Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Falling Petals

Falling petals : acrylic on canvas (50x45cm)

Robert Fersusson (1750-1774) : sculpture by David Annand.

The poet Robert Fergusson strides through fallen cherry blossom on his way down
Edinburgh's Royal Mile,close to where he once lived and worked.
Although Fergusson died tragically young at the age of twenty four,his work received
acclaim during his lifetime.
He is buried in the graveyard of Cannongate Kirk .

Cherry trees,Cannongate Kirk - the Fergusson sculpture is on the right.

The church,built in the Dutch style,was founded in 1688. It is the Royal family's local church when
they are in residence at nearby Holyrood Palace and last year it was chosen for the wedding ceremony of the Queen's granddaughter Zara and her husband.

Gean blossom (Wild cherry).

The Wild cherry is native to Europe and western Asia.It's fruit has been used as a food source
 for thousands of years and cherry stones have been found at Bronze Age sites throughout Europe.

The ornamental cherry is said to have arrived in Europe from China and Japan around 200 years ago.

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