Ever since I became aware of the incredible intelligence and social behaviour of octopus, I just can’t bring myself to eating cephalopods anymore.

I mean, nine brains!

This new study just highlights an incredible similarly between the way mammals and cephalopods sleep and dream…

Featured image: “Key West Octopus” by Joe Parks is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Lovely signs is spring wherever I look!

Almost like a watercolour painting.

Only better: it’s real.

A little farther than strictly local, I stretched my range a little beyond 7 miles to enjoy a good walk along the Cornish coast.

Blackthorn like a bridal wreath

Beautiful, uplifting, entertaining and even more so because I enjoyed this scene with a friend and our dogs.

The blackthorn is starting to blossom in sheltered spots.

Soon, the delicate detail of individual flowers will be masked by the snowstorm-like appearance of white bloom along hedges and motorways.

Tiny droplets of mist settled on this daisy.

Pretty in the mizzle.

The violets are out today,

perhaps to greet all who nurture (it is mother’s day in the UK),

perhaps to delight those who stop and notice,

and certainly to just be.

First I hear the cry of the crow.

It draws my eyes to the acrobatics of a young buzzard evading the crow’s attacks with graceful ease.

The spring sun lights up its wing feathers – creating an almost ghostly appearance against the blue.

I watch in awe until they part and fly their separate ways.

All I have for you is a picture of the sky – the rest I leave to your imagination.

Sometimes it is simply necessary to have a big horizon.

Even, or more accurately, especially during lockdown.

10 miles on the Tamar estuary with my paddle board…

…a great way of spending a sunny spring Sunday!

Lots to see, including otter footprints in the mud, the ochreous outflow of a mine adit and the overgrown scenery of the upper reaches.

Spring is definitely on its way when our apricots are in full bloom!

What a sky!

The clouds look as unreal as some of the old master’s paintings.

Only it’s right here and now, in nature, no need for a gallery to be open (not that there are any…)

So lovely to see wild ponies on the moor, interacting naturally!

One day social distancing will be a thing of the past for us, too!

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