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Nature, in the broadest sense, is the natural, physical, material world or universe. "Nature" can refer to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. The study of nature is a large, if not the only, part of science. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.

The word nature is borrowed from the Old French nature and is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth". In ancient philosophy, natura is mostly used as the Latin translation of the Greek word physis (φύσις), which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord. The concept of nature as a whole, the physical universe, is one of several expansions of the original notion; it began with certain core applications of the word φύσις by pre-Socratic philosophers (though this word had a dynamic dimension then, especially for Heraclitus), and has steadily gained currency ever since. During the advent of modern scientific method in the last several centuries, nature became the passive reality, organized and moved by divine laws. With the Industrial revolution, nature increasingly became seen as the part of reality deprived from intentional intervention : it was hence considered as sacred by some traditions (Rousseau, American transcendentalism) or a mere decorum for divine providence or human history (Hegel, Marx). However, a vitalist vision of nature, closer to the presocratic one, got reborn at the same time, especially after Charles Darwin.

Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" often refers to geology and wildlife. Nature can refer to the general realm of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects—the way that particular types of things exist and change of their own accord, such as the weather and geology of the Earth. It is often taken to mean the "natural environment" or wilderness—wild animals, rocks, forest, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. For example, manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, unless qualified as, for example, "human nature" or "the whole of nature". This more traditional concept of natural things that can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind. Depending on the particular context, the term "natural" might also be distinguished from the unnatural or the supernatural.

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Essays, Second Series. Draft of part of opening paragraph of "Nature." Holograph, unsigned, undated.
[Croquis à l'eau forte d'après nature : deux jeunes garçons coiffés de casquettes dans un champ...]
View of Yenoshima
Panorama du Lauberhorn
Williams and Walker Nature's Black-Face Comedians in a Series of Specially Posed Facial Stunts. Left page.
Carte qui contient une desciption des iles & terres que les Anglois possedent dans l'Amerique Septentrionale : et en particulier de la Jamaique, des iles Barbades, de la Nouvelle Angleterre, des Barmudes, de la Caroline, de la Pensilvanie, et du New-Foundland, avec un etat de chaque païs, du tems de sa découverte, de ses differentes productions, et de la nature du commerce qui s'y fait.
Alexandre Dumas, peint d'après nature à l'époque ou il composa Henri III, 1828.
Adrien Dubouché, fondateur du musée céramique de Limoges, d'après nature.
Alexandre Dumas, peint d'après nature à l'époque ou il composa Henri III, 1828.
Adrien Dubouché, fondateur du musée céramique de Limoges, d'après nature.
Felix Bracquemond - [Hoschedé, d'après nature.]
Adrien Dubouché, fondateur du musée céramique de Limoges, d'après nature.
Felix Bracquemond - [Hoschedé, d'après nature.]
Your voice I love to hear - love song
Educational Extension Work of the Ameriocan Museum of Natrural History. Public Schools supplied by the Museum with Nature Study Collections or Lectures in 1919.
Come tell me what's your answer - love song
Come tell me what's your answer - love song
Love's serenade - love song
Love's serenade - love song
A marry man and a marry maid
My sweetheart's name is Molly - love song
Moonlight serenade - love song
Moonlight serenade - love song
Representation de la Plante appellée en arabe OSCHAR. Elle croit autour Morrada le Havre de la Cataracte & ordinairement en hauteur de trois pieds danois, dessineé d'apres nature par F.L. Norden. (A. Une branche avec feuilles & fruits, B.B. Fruits, C. Fleurs, D. Fruit partagé pour montrer les feves, E. Feve partagée pour faire voire les semences & la matiere veluë qui les envelope.)
The song was a dear old ballad
The wishing well
Overlooking the nature's grandest scenery, Yosemite Valley, Cal. U.S.A.
Overlooking the nature's grandest scenery, Yosemite Valley, Cal. U.S.A.
Overlooking the nature's grandest scenery, Yosemite Valley, Cal. U.S.A.
Overlooking the nature's grandest scenery, Yosemite Valley, Cal. U.S.A.
When Mary whispered "yes"
Overlooking nature's grandest scenery, Yosemite Valley, Cal., U.S.A.
Foremore - love song
Fair Eleanor - love song
Ere the old love dies away
Croon, croon, underneat' de moon
Mirror Lake, where nature mulplies her charms, looking N.E. to Mt. Watkins, Yosemite Valley, Cal.
Overlooking nature's grandest scenery, from Glacier Point (N.E.), Yosemite Valley, Cal.
Overlooking nature's grandest scenery, from Glacier Point (N.E.), Yosemite Valley, Cal.
If only you were mine - love song
Good-night, beloved, good-night
If only you were mine - love song
Good-night, beloved, good-night
I'll never love another girl but you - love song
Just for Auld Lang Syne
Just for today - love song
Just for today - love song
Just idle dreams
My Sunbeam Lou - love song
Mammy's little sleepy coon
Norah Dolan - love song
My lady love - love song
My little Jungle Queen
A picture without a frame
My own wild Western Rose - love song
My lovely Lou - love song
A picture without a frame
One of nature's grandest spot - the Overhanging Rocks at Glacier Point (3350 ft. above valley, E.N.E. to Half Dome Yosemite  Valley, Cal., U.S.A.
The robin and the rose - love song
Violets
She rests by the Suwanee River
Spring-time bells
A simile - love song
Twillight cradle song
There's no one in the world like you - love song
Tell me - love song
Twas long ago
Nature's wondrous gorge spanned by man's ingenuity, Georgetown, Colo., U.S.A.
When I think of you
Where the boats are go
When I think of you
What might have been
Where the golden daisies grow
Where the old Miami flows
When I think of you
All aboard for dreamland
Nature's wondrous gorge spanned by man's ingenuity, Georgetown, Colo., U.S.A.
Nature's wondrous gorge spanned by man's ingenuity, Georgetown, Colo., U.S.A.
Close dat eye (a negro lullaby)
The daisy and the butterfly - love song
Creole cradle song
Close your dreamy eyes (for Mammy Lou)
As on moonlit waves we ride (pull away) - love song
But why?
The dear Irish maiden I loved long ago
Come out in the garden with me
April Morn - love song
By the rippling Schuylkill's shore
The daisy and the butterfly - love song
At the bottom of the hill - love song
Come kiss yo' mammy good night
Could I but dream
The honeysuckle and the bee
I needs you very badly, Liza Jane
The honeysuckle and the bee
The honeysuckle and the bee
A flower from the fields of Alabama
Easy money (Ma poppy belle)
I love no one but you - love song
The honeysuckle and the bee
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