The words used to express what is seen in the world are vital to an appreciation of it—language is a key component in the call of the wild. As words vanish from a language, it follows that what they describe may disappear. Words deepen understanding of what is seen, and what is seen comes more vividly to life through the words used to describe it. As the natural world and the time spent in it diminish in the face of modern life, it’s more vital than ever to recall it into being with the magic of language.
Each word in the book is paired with an illustration and has a description which includes pronunciation, geographical, historical, and cultural background, as well as reflecting on the emotional or mindful response the natural phenomenon can inspire.
Kate Hodges has over 25 years’ writing experience on magazines and currently writes part-time for The Green Parent magazine. She is also the author of Little London; London in an Hour; Rural London; I Know A Woman; Warriors, Witches, Women and On A Starry Night.