Adrian Ludwig Richter, nineteenth-century German painter, is known for his romantic and idyllic painting, Genoveva in the Forest Seclusion. The work is a modest depiction of a setting rich in symbol and lore: the forest seclusion is a peaceful, gentle habitation for animals, trees, and humans — even the rock crags are solicitously preserving the serenity of the landscape. Click image for a larger view. URL: http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/r/richtera/seclusio.html.
“The Stigma of Solitude” by Daniel Cline is a short reflective essay in The Bard Observer (from Bard College) that begins with an anecdote and then explores the concept of solitude in philosophy, society, and the popular mind. URL: http://observer.bard.edu/articles/opinions/182.
Kenny Salway lived the hermit life of a “river rat” on a swampy Mississippi River floodplain in Wisconsin. His story became a BBC/Discovery Channel documentary film screened earlier in 2005. Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Salway in June. He is promoting a new collection of his adventures and also appealing for environmental educational programs. URLs: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/state/minnesota/13316344.htm and http://www.wpr.org/hereonearth/archive_050611j.cfm.