While we're here, we're not going to turn down my Mum's invitation
to pick a few Victoria Plums. I spot this basket,
a leftover from a large dried flower arrangement, in the summerhouse
and it doesn't take me long to pick these. Some of the branches
are hanging festooned with ripe plums.
I sketch them as plain outlines, variations on that simple shape,
but they look like a lot of soap bubbles so I can't resist adding
a touch of shading in the darker spaces to explain what is going
on, followed by shading on the surrounding plums because they now
look too flat.
By this time the drawing looks solid enough, in fact it looks like
a basket of potatoes, so I've no choice but to get out my crayons
and add the colour, without which plums would not be 'plums'.
The basket is too large and too repetitive for me to draw in the
time available so I draw in the bit which appeals to me most: the
handle. I like it's definite structure and the twist, like a Celtic
Barbara goes Scatty
looks out on all the work she did on the flower border yesterday and exclaims
that there must have been a dog in the garden overnight. In fact it's
a fox that has left its dropping - a fox scat:
you can tell by its clayey look and that wisp of a 'tail' at one end.
Foxes like to mark their territories so that other visiting foxes will
know who's about so they choose changed features, particularly rather
smelly changed features, which they know other foxes won't be able to
large cigar-sized dropping is there in a little scrape on display right
at the front of the arrangement of autumn-flowering pansies Barbara put
so much effort into planting.
Ground Force eat your heart out.
to the Fuchsia
Visiting a colourful garden border, a fresh-looking painted
lady is the first we've seen for several months. If this
migrant butterfly has appeared I wonder, is there a possibility
of an influx of hummingbird hawkmoths?
if to answer me, Allan Pidgeon from Kings Lynn
e-mails me these photograph of one that is currently visiting a
Fuchsia in his garden. The one on the left in particular looks uncannily
like a hummingbird.
Kings Lynn is on the east coast so, if there has been a fresh invasion,
there's a possibility of them reaching us during the next week.
My thanks to Allan for sharing these.
Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum,
photographs © Allan Pidgeon, 2004.
Kolibri's Hummingbird Hawk-moth page
Moth or Sphinx Moth? by Thomas
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org