Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sun,Sea,Land : John Muir Park - Part 1

John Muir Park,sun,sea,land : Wall hanging - Acrylic paints on calico (220cm x130cm)

The vertical gold line represents the connection between earth and sky,above and below,and the elements.




The idea for the wall hanging emerged one summer afternoon a few years ago
 on this beach,my favourite in East Lothian.
The land lies within the John Muir Country Park,an area of about 80 square km. between the towns
of  Dunbar and North Berwick. The park was created in honour of John Muir (1838-1914),best known as the father of American National Parks,who spent the first eleven years of his life
 in the nearby town of Dunbar.

We took my son's spaniel Louis with us on our walk earlier this week -  and here he is chasing sand flies.

Bass Rock can be seen in the distant right of the picture.
 Seacliff beach and North Berwick are on the other side of the headland.

The red sandstone rock is typical of the area.

A coastal path known as John Muir Way runs 70km. from Edinburgh city boundary to the
Scottish Borders.

Common Ragwort is poisonous to farm animals but is beautiful and smells of honey.
Insects love it!

Scentless Mayweed

Common Thistle,Grasses and Cat's Ear

Happy dogs!

Estuary of the River Tyne,Dunbar town is top left.

On the edge of the Park this field of barley looks in surprisingly good condition
despite our rainy summer.

To be continued..................................

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Summer Rain

Voice above
voice of thunder
speak from the
dark of clouds;
voice below,
Grasshopper voice,
speak from the
green of plants;
so may the earth
be beautiful.

N Scott Momaday

Buttercups,clover and grasses

Grasses,buttercups and ox-eye daisies

Dock and meadow grasses.


Wild rose bushes

Wild Rose

We have had a great deal of rain this summer,much more than usual. One of the effects of course has been rampant plant growth. Wild grasses and plants appear to have almost doubled in size,however fragile blooms such as wild roses have had fleetingly short lives.

These photos were taken two weeks ago on one of the few dry days!

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