|Our route (in blue) for the day, starting and ending at SX52203 80248.|
|Just a piece of the mechanism controlling the rise and fall of the water in the leat. It looked rather lonely and unloved.|
|The salmon leap and weir at Hill Bridge. To the right is the take-off for the leat which runs a few miles to the mines at Peter Tavy. dating from circa 1830 it really is an impressive feat of engineering.|
|Lots of evidence of tree bark being nibbled off by deers. The teeth marks are quite visible, which is more than can be said about their owners. There are obviously lots of deer around but we rarely see them.|
|In the distance on our way back we could see the church on top of Brentor. By the looks of it, the roof repairs have been completed as it is no longer encased in the builder's equivalent of a plastic bag.|
|I'm always intrigued by lichen: all aspects of it, really. Its shape, its habitat, its colour.|
|Looking closer than it really is, Kit Hill can be seen to the west with its characteristic column on the top. It was about 15 miles away from this spot. We live just the other side of the lump.|
|Maidenhair spleenwort, Asplenium trichomanes subspecies trichomanes, the subspecies is named according to the rounded, not oblong, pinnae. Other wise it would be plain old Asplenium trichomanes. It's a lime-loving plant and is found in the mortar of old walls, as this one was. |
For the Lobaria, Usnea, Witches Hair, Map Lichen, Beard Lichen, Ground Lichen, Shield Lichen.
The names of subway lines, busses.
How long it took to walk 20 blocks.
Uptown and downtown.
Not north, not south, not you.
When I saw you, later, seaweed reefed in the air,
you were grey-green, incomprehensible, old.
What you clung to, hung from: old.
Trees looking half-dead, stones.
Marriage of fungi and algae,
chemists of air,
changers of nitrogen-unusable into nitrogen-usable.
Like those nameless ones
who kept painting, shaping, engraving,
unseen, unread, unremembered.
Not caring if they were no good, if they were past it.
Rock wools, water fans, earth scale, mouse ears, dust,
Transformers unvalued, uncounted.
Cell by cell, word by word, making a world they could live in