Photo Blog: Wildlife of Chile and Patagonia

It's World Wildlife Day, a day that fills me with joy and where I dig out all my favourite Attenborough documentaries. The natural world is extraordinary seen through the lens of a film camera, but it's even more extraordinary when you can witness it first hand. Having been to plenty of zoos and wildlife parks... Continue Reading →

Poems Inspired By Nature

Today I felt like sharing a different source of inspiration whilst also connection with my favourite muse: nature of course! Instead of browsing through my travel photos or watching Attenborough yet again, I decided to dig out some old books and some favourite poets. Poets have an extraordinary way of connecting with nature that its... Continue Reading →

Art Diaries: A Trip To Seville

Sometimes, inspiration is obvious. Other times, you have to go looking for it. In Seville during perhaps the hottest week of the year, I went looking for it. The city of Seville in Spain is one of history and contrast. The streets are filled with glorious buildings that range from gigantic, spiralling Gothic cathedrals to... Continue Reading →

The Legacy of the Blue Macaw

I don't have many connections to Sao Paolo. Passing through it's bustling and somewhat cold airport a few months ago, I couldn't have felt further from Brazil's rich rainforests, immense diversity and un-contacted tribes. Yet this place was thrown in front of me a couple of days ago, when news of extinct blue parrots started... Continue Reading →

Art Diaries: Chilean Wildlife

Today I decided to do some quick and loose sketches of Chilean wildlife from my trip. Sketching in watercolour is great fun: it loosens up the wrists and allows you to create a quick impression of what it is your painting. There were several amazing wildlife spots that we stumbled upon. Of course, if you... Continue Reading →

Birdbrain!

"Birdbrain": we've all heard the term, bandied it around, perhaps even referred to another person as one. But where does this come from, and does it have any merit? The common notion is that birds are, to put in bluntly, dumb. But birds aren't stupid at all. By proportion, they have pretty tiny brains (a... Continue Reading →

Penguin Awareness Day

We call ourselves animal lovers, but, we have to admit, there are far fewer of us that love cockroaches than furry, four legged bundles and beats. And seeing as today is #PenguinAwarenessDay, I thought I'd talk a bit about one of my personal favourite species, and why they do (and do not) appear in my... Continue Reading →

Birds, Birds, Birds!

Dinosaurs in┬ádrag. That's effectively what birds are. The scaly-legged, scaled-down and more decorative great-great-great-great grandchildren of the dinosaurs. Whether you believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs or not (but you really, really should), it's hard not to be fascinated by these animals. Whilst some people are terrified of birds to the point of hysterics... Continue Reading →

Art Diaries: Life at Last Light

Life at Last Light represents the resilience and adaptability of the raven to an urban environment. Ravens are highly intelligent, sociable, and highly adaptable, but even with their skills, life in an urban environment is tough, from winging your way through glass disorienting skyscrapers to traffic, pollution and an unhealthy and unnatural diet. But the... Continue Reading →

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