Down South

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Something to do with that dazzling white paint I suppose — seducing the software — the skies are always unbelievably deep and intense behind the lantern at the Trinity House light­house on Lizard Point.

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It’s just a guess but I’d bet almost anything that this granite finger is called Gull Rock … OMG, looking at the map it has a name name: Bumble Rock. Not sure about that. There are bona fide black-backed gulls just sitting there, owning it. Bumble? Teetering. Hmmm … Maybe. I’ll go with Gull.

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And this week’s high point, half way to the moon, was high above Housel Bay …

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Weird, no? Waving, not falling.

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But in the steep little valleys around the Lizard, Spring has defin­itely vorsprunged.

Stormy Sunday

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So, whatcha do on a blustery Sunday … not looking for a soaking but something a little more soothing …

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A gentle wander around Treng­wainton, looking for the elixir of life (slight of hand: go somewhere where you’re the youngest person by two decades at least — works every time) — a beautiful crown of croziers in a forest of tree ferns.

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Camellias at their best … dodging between the squally showers … much more my sort of tea time.

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And lovely low, warm light exposing the trees up to lovely no good.

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And fungus offering up plates of … hmmm … rot and decay … nom nom nom.

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And enforcers on parade … you will be white! White is best. Whatever.

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And, of course … this being Penwith … magnolias to die for …

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No … pink is good too.

For rhubarb too.

Just getting up to speed again

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Just an image dump again, really … So busy I’ve no time to think at the moment.

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Ach … home. Stephen King not withstanding … ho hum … one day.

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The bay guarded by the sentinel ape …

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The headland itself defended by a granite crocodile … I’m not sure this is any better than those fields of tiny narciss­istic cairns but it does have the advantage of charm …

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It’s only when you inter­n­alise, embody those angles that the work-a-day reality even starts to go in … fuck.

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Zawn Buzz, Porth Ledden, Cape Cornwall and choughs just before sunset … I ask for no more …

The Rocky Shore

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There are no straight lines in nature … waste not want not because every cloud has a silver lining … apart from the ones that are …

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And if it looks alike it must have the same cause or at least be related somehow … rhino horns and willies … it’s obvious … or not.

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Glimpsing parallel universes … through the looking glass.

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An escapee from the set of a 60’s star trek episode. Just after this, I picked it up and, with much affected huffing and puffing, threw it at a reptilian alien who disagreed with me.

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Graphics and … Caligraphy

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Exploring, wandering, clambering across Porth Ledden just below the Cape …

The Old One Comes to claim his own …

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An impromptu, innocent and gentle crepus­cular walk in the grounds of Trelissick turns into an unexpected action movie plot point: a monstrous kraken hauls itself from the mire and lumbers, clicking and creaking and groaning, fingers its way across the sward … and we run … and I tip my camera over my shoulder in the hope of … and we are free … well, derrr …

And then today I was wandering across the apoca­lytic wastes around Geevor and was reminded of the obsess­ively claustral, sepulchral aesthetic of the geolo­gical vampires of our recent past.

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Friends who’ve come here say: it’s not pretty — no; it’s so fright­en­ingly, danger­ously hard — yes; it doesn’t let you forget, does it — no; but it still slips its mineral veins deep into your soul like brittle mycelium — oh yes.

And wherever you go, the Bucca are watching …

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You can fly to the furthest reaches of the globe and fuck the future of our world, and ignore the politics and the ecology and the economics and … and gawp at the natural wonders of the world and tick off your bucket list scores or you can look around yourself, here and now, orient yourself and choose to belong and see the beauty and the depth and the magic of the place where you stand … and …

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cobble together a collage of 6 photos and try to say something about us, people, and the earth, and about the sea and history and hardship and pain and about home.