"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Little Big Feet

I am nearly back to my own work, it’s just been very busy with 4 very enjoyable drawing and painting Workshops and getting ready for Louth’s Festival of the Bees tomorrow. I will be there with the Buzz paintings and talking about bees and flowers etc. It’s an excellent week with speakers and exhibitors and I really hope that everyone who can, will go along and support all the hard work put in by Biff Vernon and the organisers.

louth festival

Listening to the report on our diminishing wildlife today just reinforces how important it is for us all to do a little bit to plant more bee friendly flowers, keep a little bit of wild garden for hedgehogs and birds and to stop killing things. David Attenborough  talked about our “extraordinary expertise in destroying and poisoning things” and I watch my neighbour spray and dig in order to obliterate every weed or disorderly plant in order to maintain the depressingly uniform bright green “lawn”. I guess the tarmac will be along soon.

We who care think the message is getting across because we generally talk to each other. “Everyone knows about the bees” my friends tell me but that is just not true and there are acres and acres of the self obsessed, the ignorant and uncaring. However we keep going, trying to inform without preaching and I keep talking bees to anyone who has ears to listen and a few of those who don’t.

Little Big Feet

Meanwhile there are coot in the lane and of course on the reservoir. They are delightful and potter about near the stream on their enormous feet. I don’t think they are endangered. It’s on my list for a “good” painting …meanwhile a sketch…

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Coot in the Lane, Grafham watercolour

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

People need to be made aware that pollinators are a keystone species. The survival of a large number of other species depend on them.
Keep up the good work.
ct

Lynne said...

Last evening, our Garden Club's speaker, Brian Campbell spoke about the wild bees that live in the lower Mainland. They're having the same problems with pollution and lack of space as honeybees.
But I also learned that there are morning , afternoon, and evening bees (that work at specific times)and there are spring, summer and autumn bees. Each types likes specific flowers and living sites, so I'm going to be spending a lot more time outside watching, listening and figuring out who each one is.
This is going to take some work!

Diana Studer said...

we talk to each other across blogs, and reassure each other that we care. There are bees in my garden. No lawn at all. Dandelions, and the Tecoma is launched on its second wave of flowers.

sharp green pencil said...

Thanks so much all for your great comments. I do know that every time I show the bee paintings and talk about bees and gardening for them I DO get more a few more converts. The bee festival had some excellent speakers and I learnt more about open pollinated seeds and plants for bees. I have instructed Chris to dig up more lawn this weekend...but then I do have to leave something for the ground nesting bees!! The dilemmas are ongoing. :)