Smog from the Wrekin (‘Dragon Line’ Location Feature)


Welcome to another location feature for Dragon Line. Its been a little while, but I was able finally to get out and about in Shropshire last weekend. This included a trip up the Wrekin, ostensibly to get a (hopefully) fantastic view across the Shropshire plain to present on YouTube and this blog. I call this a location feature, though this isn’t strictly the case with the Wrekin. It gets a mention in the novel but isn’t an actual location for any action. What I was hoping, however, was to get a good view of some of the prominent locations such as Caer Caradog from the top.

So what did I find instead? Well, as the papers had been reporting for the Easter weekend across England and Wales, I was presented – in actual fact – with a ‘nice’ pall of smog lurking over the county. This was due to the high temperatures and pollution in the form of ozone etc in the atmosphere. Great!, I thought. But it didn’t put me off. I filmed it all the same and these are the results.

Well, if you need any more proof of what we are doing to our environment with fossil fuels, this has got to be it. Global warming, climate change? Maybe. Unpleasant pollution – certainly!

Maybe Peak Oil might be the best opportunity for us to finally wean ourselves off fossil fuels. Or is this the legacy we want to leave our children and grandchildren?

Anyway, as a panacea check out the video below. In the forest at the foot of the Wrekin, we were presented with a majestic scene of a ‘bluebell wood’. So I had to film it! Enjoy!

Until the next post…

Owen Law

YouTube – Smog on the Wrekin

YouTube – Bluebell Wood

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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