Today’s Pictures: 22 July 20

On the hillside above the valley where our village lies in the Forest of Dean.

Maybe you’re stuck indoors and are unable to get out to enjoy nature at present. If so, this series is for you. I’m trying to brighten the days by posting pictures of natural beauty.

Gayle Beck, as it flows across the Yorkshire Dales, not far from Hawes. Photo taken July 2018.

And, if you are lucky enough to be free, perhaps you’ll do what you can for those less fortunate, and share this widely, so others can enjoy it? Thank you.

10 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 22 July 20

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    1. Thank you, Lynette. I love the way English contains so many different names for the same thing. Your creek is our beck, ghyll, brook, or stream. But they’re all flowing water.

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        1. There’s a geographical bias here, Lynette. Where I live at present, most small rivers are called brooks. But in Yorkshire, where I previously lived, becks and ghylls were favourites. One of the things I love about the English language is its great diversity; so many words to describe the same thing, allowing subtlety, and a great gift for poets.
          I’ve done a few series of posts on this blog dealing with the way English can be used, too.

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          1. Depending on which source you read, English has the second largest vocabulary after Mandarin Chinese. We incorporate words from so many other languages and make them our own. And then we create them when want to, as well. You can see the sweep of history in its development; so interesting to me since English isn’t my first language.

            I looked up ghyll; it comes from Norse (which I’m sure you knew already), as does beck.

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            1. Yes, Lynette, perhaps the only positive thing to come out of the British Empire is the expansion of the English language that incorporates words from every land that was conquered. But I won’t attempt a rant on empire here.
              The northern half of the British Isles was most influenced by the Norse languages, where the southern half was more affected by French and the Latin influence of Rome.
              Always makes me laugh when people talk of being ‘pure’ English, when we are a mongrel nation with such a wide heritage.

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              1. Yes – my mother was English and I consequently spent a lot of time in UK when I was growing up. I heard more than one person say that! My other heritage is French (some Québécois like to say they are “pure laine” – also a bit silly).

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                1. There is, of course, no such thing in humanity as a ‘pure’ anything. We’re all a combination of our antecedents, and the evidence is we all originated in Africa. There’s a spot of Neanderthal in most Europeans, too. But the racist dream of purity is utter fantasy. We are all much more alike than different. I did a DNA test to find out my ancestry and discovered I’m pretty much equally made up of Western Europe and Norse, with a tiny sprinkling of Nigeria!

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