Yawning at the apocalypse

A pig ate his fill of acorns under an oak tree and then started to root around the tree. A crow remarked,’ You should not do this. If you lay bare the roots, the tree will wither and die.’ ‘Let it die,’ said the pig. ‘Who cares so long as there are acorns?’   [adapted from a fable by Andrew Krylov in the article quoted below]   Yawning at the apocalypse is the title of an article I’ve just read in ‘the psychologist’ magazine , written by Cameron Brick and Sander van der Linden, on how psychologists can help solve the largest social dilemma in history – climate change. Here’s a couple of… Read More

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colour

  I’m rereading ‘Painting the warmth of the sun: St Ives Artists 1939-1975’, and also the Tate book ‘Modern Art and St Ives’. I’m interested in paintings by Patrick Heron, his views on non-representational art, and his move from abstract with figurative association to purely abstract paintings. He admired the works of Sam Francis and wrote about American artists of that time. He wrote ‘Colour is both the subject and the means; the form, and the content, the image and the meaning in my painting today…..’ (1963)   These two paintings today, completed from reworking from last week. Whilst the paintings are still associated with nature – my garden, woodland, the valley… Read More

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reds

Reds in my garden and woodland: deep crimson-reds changing to browns; strong rose-reds and cerulean sky, cadmium reds against grey-greens.  Blackbirds are now feasting on the crab apples; the finches go for the rose hips, especially of the rock-rose; thrushes are often on the haws and rowan. Birds will also feed on the (non-native) cotoneaster and honeysuckle berries, and the smaller tits forage on seed heads. In the woodland there’s berries of the guelder rose, dog rose and dogwood, haws and sloes, ivy and holly.  See the colour and line gallery     See my November garden and woodland images: Reds  Related Images:

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warm November

Fading, beautiful autumn colours, but at Siblyback reservoir on Sunday the water level looked very low. It’s alarming – and should be alarming – to read about that Danish and US researchers reporting that arctic sea ice that has declined by more than 30% in the past 25 years and this year has been at the lowest extent ever recorded for late November. The warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year – “It’s all expected. There is nothing but climate change that can cause these trends. This is all headed in the same direction and picking up speed.” Link: Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable… Read More

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Mount Edgcumbe

Hashing at Mount Edgcumbe on Sunday morning in fantastic sunshine – a landscaped country park with woodlands and gardens looking across Plymouth Sound [Mount Edgcumbe country park was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall… with Grade I listed gardens, 55 listed structures… and deer roaming freely – see website] A great place to visit for a walk, and a wonderful route to get there through a display of stunning autumn colours in woodlands by the estuary.     Related Images:

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It’s so easy to think that all is well

‘Climate change is intergenerational theft’  Naomi Klein A fantastic day here in Cornwall today. Bright clear sky and rich autumn colours; gulls flying in formation westward to the coast after a day feeding inland on the newly ploughed fields, starlings heading back to Davidstow Woods where they roost, and this evening the owls are calling. It’s so easy to think that all is well. Naomi Klein: According to a new WWF report, since I was born in 1970 the number of wild animals on the planet has dropped by more than half – and by 2020 it is expected to drop by two-thirds. And what more powerful place to illustrate that absence than… Read More

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