Flowers in the Rain

Am somewhat preoccupied at present but wanted to share the variety of flora to be found on the common at the moment










Uncommon Ground

I have been looking forward to going to this Exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery with much anticipation and it did not disappoint. Its full title in ‘Uncommon Ground, Land Art is Britain 1966-1979’ and it gave a real flavour of what was happening in the the Land Art movement during this period.
Some highlights were –942564_533936399989903_1319876772_n Top; Forked twigs in Water 1979   – Andy Goldsworthy
FULTON,_Hamish_AC_200067 Middle; Seven Days Alberta 1978 – Hamish Fulton
AC_1211613 Bottom;Stone Circle 1972 – Richard Long

I think one of the things that struck me most about the whole exhibition was the importance of photography in this early work – something that has been mirrored in what I am doing at present. It is a fabulous exhibition and well worth a visit and the bonus is that it is free. Also there is an additional exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery examining the work of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson.

Dye Garden

IMG_0858I have just planted out my dye plants. Left are some very healthy weld plants from last year. I am surprised they look so good since the weather in 2012 was not conducive to good growth and results from all the other plants I grew were disappointing. Gone out today are a load of Japanese Indigo, some madder and a few dyers chamomile. At the back there are some black hollyhocks for IMG_0859which I have great hopes

Moving in

P1010641 Whilst on my daily walk on the Common, I noticed that this gnarly old tree had a new resident.

Marks on the Ice


Am currently looking for interesting marks in nature and those in particular on the Common. I especially love these in the ice on the ornamental pond.



P1010592 These were taken on Southampton Common this morning.

My tree fetish continues. I think I am just playing a waiting    game until the leaves return.

One in a hundred

P1010415 Once in a while, even with poor photographic skills and a very basic camera, one can catch a winner.