Art-wise, I'm plugging away at commissions in the background in and amongst wildlife surveying. Here's a taster of one I'm working on at the moment, I don't want to give too much away!
I also had the opportunity to attend another of Pollyanna Pickering's art talks. Pollyanna currently has a rather beautiful exhibition displayed at Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington and to launch the event she gave a very interesting presentation on her life's travels in search of special subjects for her work, a job many wildlife artists can only dream of! Such a privilege to be able to sketch animals in their natural environments and Pollyanna does a stirling job of capturing their characters in her famous paintings.
A couple of pics from the exhibition:
The warmer weather means only one thing in the world of ecology, survey-time! Great crested newts are well on the move now having stirred from hibernation before they head to their breeding ponds. It's always worth the late nights to see these fascinating little dinosaurs with their striking belly markings! I never tire of them. We also see other amphibians on our surveys including smooth and palmate newts, frogs and toads.
|A handsome male with his crest along his back, |
not quite so impressive out of the water!
|Every newt has individual belly markings...|
|This handsome chap was in one of our bottle traps this week|
his crest was particularly large, a fine specimen
|You can just make out the iridescent flash on the males' tails,|
a helpful giveaway when you're torching a pond at night!
|Spot the Newt! Clue is in the last photo ;)|
|Our native Bluebell|
|The arum, or lords and ladies, a favourite of mine!|
|Started the morning off with this control female Blackcap|
|A noisy Song Thrush|
|And a female Bullfinch who was quite happy to stay a wee while :)|