"I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know,
than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world."
Detail of a painting at the National Gallery (London)
"When despair grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things"from The Peace of Wild Thingsby Wendell Berry