Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Summer time assortment

We had some rain so skies are now blue again here unfortunately many other areas of the province are not so lucky.

I have a summertime picture assortment for you today, these pictures are from a recent trip to Saturna Island.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” 
Henry James
I am starting with a few birds. It looks as if this sparrow has got something to say to me, actually it was grooming and I caught it just as it lifted its head. See how dry the underbrush is.

I was really happy with this raven photo.
An eagle with a fresh catch ...
... and in flight.
The eagle has landed, well almost.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” 
John Steinbeck
A couple of pictures of a heron in flight.
Same heron with breakfast.
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."
James Dent
Here are a few artsy pictures of shore and forest.
John Lubbock

A starfish trying to tuck in under the rocks for safety.
Salal in the morning light.
A couple from the outside the "coffee bus", a double decker bus that has been converted into a coffee bar; I apologize for not taking a bus picture.
This is a picture taken of the shadows on the umbrella that we sat under to enjoy our coffee.
Sam Keen
A thistle.
I took this because of the great patterns on the side of the boat.
A close up
And finally a few critters.
Ray Davies
Happy dogs!

 That is all the photographs I have for you this week.


Here is the finished version of "Reflections in Still Water":

The slight wrinkles are because it has not completely dried yet.
And finally ............

As promised here is the final food card painting. This one is titled "Berry Time":

It is ink and watercolour, or mixed media.
There are now 12 food cards, each includes a recipe card using the pictured ingredient.
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Set of 12 Food Cards - Series 2 with recipe cards inserts and envelopes for just $25 (plus postage and handling cost of $6.00)
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 Until next time...

Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post.
Thanks for stopping by,
happy Whimsy Wednesday,




  1. Glad you now have some blue skies, Gillian. As usual, your photos are great...and I so agree with the John Steinbeck quote. :)

  2. It was much needed that rain though. Nice shots of Saturna Island. I would love to visit this island one day. Your paintings are wonderful!!!

  3. A great series of photos. I especially like the way you capture light and the boat with the light patterns on the side is really beautiful.

  4. the bald eagle images, took my breath away. they really move me!! i love the painting, you are so very talented!!!

  5. the painting turned out wonderfully! loved the retriever photos!!

  6. Exquisite form of the Bald Eagle pictures, and another one of your paintings, beautiful.

  7. Hello Gillian, gorgeous collection of birds and images. I love the Raven shot. Your reflections painting is awesome and I love the strawberries. Have a great day!

  8. You have birds! What a nice pic of that Song Sparrow you have! I love them all but as you mention, the Common Raven. Now that's a great bird and a lovely moment. I've always wanted to paint them. I certainly love taking pictures of them. Each of those birds is very special. Your parting piece of strawberry reminds me of summer and my childhood. I'd be out in the garden picking them with my grandparents and sneaking a bite here and there:) Those are the summers I remember:) Strawberries and Rhubarb.