Public Footpath

South Downs Way, Farnham

A recent article in the NY Times discussed the millions of acres of public land in the US that are inaccessible to the public because they’re entirely surrounded by private property, which is sacrosanct. In the UK, by contrast, there is custom going back centuries, that protects the people’s access to the commons. Everywhere you go you find public footpaths that cross private land, allowing one walking and rambling access to extensive swathes of the countryside. Of course, this is not wholly uncontested even here but the notion of public goods is much more widely recognized.

Soignée?

Seine, Paris

Everywhere we went in Paris (and we were mostly in the touristy 16th Arrondissement), there were people photographing themselves by the Seine, particularly engaged couples with professional photographers along, especially with the Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the background. This woman was walking with a companion and a photographer and stopped to get photographed with the swan.

Tide Pool Canvases

Amazing flora and fauna growing in tidal pools in the polygonal rock tops at the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Here are some examples that look almost like abstract paintings to me.

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