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winter trees & snowy owl, artis, amsterdam

winter trees at sunset  |  snowy owl

I recently popped across the road to visit my neighbours, in search of inspiration for some wolf drawings I’ve been working on. The wolves were very obliging…

wolf, artis, amsterdam

handsome wolf

… but seeing these majestic, naturally broad-ranging creatures in captivity rends my heart (as is always the case when I visit my neighbours), though they seem content enough?

wolf paws, artis, amsterdam

powerful paws

Having gathered sufficient source material and inspiration for my drawings I proceeded to get entirely side-tracked admiring the feathered residents of Artis and the intricate calligraphy of the winter trees silhouetted against the late afternoon gloaming. Some of the birds pictured here are permanent (enclosed) residents, but others seem to come and go as they please… presumably returning for the free food and the general gezelligheid.

greater rhea fresh hay bath, artis, amsterdam

the greater rhea enjoys a fresh bed of straw!

grey heron & snowy owl feathers, artis, amsterdam

grey heron | snowy owl detail

winter trees & jackdaw, artis, amsterdam

jackdaw

winter trees & greater rhea feathers, artis amsterdam

silver feathers (greater rhea)

gannet (?) & winter trees, artis, amsterdam

northern gannet

heron silhouette & winter trees, artis amsterdam

heron-on-high

golden goose and duck feathers, artis, amsterdam

golden goose (and duck) feathers

"you talkin'to me" - gannet (?) & snowy owl, artis, amsterdam

“you talkin’ to me?”

beach boulders, paternoster, south africa

beach boulders & sand ‘cables‘, paternoster

barnacles and sunset, paternoster, south africa

barnacles & a liquid sunset, paternoster

euphorbia and lion's head, cape town, south africa

euphorbia ingens | lion’s head

devil's peak and lush arbor, kirstenbosch, cape town, south africa

part of table mountain’s eastern face (window buttress or fernwood buttress?) and devil’s peak & a lush arbour, kirstenbosch

clouds over table mountain and sunset view from signal hill, cape town, south africa

clouds envelop table mountain & the sun sets over
the atlantic ocean (view from signal hill)

cape town cbd @ sunset, south africa

cape town cbd at dusk, view from signal hill

gulls and mountains at buffels bay, cape point, south africa

gulls & mountains, buffels bay, cape point

cape chacma baboon and turquoise ocean at buffels bay, cape point, south africa

cape chacma baboon & a turquoise sea, buffels bay

I was very lucky to have a wonderful mid-winter injection of southern light and colour! Then, on returning to Amsterdam a week and a half ago, I quickly succumbed to a nasty northern ‘flu bug… and am just starting to feel human again now. How has 2014 been treating you? Very well, I hope!

moon tree, stanford, south africa

this time last year…

moon tree, stanford, south africa

photos taken here, 24 December 2012

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

april skies, amsterdam

As seen from a single vantage point (our front windows) over the past few evenings, photos taken between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. I love it when it starts to stay lighter later (and, although it may seem contradictory, now have an urge to give Darklands a spin :)

Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

another good walk

sand lace & jellyfish, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

sand lace  |  pink jelly

oystercatcher & wave rainbows, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

african black oystercatcher  |  wave rainbows

moon & wave, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

tidal

fisherman's grave & oystercatchers, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

fisherman’s grave marker  |  roosting oystercatchers

strandroos & sunset, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

strandroos (or sea lavender)  |  sunset colours over the ocean

These snaps were taken on another good walk, over the rocky outcrops and along the beach at Paternoster, during what photographers and cinematographers apparently refer to as the Golden Hour – the last (or first) hour of sunlight during the day. A time of day that is indeed very aptly named, producing wonderful, dreamy qualities of light. As it’s a grey and chilly winter’s afternoon here in Amsterdam I’m enjoying revisiting these ‘golden’ images (taken 18 December 2012) from my recent travels in South Africa…

sunset, Paternoster, West Coast, South Africa

golden sunset
(and the cape columbine lighthouse)

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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