Today’s Pictures: 18 Dec 20

Late afternoon light in the forest.

Share this post widely on social media and it will let those who are stuck indoors, due to Covid 19, enjoy it. It’ll also reach more people and, hopefully, show them the wonderful place our world is. With luck, between us, we’ll restore some love and respect for nature and slow down the damage to our environment. Thank you.

Volcanic islands in the Santorini caldera. Taken September 2013.
Misty day in the Forest of Dean.

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23 thoughts on “Today’s Pictures: 18 Dec 20

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  2. I love the forest when it is misty. So beautiful Stuart I can just imagine the fairies up to their work helping others. Beautiful photographs today as always my friend. Sending you both cups of hot cocoa with marshmallows brought via young and newly trained fairies. Love you guys. 🧚🏻🧚‍♀️☕️☕️

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    1. There’s a definite air of mystery to the place in the mist, Joni. Certain fallen trees can look like monsters lurking in the shadows, but the forest is now such a well-known friend to us we are never unsettled.
      I’ll accept that hot cocoa and the marshmallows, gladly, thank you!

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      1. It is true you are definitely friends of the forest. You could get scared in that forest if you were alone at night pretty easily. Glad you liked the hot chocolate. You will have to let me know if your publisher liked your idea for the cover, I bet they will. Sending you both big hugs today. Joni

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        1. I once got lost in another, very small, wood as night was falling. I’d been taking photographs and hadn’t noticed the darkness drawing in, and I hadn’t been in the wood before. It was a little alarming, but I eventually found my way out! Here, the main danger at night would be the total darkness and steep slopes, and the possibility of encountering a herd of wild boar – some of the males are pretty big! We always carry a torch if we venture out at the end of the day.
          I haven’t even started putting the cover illustration together yet, Joni. I’ve collected a few images to guide my drawing and brushwork. I need to do that today or tomorrow, really. But I spent this morning painting the woodwork in the downstairs toilet, after the plumber had finished fitting the new unit in there. I loathe decorating!
          You stay safe and keep well.

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          1. You always have something interesting to tell me Stuart. I can just see you now carrying a touch in a misty dark forest. I feel a poem coming on. Yes you two I have worried a bit about one of you slipping in that wet moss and seriously hurting a foot. Please be careful. Oh I would love to see that I bet it will be very creative and well done with your imagination. 🦋🤗💕❤️😘

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    1. That’s great, Lynette. What we cannot visit in person, we can come to know vicariously through the medium of photography and writing. It’s a process I use when researching for my novels and I’m not able to visit the location in person..

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    1. It’s the Med, Noelle, so generally warm. But surprising deep, as the last major eruption of the Santorini volcano blew vast amounts of rock into the air. The islands are the new volcano forming from beneath the waves. When we were on the island I took this picture from, our guide, a lovely lady, told our small group that we were probably standing on the most dangerous place on Earth, and that the fumarole we could see was issuing at least three lethal gasses!


        1. What’s life without a few risks, Noelle?
          It was an organised tour, so I reckon we were pretty safe. They had a fairly large eruption in the late 1950s, but received enough notification from the seismologists to give them time to evacuate the part of the island that was damaged at that time, before it happened. And the gases were pretty small, and blown away by the sea breeze.

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          1. Well, that’s reassuring! I figured Altantis was somewhere in the Aegean and was destroyed by a huge underwater eruption – there have been some discoveries lately to suggest that there was an advanced civilization that was wiped out that way.

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            1. One theory of Atlantis relates to the island of Crete, home of the very early Minoan civilisation, Noelle. There is substantial evidence that an early eruption of the Santorini volcano sent a huge tidal wave across the Mediterranean and that wiped out much of the Minoan people. So, Atlantis may well have been Crete before it lost a large part of its coast.

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