Tawny Owls at Dawn

Sunday, 6th February 2005
Wild West Yorkshire nature diary

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snowdropsowlThis morning at 6 it's the tawny owl that kicks off the dawn chorus. As it gradually gets lighter the blackbird goes through his routine; already he seems to be improvising with expressive nuances coming into the song and some rich, fruity notes.

Snowdrops are at their best. Chaffinches flit about on the quarry path.

Hollow Meadows?

Peak District scene, after Bowler, c. 1920-25As we've been out to the Peak District I make this sketch of a large oil painting (about 2ft 6in x 2ft) that hangs in my Mum's lounge, over the fireplace, of a scene that she tells me is probably 'Hollow Meadows' (not sure how you spell that) which, if she remembers correctly, is somewhere near the south-east end of the Strines.

It was painted in the early 1920s by Ernest Bowler, a painter who was based in Castleton.

I thought that I'd draw it and, if I get the chance, I'll ask around when I'm in the Peak District to see if I can track down the viewpoint. There's a small pool behind the flowering gorse in the foreground, but it appears to be so small that it may well have been colonised by sedges during the last 80 years.

A quick search on Google reveals no link to this Ernest Bowler so I'd be interested to hear from you if you know anything about the artist, or about the precise location of the view. Next Page

Richard Bell, richard@willowisland.co.uk

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