This mysterious manuscript is stored in the vaults of Glasgow University Library. It contains 52 watercolor paintings modeled on cross-sections of tree trunks. The only text in the manuscript reads (in Latin):
“Work of Natural Magic, in which the Miracles of Pneumo-cosmic Nature are Painted with a Brush. Fully engraved by an Ape of Nature, following Nature’s universal Catholic Prototype, and dedicated to the eternal memory of the king.”
Spirit Bear, Gribbell Island, BC by Jon McCormack Via Flickr: British Columbia’s Gitga’at First Nation believe that the raven, creator of the rainforest, turned every 10th black bear white as a reminder of the last ice age. Geneticists understand that the white coat is the result of a double recessive gene in black bears. No one knows why the spirit bear (known locally as Moksgm’ol) only exists in a small part of Canada’s Great Bear Rain Forest. It’s just one of nature’s miracles.
Estimates of how many spirit bears exist vary. Some scientists believe there may be as many as 400. Some believe there may be as few as 200. This makes them more rare than a giant panda – and harder to find. My journey to find a spirit bear involved two plane flights, a ferry ride, a float plane ride, two zodiac trips, multiple nights on a boat, and a long hike through a rain forest. I’d willingly travel twice as far to get another glimpse of these majestic animals. Photographing this bear was, by far, the most profound thing I’ve done with my camera.
I was so happy till I went out into the garden and saw this little fighter fighting for her life.. She’s been in my gardens all summer .. I have seen her wings get destroyed and she still flies.. But today I found her having trouble flying.. So I picked her up in my hands and held her giving her some good healing vibes she sat in my hands for about ten min.. Then all of a sudden she got strength and she flew away.. Like nothing happened.. Wow truly amazing