It's made for those who value surprising and meandering journeys, fuelled by curiosity rather than adrenaline, and guided by chance encounters. It is a repository for wild ideas, curious artefacts and genuine oddities, replete with tales of pioneers, invention and human obsession.
The curious world of seaweed; silk escape and evasion maps; a history of chronocyclegraphs; sea journals through the ages; whistling languages of the world; Welsh slate mine art; the human microbiome reimagined as a coral reef; types of mirage; woolly buggers and booby nymphs; crown shyness; the story of pigment and boots for big hills.
We have a childlike fascination with ice in its many forms. But onboard the icebreaker Otso, crashing through sea ice off the coast of Finland, Horatio Clare forges a different relationship with ice, an unpredictable, ever-moving frozen wasteland that is disappearing before our eyes. Illustrations: Owen D. Pomery.
Hidden in a corner of woodland in North Wales is a circle of ash trees, which sculptor and land artist David Nash has fashioned into a living dome over more than 40 years. Planted as a beacon of hope, the artwork is facing an uncertain future. Steph Wetherell heads to the woods to learn more. Photos: Alex Poulter.