Photography – The Dales – Pt. 6 – into the escarpment

Photography – The Dales – Pt. 6 – into the escarpment

We headed back down through the amazing eroded limestone and down into the valley.

Don’t forget to click on the photo in order to see it properly.

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Poetry – A Green Clock running out of time – A poem for the demise of nature

Poetry – A Green Clock running out of time – A poem for the demise of nature

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A Green Clock running out of time

 

In two hundred years the planet has changed dramatically. In my lifetime I have witnessed the changes.

The herds and flocks, the forests and shoals, are withering before a relentless onslaught. All the numbers are diminishing.

Stuck inside their rooms on their games, interacting through cyberspace, nobody notices or cares.

A billion years of wondrous chance creating splendour and breath-taking beauty is being dismantled in front of our eyes.

8 Billion people consume what took a billion years to create.

 

A Green Clock running out of time

 

A green clock winding down

From a roar to a murmur,

A shout to a whisper,

A green globe to a barren rock.

 

The last party on deck –

Laughter as the waves lap around

Morsels are swallowed,

And the last leaves fall.

 

One last winter with no spring

As seas stagnate

Air clogs with smoke

And land settles to brown.

 

Still we pretend everything is fine.

Concrete and plastic

Replace green leaf and fur,

And

Gradually

Piece

By

Piece

A billion years is undone.

 

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Poetry – Life – Having the eyes to see!

Poetry – Life – Having the eyes to see!

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Life

There are two trillion galaxies. Our galaxy contains a mere four hundred billion stars.

The Milky Way is 100,000 light years across. A really big galaxy can be 1500,000 light years across.

We might be the only life in the universe. The chances are that slim.

This planet might have the only eyes in existence to ever witness the wonder of the dance of stars.

The life of the planet Earth is a blink in eternity – the period of life a flicker – a human life hardly registering in the enormity of space and time.

When the last eyes are gone there will be nothing to register the most wondrous panorama.

I think we ought to make the best of it while we can. We’ll be a long time gone.

 

Life

A dream in a moment of eternity

Possessing the eyes to see.

A brief blossoming

And then back

To the endless black.

 

Then reality

A splendour unseen

As galaxies spin

In a universe

With no

One-eye Jack.

 

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Poetry – Space

Space

 

Once there was enough space

Now we’re in competition

The planet is too small

Seems there’s no room for us all.

 

We cannot make it bigger

So we have to learn to use less

And leave sufficient

For those

We share this haven with.

There is room enough

For us all prosper

If we could only learn

To respect and share.

 

Opher – 4.1.2020

 

 

Everywhere I look there are too many people taking too much. Nature is being screwed back into a tighter and tighter corner.

8 billion is too many.

We are not alone. We share this precious jewel with many millions of other species. It’s time we started treating them with the respect they deserve. Our arrogance will be our downfall.

Poetry – Salvation

Salvation

 

The salvation of nature

Must surely be our priority.

The mesmerising spectacle

Is too precious,

Too rare,

And unique

To squander –

Yet delicate, and

Vulnerable.

 

With our pesticides

And chainsaws

We leave

Swathes

Of destruction.

 

With our guns,

Our knives,

Hooks and nets

We destroy

Their flesh,

Impoverish populations;

Imperil the web

On which

We all depend.

We are endangering

Our own future.

 

Opher – 4.1.2020

 

 

Life on this planet has evolved over millions of years into a complex interconnecting web. We are all so interdependent. Yet, we come crashing through with our big boots, crushing and impaling, mindlessly destroying the very thing that gives us life.

Put aside the pain and suffering: is it worth selling the future for trinkets?

How to solve the Overpopulation crisis in easy steps.

How to solve the Overpopulation crisis in easy steps.

Reducing the world’s population is the greatest imperative of the moment. A large global population is the cause of mass poverty, environmental destruction, war, mass migration, the overuse of the world’s resources and is driving thousands of species to extinction. Something has to happen.

Here is how to address it:

  1. Recognise that there is a crisis.
  2. Publicise the drastic need to reduce population and give reasons (pollution, resources, space, wildlife, happiness, migration, poverty, war…..). Justify the crucial need to reduce our numbers.
  3. Make reduction of population really high profile.
  4. Bring religious leaders and politicians on board.
  5. Create a unified front.
  6. Use education to bridge cultural attitudes.
  7. Provide extensive contraception/vasectomies etc.
  8. Provide pensions so people do not require children to support them.
  9. Provide social sickness benefits so that people do not require children to support them.
  10. Give financial incentives to reduce families.
  11. Create a social attitude towards small families and away from large families.

Failing that just create a virus and wipe us all out. The world would be a better place.

Man – a genius of a catoon video that illustrates the relationship between mankind and nature.

I have to thank Cheryl and Safar for this link!! This is a must watch video for anybody concerned about man’s impact on the planet!!

Photography – The Dales – Day 2

Photography – The Dales – Day 2

The second day started a bit overcast but at least it wasn’t raining. We were planning to go on a circular walk around Whernside and out to Ingleborough.

If you click on the pictures they blow up into much better shots.

 

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Poetry – Denial

Denial

 

Five million creatures fried

As the fires of global warming

Shroud the globe in smoke.

Australia, Indonesia and California burn,

As humanity never seems to learn.

And the ecology of the world lies broke.

 

Floods, storms and droughts,

In the extreme,

Stalk the world.

Glaciers melt,

Corals bleach

As the tragedy unfurled.

 

Despite the palls of smoke

Filling the sky

There are still those

Who will deny.

 

Opher – 2.1.2020

 

 

They estimate that five hundred million creatures have already been burnt to death in the terrible fires sweeping through Australia.

Three years of severe drought followed by a record high temperature has produced a catastrophe waiting to happen.

It has been replicated in Indonesia and California.

While hurricanes, typhoons and tropical storms batter countries, sea levels rise, desertification increases, seas warm, corals bleach and there is record rainfall and floods.

All predictably following the computer modelling.

Once again the hottest global temperature on record.

What were one in a century events are now happening every year.

I sit in Britain where we have flooded towns, fields that resemble lakes and a year’s rainfall falling in days.

Carbon Dioxide levels are at a record. The greenhouse effect is real. Yet there are those who still believe this is nothing to do with man, is just a natural cycle and deny any link.

They point to solar output.

Yet they is no increased solar activity. There is a greenhouse effect though.

Trump, Xi Jinping, Bolsonaro and Morrison just want to burn fossil fuel for short-term profit. They don’t give a damn about the future.

I wish a plague of fleas, leeches and horse-flies on all of them.

Surely, even if it were caused by solar effects, there are things we can do to rectify the situation. We could move to renewables and away from coal, oil and gas. We could plant trees. We could stop destroying forests and wetlands. These things would not do any harm and might solve the problem (however it was caused).

Let’s get the carbon dioxide out of the damn atmosphere, protect our wildlife, limit our numbers and start behaving responsibly!!!

Photography – the Dales

Photography – the Dales

We met up with friends for a few days walking, talking and drinking in the Dales! Great fun.

Day 1 – it rained! But what do expect? It wouldn’t be green if it wasn’t for the rain.

If you click on the pictures they blow up into much better shots.

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We stayed in Austwick at the Game Cock – nice beer and food!

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