What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness ? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet ;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
Gerard Manley Hopkins from his poem about Inversnaid
Today on the second day of the quote challenge it is certainly wet here in the Sierra Aracena. This is not surprising as we live within a triangle of some of the most rainfall for Andalucia. The hill or mountainside we are on is 730 metres above sea level. The peak of Castano is about 861m. It can often be in the clouds. However in the summer it can be very dry and hot. The area has been cultivated for many centuries, there are many megalithic sites and later the Romans grew vines here. Settlements after the Spanish Inquisition developed more chestnut orchards and pig farming. There are some areas which are more wild and these tend to be on the higher parts and deep valleys. However, the trees have given a green and moist canopy to the hills. It is now a natural park and conservation of the environment is high on the agenda while balancing some of the needs of farmers. It is also home and inspiration to many artists, photgraphers and film makers. Soledad Fenandez Coll is a naturalist and artist from this region and her name will link to her art currently on display at the virtual gallery of Artagora.
There are some more photographs of the old and abandoned chestnuts on the footpath to the village of Galaroza. Photographs are by Ruth Koenigsberger. Some were featured in Quote 1 and an earlier post on Autumn Walks. Ruth and Sol are currently exhibiting their art at the ARCO event in Madrid where both are involved in the alternative way to show art: Room Art. Some of Ruth’s art is also on the November 2015 archive on the virtual gallery Artagora.
I’ve always loved this verse of Gerard Manley Hopkins. He was an artist with words but who saw the challenges of keeping wild places. I hope we can all speak out, write, draw, paint and inspire others to protect the wild world.
The Quote Challenge
Thank you Jenny for nominating me and we seem to be on similar journeys finding out more about the natural world but on the opposite sides of this globe!
For this second day challenge I nominate the three blogs below with a focus on photography and inspiring a love of nature. This is all just part of a fun challenge which may bring to our attention more interesting blogs. Nominees should feel no pressure to create their own quote challenge. I have nominated these blogs as they all capture some wonderful photographs of the diverse world we live in.
- Post for three consecutive days
- Posts can be one or three quotes per day
- Nominate three different blogs per day
- https://foxduplanty.wordpress.com/ Beautiful focus on the plant world and its importance.
- http://picturethisbyfrank.com/ Amazing range of nature photos
- http://photographyofnia.com/ Brings the cat and bird world of the city of Istanbul to our attention