Autumn concertina book

Autumn concertina book

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A new piece begun - wild grasses.

 We have been out and about at the weekend. This is Symond's Yat - Forest of Dean for a bird's eye view over the Wye valley. Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs there and we were lucky to see the male perching in a tree. The lovely RSPB volunteers keep watch and have a telescope there so you can see any activity they spot. They still aren't sure if the pair have chicks yet. They are a new young pair of birds so only time will tell.
 While we were looking out we saw a buzzard and a red kite pass by. The wonderful thing about being up so high is that you see the birds below in all their wonderful colours, rather than staring up at their tummies, which is the usual stance.
 We had a walk along the Brecon canal with a friend and she was the one who stopped and pointed out the dappled light on these wonderful grasses. We had been trying to name all the wild flowers and grasses we knew.
 I started a new piece the next day. It is long and thin so same problem (Liz!) with photos. 11x30cm.
Close up of first stitches.
This isn't cow parsley but water dropwort hemlock- which we had to search the books and internet to find. Poisonous and only grows near water or mud. The pom-poms of white flowers and parsley shaped leaves were quite distinctive.

6 comments:

  1. Such lyrical place names ... and your stitches are likewise expressive

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    1. Thank you Liz, I am trying to catch the movement of the grasses in the breeze.

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  2. what a fabulous view, love that you could see the birds in flight from above and your wildflowers & grasses are magic, have you noticed that when birds know you are watching them they play with sheer delight with the breeze showing us earth bound folk what it's like to be airborne!

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    1. We can only dream of what they see and feel!

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  3. Your beautiful drawings of grasses below and this lovely beginnings of a piece here both evoke the English countryside at this time of the year so well. I especially like the gentle colours in your stitch piece.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, trying to catch that midsummer feel!

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