Tuesday, 6th June 2006

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Yellow Flag

moon9 p.m.A summer evening is a lovely time to draw but I've usually finished my day's drawing by now. It's a more reflective time; quieter and somehow more suited to drawing than the bustle and bluster of the day. Suited to a different type of drawing.

red-tailed bumblebeeI've got blackbirds singing in stereo; one from the wood and another from the garden next door. There are still bees buzzing around; I saw a red-tailed bumble-bee earlier working over the chive flowers.

I don't remember having seen so many yellow flag iris in previous summers but that's probably not surprising as they are now occupying a quarter of the area of the pond.

pigeonpoppyA wood pigeon flies up to the oak with wheezy wing-beats.

We've got six brilliantly scarlet flowers on the poppy, each the size of a large teacup. The 'pepper-pot' seed capsule in the centre of the flower is decorated with a spindly starfish pattern, picked out in dark purple velvet, like embroidery on a Victorian costume. Next Page

Richard Bell, richard@willowisland.co.uk

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