Nature reclaims her own

Walking the paths of Snowdonia the tenuousness of previous human activity at the foot of the Snowdon massif was evident. The farm and mine buildings were built entirely ‘of the land’; the use of slate for these and almost all other buildings, hewn from the very rock they are built on, has an immediate empathy and satisfying, heavy, material ‘here-ness’. Yet the ultimate futility of human attempts to harness the land is evident in the shadow of such a dominant landscape as nature re-claims her own, through the power of water, wind, time… reminding us of the tiny blip we inhabitants feature as on the timeline of the planet; reminding us who, after all, is in charge. Let us be appropriate custodians of our host planet.