Tim Wootton, country diary and Librivox

A new exhibition at the splendid SOC gallery in Aberlady features the work of wild life artist Tim Wootton. The exhibition shows a real craftsman at work, with the larger paintings providing a detailed view of birds in particular, and Tim’s depiction of the colours of the birds are excellent. The environment in which the birds live is always shown in detail and provide the viewer with another range of colours and shapes. If you can’t get to the exhibition, then check out Tim’s website. I contacted Tim and he very kindly sent me the two photos below. The first one of the eider ducks really appeals to me as  I watch eider through my scope at home. Note the great contrast in colour between the show-off males and the more reserved (in colour) females. The second photo shows a completely different landscape and I particularly like the representation of the tree with its curving limbs and branches.

Staying on a wildlife theme, I am a regular reader of the Guardian which appears in my letter box Monday to Saturday. Having the Guardian there each morning is one of the ways in which I judge that the world is a) civilised and b) in reasonable shape. On the few occasions that the paper is late or has gone astray (e.g. new paper boy/girl), I know for a fact that the world is not right. One excellent feature of the Guardian is its Country Diary which features observations by a range of writers across the UK. This week’s entry by Paul Evans struck me as very poetic in its descriptions of bees at Wenlock Edge. Evans refers to the bees as “bombastic majesties” and writes ” The carder bumblebee hovered at the mouths of flowering currants with the precision of a docking satellite, a furry ginger blur against carmine pink flowers”. The phrase “a docking satellite” is startling and the rest of the article gives the reader an excellent feel for the environment, as well as the writer’s enthusiasm for his topic.

Recently, a good friend introduced me to Libribvox. The website states that “LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net”. You can listen to audi0books, short stories or plays on your laptop or you can download books or plays. I have been listening to Hedda Gabler while riding my bike. One of the added value aspects of Librivox plays is that you get the stage directions as well as the voices of the characters in the plays e.g. it tells you that Hedda Gabler has just entered the room or that Hedda Gabler looks aghast. A great new resource for travellers, walkers, bike riders – and everyone else.

Eider cascade by Tim Wootton

Eider cascade by Tim Wootton

Winter sun by Tim Wootton

Winter sun by Tim Wootton

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