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Butterflies in The Altai

A botanical tour of The Altai Mountains of Kazakhstan in June 2015 was made more fascinating by the wealth of butterflies, some familiar, others excitingly new. I came to a new appreciation of white butterflies, most notably the Apollo with its lovely markings and translucent wings. Many will enter my art, but enjoy them first in this short introduction to the butterflies of this corner of Kazakhstan.

Haytor Quarry Pools

With a round trip of almost 250 to deliver artworks to The Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Bovey Tracey I always go up onto Dartmoor during my visit. A favourite place in the quarry below Haytor, full of life and fascination for an artist.

A Ferry Life in Kazakhstan

Some ferries have particular charm and the very individual Odessa, that crosses the Zaissan Reservoir in Kazakhstan is one you have to love. Among the fellow travelers are swallows, sparrows and wagtails, all residents of the ferry following the bugs across the water and back again.

Sunlit Flowers on the Burkhart Pass

Two visits to the Burkhart Pass, with its mass of alpine flowers under a blue sky was the highlight of a botanical tour of The Altai Mountains of Kazakhstan in June of 2015. Acres of Violas reached up to snow-melt were they kept company with gentians and erythroniums. White anemones echoed the forms of the white clouds scudding across the sky ,and irises scented the air.

Cornish Choughs Courting

Choughs are the emblem of Cornwall but for most of my lifetime they were absent from the county. They returned in 2001 and now many walks along the coast of West Cornwall are accompanied by their calls as they fly with the jackdaws. They pair for life and are almost always seen in couples. Poldark is not the only romance among the tin mines on the Cornish cliffs.

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