JOHN GEEKIE ART - Plein air artist oil and watercolour, pen and ink illustrator, commissions welcome. Thanks to everyone who supported me over the last year.
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Just back from a brief holiday to the Lake District with our puppy George. As a puppy we did not try the usual strenuous walks which, as the cloud level was low, turned out to be a good idea anyway. So we found ourselves at Whinlatter where we did a 2 hour circular forest walk. Remarkably varied and thus surprising. Conifers giving way to deciduous woodland with steep hills and streams falling down many waterfalls. Many wild flowers, rosebay willowherb, hogweed, fox and cubs, ragwort etc made this an interesting peregrination. We arrived back at the visitor centre and had chocolate cake and coffee to replenish our used calories ...and some more (:-) . The visitor centre had two LIVE cameras on the osprey nest. One looking straight down, on to an almost full grown chick? The other chick having fledged and flown off. Or, so everyone thought, suddenly there were two ospreys, the other chick returned to the nest. Obviously not ready to leave just yet. Almost immediately the mother returned, without a fish, and started to tidy up the nest. This was amazing as the "twigs" that she was moving must have been 6 feet long and heavy. Back to the picture. The lake appeared almost white, reflecting the sky which was a bright light grey, fields foreground very bright green, near edge of the lake more pale yellowish green. Conifers dark green foreground. green/grey in distance. Mountains in far distance pale blue/grey. Download and have a go at adding colour. H A P P Y C O L O U R I N G I N