Now is not the time to be out on the moors or up on the cliffs. There’s very little to offer cool relief or shade on the heights of North Cornwall in the UK’s current heatwave. Trees and rivers are rare – and any trees are not very tall when there are any – so there’s no respite from the sun’s high summer heat.
Gwynnik and I have instead been seeking walks through the deep wooded valleys with their canopies of protection from the harsher UV light and with some offering a stream; perhaps reduced in force by the dry spell but a welcome cool-down splash for a small white terrier, especially when yet another squirrel has inevitably made it to safety after an energetic chase.
So, effectively having retreated into the shadows, here are some pictures that I have managed that hopefully give an impression – some more abstract than others – of travelling in among the pools of light and shade in the woodlands.