A couple of mono-prints using acrylic with a retarder and a gelli plate....the light was rather poor for photography!
Monday, 16 October 2017
Sunday, 15 October 2017
With the Marine Conservation Society reporting mass strandings of Portuguese man o' war in the south-west; the largest in number since 2012, it was no surprise when Tom sent these pictures through from the beach between Swansea Uni and Black Pill. There were 5 in total.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
|Ivy bees in the dunes at Swansea Bay- large aggregations and high density nesting holes- pictured is a female digging her burrow out.|
|Walks in Singleton Park|
Left: jay; grey squirrel
Middle top: birch polypore( Piptoporus betulinus),
Middle bottom: purple jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)
Top right: a bracket of some kind
Bottom right: brick stuck in a tree!
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Just as it's getting rather dark and cool in Cumbria, the sun and warmth bathe Swansea in autumnal colour!
|Swansea University botanic gardens - feted iris and passion flowers.|
|Swansea Bay dunes- morning moisture on a funnel web; speckled wood butterfly; waxcaps and a Lasioglossum furrow bee.|
Monday, 9 October 2017
With Tom happily ensconced at Swansea University it's good to see that he's out and about! The submerged forest is particularly impressive. They are the remains of a birch tundra woodland that grew 10 000 years ago flourishing as the climate warmed - the sea level was then some 22.5m lower. By the beginning of the neolithic period the sea level, as the ice sheets melted, began to rise submerging the coastal woodland on the Gower peninsula. They began to emerge again as the sediment began to be stripped away off them in the 1980s.
|At low tide the submerged forest is clearly visible. Top left: tree stump. Bottom left: eroded wood found on the strand line. Bottom right hand two - birch bark. top right: sting winkles.|
|Beach finds: A rather attractive and large marble and various bricks including one from Tondu near Bridgend which had brickworks until they were demolished in 1977.|
Sunday, 8 October 2017
A glorious autumnal morning, so we drove round the Cardurnock peninsula and then walked from Westfield Marsh back west into Port Carlisle. The light was superb. Lots of redshank, lapwing, golden plover and little egrets. A fascinating history too of this small port.
|Little egret and grey heron|
Saturday, 7 October 2017
A rather inauspicious walk along the coast at Mawbray (shores of the Solway), but then you look at the photos and you think 'We are lucky!'
|Criffel across the Solway...and in the sun!|
|Fox moth caterpillars.|
|A good mix of summer and autumn.|
Friday, 6 October 2017
Following on from the original sea- post ...another sea-post; this time covered in goose barnacles; surrounded by pebbles and an edible crab. All the barnacles, pebbles and crab have been needle felted.
|The original post.|
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
A superb exhibition at this small but renowned gallery. I don't really 'do' portraits but these really portrayed the time and landscape,; they have such a strong sense of place. They made me want to go out and sketch people - I will soon change my mind though! For more information see http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/exhibitions/cornish-at-castlegate/ - well worth a look!
|Norman's mother - so lovely to see pen drawings valued on almost scraps of paper - a spiral bound tear off pad.|
|Field sketches ...fab!|
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
A series of prints combining the gelli plate and some hand made foam hearts and homegrown ferns. The less successful prints were cut into four and then extra printing added on top as a focus ...at least I may be ready for Valentine's day...if not Christmas!
Sunday, 1 October 2017
Finally, the weather cleared up, so a quick walk on the beach at Parton. Lots of pottery finds today, but best of all a full steam run-by of the Leander. She was built in 1936 in Crewe and was named after HMS Leander which in turn was named after the Greek Leander - from the myth where Hero, one of Aphrodite's priestesses fell in love with Leander.
|Leander at Parton - bottom left - in Woodham's scrapyard, Barry, before restoration.|
|HMS Leander (Worldnavalships.com)|
|Beach finds at Parton|
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Oh it had happen! There isn't much time so I need to think how to make my stalls look Christmassy.... I may mount these in cards so people have a homemade card that doubles as a decoration and/or make bunting ....and of course just have them as individual pieces to hang on the tree.....I have also got a robin design and am awaiting the delivery of materials. ....then I may just do baubles too!
Monday, 25 September 2017
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Walking back through Oxwich Burrows NNR was a real treat in the late summer sunshine - plenty to see and good to hear choughs too.
|Hundreds of small solitary bees ....|
|Spindle; round-leaved wintergreen; rockrose; carline thistle and autumn gentian ....lots of bloody crane's-bill, milkwort and eyebright out too.|
|Devil's coach horse with prey and a couple of grasshoppers.|
|Wax cap; plenty of parasol mushrooms and a lovely turkey tail.|
After dropping Tom off at Swansea Uni a walk down from our campsite at Nicholaston farm (to be recommended as a cracking campsite), down through the woods and onto the beach and east along to Threecliff Bay. We then walked back west to Oxwich and then back through the Oxwich Burrows and the NNR, but that'll have to be another blog!
|Nicholaston Woods - growing on practically pure sand.|
|Bees enjoying the late summer ivy nectar.|
|Spectacular bedding in the cliffs at Threecliff Bay.|