James, thank you for your further reflections and for the generation of new forms from the original word exchange.
I am very conscious that my participation in this two week virtual residency has so fare been more like a ten day virtual absence! I apologise for this - I am in a perfect storm of deadlines from four different directions which have all coincided with this fortnight and are taking all my waking hours, of which there are far too many. But for the next half hour, with God Speed You Black Emperor! (Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress) as my soundtrack, I have some time to write:
Your reflections on place - and the photographs - are poignant. My places would be Greenham Common (where Dartford Warblers have replaced tactical nuclear missiles in recent years); Burghfield AWE, or more specifically the footpath and gravel pit behind the nuclear bomb factory, where I have been birdwatching for the last ten years; and Cookham - Stanley Spencer's 'village in heaven' - because Stanley was one of my main artist influences at the beginning of my journey back into art-making.
I also enjoyed your selection of phrases. From the various iterations you have taken the word-exchange through, I have selected:
the power of wrong
nature is us all in the end