The 2017 hurricane season has been one of the most violent on record, with the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005 and it’s not even over yet. The storms have marched across the Atlantic in seemingly endless succession, and the alphabetic-order names have kept coming: Gert, Harvey, Irma, José, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia … let’s hope at the time of writing that there isn’t a Philippe.
For all the neighsayers out there, you can’t just buy a horse and keep it in the back yard. Well you can, but the horse will be miserable and so will you. These marvellous animals need care, exercise, lots of food, veterinary attention, somewhere to sleep out of the rain and cold, shoeing and hoof care, fences to keep them from disappearing, grooming, companionship and hay. And those are just the basics.
There is arguably no greater repository of outstanding nature and adventure photography than the archives of the National Geographic. The magazine has produced some of the most famous photographs of all time, from Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl to Tim Laman’s Orangutan reaching for figs at the top of a 100 foot tree in Borneo, and many more. Camera manufacturers pay top dollar to have their ads on the back page of NG, because they know the numbers of avid photographers who read the magazine and aspire to produce something approaching the marvels to be found within its covers.
It’s very British to talk about the weather. So it’s fitting that a British university – the University of Reading – offers a 3-week course called Come Rain or Shine: Understanding The Weather. Taking this course will have the effect of turning comments like ‘Looks like rain tomorrow’ into more technical and perhaps even accurate predictions. Cows lying down might mean it’s going to rain, but for the curious who want to know why it’s going to rain, this course is perfect.
You are lost and alone in the wilderness. For the first day or two, it isn’t too bad apart from the mosquitos. You’re going to be rescued, right? On day three you’re concerned but still aiming to catch the next episode of The Walking Dead. But around day four, when nobody has shown up yet, the reality sinks in and you must start to plan your survival for however long it takes until civilisation comes looking for you, or until you find it again.