Decades past, this small bridge once carried steam trains loaded with coal, iron, and stone, hacked from the ground that bears it. It crosses a defunct watercourse, altered to flow a different way, and now occasional home to some unusual fungi. It bears a small wooden label to identify it as ‘Horton Bridge’, but who ‘Horton’ was is unknown to me. However, there’s a ‘Horton Road’ elsewhere in the forest, which may be relevant. And the landlady of a relatively local pub is also called ‘Horton’, but her age would suggest she had no influence on the naming of the bridge. Maybe someone local can fill the gap in my knowledge?
The track across this bridge was installed, and is maintained, by Forestry England, the owners of the land. Soon it will have a different appearance, as significant tree felling is planned, which will remove some of those lovely sentinels lining the walk. But it’s a working forest and others will be planted to replace the timber harvested. And, for now, it remains a pleasant part of a number of our daily walks here.
We live among natural wonders. Some people ignore and others actively dislike such beauty, even working to destroy the only world we can inhabit.
These daily posts are my encouragement of joy in nature, respect for the natural world, in hope of inspiring love of a planet that’s a marvel of unlikely coincidences.
Are we alone in the universe as a living species with sentience? We may never know. The vast distances in time and space involved mean we’re unlikely to meet, or even effectively communicate with, other sentient lifeforms.
So, we should live as if we’re the only life form conscious of our existence and able to modify our environment. We can do that to benefit all life forms, or entirely selfishly in the mistaken and ultimately self-destructive belief we’re apart from nature. History, science, and common sense show us daily how intricately we’re part of nature. It’s foolish and self-defeating to ignore this simple fact.
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