Watering the fields, Cuba

Watering the fields, on the road, in a coach, between Santa Clara and Camaguey, Cuba. 15th March 2010.

Many of our photos are just snaps but some of them aren’t too bad. If you would like one of our snaps please let us know.

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My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Bees and other pollinators need their sleep

I posted this a year ago but unfortunately the UK government fails to follow the science.

22nd January 2021

Using neonicotinoids even for one or two seasons and only for one crop is a dangerous step in the wrong direction, https://theconversation.com/pollinators-neonicotinoid-pesticides-stop-bees-and-flies-from-getting-a-good-nights-sleep-153673?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2022%202021%20-%201841317920&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2022%202021%20-%201841317920+CID_71940100946a5ea3a0a758691d06670d&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Pollinators%20neonicotinoid%20pesticides%20stop%20bees%20and%20flies%20from%20getting%20a%20good%20nights%20sleep. We need bees and other pollinators and they need their sleep.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton clothes and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Food waste -because people can

I posted this just before Christmas last year. It’s important that a lot of people have gone hungry at this supposedly very special time of the year. Food should never be wasted but especially now.

December 2020

This picture dates back to last year before the virus but it is more relevant now than ever. It’s from the eating area of a well known shopping centre’s food hall. A father and son hardly touched their food and walked off. What they did was wrong on so many levels although I expect some would say that it’s their right to do what they want. I would argue against that. We already had countless numbers of people living on poor diets and with food insecurity before the corona virus struck and it has made the situation far worse. The images of first world countries having long queues for food handouts should shock people especially when considering what first world countries spend their budgets on. Then there is the question of the animals that died to put the meat on the plates. Chain restaurants often buy in food from intensively reared animal suppliers so the suffering of these animals must be taken into account. Then we can also add the food miles and climate change emissions associated with the growing and transporting this food to the plate and then to the bin. How was it disposed of? Probably not very environmentally. There are 7.79 billion of us and many do not have sustainably produced food to meet their daily requirements so time to take the food we eat more seriously. Just because we can afford it in monetary terms does not mean that we can do what we like with it.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

The Monster Carrot Picking Machine – a childrens’ story but for adults

This is a post from early 2020 and there was an article about a monster carrot harvester and how it could replace people. It might have been one like this and it got me thinking, https://www.pinterest.ch/pin/545498573611547406/.

I was on Twitter yesterday and a I saw a promoted tweet about a huge carrot picking machine. Progress one might think, the progress that has brought us 417ppm of CO2. As I like to think of things in a simplistic manner I thought of breaking this down to a horror story for children that adults would understand.

So what was wrong with this huge harvester of carrots? For a start the field in which it was operating was huge also, just one large intensive agriculture wasteland of monoculture, carrots. However, ask yourself, when all the carrots have been picked by machines, what will the human carrot pickers do? Will they still be able to afford carrots? Or will they all become hedge fund managers & entrepreneurs making their money out of Bitcoin or will they set up businesses to exploit 3rd world carrot pickers? What happens when even the 3rd world carrot pickers are replaced by machines? What will happen to the driver of the gigantic carrot picking machine once they get a robot to replace him because it doesn’t eat carrots unlike the human driver?

A bizarre fairy tale but it does illustrate the current economic model of big is better and the environmental damage that this causes and its failure in replacing humans rather than making their lives easier.

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

Vineyard and field, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

The last picture I took that day of the vineyard and field where we were walking.

I think that this was close to Yverdon-les-Bains but I’m not absolutely certain. 8th September 2013.

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My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

Our Etsy shop has blank greeting, birthday, invitation cards of some of my books cover artwork, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Agriculture on the plain, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

Many years ago, hundreds if not thousands, this land would have been a naturally functioning ecosystem but it’s now agricultural land and we human primates see this as perfectly normal.

I think that this was close to Yverdon-les-Bains but I’m not absolutely certain. 8th September 2013.

Our links

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

Our Etsy shop has blank greeting, birthday, invitation cards of some of my books cover artwork, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JunagarhMedia.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Sunflowers out of the train window, on the way to Lucca, Italy

We spent a few days in this wonderful part of Italy with its glorious landscapes and countryside. 3rd August 2019.

Our links

Our Teemill shop site for our organic cotton T-shirts and bags, https://junagarh-media.teemill.com/.

My author page where you can discover more about my books, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L.

This is our website for all our photography and my books, https://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk/.

We are also on Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/21104365@N06/.

Also on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/junagarh_media/.

Bees and other pollinators need their sleep

Using neonicotinoids even for one or two seasons and only for one crop is a dangerous step in the wrong direction, https://theconversation.com/pollinators-neonicotinoid-pesticides-stop-bees-and-flies-from-getting-a-good-nights-sleep-153673?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2022%202021%20-%201841317920&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2022%202021%20-%201841317920+CID_71940100946a5ea3a0a758691d06670d&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Pollinators%20neonicotinoid%20pesticides%20stop%20bees%20and%20flies%20from%20getting%20a%20good%20nights%20sleep. We need bees and other pollinators and they need their sleep.

Food waste -because people can

This picture dates back to last year before the virus but it is more relevant now than ever. It’s from the eating area of a well known shopping centre’s food hall. A father and son hardly touched their food and walked off. What they did was wrong on so many levels although I expect some would say that it’s their right to do what they want. I would argue against that. We already had countless numbers of people living on poor diets and with food insecurity before the corona virus struck and it has made the situation far worse. The images of first world countries having long queues for food handouts should shock people especially when considering what first world countries spend their budgets on. Then there is the question of the animals that died to put the meat on the plates. Chain restaurants often buy in food from intensively reared animal suppliers so the suffering of these animals must be taken into account. Then we can also add the food miles and climate change emissions associated with the growing and transporting this food to the plate and then to the bin. How was it disposed of? Probably not very environmentally. There are 7.79 billion of us and many do not have sustainably produced food to meet their daily requirements so time to take the food we eat more seriously. Just because we can afford it in monetary terms does not mean that we can do what we like with it.

Review of Busy Bee and the Silent Spring 14/06/2020

Silent Spring book

To promote my book I have been contacting various beekeeping groups because some of the beekeepers must have children or grandchildren or friends that have them that might like a book about bees. One group I follow reviewed the book for me yesterday and I have to say that I was bowled over. It is truly an inspiration to carry on writing. For Busy Bee can I come up with another story line? That’s the problem. Anyway, an initial idea has been filed away in my ideas box as I have several other projects on the go. The wording below is from the Dunfermline and West Fife Beekeeping Association so if you want you can check its authenticity.

We (admin) managed to read ‘The Silent Spring’ by wonderful children’s author Paul Noel, a long awaited follow up to ‘Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow.’
Aimed at children aged 8-12, our only complaint was that the book ended, seriously, it delighted us, throughout the entire story.

At one point, the bees want to find out what a few big words mean, (PESTICIDES and NEONICOTINOIDS). To do this, one evening, under the cover of darkness, the bees set off accompanied by some foxes, bats and owls, each bee paired up with a glow worm, intending to sneak into the village library to discover the meaning of the big words.

As the bees arrive at the library and with a tiny wax candle and begin squeezing through the small gap in one of the library windows, all of a sudden you are no longer reading, you feel as if you are THERE, alongside the bees, with the other creatures keeping watch outside. You feel as if you have magically been transported into the story. It is incredible.

Education is, we believe, the key in understanding and appreciating bees and the wonderful work they do and we highly recommend this book. The illustration is excellent too. It would be a great book for a school library, or to give, as a gift.

Busy Bee and the Silent Spring is now available on Amazon, Busy Bee and the Silent Spring. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited. Of course you can still purchase from Amazon the first Busy Bee book, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

Contact me if you have any questions or problems.

 

 

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