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In defence of small gods…

Still trying to find the words, but maybe the pictures speak in their own language? All  I know is that you can lose yourself in the forest… sometimes in thought, sometimes in time, and sometimes literally….

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life”.

Hermann Hesse, “Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte”


Forest of Bere (i). John Callaway [2018]


“A numen is the spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place. It’s a Latin word but it embodies a concept deeply embedded in prehistory, before Ancient Rome or Greece existed. Here in Britain we once had many wayside shrines to the small, local gods, symbols of the vivifying numen. They were part of the genius loci, the spirit of the place.

I think we all have a sense of numen. It’s not the same as religious belief. You could regard it as quite a straightforward thing; a reaction that comes from attuning ourselves to the natural world. It might be what we feel when we a faced with the strong perception that there is a real, living reality outside of ourselves, and that we are a small part of it….”

Sara Hudston Numens, ghosts and fugitives: on being buried in the landscapes’



Forest of Bere (ii). John Callaway [2018]

Maybe its time to take a new direction….


Forest of Bere (iii).  John Callaway [2018]