On Charles Darwin’s use of photography in his book about human and animal emotions.
Giving fiascos a bad name
How not to make a simple three-minute podcast piece.
Gilbert White’s influence on Charles Darwin
To mark the 300th anniversary of his birth, a brief account of Rev. Gilbert White’s influence on Charles Darwin.
Grandma’s organ donation
On the mysterious arrival, and equally mysterious disappearance, of a Wurlitzer organ.
In celebration of my adopted star.
‘Spiritual’ won’t do
In which I seek a better word to describe a profoundly uplifting sensation.
Undermining religious tradition: a time-honoured religious tradition
Religious tradition has been being ‘undermined’ in Britain since recorded history began—most of the time by people of a distinctly religious persuasion.
The Welsh side
In all my years visiting the Dee Marshes, I had never looked across them from the Welsh side.
The joy of the familiar—and the unfamiliar—on a local patch
Getting to know a place well means knowing what to look forward to, and appreciating when something unusual happens.
An atheist somehow manages to tell right from wrong
To think of all the deliciously immoral acts I could have been getting up to today, if only it had occurred to me I needn’t be impeded by any sense of right or wrong.
An irrelevance in the landscape
On the realisation that the natural world gets on perfectly well without us.
Notes from Nell Carr Farm
‘Notes from Walnut Tree Farm’ is by far my favourite Roger Deakin book. His assembled notes and jottings are packed full of ideas. The signal-to-noise ratio is phenomenal.