Heron in flight
from photo by Gary Jones
I've always had a bit of a fascination for herons for as long as I can remember so I couldn't do a British Wildlife theme without painting one. I remember my friend and I would always walk down by the River Dee in Chester with a cheeseburger from the burger van after a night on the town to visit the heron who would always be there in the same spot. We nicknamed him Gil Scott the Heron after the American soul and jazz musician Gil Scott Heron also known as 'the godfather of rap'. Ah memories! Now I've had to search 'The Bottle' by Gil Scott Heron - here it is on you tube if you're interested !!
Anyway back to real herons rather than influential musicians! Grey herons are unmistakeable birds which you'll find around any kind of water. In or near water they will often stand motionless with their head tucked into their shoulders. I love to watch them patiently stalking fish, the way they move and then suddenly go in for the kill. Excellent fishermen!
And for Day 29 I painted another hare, this time from a photo by Paul Sherman, a bit slapdash this one as I've had to squeeze two paintings in one evening so that I've only got one to do on the last day of the month tomorrow evening - then I'll have completed my 30 paintings in 30 days woooo hoooooo!!!!
And to finish today's post here is a photo of the view from the summit Foel Fenlli this evening looking over Moel Famau on the Clwydian range of hills. Beautiful although a little breezy!