Tuned in to the surroundings
Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
88Trip End Jun 04, 2006
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On a personal note, I know what time of year it is and where I am almost instinctively just by registering plant life, wildlife or the light and colour of the sky. In some ways, it seems that for all I might explore, there is part of me - a sort of biorhythm that is dialled into this landscape forever
This comes to home to me with an early morning walk by the River Wye in Hereford, the water is smooth, the leaves are turning and the air smells like autumn, just a little bit damp and fresh, but it doesn't smell like spring. I can't explain the difference between the smell of autumn and spring, but I know. You know you're in the UK from the old bridges across the river and the silhouette of the cathedral on the hill. It just can't be anywhere else.
Later, I go for a hike with my parents, cousin and dog to Hay Bluff on the Anglo-Welsh border. The top of the hill has disappeared in fast moving, swirling low cloud, and the psychedelic colours of the countryside below are permanently spinning as flashes of sunlight break the cloud cover. This, is beautiful. It's easy to forget how lucky you are when you have this kind of scenery around you every day of your life.