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Wintry dawn over Second Valley cliffs, June 2015

When the rain comes, everything changes. The soil begins to dissolve from its summer hardness, the air develops an edge, and in the damp places, centipedes awaken. After the dryness of 2014 the rain is still playing catch-up, the dam is just a puddle, and there are few places where the soil feels genuinely saturated, but it’s undoubtedly the time to start winter tasks: tree planting, trench-digging, planning.

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It’s still not quite a dam, but it is a very good puddle!

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These isopods seem to swarm over the bones of dead things, cleaning up whatever is left by the eagles and foxes.

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Under rocks and timber, the centipedes are back.

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The feathery house centipede.

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