Dalby Forest – the lake – Photos

This lake was created by a damn. It made for a picturesque setting.

Java – Tropical forests, volcanoes and paddy fields – Photos

We set off at early dawn to cover the miles to arrive at Borobudur. Java felt big. There were hillsides still covered with tropical jungle but vast areas of fertile plains heavily cultivated and terraced growing a number of crops, but mainly rice. In the distance, we could see the looming volcanoes.

I took these photos through the window of our coach.

The other central theme in the Sci-Fi novel Green

The other central theme in the novel Green

The future world I was describing in the novel Green was in the midst of an environmental crisis. Nature had been virtually destroyed and pollution was rife. Big Business ran the show for profit.

The result was a movement of environmentalists totally opposed to the way the world had been run for profit at the expense of all other life. They were the Green Movement.

The Green movement were not unified. They were split into three factions.

The first faction, the mainstream movement, still believed that they reason with the ruling group, gain public support, and force positive change.

The second faction believed that reasoning with the politicians was not possible. All that the ruling class cared about was power and that Big Business pulled the strings, and all they cared about was profit. This faction believed that the only way to promote positive change was to force the politicians and industry to change. They ran a campaign of terror and sabotage.

The third faction was the most cynical of all. They believed that it was impossible for people to change, that there was a genetic flaw in human nature and we, as a species, were irredeemable. The only answer was to remove humans from the equation altogether and allow nature to evolve back into a better state.

The third faction were actively colluding to release a virus to wipe out mankind.

This provided the dramatic backdrop as the two main stories interweaved.

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Poetry – A trail of corpses

A trail of corpses

 

Tree by tree                       pond by pond

Ditch by ditch                    field by field

Hedge by hedge               bush by bush

Verge by verge                 copse by copse

 

We chop, we culvert      we cut, we mow

We fill, we build              we rip, we bulldoze

We burn

 

Without a thought

A thousand tiny cuts

Leaving a trail of corpses

 

Opher – 27.6.2020

BLM – Ritchie Havens – What You Gonna Do About Me?

In this time of social change with a big surge of hope for greater equality as Black Lives Matter and George Floyd provides momentum this song from the late Ritchie Havens takes on greater poignancy.

My Favourite Protest Songs – Ritchie Havens – What You Gonna Do About Me?

This is another one for the environmental vandal Trump and in support of Black Lives Matter.

This is a song off the great album The Blind Degree.  I used to play this a lot.

When things are wrong it is incumbent on all right-minded people to stand up and protest. We cannot allow the greedy and selfish to trash the planet. We cannot allow inequality to poison our society.

It is time the environmental movement, the Black Lives Matter movement and the anti-fascist movements combined. We are all opposing the same greedy minority.

What you gonna do about us? We are gonna stick up for what we believe in and we’re prepared to be shot down.

What You Gonna Do About Me? – Ritchie Havens

You poison my sweet waters; you chop down my green trees
And the food you feed my children is the cause of that ill disease
My world is slowly falling down and the air is not fit to breathe
And those of us who care enough, we have to do something
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

Your newspapers – they just put you on
They never tell you the whole story
They just put your young ideas down
I was wondering if this was the end of their pride and glory?
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

I work in your factories and I study in your schools
I fill your penitentiaries and your military too
I can feel the future trembling as the word is passed around
If you stick up for what you do believe in, be prepared to be shot down
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

I feel just like a stranger in the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw; I’m always on the run
Always on the run, they got me always on the run

Oh, your soldiers smoke marijuana, you can’t put them behind your walls
Because most of what you taught them to do is against most of your laws
We’re all fugitives from injustice now but we’re going to be free
Because your rules and regulations don’t do the things for me
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

You may be the stronger now, but my time will come around
You keep adding to my numbers as you shoot my people down
I can feel the future trembling as the word is passed around
We are going to stick up for what we do believe in, and we’re prepared to be shot down
Oh, what you gonna do about me
Oh, what you gonna do about me

I feel just like a stranger in the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw; I’m always on the run
Always on the run, they got me always on the run

Wild Flowers in the Yorkshire Sunshine – Photos!

As I was walking along this morning I was taking shots of the gorgeous wildflowers – there were dog-roses in the hedgerows and poppies in the fields and all manner of flowers in the fields and verges. Nature was putting on a display.

What performance!! Nature surpasses itself! And that is a rare honey bee!

Today’s Country Walk – Yorkshire in Summer – Photos

Today it was bright and sunny so I chose to do a longish walk of around 12 kilometres to Lowthorpe.

Out of the village

Down the back lane.

Off onto the track

All very overgrown since Spring. Lots of tall grass and hedgerow plants. All buzzing with flies, hoverflies, gnats and midges – food for birds and their young.

Along the back lane, it was the time for dog-rose in the hedgerows and poppies in the fields.

The trees were now fully clothed in their Summer finery.

This house looks grand with its exact dimensions and precision.

Swallows on the wires and butterflies on the flowers.

Into the village of Lowthorpe.

Back out along the lane back to Nafferton.

More butterflies; more trees.

Two chaffinches singing on the wires

And home again! Sorely in need of a cup of tea!! A great walk on a superb sunny day!

The Three Peaks in Yorkshire – extraordinary natural beauty – photos

The mountains of Whernside (736 m or 2,415 ft), Ingleborough (723 m or 2,372 ft) and Pen-y-ghent (694 m or 2,277 ft) are collectively known as the Three Peaks. We were blessed with bright sunshine which made it even nicer. Walking through such wonderful landscape is uplifting!

The Beauty of Yorkshire – Waterfalls and Moss – photos

We were off to the Ribble Valley in 2011. On the way we stopped at a number of places in Yorkshire to see nature at its best.

Here was a river flowing over slate, creating a series of cascading waterfalls. Fabulous.

All around were moss covered rocks and tree trunks.