Today’s Pictures: 25 Nov 20

Autumn leaf fall on a bridge in the Forest of Dean

Thanks for visiting this blog. Please be generous to those imprisoned by the Covid crisis at present, and share this post widely with them on social media, so they can enjoy it. It will also reach more people and, hopefully, remind them what a wonderful place this world is. Perhaps that might help restore some love and respect for nature and slow down our destructive urge to ruin the environment. Thank you.

A coastal view of the Greek island of Crete. Taken August 2008.

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13 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 25 Nov 20

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    1. Thanks, Lynette. Re the weather, please see my reply to Joni, below.
      I thought I should provide some summer warmth as a contrast. After all, I’m trying to give readers pleasure here. I love all the seasons, but there are many who prefer each of the four, so I try to accommodate those preferences.
      Of course, it’s a lot milder here than where you are at present. Keep safe, warm and well.

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      1. Our weather is unusual right now, too. Usually, at this time of year, it’s between about -15 and -20, the nearby lake’s surface (10th largest in the world, so a lot of surface) has frozen, and our lake effect snowfall has stopped. But not this year. Yesterday, it was -3, with a very heavy, rain-like snowfall. I could feel the snow hitting my back. Such moisture-laden snow tells me that the lake hasn’t frozen, and that causes all kinds of problems for the wildlife. Our behaviour has caused so many problems.

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        1. Consumerism, resource over-exploitation, over-population… I could go on. But I try to tackle these issues in my fiction, in the hope readers will be stimulated into considering how the reality of our behaviour impacts on the world we inhabit, Lynette.
          If only more people could learn we are part of nature, that nature is far from being our enemy to be defeated and is in reality our creator to be embraced. The very language we use – ‘I’ve conquered Everest’ depicts a mindset that totally misunderstands our place on this planet. If people would acquaint themselves with evolution, many would then see the damage we do as a species and, perhaps, behave in a more responsible manner. But I feel a rant forming, so I’ll say no more.

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          1. I understand. When you have so many people in the US (I’m referring to them because it’s a huge consumer society) believing the likes of Donald Trump, (or Bolsonaro in Brazil for that matter – I don’t think there’s any difference between them), we’re in trouble. It’s truly disheartening.

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    1. Thanks, Joni. One of the wonderful aspects of living in this temperate climate is the changing of the seasons. Of course, climate change is making that less predictable. Currently, we’re experiencing higher temperatures and greater rainfall than usual. But this morning, as I peer through my study window, I see frost on the roofs below and the sun dodging through rising mist. I really should go out there with my camera, but breakfast awaits, and my need for fuel is more pressing!

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      1. Boy do I understand that my friend. It was 70 degrees here today so beautiful weather for thanksgiving. I had a salad with chicken and Scott had shrimp and grits. I made sweet potato pie and we watched movies. It was relaxing. Sending love to you both. 🤗💕❤️😘Joni

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    1. History, Noelle? Do you have a few hours to spare? The forest has existed for hundreds of years, and, among others, Admiral Lord Nelson, Trafalgar fame, once visited. He is reputed to have condemned the locals for using the timber as fuel to keep their meagre huts warm during the winter and to cook their food on. He wanted them banned from the place so the oaks could grow to the sort of proportions he needed for his fleet!
      The small part of the forest in which I live houses a mostly linear village that runs along either side of a river valley. Actually the watercourse is that of a small brook, much of which has been confined to an underground culvert as it has the temerity to overflow from time to time and invade homes and other properties built too close to its course. The recent installation of a family of beavers upstream has reduced the flood risk now, as they are better water engineers than humanity.
      Our initial route into the trees, which runs above our house, was once the railway line running from Wales into England and bearing traffic including passengers and locally produced coal, ironwork, and stone from quarries. The line was closed during the disastrous period when the car was thought a really great idea and public transport was reduced almost terminally. That was in the 1960s. Since then, the valley has been reclaimed by nature and much of the industrial archaeology has been buried by tree growth, for which I am truly grateful. I love the arrogance of humanity when it talks so glibly of ‘conquering’ nature: demonstrates the idiocy of our species when we declare ourselves superior to and enemy of the very thing that created us, eh?
      So, probably not what you expected as a response, Noelle, but you caught me at a point when several other things had predisposed me to a rant. Sorry!
      As for the swim; the Mediterranean is always inviting, isn’t it? Enjoy!

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      1. Thanks for the history lesson, Stuart. Humans definitely have a stupid streak! When we first moved to Chapel Hill, people were dynamiting beaver dams – but that got stopped. We had beavers upstream from us and occasionally we would see trees they had taken down on the edge of our property along the stream. No problem.

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        1. Thanks, Noelle. Shame there aren’t more people with the same values, eh? We wouldn’t be troubled with the climate emergency if more people were in touch with the natural world.
          Have a good day.


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