cranes

A painter of cranes

October 14th, 2008
Anna Gallés is a natural history painter with a lovely eye for detail and a particular perchant for cranes. I’ve seen these gentle paintings in her studio and I found them enchanting in their calm. Anna tells me:

As a painter, I regard nature as my main interest. Drawing from nature requires observation and concentration, so it makes me learn a lot. Trying to sketch geese or cranes, in the cold, or exploring a lichen as it covers a branch, are teaching experiences. I try to capture the poetry that lies in the elements of nature, and sometimes I desire to add some imagination, too, because old stories and magic inspire me. Visit Anna’s blog and see more of her work

Cold brings cranes back

October 5th, 2008

With the cold, the first of this year’s cranes have arrived in the dehesas of Cáceres and Salamanca, and the lagoon of Gallocanta in Aragon. La Crónica Verde reminds of the Castillian saying:

“cuando las grullas van para Castilla, coge el hacha y haz astillas” When the cranes set off for Castilla, get your axe and start chopping firewood.

Flocks of lapwings are also arriving.