Here and Now

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My town and its surrounding areas have been plagued by floods this winter. Movement from town to town is restricted as rainfall causes problems to roads, cars, and rail travel. It seems to be raining for a season. My recollection of previous winters has been cold mornings with frost covered lawns and a wind that slaps your face with a chilling sting. If wet, lingering rain and floods are to be our depths of winter then we are certainly not prepared. The ground is not prepared as no drainage is available and waterways are not viable. The foliage is not resting as trees and flora remain green. I wonder what fauna make of all this weather? What effect is this environmental change having on the animal life?

robinIn our current ways of living we know the effects of stress, lack of sleep and tiredness. Will the earth rest less, will wildlife struggle to maintain their habitats? And will spring come with a leap, or will lethargy remain in all things. I dearly hope that with the return of the early sunrise and brighter skies the earth will regain its step, light will rekindle all souls and rhythm will balance once more.

As we toast to the New Year may we collectively think of all Autumnleaves
those effected by weather change and displacement. So as the clocks chime to the start 2016 may we all think of those working, volunteering and coping. May all our hearts send goodwill to all people and to our home this planet we share, call earth.

For WPC: Now



Medicinal Media – Outdoor Photo Gallery


Over the last twelve months I have developed my love of photography. My appreciation started at the age of fifteen. My Dad gave me his old Pentax camera for a family holiday and I proceeded to snap my way through the week.

Last year I regained my ambitions to take more photos for therapeutic reasons. I feel I am mindful when walking with my camera. I forget the troubles and weekly worries and focus on what I see and the image I would like to take. I visualise the image first and then try to replicate this with the camera lens.

I also love to see other people’s photos. Today I went along to see an open air photo gallery . The images where beautiful and captivating. The theme for the exhibition was nature and wildlife from photographers around the UK. The 2020VISION photography project is a roadshow that is visiting many towns throughout the country this summer. The outdoor gallery reflects the aim of the project which is to encouraging people to engage with our beautiful landscapes and natural habitats. An added benefit is that the exhibitions are accessible to all as the galleries are in public spaces.