We have some very wet weather heading towards us from the south, so we decided to hit the north today, and visit the gardens at Floors Castle, Kelso, in the Scottish Borders. We had only occasional glimpses of the sun, but it stayed dry, so I call that a result. I love the gardens at … Continue reading Flowers at Floors
I’ve been busy with commissions and (whispers) my other job lately, but I have been able to complete a couple of new designs, the first of which is this pendant. It features two polished silver magpies, set against a contrasting textured and oxidised background. It measures 0.8cm wide by 2.5cm long. I’ve made a few … Continue reading Latest Designs: Two For Joy
I spotted these black headed gulls perched on the railings of the footbridge in Rothbury yesterday afternoon. I was only able to get a couple of shots of them before a pedestrian crossed the bridge, and they scattered. Temporary indeed! For any doubters out there, the black (or more accurately, dark chocolate brown) head that … Continue reading Temporary: Black Headed Gulls
Most of our walks over the past few weeks have been accompanied by the clear, liquid song of the skylark. They are usually heard before they are seen, and are often soaring high in the sky. Too high to get a photograph, I'm afraid! But the sound and distant sight were enough to inspire me … Continue reading Latest Designs: Skylarks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mQUAqxe0-U The sun is shining, and the birds are starting to pair up. I'm not sure what these particular birds were, as I couldn't see them clearly, but I could definitely hear them. Sorry for the wind noise, by the way.
On shallow slates the pigeons shift together, Backing against a thin rain from the west Blown across each sunk head and settled feather. from Pigeons by Philip Larkin We came across these pigeons in Paris, one freezing cold February. Seriously, I don't think I've ever been so cold. They were huddled on this grate, taking … Continue reading monday verse: pigeons
Starlings are very underrated birds. From a distance, they can appear to be rather drab and dull. Seen close to, however, they really are extraordinary, with a beautiful irridescent sheen to their plumage. They are also amazing mimics. The one in the photograph convincingly (and rather confusingly) imitated a level crossing warning, a mobile … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: (extra)ordinary
Gulls are glanced from the lift of Of cliffing air And left Loitering in the descending drift, Or tilt gradient and go Down steep invisible clefts in the grain Of air, blading against the blow, Back-flip, wisp Over the foam-galled green Building seas from Gulls Aloft by Ted Hughes We came across this couple feeding the … Continue reading monday verse: gulls aloft