During the past few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of work in some of Wales’ upland areas, reviewing management options for conservation of habitats and species, and monitoring the effects of grazing on huge areas of common land. It’s been getting pretty cold and wet, and the upland terrain is hard on the feet and legs, and all I was doing was walking. It made me wonder about the hardiness of the people who built these walls 🙂
On the day I took this photo I imagined two new tunes, both pretty good as I recall. By the time I got home I couldn’t remember them. They’re gone. One of the pitfalls of never learning to write music down. Oh well maybe they’ll return to me in a more convenient place and time.
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Thank you for sharing some deep and beautiful impressions from your work in word and image, Mike! I’m sure those tunes will return to you when it is time to record them.
Wales is beautiful – thank you for a gorgeous shot…and making us long for a chance to go there.
You’re welcome Leya, I hope you get that chance someday 🙂
You have to go back on a pretty day like the day you took that picture, Mike. You know sometimes you have to go back in another room to remember what you went for 🙂
It must have been an awesome experience despite your sore feet and legs.
Thanks Hanna, you’re right I’ll have to go back, it’s the only way 😉
Lovely photo, Mike. The hills of Wales really are beautiful. That’s frustrating about the songs – maybe you were just meant to share them with the mountains and no one else!
Thanks Jo, I’m sure the tunes will return in some form in the future, I’m used to it now 🙂
A lot of work there, but they sure had a pretty place to do it1
They sure did, I guess it was less of a job and more a way of life
Beautiful view Mike!
Thanks LuAnn, it was certainly worth all the huffing and puffing to get up there 🙂
Great photograph! Humming is a good idea or la-la-la ing into your mobile. The downside is if there’s a wind or you are out of breath! A good tune will come back again though.
Yes I need some kind of mobile recording device, although I’d probably forget to take it with me 🙂
Beautiful country! And I always love seeing those old stone walls. Grazing is an issue on our prairies, too. Cattle and buffalo graze on different things and in different ways. And some kinds of prairie need more grazing than others. It can be pretty complicated, as I’m sure you know.
I guess when we’ve messed ecosystems up its difficult to or maybe impossible to repair them properly.
You have shared such a beautiful view with us.
Thank you Colline I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I, too, wonder about the stamina and dedication and just plain stubbornness of those who have built walls like these and the old adobes of our Southwest.
About the tunes. I agree that maybe the walls heard them, or perhaps they even whispered them. Why not carry a digital recorder or use the recorder on your phone (if it has one)when an idea comes, hum it into the recorder. Don’t lose new music!
I think you’ve come up with the solution there Emilie, thanks!
Perhaps the walls heard them. If you go back out to them, they will sing them to you!
That is a really good suggestion and I should do it but my boots haven’t dried out yet and it was awfully hard puffing up the slopes 😉
Ah well, some time later then!
Lovely shot =)
Thank you 🙂