Harbingers of Springtime

Originally posted on The Consecrated Eminence:

Celebrating the coming of spring, I took a gleeful stroll through our Rare Books Collection and pulled out some of my favorite harbingers of the season.  This also happens to be a great way of highlighting our substantial holdings in Natural History, Earth Science, and Nature .  And, of course, Emily Dickinson, who cannot meet the spring unmoved.  She and I have that in common.
Emily Dickinson "I cannot meet the spring unmoved," AC 230, F 1122, J 1051

Emily Dickinson “I cannot meet the spring unmoved,” AC 230, F 1122, J 1051

Our holdings in Ornithology include an outstanding copy of the double elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, as well as the Richard L. Soffer (Class of 1954) Ornithology Collection.

Richard L. Soffer ’54 has donated an extensive collection of volumes about birds, with many books specifically focused on the various methods and techniques that have been used to reproduce illustrations of birds. The books in the…

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Škofja Loka – green city from 1274

Green cities, sustainable cities, eco  friendly initiatives, community gardens , all new approaches trying to bring more nature into the cities. And to connect citizens with the nature again.But are all these approaches really something we’ve invented just recently ? I claim we all have inherited the necessity, or call it a primal need, to be in close contact with nature around us. If we are cut away from the natural environment we crave so desperately for , we reinvent it.   It was in 1274 that Škofja Loka was mentioned to have town rights. Today Town square buildings show Gothic , baroque and renaissance past . Yet they all have something in common: NATURE, among figurative elements flowers and plants are predominant! A green city approach form centuries ago!

 

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