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Down Kenidjack

 September 14th, 2018, 7.00pm, plein air, oil on board, apprx. 20 x 15cm

September 15th, 2018, 2.30pm, plein air, oil on board, apprx. 20 x 15cm

The vibrant greens of summer are gradually yielding to the oranges, yellows and russets of autumn as the equinox approaches. The generally very dry weather this summer has had a great impact on the vegetation in the valley forcing a change to autumn colours somewhat earlier than one normally sees here.

The grasses and heather on the coast at Porth Nanven, usually still green and vibrant this time of year, are greyed and desiccated. Damp mists, fogs and brief periods of rain have made little real difference to the soil. The stream that flows from the moorland through this valley and out to sea is the lowest I’ve seen it during the nearly ten years I’ve lived here. It will be interesting to see what autumn and winter brings in terms of rainfall as a new El Niño gets underway in the Pacific.

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