"If we choose to follow the bear, we will be saved from a distracted and domesticated life. The bear becomes our mentor. We must journey out, so that we might journey in. The bear mother enters the earth before snowfall and dreams herself through winter, emerging with young by her side. She not only survives the barren months, she gives birth. She is the caretake of the unseen world. As a writer and a woman with obligations to both family and community, I have tried to adopt this ritual of balancing public and private life. We are at home in the deserts and mountains, as well as in our dens. Above ground in the abundance of spring and summer, I am available. Below ground in the deepening of autumn and winter, I am not. I need hibernation in order to create."

- Terry Tempest Williams

The paintings above are by Theodor Kittlesen (1857-1914), Susan Seddon Boulet (1941-1997), Julianna Swaney, and Jackie Morris.

You’ll find more bear art and words on Myth & Moor this week here:

Following the bear

Embracing the bear