"Mum, Mum, come quickly!" G called me from the kitchen. Imagine my surprise when I saw the daredevil squirrel in action. No wonder the bird feeders have been running out so quickly. However, even though this country has a hate relationship with gray squirrels, I still enjoyed watching him until he scampered away.
I thought I had stepped into the world of Peter Rabbit when I saw this bunny wandering around our garden in seach of food. At first we couldn't work our how he could come into the garden, but sure enough, as soon as he had spotted us, he made his great escape under the fence.
1. One tiny rabbit, sat very close to the roadside.... probably not very well.
2. One dead rabbit on the roadside.
3. One squirrel playing "chicken" with a lorry - the lorry won.
4. One magpie - I'm sure that's supposed to be bad luck.
6. A pair of swans.
7. Lots of blackbirds.
So I went for a walk when I got home tonight and this is what I saw - a much better list
Finally, I managed to get myself planted firmly on my chair and start assignment number 1 in David Hornung's book, Colour.
Experimenting is ...... fun, exciting, a chance to make a mess, a chance to question yourself and the task you are doing. Well, I went through all of these and the one thing that is missing when you do these things yourself is feedback. I know there are no right or wrong answers (except my art tutor says that you can tell when some things are definitely wrong!) and that art is all about experimenting and finding things yourself, but when you are learning it would be nice for someone to look over your shoulder and say "yes, you are on the right track". They don't need to say that it looks great (although that feedback is always welcome!), but it helps if you know that you are following the learning path set out in the assignments.
So, I have to ask you, reader (if anyone is reading this blog!), to tell me what you think of the colours. The assignment is designed to focus on the production of chromatic grays. This is described in the book as follows:
"Chromatic Grays exhibit a subtle, yet discernible hue. One can create chromatic grays by adding black, white, or gray to the prismatic colour. Adding the complement of a hue will also diminish its saturation and produce a chromatic gray. Chromatic grays simply require larger quantities of black, white, gray or the complementary colour."
Assignment No 1
I'm not so sure that the colours are subtle enough, but I'm sure my art tutor will advise me when I see her next.
I hope that you can leave a comment as some readers haven't been able to.
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My journey to work begins with a bike ride. I scan the sky for swifts as I head down to the cycle track that runs through a small woodland, and here look out for muntjac deer, though I tend to see these at dusk on my way home.
I emerge from the track onto a main road, where I often see buzzards and foxes in the adjacent field. Forking off into quiet country lanes, I count the chiffchaffs for the last few kilometres – my record is six – and in the summer I watch for swallows over the farm just past the pub.
One blustery autumnal morning, a windswept little egret flew over my head.
Arriving at the train station, I check to see if last year’s chiffchaff, who regularly sung his heart out while perched in full view on the phone lines above the platform, is still around.
I see plenty of wildlife on my train ride to Bristol, too; then, once in town, there’s always a chance of a peregrine staring down from the old brewery or a cormorant on the river.
On the bike ride home again, I may take a breather at the common to admire the orchid display and the last few cowslips. There are skylarks here, and as evening falls a badger might emerge from one of the numerous setts to begin its night’s feasting.
Of course, few of these sightings constitute anything unusual, but they do make my trip to the BBC Wildlife office more enjoyable.
In short, your commute – or any daily journey you make – doesn’t have to be dead time. There are so many opportunities to watch wildlife, whether you’re on foot or a bike, or in a car, train, bus or ferry.
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The wildlife I saw from Monday 6–Friday 10 June 2011
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