Black Swans Preening

The Calder Valley beyond Mirfield is disappearing into the haze this morning. In the waterfowl pen at Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, black swans are preening. This disconsolate-looking West Highland terrier was sitting by a table at the the Caffe Capri. These are the first scans from my sketchbook made using Affinity Photo. Aspects of the process […]

Weaners

At Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, the piglets are getting to the stage where they’d be better being separated from the sow. She’s getting increasingly irritated by the continual rough-and-tumble of her nine little porkers. Rough-and-tumble except for the numerous occasions when they’re taking a break. Rhea Two of the rhea eggs in the incubator at Charlotte’s […]

Car Park Lichens

Two species of lichens are thriving on the trunks of trees in the Asda supermarket car park in Dewsbury but nationally, as sulphur dioxide levels decrease, one of them appears to be gaining ground while the other is becoming rarer. The yellow lichen with the pale-rimmed orange apothecia (the fruiting bodies of the lichen) is Xanthoria […]