Thursday, June 30, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Watch this very sweet badger cub setting off for his evening outing. It is so funny seeing him run round and round in circles with sheer excitment.
I videoed him from the badger hide that I built near to me. I hope to get good enough photographs here to paint from in the future and I think he'll be quite a character to capture on canvas.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I also saw this pyramidal orchid.
And these common blue butterflies, pictured here on mouse ear hawkweed with another male flying in.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
You also have to get the timing right. The shot above was taken with the flash set set to fire at nine times a second.But here I had it set to go off more frequently and the owl overlaps. I watched the owl through a telescope as it sat on a post at the edge of the garden and triggered the camera with a wireless remote shutter release. The camera was set on manual with the lens at F4 and a speed of an eighth of a second.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
You won't see any of these though!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The puffin parade with professional birdwatcher Michael Flowers also went down a storm on Monday. Click here to read about how they got on.
Similarly Susan Nicholls' workshop on wirework sculpture last night was a hit.
There are still a few events left including gardener Gilda Brader and dress designer Jenni Palmer's talk tomorrow night on styling for a summer garden party so if you're interested click here to book.
Sadly the owl safari's are all fully booked.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
At the badger sett there were five adults and just one cheeky cub. Oddly, one of the sows had taken her two cubs away for the night. She must be feeling a little insecure. I saw her come back to the sett for a little while and dive into the burrow and then shoot back off up the hill where she must have stashed her cubs.
Friday, June 10, 2011
I've sold seven original paintings in the first week! This barn owl is going to Australia straight after the exhibition is over - it was bought by an Australian couple on day one! It means I'm going to have to get on with some more painting. I only actually completed seven new originals for the exhibition!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
After a fiercely cold winter and unseasonably dry spring, kingfishers, badgers, deer and even barn owls are fighting back. Click here to read the piece.
Friday, June 3, 2011
It was taken from my studies of a little owl family just down the road from my gallery at Thixendale. This juvenile spent its days either hiding under a fallen downn elm log or standing on this post and calling for food from its parents.
I've also painted this barn owl for the exhibition. I've called it Barn Owl at Burdale. Burdale is about 3 miles away from my gallery and one of my favourite places to watch barn owls. I saw this beauty hunting for several hours before it landed on this post right in front of me.
I'll post some more of my paintings tomorrow if I get chance! Hopefully it'll be busy in the gallery and I'll sell lots of paintings - wish my luck!