Autumn in the woods – Mixed media
Started this weeks ago. There are no leaves left now
Start of Autumn – Watercolour and some ink
This was done around 7 weeks ago while the leaves were just beginning to turn. I should really do another to compare the two as there are few leaves left now.
Livingston from Calderwood Country Park – Watercolour
Although Calderwood Park has been joined to Almondell Park for many years it is being expanded westwards as reclaimed ground is being planted with trees. This area actually lies on a disused shale “bing”. Most of West Lothian used to be mined for oil bearing shale rocks and the spoil, known as “blae” was dumped in huge piles which have become local landmarks. Its good to see a use for these although experts reckon there is still a fair amount of oil left in the spoil. Who would bet against a renewed effort to recover this in the future as energy supplies become scarcer.
Almondell Trees – Watercolour
From a sketch made sitting next to the River Almond on a hot sunny day
Saturday, 25th May – Beecraigs Country Park
This was a short walk to see Beecraigs Loch and the many lodge-pole pines and larch trees. We we lucky to have a nice day so that the scenery looked its best for out guests.
Brrrr is back – A winter victim – Watercolour
Time to attempt some snow and ice scenes. This is the view, at evening, looking towards Pumpherston, West Lothian
Damaged Beech Tree – Study in Ink
Been in a bit of a rut recently so, when all else fails, go back to Almondell Park.
Workmen are still clearing up after last winter’s storm
and it looks as if this old favourite will be next for the chop. The top 30% was torn away and its only now that the foresters can get near it as masses of debris had to be cleared first.
Winter Sunset – Watercolour
After our high winds and rain the weather has, predictably, reverted to calm and cold conditions. We either get keen frosts, which last for most of the day, or wet and windy stuff. This is the view looking from the high point of Tormain Woods towards the west. It is easy to imagine how the winds can surge across this land as they get funnelled through the Pentland Hills on the left (south) and the Ochil Hills (north) which lie just beyond the Forth Valley. Its these same natural barriers which normally give the Edinburgh area shelter – unless the winds come from the west, north west. These barriers are also responsible for the foggy weather which occurs when winds come from the east off the North Sea and that is when we usually get our coldest types. Watch this space!
Down by the riverside – Watercolour
Inspired by a cycle run, the other day, through Almondell Park. I sat and sketched for a while, took plenty photos and also a couple of small videos. These links show the videos and, if you turn the sound up, you can hear the wonderful music from the River Almond which is eternally soothing.