• The big rains (Bearah Valley)

In two days’ time I leave for a 16-week perambulation up, down and across France.  I shall save my photographs from this trip until a future time.  But the signs of a dry start to my expedition are not auspicious.  Today – the first of 2014 – I went up towards Bearah Tor to see the state of the early stretches of Shales Brook.  The water was streaming through boulders and across the grass in furious torrents.  Rather impressive!

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• Hokusai in Cornwall

While snow drifts in to the north and east of Cornwall, today has brought lashing rain to Foweymoor.  All that was needed to conjure up a scene worthy of Hokusai were some soaked Japanese travellers, but we don’t get many of those round here.

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• Rain

Hiroshige Shōno - Hakuu/Shōno - Sudden Rain (1831-34)

Ochiba ochi
kazanarite ame
ame wo utsu 

Falling leaves fall,
pile up; rain
on rain, beats

Gyōdai (1732-93)

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