Noticing nature has sustained many of us throughout the experience of Lockdown. As we cautiously emerge and society returns we must consider doing things differently if we want nature to be there for us in the future. This tiny Chiff-Chaff wouldn’t normally be seen in the garden but it enjoyed the experience feasting on the blackfly while it was there…
As I look out of the newly created, man-made, sterile landscape at the front of the house I notice four social distancing Greylag Geese. The pandemic pause in construction has allowed nature to take the lead and given us time to notice. Transforming farmland into housing estates may feel wrong but if we can allow nature to do what it does best and fill in some gaps on its own rather than expecting it to populate contrived plots designated by developers, life can be much improved and we may learn a thing or two. In the last few weeks we have all noticed the bright blue skies, the sound of birdsong and the trees putting on their mantle of green as we take our daily walk. Lets build on this now and give nature space to breathe so that we all can.
As I captured the image of the newly fledged peregrine cautiously stretching it’s wings and hesitantly launching itself from the top of Chichester Cathedral I believed that time would strengthen. Sadly, we are now mourning the demise of BL-80.
This Monotype was created at around the time she was euthanased due to a problem with the sheaths of her feathers. Although I was unaware at the time, I believe it captures the ephemerality nature dictates. The contrast of strength and delicacy in mark making, symbolising the power and fragility of the young falcon.