Day 469 – Blue

There’s little point in me writing an essay on any given subject while I’m away and unable to discuss my thoughts on that given subject. And so that’s why I rely mainly on short posts and quota photos*.

Like this one from September 2017.

This was an art installation called Waterlicht, in which a certain pass in the Peak District National Park in the UK was flooded with blue laser light to represent rising ocean levels and general panic. To be fair, if the sea gets there, we are going to be in a lot of trouble, given that it’s about 300m above (current) sea level.

The project hadn’t been well advertised or attended on its first two evenings. But this particular night was chaos, with 6km tailbacks and lots of walking along dark country roads with traffic everywhere. Was it worth it? Probably not.
But it was an experience.

You might think from my flippant attitude just beneath the image above that I’m some sort of climate change denier.
Not so. Obviously not. I recognise that things are changing, and not in a good way. And because it’s a gradual change, rather than one specific moment in time, it’s being overlooked by many people as far less of a problem than it actually is.
I do think that we would all be better served by less sensationalism around the subject, though. Good science is still just science. It isn’t compatible with sensationalism, and I do completely understand people’s scepticism when they have been fed ridiculous headlines of doom and gloom by celebrities and newspapers for years and years, only for those predicted timelines to be wholly unfounded.

Those individuals and publications sowed the seeds of doubt; they have made the bed upon which we now lie. And yet, science still gets the blame. Regaining the trust of the public on this subject is something that we will probably never be able to do.

* this one seems to have gone on a bit though.

Day 459 – Miserable

A cold, grey, wet day following last night’s announcement of Level 4 Lockdown, which left everyone immediately looking for loopholes and work arounds. That’s half the reason that we’re stuck where we are right now.

I’ve said this before here and here.

Not much positivity to be had here, so here’s a QP from Newlands Forest yesterday, which was at least a lovely experience.

More from me tomorrow.

Stay warm. Stay safe.

Day 433 – Not a horse

I was at a local riding school, ostensibly to take photos of some of the horses for their social media, but there were also cats (and dogs and chickens and guineafowls) around.
So even though it wasn’t feline Friday, I shot a bit of them too.

This guy is a Cape Leopard Bengal cat.

Apparently:

…many people consider the Bengal to be a wild cat that only pretends to be domesticated

And that fits pretty well for this chap, who doesn’t like to go indoors or hang around humans. But will always be nearby when there’s food on offer.

But that’s your feline studies lesson over for today, because right now, I need to get on with editing some horse pics before the football.

Day 391 – More tomorrow

Busy day, lots accomplished. But now I need to spend time relaxing rather than blogging, so please enjoy a quota photo from last night’s sunset cruise in Table Bay.

Lots of smoke around from the recent fire, but sadly it was mostly blowing away from the sun, so we weren’t able to reap the benefits there. Still, lovely night on the water and I’ll sort some more photos out tomorrow.

More of everything tomorrow in fact, because it’s now time for some footy on the TV and a game of pool.