#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 02/May/22

East Lyn River Valley, Devon. The narrow river valley of the East Lyn River as it flows down to the sea in Devon. How patient is nature in its carving of our natural world. How long, I wonder, did it take for flowing water to cut through the rocky hills and form this lovely landscape? …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 01/May/22

Beeches in the Forest of Dean What forces of nature caused one of these neighbouring trees to stay upright while the other is twisted and torn to the ground? Wind, of course. One of the climatic elements we humans are causing to increase in speed and violence with our unending search for inconsequential things to …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 22/Apr/22

It is possible for humanity live in the landscape without ruining it with high-rise buildings, ugly warehouses, and industrial monstrosities. But, of course, that would require us to stop breeding like rabbits, reduce our overburdening numbers, and live with nature instead of trying to either overrule or actively destroy it.This shot is of the charming …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 17/Apr/22

Guardians of the gravel, but how will they fare when sea levels rise? +++++++++++++++++ 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 …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 18/Mar/22

When first planted on the sloping field, these larch trees were placed in rows. It made it easier to put them in and will make it easier to harvest them. For they are a crop. The forest is a working forest, trees grown for timber. But, because it is also a nationally owned enterprise, Forestry …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 08/Mar/22

Coal in the making: this small area of the forest is permanently wet, acting as a pool for several tiny streams and springs, before they overflow to join the larger brook that drains the valley. Fallen trees will eventually be preserved in oxygen-deprived mud and lie to await the geological millennia it will take for …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 04/Mar/22

The ground here is rarely dry, as witnessed by the growth of juncus. A little used track carries walkers, and the occasional mountain biker, to a wild plateau that overlooks a railway cutting last used over 60 years ago, and now seasonally swamped by a small stream that flows from the tunnel that leads from …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 03/Mar/22

Graffiti is so personal, and sometimes a little inexplicable. This piece, found inside a deserted and damaged home in a spot difficult to access on a Greek island, can only be seen by anyone adventurous enough, and curious enough to venture inside a building that is far from welcoming from the outside. So, who sprayed …

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The Imposition of Restrictions

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 28/Feb/22

Another month closes, ending the meteorological winter of the UK and summoning the sunshine of the coming spring. A welcome change following a time of necessary restriction, incompetent governance, divisive political moves, and threats of war.So I give you a picture of hope for better weather, better places, better times to come. The sunset here …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 27/Feb/22

Autumn colours from beech and bracken linger to lap up the promising warmth of a winter sun shining on a rural lane. Passing through the forest, above the narrow way, its noise and steam no longer present, a railway bridge now forms part of a peaceful path permitting wanderers to walk through birdsong and the …

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Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen: #BookReview.

Fiction Classics/Literary Fiction288 PagesJane Austen’s first published novel ‘Sense and Sensibility’ manages to capture all her humour and dissatisfaction with the age in which she lived. I felt the language was a little more convoluted and, occasionally, more obtuse than in the better known ‘Pride and Prejudice’, making it sometimes hard work to ascertain her …

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#Words and #PictureOfTheDay: 11/Feb/22

Uneasy lies the truce between footfalls and wheels in the forest. Multitudes of narrow circles of rubber coated steel press harsh upon wet ground, forming grooves the rain cannot escape and making waterways of once sound walking paths. Slowly, those small streams erode the ground until the soil under walkers’ boots slips away to flood …

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What’s Wrong with a Cardboard Box?

https://medium.com/@stuartaken/whats-wrong-with-a-cardboard-box-e67cc63dd20f?sk=3320c2ee7e50f452709ee2ad6bc21739This is a link to the short article on Medium. Enjoy!

Planet Crunch, by Richard Brock: #BookReview.

150 pagesEnvironment, Climate, Extinction. Subtitled ‘The Life (or Death?) of Planet Earth’, this extensively researched book was written by a man who has worked for 35 years at the BBC Natural History Unit, often working with David Attenborough. So, someone who has personally witnessed the decline of nature all over the world.The nineteen chapters are …

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