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a picture’s worth a thousand words


a picture’s worth a thousand words

trying to learn to be a better photographer and capture some of the art all around us.


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  1. Reblogged this on trekkingworlgirl and commented:
    some cool pictures done by a fellow environmentalist

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  5. Watership Down is a classic adventure novel, written by English author Richard Adams, published by Rex Collings Ltd of London in 1972. Set in south-central England, the story features a small group of rabbits. Although they live in their natural environment, they are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel is the Aeneid of the rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.
    Watership Down was Richard Adams’ first novel and it is by far his most successful to date. Although it was rejected by several publishers before Collings accepted it,[4] It won the annual Carnegie Medal, annual Guardian Prize, and other book awards. It has been adapted as a 1978 animated film that is now a classic and as a 1999 to 2001 television series.[5][6]
    Adams completed a sequel almost 25 years later, Tales from Watership Down (Random House, 1996; Hutchinson and Alfred A. Knopf imprints). It is a collection of 19 short stories about El-ahrairah and the rabbits of the Watership Down warren, with “Notes on Pronunciation” and “Lapine Glossary”.[7][8][9]
    Contents [hide]
    1 Origin and publication history
    2 Plot summary
    3 Characters
    4 Lapine language
    5 Themes
    5.1 Religious symbolism
    5.2 The Hero, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid
    5.3 Gender roles
    6 Reception
    6.1 Awards
    7 Adaptations
    7.1 Film
    7.2 Television
    7.3 Theatre
    7.4 Role-playing game
    7.5 Music
    7.6 Audiobook
    8 Parodies
    9 References to Watership Down
    10 See also
    11 Notes
    12 References
    13 External links
    Origin and publication history[edit]

    The title refers to the rabbits’ destination, Watership Down, a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up. The story began as tales that Richard Adams told his young daughters Juliet and Rosamund during long car journeys. As he explained in 2007, he “began telling the story of the rabbits … improvised off the top of my head, as we were driving along.”[6][10] He based the struggles of the animals on the struggles he and his friends encountered during the Battle of Oosterbeek, Arnhem, the Netherlands in 1944.[1] The daughters insisted he write it down—”they were very, very persistent”. After some delay he began writing in the evenings and completed it 18 months later.[10] The book is dedicated to the two girls.[11]
    “To Juliet and Rosamund,
    the road to Stratford-on-Avon”
    —Dedication, Watership Down
    Adams’s descriptions of wild rabbit behaviour were based on The Private Life of the Rabbit (1964), by British naturalist Ronald Lockley.[12][13] The two later became friends; they went on an Antarctic tour that resulted in a joint writing venture and a co-authored book, Voyage Through the Antarctic (A. Lane, 1982).[12]
    Watership Down was rejected six times before it was accepted by Rex Collings.[6] The one-man London publisher Collings wrote to an associate, “I’ve just taken on a novel about rabbits, one of them with extra-sensory perception. Do you think I’m mad?” The associate did call it “a mad risk” in her obituary of Collings; “a book as bizarre by an unknown writer which had been turned down by the major London publishers; but it was also dazzlingly brave and intuitive.”[14] Collings had little capital and could not pay an advance but “he got a review copy onto every desk in London that mattered.”[10] Adams wrote that it was Collings who gave Watership Down its title.[15] There was a second edition in 1973.
    Macmillan USA, then a media giant, published the first U.S. edition in 1974 and a Dutch edition was also published that year by Het Spectrum.[3][16] According to WorldCat, participating libraries hold copies in 18 languages of translation.[17]
    Plot summary[edit]

    The real Watership Down, near the Hampshire village of Kingsclere, in 1975.
    In the Sandleford warren, Fiver, a young runt rabbit who is a seer, receives a frightening vision of his warren’s imminent destruction. When he and his brother Hazel fail to convince their chief rabbit of the need to evacuate, they set out on their own with a small band of rabbits to search for a new home, barely eluding the Owsla, the warren’s military caste.
    The travelling group of rabbits finds itself following the leadership of Hazel, previously an unimportant member of the warren. They travel through dangerous territory, with Bigwig and Silver, both former Owsla, as the strongest rabbits among them. Eventually they meet a rabbit named Cowslip, who invites them to join his warren. However, when Bigwig is nearly killed in a wire trap, the rabbits realize the residents of the new warren are simply using them to increase their own odds of survival, and they continue on their journey.
    Fiver’s visions promise a safe place in which to settle, and the group eventually finds Watership Down, an ideal location to set up their new warren. They are soon reunited with Holly and Bluebell, also from the Sandleford Warren, who reveal that Fiver’s vision was true and the entire warren was destroyed by humans.

    Nuthanger Farm, Hampshire, England, in 2004.
    Although Watership Down is a peaceful habitat, Hazel realises there are no does (female rabbits), thus making the future of their new home uncertain. With the help of a seagull named Kehaar, they locate a nearby warren, Efrafa, which is overcrowded and has many does. Hazel sends a small emissary to Efrafa to present their request for does. While waiting for the group to return, Hazel and Pipkin scout the nearby Nuthanger Farm to find two pairs of hutch rabbits there; Hazel leads a raid on the farm the next day, returning with two does and a buck. When the emissary returns, Hazel and his rabbits learn Efrafa is a police state led by the despotic General Woundwort, and the squad of rabbits dispatched there manage to return with little more than their lives intact.
    However, the group does manage to identify an Efrafan doe named Hyzenthlay who wishes to leave the warren and can recruit other does to join in the escape as well. Hazel and Bigwig devise a plan to rescue the group and join them on Watership Down, after which the Efrafan escapees start their new life of freedom to do as they please.
    Shortly thereafter the Owsla of Efrafa, led by Woundwort himself arrives to attack the newly formed warren at Watership Down, but through Bigwig’s bravery and loyalty and Hazel’s ingenuity, the Watership Down rabbits seal the fate of the Efrafan general by unleashing the Nuthanger Farm watchdog. Although a formidable fighter by rabbit standards Woundwort is apparently killed by the dog. His body however is never found and at least one of his former followers continues to believe in his survival. Hazel is nearly taken by a cat, but is saved by the farm girl Lucy, the owner of the escaped hutch rabbits.
    The story’s epilogue tells the reader of how Hazel, dozing in his burrow one “chilly, blustery morning in March” some years later, is visited by El-ahrairah, the rabbit-folk hero who invites Hazel to join his own Owsla. Leaving his friends and no-longer-needed body behind, Hazel departs Watership Down with the spirit-guide, “running easily down through the wood, where the first primroses were beginning to bloom.”[11]

    Main article: List of Watership Down characters
    Hazel: The protagonist, Fiver’s brother; he leads the rabbits from Sandleford and eventually becomes Chief Rabbit. Though Hazel is not particularly large or powerful, he is loyal, brave, and a quick thinker. He sees the good in each individual, and what they bring to the table; in so doing, he makes sure that no one gets left behind, thus earning the respect and loyalty of his warren. He often relies on Fiver’s advice, and trusts in his brother’s instincts absolutely.
    Fiver: A runt rabbit whose name literally means “Little Thousand” (rabbits have a single word, “hrair”, for all numbers greater than four; Fiver’s name in Lapine, Hrairoo, indicates that he is the smallest of a litter of five or more rabbits[18]) and Hazel’s younger brother. As a seer, he has visions and very strong instincts. Fiver is one of the most intelligent rabbits in the group. He is quiet and intuitive, and though he does not directly act as a leader, the others listen to and follow his advice. Vilthuril becomes his mate.
    Bigwig: An ex-Owsla officer, and the largest rabbit of the group. His name in Lapine is Thlayli, which literally means “Fur-head” and refers to the shock of fur on the back of his head. Though he is powerful and fierce, he is shown to also be cunning in his own way when he devises a plan to defeat the larger and stronger General Woundwort.
    Blackberry: A clever buck rabbit with black-tipped ears. He is often capable of understanding concepts that the other rabbits find incomprehensible. He realises, for instance, that wood floats, and the rabbits use this tactic twice to traverse on water. He also works out how to dismantle the snare that almost kills Bigwig, saving him. He is one of Hazel’s most trusted advisors, given the task to plan for a way to rescue does from Efrafra.
    Holly: Former captain of the Sandleford Warren Owsla, escapes with Bluebell when his warren is destroyed by men. He finds the warren at Watership Down near death, but is nursed back to health and becomes one of Hazel’s most trusted companions.
    Dandelion: A buck rabbit notable for his storytelling ability and speed. He is instrumental in luring the Nuthanger Farm dog into the Efrafans during the siege of wes wang Watership Down.
    Silver: A strong buck rabbit, he fights alongside Bigwig and helps defends the rabbits during their journey.
    Pipkin: A small and timid buck rabbit, who looks to Hazel for guidance and protection. Hazel encourages him, and Pipkin grows very loyal to Hazel. He proves to be a constant comforter, particularly for Holly after the destruction of Sandleford warren. His name is Hlao in Lapine.
    Hyzenthlay: A rabbit who lives in Efrafa and assists Bigwig in arranging for the liberation of its inhabitants. General Woundwort, who suspects her of fomenting dissension, orders his guards to keep a close eye on her. She escapes Efrafa with Bigwig and becomes Hazel’s mate. Like Fiver, wes wang she has visions. Her name means literally ‘shine-dew-fur,’ or ‘fur shining like dew.’
    Blackavar: A rabbit with very dark fur who tries to escape from Efrafa but is apprehended, mutilated, and put on display to discourage further escape attempts. When he is liberated by Bigwig, he quickly proves himself as an expert tracker and ranger.
    Kehaar: A Black-headed Gull who is forced, by an injured wing, to take refuge on Watership Down. He is characterised by his frequent impatience, guttural accent and unusual phrasing. After discovering the Efrafa warren and helping the rabbits, he rejoins his colony. According to Adams, Kehaar was based on a fighter from the Norwegian Resistance in World War II.[15]
    General Woundwort: The main antagonist: a fearless, single-minded, and brutally efficient rabbit who was orphaned at a young age, Woundwort founded the Efrafa warren and is its tyrannical chief. Though he is greater even than Bigwig in terms of his size and strength, he lacks the former’s mercy and kindness. He even leads an attack to capture the Watership warren as an act of revenge against Bigwig. After his apparent death, he lives on in rabbit legend as a bogeyman.
    Frith: A god-figure who created the world and promised that rabbits would always be allowed to thrive. In Lapine, his name literally means “the sun”.
    El-ahrairah: A rabbit trickster folk hero, who wes wang is the protagonist of nearly all of the rabbits’ stories. He represents what every rabbit wants to be: smart, devious, tricky, and devoted to the well-being of his warren. In Lapine, his name is a contraction of the phrase Elil-hrair-rah, which means “prince with a thousand enemies”. His stories of cleverness (and arrogance) are very similar to Br’er Rabbit and Anansi.
    Prince Rainbow: A god-figure who serves as a foil to El-ahrairah. He attempts to rein in El-ahrirah several times, but is always outsmarted by the rabbit.
    Rabscuttle: Another mythical folk hero, Rabscuttle is El-ahrairah’s second in command and the Oswla leader. He participates in many of the El-ahrairah’s capers. He is considered to be wesley wang as clever as his chief.
    Black Rabbit of Inlé: A sinister phantom servant of the god Frith who appears in rabbit folklore. He is the rabbit equivalent of a grim reaper in human folklore, and similarly ensures all rabbits die at their predestined time. “Inlé” is the Lapine term for the moon or darkness.

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