Jewels of sunlight


Acrylic on paper, 47cm x 67cm

The jumble of rocks that form a weir on the Tweed at Melrose provides the perfect habitat for dippers and these charismatic little river birds can usually be seen here at any time of year. On this summer’s day a pair was frantically busy, diving into the fast-moving water to forage for invertebrates to feed their family of growing chicks.

Looking into the light, jewels of sunlight sparkled on the water against the dark backdrop of large boulders. Viewing the scene through binoculars there was a foreshortening effect that seemed to close the distances between the rocks, heightening the sense of a densely packed labyrinth of boulders through which the river tumbled.


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  • Redshank
  • Jewels of sunlight
  • Grey wagtail
  • Shallow waters
  • Snow charm
  • Snowy birches and ermine
  • Avocet
  • Moorhen and bulrushes
  • Melting away (snipe)
  • At the waterline
  • Winter fox
  • St Mary’s seals
  • The Gathering
  • Short-eared owl
  • Abernethy Forest pool
  • Redshank alarm
  • Evening pools – wigeon
  • Silver light
  • Aberlady Bay
  • Fishing in the flow tide – Little egret
  • Long-eared owl
  • Shrimping
  • Purple sandpipers
  • Morecambe Bay waders
  • Storm surge – gannets at Bamburgh
  • Sandpiper flight
  • Lindisfarne Bay
  • Heading north – migrating dunlin
  • Redshank
  • Against the light
  • Spring tide
  • Marsh grass
  • Warming up
  • Snow petrel
  • Smiling at the sun (rock martins at Abu Simbel)
  • Salt marsh sentinel
  • Making waves
  • Log pile
  • The sand martin and the jellyfish
  • Humpbacks in the Gerlache Strait
  • Dipper
  • Beachcombers
  • Run-off

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