Crete march/april 2017

redstart, collared flycatcher, hoopoe - crete - monotype - 50 x 50 cms

redstart, collared flycatcher, hoopoe – crete – monotype – 50 x 50 cms

HIghlights of trip to Crete were a day spent at Polyrinia in the sun soaking up spring flora. Sculptural torches of giant fennel against architecture of yellow phlomis and tree spurge. Bees collecting red pollen from asphodels. Purple of tragapogon closing up its flowers at midday. Vultures and a single lammergeir rising above the peaks mid morning.

asphodel, fennel, phlomis, tragapogon - crete - brush pen - A4 sketchbook

asphodel, fennel, phlomis, tragapogon – crete – brush pen – A4 sketchbook

carpenter bee, phlomis, sardinian warbler - crete - brush pen - A4 sketchbook

carpenter bee, phlomis, sardinian warbler – crete – brush pen – A4 sketchbook

griffon vultures - crete - brush pen - A4 sketchbook

griffon vultures – crete – brush pen – A4 sketchbook

Then on the Southwest coast migrants in coastal pines. Kind of scene I would have dreamt about when I was a kid… collared flycatcher, redstart, cuckoo, spotted flycatcher all feeding up on their northward journey. A purple heron creeping up the beach next to a herd of goats.

redstart - crete - ink pen - A6 sketchbook

redstart – crete – ink pen – A6 sketchbook

collared flycatcher - crete - brush pen - A6 sketchbook

collared flycatcher – crete – brush pen – A6 sketchbook

goats - crete - brush pen - A4 sketchbook

goats – crete – brush pen – A4 sketchbook

goats - crete - brush pen - A4 sketchbook

goats – crete – brush pen – A4 sketchbook