This spot is a favourite of my lovely wife, Valerie, whose birthday is today. Don’t worry, this post was scheduled so I could spend the whole day with her and treat her.
The place depicted is called ‘Janet’s Foss’, and nestles in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, not far from Malham. It’s a popular spot that holds an air of mystery and serenity when there are no visitors, which is how we like it. Just us and the subdued roar of falling water, birds chirruping in the surrounding trees, and a gentle breeze soughing through the branches.
It’s Easter Monday here in the UK, so we won’t be travelling: we’ve never seen the point in joining thousands of others as they line up along the motorways to reach destinations that will inevitably be crowded and where overcharging is considered the norm. We’ll be walking, preferably somewhere peaceful, beautiful, and, most importantly, away from milling crowds. Antisocial, us? No, we’re antigregarious, that’s all. I hope all my visitors here are having a good time this holiday, too.
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 to encourage joy in nature, respect for the natural world, in hope of inspiring love of a planet that’s a marvel of unlikely coincidences.
We may be alone in the universe as a living species with sentience. But we may never know. Vast distances in time and space mean we’re unlikely to meet, or even effectively connect with, other sentient lifeforms.
So, we must live as if we’re the only life form conscious of existence and able to modify our environment. We can benefit all life forms, or act entirely selfishly in the mistaken and self-destructive belief we’re apart from nature. History, science, and common sense show us daily how intricately we’re part of nature. Is it wise to ignore this simple fact?
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