"Ars longa, vita brevis" is a Latin (and before that, Greek) adage about the fleeting nature of our humanity. It means "Life is short, but art endures." This saying is well-illustrated by the life and works of Ansel Adams, who died in 1984, but inspired a love for nature in generations of people throughout and after his death. This week, Caitlin Keddie recounts the tale of Adams' life, and speculates on how society would have interpreted his quirks in the modern age.
Relationships are powerful and influential forces in our lives. We grow to love people, pets, and places, and mourn them when they are taken from us. This week, Leslie Gernon describes her relationship with a tree she found along her journeys through the woods, and shares the lessons she learned after it was cut down.
The splendor of nature is sometimes obscured to us as we grow up. Stress piles on, the weight of the world increases, and the simple joy of the outdoors seem like a distant memory. This week, Oskar and Nicole Elmgart contrast our adult experience in nature - one colored by politics, family, and memory - to that of children. They reveal how the blank canvas of a child's mind allows little ones to enjoy the forest totally unfiltered and unrestrained.
The bustle of life can sometimes derail our relationship with nature. Our financial and familial priorities come first, and other things are cast to the wayside in an increasingly rushed world. This week, Ambre Dawn Leffler reminds us that a quick visit to the great outdoors can have a powerful replenishing effect on our wellbeing.
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