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Listen to Nature!

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Scots pine

Yesterday was the first truly warm day of spring so far; a day that makes you stand up a little straighter than you have all winter, like a little leaflet unfurling on a branch for the first time. The season is still in its infancy but wild flowers are blooming, buds are bursting and sap is dripping from wounds on silver birches. In the evening I took a short walk around the woods, chasing the fading orange light and taking mental notes on the activity of the fallow deer, when I heard a crackling, popping sound coming from the canopy. I looked up and around, expecting to see a grey squirrel munching on the pine cones but none could be found. No birds either. What could it be?

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Nature sketches, notes and wanderings

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Drawn to Nature Miscellaneous Adventures

Last week we were fortunate to receive a visit from small press publisher, teacher and artist Esther McManus. Esther will be teaching creative observational exercises on our fast approaching ‘Drawn to Nature’ workshop, so we thought it would both fun and wise to take a preliminary wander around the woods to search for inspiration, take field notes and discover signs as to which plants and creatures are likely to be awake on April 1st.

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Drawn to Nature - Journal Making with Esther McManus (Part 3)

Posted by Emma Hughes on

The third in our series of posts on the making of our 'Drawn to Nature' Journals is here! Esther has written about the final task - hand marbling the end papers of these beautiful books and her thoughts on the process and its relevance to what we'll be teaching at the workshop.

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Magical Winter Light

Posted by Andrew Groves on

Although graced with only one dusting of light snow, this winter has, up to now, been filled with a number of beautiful cold and frosty days affording the keen photographer and naturalist with ample opportunity for inspiration.

 

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The Scots Pine

Posted by Andrew Groves on

Scots pines in evening light

No other tree reflects the fluctuations in light and weather like the scots pine. In the same way that a mountain landscape appears to physically alter throughout the day as the sun rises and sets and clouds come and go, so too does this native pine of northern Europe. The pink-orange gradient barked trunk glows like the embers of a campfire in the sunrise and sunset and the crown of blue-green needles provides colour and life even during the dullest of winters, making it one of our favourite species here at Miscellaneous Adventures. Read on to find out more about the scots pine, its uses and associated ecology.

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