how are our natural history observations and awareness best expressed? The obvious way, and the way that was assigned to you most abundantly recently, is through writing. And you have read enough nature writing from others to appreciate that form of expression. How else might our natural history expressions take shape?
We start with scientific illustration, courtesy of the Natural History Museum in London:
Video: “Images of Nature and the Museum’s Treasured Artworks (UK NHM)” (2:00)
The visual arts might not merely record observations, though, but might express our own experience and the meaning we ascribe to those observations. Here a sculptor tells—and shows—his artistic response to observation of wolves and other animals in Yellowstone National Park:
Video: “When Words Fail – Nature Art and Meaning (George Bumann)” (9:40)
And, even more indirectly, but no less an expression of a view of natural history, is when our view of nature suffuses our representations, whatever the medium:
Video: “Lord of the Rings – Quiet Environmentalism” (4:49)