Tag Archives: nature

Problems and Answers

The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/03/climate-crisis-media-relegates-greatest-challenge-hurtle-us-collapse-planet?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress I have admired George Monbiot’s clarity of vision for many years. The above article expresses well this clarity, seeing destruction as destruction. Having once been a young … Continue reading

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Wild Boar

The number of wild boar in these hills has grown in recent decades to such an extent that hunting is often extended into the summer months. Fortunately, I have not seen or heard the dogs and guns since the winter … Continue reading

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Egyptian Vultures

photo from bspb.org Yesterday I finally managed to identify the 3 large birds that often circle Chapel Peak, always, until yesterday, just beyond range for identification. Egyptian vultures, Neophron percnopterus, are on the red list as endangered, their numbers having … Continue reading

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Pictures for a Different Story

Sitting here, on the mossed rock, beside the dark trunks of the evergreen oaks, on the flattened summit of El Montner, the old volcano across the gorge from my home. Sweating a little from the climb up from the beech … Continue reading

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Telling a Different Story: No. 1

Looking out to the East from this small ledge above Red Cliff, the vivid green of the beech trees cloaking the old volcano opposite are a telling reminder of this regions equable climate. The browning fields of the northern plain … Continue reading

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Blackberry and apple jam

So 4kg of blackberry and apple jam from 8 hours of collecting, preparing and bottling. In this modern world a complete waste of time – I could have worked for the minimum wage and bought far more weight of jam … Continue reading

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This morning

Strange to look out upon the rising sun, expecting to see the great red ball cresting the flat horizon of the sea, but instead the grey mountains of mist set the backdrop to this dawn. Several hundred metres above the … Continue reading

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RCR – Laughing with Half-tail

Marcel Proust A single swift sweeps and surges against the vast backdrop of sky. A pigeon clatters its ungainly way from amongst the trees, beating once its wings with that unmistakably fat clap. Yes, another fresh morning after yesterday’s late … Continue reading

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RCR – The Bark of a Deer

The sudden bark of a deer close by brings me back from my reverie. I can hear the soft thud of his hooves as he makes a quick dart undercover. And again he barks, closer still. It is still hard … Continue reading

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RCR – Forest Soil

I am sitting on a low stool. The ground is black with yesterday’s rain. It’s rich, fungal smell shadows this morning’s forest freshness with decay. The life and lustre of oak seedlings, resproutings and the ivy making its busy way … Continue reading

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