Today’s Pictures: 23 Nov 20

A picnic area in the Forest of Dean in November

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The peaty waters of the falls on the River Swale through Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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14 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 23 Nov 20

  1. So glad to hear you’re safe, Joni. Flash flooding is so dangerous, especially when it’s unexpected. We rarely experience such floods here in UK, though it has happened a few times in some locations.
    We’re over 200 feet above sea level here, on a hillside with a river at the bottom of the valley fed by the small brook that flows through the village. That flooded a couple of years before we moved here, causing some damage to the local garage and pub. That danger has been largely avoided now by some work on an underground culvert combined with the natural water engineering of the small family of beavers upstream.
    I suppose ‘near’ is relative. My brother lives around 200 miles away, in Yorkshire. Here in UK that entails a 4-5 hour journey by car. He lives in a small village in the Yorkshire Dales, where there are nearly as many horses (racehorses) as people! We visit when we can, but health issues mean that’s not as often as we’d like.
    You two keep safe and stay well.

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    1. Thanks, Lynette. This particular shot was taken from a car park in the market town of Richmond. But there are falls along the upper length of the river, some more accessible than others, and picnics along those stretches are definitely worth the effort. I took this shot while in the area staying with my brother and it was a dull, rainy day, so no picnic for us just then.

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  3. I haven’t seen a photograph of the River Swale before, the falls are that color due to the peat I assume. Does it due damage to the river? Great photographs and I am also curious now if there are fish in the river, I am guessing there are. I love your message my friend, “Help restore some love and respect for nature.” Great truth if we want to continue to live with the beauty around many of us. Sending love and hugs to you and Valerie. xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks, Joni. Yes, the river runs brown after heavy rain washes through peat lying on the hills that feed it. It’s well stocked with fish, and a popular place for those who like to catch them. Here, it is running through the market town of Richmond, where it drops several times over ridges of limestone. Further upriver, it does the same in a more rural, but less accessible place. The river often floods low lying areas downstream, but the locals there know how to deal with it, and only visitors are daft enough to venture into the flooded roads in their vehicles. My brother lives in a small village above the Swale and can watch it as it spreads out on fields below. He knows better than to go across the stream when its in flood, of course!

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      1. Oh thank you for explaining this to me. I must admit I am curious about everything around you because you live inside a painting that I would have lost myself in as a child. Your environment is so beautiful and living in suburbia albeit with a couple of acres from our neighbors, so more fortunate than most, it just seems almost unreal. I am delighted to hear you have a relative near you. I didn’t know that. People don’t always listen to reason when it comes to weather. A week or so ago my husband’s and my phone let out a shrinking sound. It was an announcement for people in our area to stay home as flash flooding was expected. Several people died. Some could not help it as their homes were covered in water and they could not get out. Very tragic. You can always replace material things but you can’t bring a loved one back to life. You and Valerie have an amazing Thanksgiving if I don’t talk to you before then. Sending you both a centerpiece of gardenias, and honeysuckle to brighten your table. Love ❤️ Joni

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